MEET OUR EDUCATORS
REC Educators Don’t Just Tutor Subjects; They Illuminate, Motivate, and Inspire
Rainbow EDU educators are accomplished, extraordinary artists, scientists, and mentors. They are kindred spirits who embody our mission, vision, and values.
Rachel W. | College Counselor, Essays, Academics Life Coach, American History, Humanities
At Rainbow, Rachel uses her life coach training and expertise as well as her creative insight to help students discover their inner passions so that they can begin creating the lives that they want now. This includes college admissions consulting (helping students to find their unique voice and use it both to determine which schools are truly good fits for them as well as how to get noticed by those schools), teen entrepreneurial coaching, as well as helping students navigate the ins and outs of their young lives (social pressures, relationships, communication skills, extracurricular activities, health and wellbeing, balance, etc).
Scott R. | Educator, Standardized Test Prep Coach, Private Homeschooling Instructor
A top scorer himself, Scott has tutored students throughout Los Angeles, both for independent school and undergraduate admissions (ISEE/SSAT & ACT/SAT) and graduate (GRE/GMAT/LSAT) admissions exams. Of all these tests, he especially enjoys the LSAT, having scored a 177 himself and having spent half a decade help many students attain 170+. He has also coached many students to perfect GRE, SAT and ACT scores – as well as 8’s and 9’s on the ISEE and top scores on the SSAT! Whether working one-on-one or leading a room full of students, Scott’s teaching style is inviting and thoughtful. He responds to each student as the unique learner they are.
Alex H. | Multi-Subject, Economics
Alex has instructed and coached hundreds of students of all ages and learning styles in reading and writing, STEM, and standardized tests. Alex believes that in a dynamic world, life-long learning is key to growth and wants to imbue every student with an intrinsic motivation for studying. He believes that this is possible by building rapport and approaching the student from the inside-out.
Alice W. | College Essays, Oxford Humanities, Writing, Improvisation
Alice specializes in the Humanities, tutoring English Literature, History, French, Greek Mythology, and creative writing. In her spare time, Alice performs improvised comedy. Alice believes that when you teach a student that academics are exciting, rather than just teaching them a few facts, you widen their horizons for the rest of their lives.
Allyson P. | Mandarin, Latin, World History, Government
Allyson specializes in essay writing and personal statements, AP English, APUSH, Ancient Civilizations, AP World, AP Government, and AP Economics. She is also very adept at helping students with Latin, Mandarin, and Arabic studies. Her test prep wizardry includes LSAT, SAT, PSAT, and ISEE, among others. Allyson wishes to create an inclusive, engaging learning environment for her students.
Ben H. | STEM Research, Biology, Marine Biology
Ben’s specialty is STEM mentorship, Biology, and Marine Biology As a strong advocate for mentoring, Benjamin has been heavily involved with community outreach. As part of his teaching style, Benjamin combines active learning strategies with an empathetic approach that focuses on narrowing a student’s knowledge gap by first understanding their learning process.
Brea W. | Medical School Admissions
Brea loves engaging with students of all ages on various topics. Her forte is all levels of math and science, in addition to preparing students for standardized tests (particularly the PSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, and very soon, the MCAT). She looks forward to integrating her experiences with mentorship to help deepen her mentee’s understanding of a subject.
France D. | French, Italian, Cinema
France Demoulin is a French and Italian Language Specialist with expertise in French and Italian cinema. Specializing in language instruction, France is a people-person who loves mentoring students of all ages, helping them fall in love with her native tongue as well as learn about the culture and cinema of both France and Italy.
Gali S. | STEM, French, Multi-Subject
Gali has 6+ years tutoring college preparatory students in various STEM classes such as Freshmen Physics, AP Biology, Honors Chemistry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus/Trig, in addition to tutoring elementary and middle schoolers in Mathematics and Hebrew.
John K. | Computer Science
John has experience in Data Structures, Algorithms, Discrete Math, Inter-networking, Software Engineering, Software Development, and Operating Systems. Coupled with electrical experience in Embedded Systems, Arduinos, and Computer Systems, John is well versed in programming, debugging, and problem-solving code. His passion and the knowledge helps students achieve their best performance in programming assignments, coding challenges, and computer science concepts.
Kate K. | Spanish, Humanities, Entrepreneurship
Kate believes test prep and tutoring is about much more than building a skill set; it’s also about fostering confidence and a sense of agency that inspire students to tackle their next learning challenge with increased vigor, joy, and curiosity.
Luc V.H. | Multi-Subject, Economics, Entrepreneurship
Luc is an internationally trained and experienced Business Economics educator with a specialty in micro and macro economics and market research. Luc takes a traditional approach to engaging students in the fundamentals of economics and encourages them to apply innovative business models. Beyond text-book theory, Luc’s students learn how to connect theoretical concepts into clear, practical applications in a truly engaging way.
Lyeah G. | Homeschool, Behavioral Therapist, Learning Differences
Lyeah is a behavior specialist, academic tutor, and and former educator. Prior to teaching for the LAUSD, Lyeah worked as an in-home behavioral therapist for students diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, with ADHD, and those with emotional disturbances. Lyeah has a strong passion for helping children and young adults see and reach their highest potential through relationship building and the implementation of growth mindset and mindfulness practices.
Mara K. | Acting, Performance, Humanities, ISEE
Mara has experience working with students of all ages (from grade school to college graduates) and specializes in humanities, organization, essay prep, IB prep, ISEE, and audition coaching. Taking the time to get to know her students as individuals and seeing where their interests lie. So that she can approach material relating it specifically to what makes them tick, their goals, and learning style.
Matthew R.G. | Psychoeducational Evaluation, Learning Differences
Matthew is a trained and certified Secondary School teacher with experience in Social Studies, English, Earth Science, Literacy, and Special Education. Matthew has taught in public, independent, and charter schools in Boston, MA, and Oakland, CA. He believes that all children learn differently, and if you can figure out how a young person accesses information, they can become lifelong learners.
Nardeep K. | Film
Nardeep Khurmi specializes teen cinematic projects. As he has grown as an artist, Nardeep has taken ownership of his voice and loves to spotlight underrepresented communities in his work. He splits his time between working on thought-provoking, moving, socially relevant narratives and absurdist comedy pieces.
Nick D. | Math, Standardized Test Prep
Nick has nearly a decade’s worth of experience in mathematics education. In addition to math, Nick has worked as an ACT and SAT prep tutor, both in one-on-one and classroom settings. Nick uses the same holistic, personalized approach in standardized test prep tutoring, while also incorporating useful test-taking strategies to help students achieve their best possible score.
Nyala C. | Social Justice, Social Sciences
Nyala Carbado (they/them/theirs) specializes in Social Justice and Social Sciences. In their teaching, they emphasize the importance of intersectionality, implicit biases, and how layered discrimination affects mental health.
Oran F. | STEM, Political Science
Oran has a distinctive background in both STEM and social sciences. He is adept at working with students of diverse backgrounds, special interests, and in a multitude of different subjects. Having tutored everything from math to physics to game theory and more, Oran possesses both the knowledge and passion to help students achieve greatness inside and outside of the classroom.
Rebecca U. | Admissions, Standardized Test Prep
Rebecca is a multi-subject specialist, admissions consultant, and test prep coach. She believes learning should be fun and conducive to a student’s best strengths and uses her multi-disciplinary background to give her students the tools that best fit their personality and learning style.
Spencer D. | Architecture, Math, Humanities, English
Spencer has taught high school english, rhetoric, and composition at a college prep private school where he learned to love both the joy and struggle of teaching groups of frustrated adolescents. Spencer has deep care for students and believes that a thorough understanding of English leads to understanding of the self and looks forward to working with students to empower a sense of wonder and excitement towards education.
Or F. | STEM
Or has a highly personalized style with STEM tutoring that students find relatable and approachable. A current senior at UCLA in Physiological Science and Global Health, Or takes a contemporary approach to understanding students science learning needs. Or is also an IB specialist, having earned an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in Ghana.
Tess S. | English and Humanities Educator, Writing Skills and Journalism, College Essays and Mentorship
Tess recently graduated with high honors from Princeton University with an A.B. degree in English. She has worked with countless students on their writing skills, including for three years at the Princeton University Writing Center, and with fellow writers on pieces of all kinds. She has published essays, poetry, and investigative reporting in college publications and as a freelance writer. She tutors writing, college prep, and middle and high school subjects. Tess loves working with students holistically, learning about their personal motivations and future aspirations, and helping them advance those goals with the academic or creative work at hand.
Pooja N. | STEM and Multi-Subject Educator, Mentor, Standardized Test Prep Coach, College Essays and Consulting, Academic Coach
A graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Public Health, Pooja has taught countless students in a variety of subjects, from K-12 sciences, mathematics, and writing to SAT and ACT prep to college-level physical and social sciences. After receiving 98th percentile SAT and 99th percentile ACT scores, she has mastered the intricacies of college admissions standardized testing and teaches students in an individually curated style. Throughout her undergraduate experience, Pooja has become an advocate for mentorship and believes that the right personal and professional guide can be life-changing. Pooja believes in holistic learning, an engaging curriculum, and a strong educator-student relationship.
Working with Nick, Oran and Alex has made a huge difference in my academic learning. Their depth of knowledge and ability to help me through all the topics covered in Calculus 2, College Linear Algebra, and Microeconomics has allowed for a deeper understanding — especially during the pandemic! Each of the tutors have plenty of knowledge that no matter what the question or topic was they were ready to help me learn it. They were also each able to tailor their teaching styles to what would help me learn and understand the material best. They were all very friendly and I never felt like I was being lectured but rather working through the problems in my head with them filling in the blanks.
Crossroads School Alum and Colgate University Student
Nick is my fave person ever I literally talk about him to everyone ever!! Honestly, he’s the best math teacher I’ve ever had in all my years of schooling!
Crossroads School and Northwestern University Alum
Kate and Nick were excellent tutors. Nick helped me (Emilie) get through the toughest year of math. He was really hardworking and never late to sessions. He made sure I fully understood the topic and even gave me short quizzes to ensure I understood the material. Kate is also a wonderful tutor. You can tell she loves teaching kids and is really good at what she does. She helped both me and Charlie get A’s in a language we have never learned before. Overall both Kate and Nick are extraordinary tutors and have helped us above and beyond in our academic journey.
Emilie and Charlie Corlin,
Santa Monica High School Students