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Effective tutors merge subject matter expertise with teaching skills and genuine passion for learning. That’s why we hire graduates of top colleges—such as Penn, Duke, Notre Dame, and UVA—who have valuable experience teaching others. Tutoring isn’t an after-school activity, part-time job, or hobby for our instructors. They are fully committed to helping kids in McLean, Great Falls, and Charlottesville thrive in school and achieve their academic goals.


Northern Virginia

Lauren Hudak

Director of Great Falls
Lauren Hudak

Lauren is a 2016 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in English and Media Studies, and recently finished her Masters of Arts in Teaching at NYU. Lauren loves when she gets the chance to work with students on essays, literature, and anything having with the written word. She excels in teaching the SAT and enhancing students' confidence in themselves in all subjects. She knows how to connect with her students and make them feel comfortable and productive in a tutoring session. Enthusiasm and positivity are a big part of Lauren’s sessions.

Growing up on the Jersey Shore, she misses the smell of saltwater and the easy access to the ocean. After moving every year the past few years though, she is excited to stay in one place for a while and get to know D.C. and all its fun opportunities. She is willing to see whether any pizza place comes even close to the dollar slice pizza places she is familiar with in New York.

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Griffin Johns

Director of Recruiting
Griffin Johns GLC

Griffin joined GLC in 2016 after graduating from Washington and Lee with a double major in Economics and Geology. He is currently working through his Master’s of Environmental Science and Policy at Johns Hopkins while working as our Director of Recruiting. Griffin has experience working with a wide range of students and knows how to identify the needs of a student while maintaining a fun and upbeat environment, regardless of subject matter. His love of learning is evident to his students, and he always enjoys inspiring students to find their passion.

While Griffin grew up in the Midwest in the suburbs of Chicago, he feels like DC is definitely home now. However, he still cheers for his Chicago teams like the White Sox, Blackhawks, and Bears. Griffin loves to find new restaurants to go to in the city, but knows he can always fall back on his favorites, such as Surfside in Dupont. Travel is also a passion, he always has a good travel story, and is looking forward to crossing the Galapagos off the bucket list soon!

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Matt White

Senior Associate Director
Matt White

Matt majored in History at the University of North Carolina, and had several years of classroom teaching experience for elementary, middle, and high school students before coming to GLC in 2012. In his time at GLC, Matt has earned rave reviews for his ability to keep sessions fun and help students avoid stress as they approach tests and deadlines.

At UNC, Matt was an intramural sports referee, experience that helps keep him composed even when the clock is running and emotions are charged. Over the past several years, he has helped update and improve GLC's in-house SAT curriculum, ensuring that students receive the most engaging and relevant content in our classes and private sessions.

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Jackie Davis

Senior Associate Director

Jackie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and speaks six languages including French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, and Spanish. She loves to teach both the humanities and the sciences, including subjects like Biology, Physics, and AP Calculus. Moreover, Jackie has helped her students achieve their score goals on standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, and SSAT.

Jackie has also taught math, Mandarin, and French in the Loudoun County Public School system. Her classroom experience has helped her recognize the many ways students learn, which is why she tailors her lessons to each student. She regularly reaches out to students’ teachers and parents and is determined to give her students the tools they need to succeed.

Thanks to her experience as a Girl Scout and professor's assistant, Jackie feels like she has never stopped teaching. She loves to travel and has lived abroad in both Paris and Japan. Ultimately, Jackie works to make her tutoring sessions productive yet fun and enjoys seeing her students build confidence during their sessions.

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Austin Loman

Associate Director
Austin Loman

Austin grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and holds a degree in physics from the University of Maryland. He started giving guitar lessons in high school, and has been passionate about education ever since. Austin enjoys reinforcing the basics so that he can then push students to their maximum potential with more difficult problems. He has lots of experience tutoring students over the years, and enjoys the long term relationships he has built with his students. His analytic, yet intuitive style is perfect for helping students with all skill and aptitude levels of math and science.

Despite his dedication to academics, he still makes time to shred the guitar when needed, and often can be found checking out at concerts in the DC area or working on his jazz-fusion solo project. Ask Austin for music recommendations and you will not be disappointed.

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Abenezer Amare

Associate Director
Abenezer Amare GLC

Abenezer graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a degree in Chemistry. At UVA, he had the opportunity to mentor and work with middle and high school students for several years.  In addition, he was a Teaching Assistant for several years for Chemistry lectures and labs.

A local of the NOVA community, Abenezer brings his passion for helping others understand complex material by breaking it down into its most basic, digestible components. As a life-long learner and tutor, Abenezer strives to understand the individualized needs of each of his students, and then executes a strategy to better help them achieve their goals. 

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Tiara Evans

Associate Director
Tiara Evans GLC

Tiara graduated from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She is currently attending George Washington University to obtain her Master’s in Forensic Toxicology. Tiara's time as a peer mentor and tutor during her undergraduate years makes her excited to share her enthusiasm for math and science with her students.

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Olivia Haufler

Associate Director
Olivia Haufler GLC

Olivia graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a degree in Psychology. She spent time in Rome, Italy where she helped organize mental health workshops for refugees, helping spur her interest in teaching and helping others. Learning languages such as Spanish, French, and Italian is one of her passions. She also enjoys reading, dancing, and finding hidden gems on Netflix. Olivia prides herself on her ability to help students organize themselves and approach problems from new angles.

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Katherine Kettler

Associate Director
Katherine Kettler

Katherine graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with her Bachelor’s in Psychology, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology at George Washington University. She has worked for GLC before at their Charlottesville office, but recently transferred to their McLean location after moving to DC for grad school. Having grown up in Loudoun County, Katherine feels like she's coming home!

Katherine loves helping students break down math concepts into understandable chunks, and having lengthy discussions about Shakespeare. In her free time, she can be found baking, watching movies, or dancing very badly to her Broadway show tunes playlist.

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Ben Klausner

Associate Director
Ben Klausner GLC

Ben is an Associate Director at GLC this year after graduating from The University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in Classical Studies. He is very excited to work with students of all ages in a variety of topics, but especially wants to make math fun! Ben has a very positive attitude when it comes to studying and test-taking and hopes to share his experiences to make an impact on each of his student’s academic journeys. You can probably find him enjoying the many cuisines of D.C. restaurants or at the gym.

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Hannah Knerr

Associate Director
Hannah Knerr GLC

Hannah graduated from The College of William and Mary in 2018 with a double major in Biology and Philosophy. When she wasn’t busy sketching out physiological systems or pondering the existence of free will, Hannah could be found playing with the club soccer team, working on her sorority’s executive board, or supervising at the college’s intramural recreation program. Hannah prides herself on enjoying the puzzle of how to most efficiently and engagingly present new materials to a diverse audience.

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Alex Levine

Associate Director
Alex Levine GLC

A California native, Alex grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Psychobiology in 2018. Alex loves sciences and languages alike and can speak Spanish, German, and Mandarin Chinese. Having worked with students from ages 6 to 18, Alex believes enthusiasm and engagement can go a long way for learners of all ages. As a tutor, Alex hopes to impart in his students enthusiasm for learning and confidence to master various subjects.

In his spare time Alex enjoys discovering new food and dessert places, planning future trips, reading, and making new friends through volunteering. Since Alex is new to the DC Area, if you have any food or photo spot destinations you should let him know!

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Will Mason

Associate Director
Will Mason

Will is a 2017 graduate of Washington and Lee University, where he majored in Economics and Philosophy with a minor in East Asian Studies. He grew up in Virginia Beach and has always loved the ocean. So, naturally, after graduating he spent a year in Shihezi, Xinjiang, China- the most landlocked city in the world. Will has worked as an ESL teacher, a Chinese teacher, a writing tutor, and a counselor at a camp for children with special health needs. His approach to working with students is patient, friendly, and student-centered. When he’s not sharing his passion for learning, you can probably find Will reading history books, hiking, or playing in a bluegrass band.

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Elizabeth Lane

Associate Director
Elizabeth Lane GLC

Elizabeth was born and raised in Charlottesville, and loved it so much she decided to stay here! She attended the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Teaching in Elementary Education in 2018. During the day, she is a preschool and kindergarten teacher at a local Montessori school. She is looking forward to spending time at GLC working with secondary students and getting to know them. Her favorite subjects to teach (and learn) are language arts, French, and psychology, and she also teaches Honors-level math and science. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys baking desserts, watching films, and doing yoga!  

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Madeline Reinsel

Associate Director
Madeline Reinsel

Madeline is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia where she studied Environmental Science and Urban Planning. While in college, she spent time teaching at an academic summer program and tutoring for the UVA Athletics Department. Madeline tutors SAT and ACT prep classes for GLC. In her free time, she likes to go hiking, explore Charlottesville and practice yoga.

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Alex Reyes

Associate Director
Alex Reyes

A native of the Charlottesville area, Alex graduated from Virginia Tech with a Master’s degree in Hispanic Studies. Alex also attended James Madison University where he earned a B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages. He also plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Spanish literature.

Alex is currently an adjunct instructor of Spanish at Bridgewater College and Piedmont Virginia Community College where he teaches Beginning and Intermediate level classes. As a lifelong student, Alex loves studying and learning something new every chance he gets. He loves teaching subjects in the Liberal Arts, but also loves math and science. His favorite subjects are Spanish, English, History, Biology, Chemistry, and Math including Statistics & Calculus – a little bit of everything!

In his free time, Alex loves spending time and exploring the earth with his fluffy dog, Sunny. Additionally, you can find him at many Trivia Night contests around the Charlottesville and Richmond areas. When not teaching or reading, Alex loves playing video games and watching anything on TV that’s not scary. Along with his positive and friendly personality, Alex loves to make learning a fun activity and has a passion for watching students excel.

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Sarah Ruckle

Associate Director
Sarah Ruckle

A lover of language and the humanities, Sarah’s passion is to help students improve their confidence with language arts skills. She also tutors Spanish, psychology, history, math, and science at GLC. Sarah is from Bristow, Virginia but fell in love with Charlottesville during her time at UVA, where she studied Religion and Social Innovation. Sarah also teaches reading at Jackson-Via Elementary and nannies for four delightful babies. When she isn’t here, she likes singing with her a cappella group, being outdoors, and baking bread.

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