A Boston native and University of Pennsylvania alumna, Annie has been with GLC from the very beginning in 1998. Under her leadership, GLC has grown into a local leader for academic support and test prep, helping thousands of students in Northern Virginia and Charlottesville become better, more confident learners. Each school year, Annie hosts Parent Nights and other informative presentations on important topics like the college essay and making the right standardized testing choices.
Annie and her husband Eric are the proud parents of three wonderful boys, who make sure that there is never a dull moment. As GLC’s original employee, Annie has seen the SAT change, the ACT grow in popularity, and former GLC students become star GLC tutors after excelling in college.
Erin is a Cleveland native and an alumna of Notre Dame, majoring in Biology. She joined GLC in 2011, and has a well-earned reputation for helping students build confidence and stay organized. As GLC’s Director of Operations, Erin helps ensure that each school year runs smoothly from start to finish.
Erin studied abroad in Perth, Australia during college. She has a photographic memory for GLCers’ favorite Chipotle orders, a power she uses only for good. Erin fulfills one of McLean's most hallowed traditions: organizing everything in an immaculate Franklin Covey planner.
Phone: (703) 759-3624
Sana joined the GLC team in 2015 after spending several years teaching in local public schools and managing a successful after-school enrichment program. She is a proud Northern Virginia native and graduate of George Mason University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Biology and a master's degree in Education, specializing in curriculum and instruction. Her academic background and extensive experience with both students and parents should prove valuable as she helps Great Falls families find the right academic support.
In her spare time, Sana is a major travel buff, having visited exciting locales including India, Singapore, Mexico, Iran, and England. Sana is also known for her photographic memory, a skill she promises only to use for good around the office.
Griffin double majored in Economics and Geology at Washington and Lee. While in college, he performed geological research in Jamaica and Greece. Griffin also worked as a tennis coach to teach and hone techniques for his kids. Sessions with Griffin are collaborative and engaging.
Since coming to GLC, Griffin has developed a love for Santini’s, which has inspired his fantasy football team name. He is currently getting back into playing tennis after surgery sidelined him while in college.
Ife is a Milwaukee native and an alumna of Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in Spanish and International Studies. She is one of GLC’s foreign language experts, with knowledge of Spanish, Yoruba, and Arabic. Ife’s students give her rave reviews for her patient, nurturing attitude.
During college, Ife studied abroad in Valparaiso, Chile. There, she learned about topics like social justice, cultural identity, and community development. Ife has worked with hundreds of students and families since joining GLC in 2013, including serving as Director of McLean. Now, she's pursuing a Master's in Teach with a focus in Spanish so she can continue to help students for years to come.
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.
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.
Addie received a degree in Psychology from Washington and Lee. Addie was a captain and goalkeeper for W&L’s women’s soccer team throughout college. She also has a wealth of experience with kids, helping to develop programs to promote interest in STEM programs for elementary school children. Addie is patient and dedicated with her students and takes a hands-on approach in her sessions.
Addie grew up on a farm in Northern Virginia, where she raised lambs and chickens. She loves hiking, live music, and poetry writing. Additionally, Addie once sailed more than 800 miles in the Caribbean over the course of three weeks.
Lindsay earned her Psychology degree from the University of Virginia. A native of Northern Virginia, Lindsay has strong ties to the community. For several years, she worked as a swim coach and instructor. Her history of academics is also extensive, touching upon several topics that GLC students see throughout school. Lindsay’s calm presence is perfect for students who want a guiding and warm hand as they work toward success in school.
Lindsay’s hobbies include reading comic books and engaging in thematic pop culture discussions in online forums. She also enjoys creative pursuits such as writing, painting, and printmaking. Lindsay has identified her love for her dogs, and treats them as if they were people.
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.
Emily earned her degree in Government from Cornell University in 2014, and has spent the last 3 years teaching in Sichuan, China. Emily’s teaching abroad experiences have given her the skills necessary to adapt to new challenges and give students real world examples for many academic subjects that students may not be initially interested in. A genuine interest in continuing to learn helps make Emily a strong tutor for a variety of subjects.
Emily is catching up on a lot of things she missed in the United States, like finally getting a chance to utilize Uber for the first time. She loves any activity that involves being outdoors, and so she definitely doesn’t know why people have stopped playing Pokemon Go.
Laya finished her degree in Communications with a minor in Biology at Wake Forest University in 2017. Laya is a versatile tutor who helps students with a variety of subjects, including Calculus BC and multiple AP Sciences. Graduating in 3 years, Laya knows how to manage her time effectively and teach students how to do that as well. Laya teaches in a direct and engaging manner, and can explain things in multiple ways in order to maximize understanding.
Dancing and travelling are some of Laya’s passions, which explains how she placed 3rd in a national dance competition in India. Laya is southern raised and proud of it, and she looks forward to making a big impact here at GLC.
Veronica graduated in 2017 from Williams College, where she majored in Art History. Veronica enjoys open and collaborative sessions, as her focus is to establish a strong relationship with the student in order to ensure that she understands their learning style. Veronica worked as a mental health counselor in college, and so can help imbue a tutoring session with confidence building, organization management, and other important study skills. Veronica can help with many of the subjects that students commonly struggle with, such as AP Biology and AP Chemistry.
Veronica studied abroad in Rome interning for a food blog, so we are all curious if she will start her own food blog now that she is in D.C. Maybe her love for Beyoncé will feature heavily in the blog as well.
Lucas graduated in 2017 with a BS in Physics and Mathematics from UNC- Chapel Hill. Lucas applied his love for astronomy and astrophysics to his undergrad work, and has experience with high level math in both the applied and theoretical fields. Lucas's teaching style involves him utilizing calm and relaxed environment to boost student's confidence. His confidence with the material shows in his ability to explain things in multiple different ways. Teaching not only how to do something, but why it is useful, is very important to him.
While Lucas is very passionate about space exploration, for now he focuses on hiking exploration. He is very familiar with the Appalachian trails in North Carolina and Tennessee. He is also an experienced rock climber, and hopes one day to climb all the highest peaks in the world.
Kassidy graduated from the George Washington University in 2017 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a concentration in Patent Law. Having spent her college years juggling multiple jobs and various extracurriculars, she can understand the stress of adding academics to the mix. She helps her students find balance and manage their time while ensuring that the students are understanding the material. She values having a strong relationship with her students and approaching each session with a positive attitude, knowing that her students can overcome any challenge when equipped with the right tools.
In her spare time, Kassidy enjoys curling up with a good book and some coffee or tea. Her favorite genre is a tie between mystery and historical fiction, but does occasionally go on a biography binge. When not reading, she might also be found adventuring around the nation's capital.
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.
Phone: (434) 296-5111
Erikka came to GLC in 2005 after graduating from the University of Illinois and the University of Virginia. Erikka became the Director of GLC’s Charlottesville office in 2007, and has helped connect thousands of local students with the academic support and test prep they’ve needed to excel.
Erikka is well known for her patience and optimism when working with students and parents. In her spare time, Erikka enjoys running, cooking, playing with her dogs, and spending time enjoying the outdoors throughout Central Virginia.
Katherine Kettler is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia and a hard core tea enthusiast. She's been banned from bringing home any more teapots. Passionate about all things academic, her favorite subjects include English and Psychology (although, with two Pre-Med roommates, she’s had plenty of lively discussions about Biology and Chemistry as well). She loves to read Shakespeare plays, but she will never say no to a good fantasy novel.
Katherine also harbors a deep love of musical theatre and can be found singing and dancing to show tunes at all hours of the day. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants around Charlottesville, watching movies, and petting every dog she sees on the street.
Rachel grew up in Northern Virginia, and spent her high school years taking AP classes, performing in her high school’s theatrical productions and choir concerts, and reading just about every fantasy book in the local public library. She attended the University of Virginia where she took classes ranging from Calculus and Physics, to Genetics and Organic Chemistry, to Art History and Anthropology. She even took a class about Dracula! Now that she has graduated from the University of Virginia, she hopes to utilize her love of learning to help high school students excel and find their passion for learning as well.
When not working with students or applying to graduate schools, Rachel spends her time trying out new restaurants, listening to music, and researching fan theories about Game of Thrones.
Lucy Trieshmann received her B.A. in Anthropology and Global Development Studies from the University of Virginia in 2017. As an undergraduate, she conducted international research on barriers to chronic disease management in low-resource communities. Now a Charlottesville townie, she tutors and works part-time for a disability rights non-profit. Never one to be inactive, Lucy is also co-authoring a book on disability theory and studying for the LSAT. In a few years, she will pursue a dual JD/PhD degree and fulfill her goal of becoming a disability-focused civil rights lawyer. Lucy spends her spare time watercolor painting, reading, and drinking copious amounts of caffeine.
Matthew Kimpel grew up in Charlottesville, graduated from CHS in 2014, and upon completing high school, made the 15-minute journey to UVA, where he studies Systems Engineering. Matthew is in his final semester at UVA and looks forward to working for IBM in Washington, D.C. after graduation. Believe it or not, Matthew's favorite subjects to tutor are math and science, although he also loves the occasional history student. Outside of school, Matthew volunteers as a Madison House Tutor at CHS, plays volleyball, cheers on the UVA men’s basketball team, and visits local breweries and restaurants with his friends.