Charlottesville
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    Great Falls
  • (703) 759-3624
    McLean
  • (703) 288-2808

Northern Virginia

Annie Burnquist

Founder
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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 Doyle

Director of Operations
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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.

Sana Ekbatani

Director of Great Falls
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Email: sana.ekbatani@glclearn.com
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.

Sarah Yang

Director of McLean
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Sarah hails from California and brings a distinct west-coast character to GLC since joining the team in 2017. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in English, Sarah ran a successful tutoring and test prep company outside of LA, where she helped hundreds of high school students develop study plans to achieve their goals. Sarah’s passion is matching individual students with the right tutors and programs that will allow them to achieve academic success.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys going to musicals, eating chocolate, and drinking coffee, though not always at the same time. Sarah’s childhood dream was to work as a Penguin Trainer at Sea World, but GLC is lucky that her career path led her to education instead (and that she doesn’t toss us fish for doing a good job).

Griffin Johns

Director of Recruiting
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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 Salako

Community Outreach Director
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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 White

Senior Associate Director
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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 Davis

Senior Associate Director
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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 Healy

Senior Associate Director
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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 Mottola

Senior Associate Director
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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 Hudak

Associate Director
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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 Mayo

Associate Director
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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 Mohan

Associate Director
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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 Veliz

Associate Director
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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.

Charlottesville

Erikka Goff

Director of Charlottesville
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Email: erikka.goff@glclearn.com
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.

Tim Dorsheimer

Associate Director
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Tim hails from the Western New York region and he holds a Master’s degree in mathematics from The College at Brockport. During his college years, he stayed active with the volleyball, soccer and basketball club sports teams through the school. Since then, he has taught SAT and ACT classes in Rochester, NY and Newport Beach, CA and has also instructed math courses at the collegiate level.

Outside of the academic realm, Tim is a music enthusiast! He has played in several rock 'n' roll bands over the years and spends much of his free time enjoying all varieties of live music from funk to folk. Tim is also an avid hiker and is excited to start his exploration of the mountains overlooking Charlottesville. Other interests include video editing, photography, reading and writing.

Katherine Kettler

Associate Director
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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 Steiner

Associate Director
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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. 

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