Charlottesville
  • (434) 296-5111
    Great Falls
  • (703) 759-3624
    McLean
  • (703) 288-2808

Northern Virginia

Annie Burnquist

Founder and Director
Annie

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.

Sana Ekbatani

Senior Director of Operations
Sana Ekbatani

Email: sana.ekbatani@glclearn.com

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.

Lauren Hudak

Director of Great Falls
Lauren Hudak

Email: lauren.hudak@glclearn.com
Phone: 703-759-3624

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.

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Monique Ghazar

Associate Director
Monique Ghazar GLC

Monique is a 2018 graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in Chemistry and finished her studies with distinction in three years. She greatly enjoys learning languages, having studied abroad twice in France and once in Morocco, and having taken advanced French and Arabic courses throughout college. Thanks to her two years as an accelerated chemistry teaching assistant at UVA, Monique thoroughly enjoys working with students in more advanced topics and helping them grasp difficult concepts.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Rebecca Hill

Associate Director
Rebecca Hill GLC

Rebecca graduated from New York University with Bachelor's degrees in English and Psychology, and is currently a PhD Candidate at UCLA in Comparative Arabic and European Literature. Since 2005, she has taught English at high schools and universities in California, Connecticut, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. Rebecca tutors a wide variety of subject matter, including math, science, and foreign language. In her spare time, she likes to sing with orchestral and choral ensembles, volunteer as an ESL teacher, and explore medieval manuscripts in the archives. 

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!  

Sarah Tran

Associate Director
Sarah Tran GLC

Sarah graduated from UVA with Bachelor degrees in History and Biology. She was a student researcher at the Papers of George Washington, where she transcribed documents and letters of the first president of the United States. Sarah tutored ESL at the Literacy Volunteer center and discovered that she loved teaching. She was a color guard at UVA and marched with 320+ band members at the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In her free time, she likes to try out new C'ville restaurants and watch funny YouTube videos. She has been trying to grow an avocado tree from seed, and she intends on naming the tree Guac Ruffalo.

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