Charlottesville
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    Great Falls
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    McLean
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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.

John Andreae

Director of Recruiting
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Email: john@glclearn.com

John hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is an alumnus of Washington University in St. Louis. Since arriving at GLC in 2011, John has used his wide-ranging expertise to help students with everything from Latin to AP Calculus. He brings an infectious energy and enthusiasm to his work that puts students at ease and ensures that each session is productive.

John was Beta Theta Pi’s New Member Educator in college, a role that has equipped him well to coordinate GLC’s recruiting efforts. He is known as one of the loudest tutors in GLC’s Northern Virginia history, and enjoys karaoke whether a song is playing out loud or just in his head as he walks through the office. John was instrumental in the implementation of Tuna Melt Mondays during the 2013-14 school year.

Ife Salako

Community Outreach
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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. During the 2013-14 school year, Ife worked at the McLean Old Firehouse Center each Monday as part of a GLC group.

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.

Rubi Duran

Associate Director
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Rubi attended Bowdoin College and majored in Biochemistry. In the past, she has worked with students in the US and abroad, focusing on helping kids achieve their academic goals. She has an extensive science and Spanish language background. Rubi’s desire to build connections with students and help them succeed is the hallmark of her teaching style.

Rubi loves to explore and experience the outdoors. In college, she spent one summer volunteering in the Amazon. Rubi also enjoys cooking and eating the spiciest food she can find. She once ate the infamous ghost pepper, and survived.

Addie Healy

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.

Griffin Johns

Associate Director
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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.

Lindsay Mottola

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.

Laura Owsiany

Associate Director
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Laura joins the GLC team from Georgetown University where she majored in English. She has worked as a writing instructor for elementary through high school students. Laura is a great resource for students struggling with writing or looking to sharpen their college essays. Her sessions are thoughtful and interactive.

At Georgetown, Laura was on a ballroom dancing team for two years. Laura has a talent for music, having mastered the harp. She used to be part of a harp playing ensemble, and would perform in venues around her hometown, Pittsburgh.

Merva Razzak

Associate Director
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Merva is GLC’s first tutor from UCLA where she majored in Psychobiology. In college she mentored incoming freshmen and volunteered for a pediatric dentist. Merva has extensive experience in math and science courses, and will be great at helping students stay organized and develop strong study plans.

This is Merva’s first time living on the east coast. She brings with her a love for experiencing different cultures, especially trying new foods. Merva also enjoys choreographing and performing South Asian dances at friends' weddings and student shows.

Evan Zeddies

Associate Director
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Evan comes to GLC from Vanderbilt University, having received a degree in Medicine, Health, and Society. He focused his studies on Health and Behavioral Sciences. While in college, Evan supported a variety of students. He not only worked as a camp counselor for several years, earning the title of counselor of the year in 2015, but also helped Biology students as a teaching assistant for college level courses.

Outside of GLC, Evan is an avid traveler. He has visited 4 continents and an impressive 40 states. Additionally, Evan is a skilled builder, having earned the title of Champion of Roller Coaster Tycoon.

Kendra Jobe

Associate Director
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Kendra Jobe is a twin, left handed, and of West Indian heritage. She received her B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. Passionate about improving health and wellbeing she served as a mentor and teaching assistant at a local high school, Health and Medical Sciences Academy in Charlottesville.

Kendra’s research projects have included knocking out ceramide synthase isoforms to evaluate its effect on the sphingolipid metabolic pathway and its potential as an influenza antiviral; conducting clinical/translational research on Coumadin patients at risk for blood clots and excessive bleeding; and working on telemedicine, health literacy and patient safety data projects. While studying in Denmark, she was inspired by their advances in alternative energy and sustainable cities. The Danes are known to be among the happiest and healthiest people worldwide. Kendra hopes to bring her experiences to the GLC community!

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.

Matthew Safarik

Associate Director
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Matthew graduated from University of Virginia, and he has worked with a wide variety of elementary, middle, and high school students as a tutor and camp counselor in the Charlottesville and Fredericksburg areas over the past several years.

Matthew can support students across a wide range of subjects, including AP English and History, AP math, Latin, and science, making him a great option for students who need help in a number of different areas over the course of a school year. In his spare time, he runs his own photography business specializing in outdoor, portrait, and dance photographs.

Brittany Spear

Associate Director
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Brittany Spear (yes, that’s her real name) is a 2013 graduate from Miami University (OH). Only by attending school in Ohio did she realize how great it was to grow up right outside of Washington DC. After a series of odd, adventuresome jobs, which include working on a sailboat in Maine and living in the woods for a year in central Virginia, Brittany decided that her love of all things academic and adolescent was her career choice, so began studying to become a teacher at the University of Virginia.

When not absorbed in the wonders of the academic world, Brittany can be found hiking in the nearby mountains, reading young adult fantasy and science fiction novels, and experimenting with various recipes found on food blogs.

Katie Irving

Associate Director
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Katie grew up in Southern California with twin younger siblings. In high school, she took many AP classes, sang in the choir, and played soccer and lacrosse, so she knows how challenging it can be to juggle activities and school work. She and her family have trained guide dogs for the blind since she was in 6th grade (10 puppies and counting), so Katie is a huge dog lover! To get a taste of the complete opposite of California weather, she attended the University of Notre Dame. She then continued her gradual journey across the country by moving to Charlottesville to work at GLC. Katie tutors a variety of subjects, including AP Calculus, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry.

In her free time, Katie enjoys cooking, baking, singing, reading historical fiction novels, and visiting the many places of historical significance throughout Virginia.

Drew Mahone

Associate Director
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Drew graduated in his hometown at the University of Virginia, where he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree. He focused his majors on energy policy and systems with the desire to eventually work in the alternative energy industry designing and building solar panels. Drew particularly enjoys tutoring Mathematics (at all levels) and Physics.

Drew has experience volunteer tutoring children at the Boys and Girls club as well as teaching English as a second language. In his free time, Drew enjoys building small solar panels for fun, playing and watching basketball, playing golf, spending time with his friends, and snowboarding.

Erin Vines

Associate Director
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Erin grew up in Tennessee, and she graduated last year from the University of Virginia. Before working at GLC, she taught English as a foreign language to students in Colombia. After spending some time working and traveling abroad, she’s so excited to be back in her favorite city—Charlottesville. She absolutely loves teaching, so she’s looking forward to tutoring a variety of subjects at GLC.

Erin loves snow and sweet potatoes. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and going to Trader Joe’s.

Michelle Nanni

Associate Director
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A New York native, Michelle graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with degrees in Biology and Society and Communication. After working for a few years in analytics and consulting while living in different cities around the country, Michelle decided to pursue a medical degree and is currently participating in the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program at the University of Virginia. Since her undergraduate years, Michelle has enjoyed tutoring in writing, math and sciences to students from elementary school to college age. She is excited to continue pursuing this passion as a member of the GLC team!

In her free time, Michelle enjoys playing basketball, running, reading, and all things outdoors. When she isn’t studying or working, you can likely find her exploring new places in Charlottesville.

Jeff LaPierre

Associate Director
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Jeff grew up in a small town on the east coast of Quebec, Canada. After obtaining his BS in Physics in Quebec he moved to the US to pursue his PhD in Lightning Physics at New Mexico Tech, which he obtained in December of 2015. While working on his PhD, he also was the manager/captain of the Physics basketball team and founded the street hockey club, so he understands the struggles of student athletes. During his time in NM, he met his wife and rescued two stray dogs, a chiweenie and a beagador, who now make up their happy family. After his PhD, Jeff moved to Charlottesville to work at UVA as a postdoctoral researcher in the Environmental Sciences department. Jeff enjoys tutoring all levels of Physics and Mathematics.

Jeff loves hockey and basketball (go Hoos!). In his free time, Jeff enjoys skiing, skating, and traveling around the world. So far he has visited France, Italy, and Japan, just to name a few.

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