Expert tutors, real mentors
SpiderSmart hires highly qualified tutors who love to teach their subject areas and to build genuine, long-lasting connections with their students. All are thoroughly trained in the SpiderSmart Way before their first virtual class.
Brian Kim Head Tutor, Reading & WritingSpiderSmart Tutor Since 2020
M.A.T., University of Virginia (ongoing); B.A., International Affairs, B.A., Political Science, University of Georgia
7 years teaching English, grammar, and math.
At SpiderSmart, we realize all aspects of a child’s life—school, hobbies, sports, diet, even sleep—factor into academic performance. I work to help my kids build life habits that optimize all those areas.
Hannah Balcomb Reading & WritingSpiderSmart Tutor Since 2020
Ph.D. and M.A., Ethnomusicology, University of California, Riverside; B.A., Latin American Studies, Evergreen State College
11 years teaching English composition, reading and writing, Spanish, anthropology, music, ESL, public speaking, reading and writing, and grammar.
I am passionate about teaching and strive to make learning fun and engaging in addition to being constructive. I take students’ strengths and needs into consideration to individually tailor classes and help them achieve their goals.
Leonard Bumbaca Subject Tutoring, Reading & WritingSpiderSmart Tutor Since 1994
M.Ed., George Mason University; B.S., History, U.S. Naval Academy; Virginia Department of Education Teaching Certification
27 years teaching math in Fairfax County (Va.) public schools.
I enjoy learning just as much as I enjoy teaching, and that joy is what I strive to share with students. I deeply care for the success of every student, and it is from that basis that I fashion the learning experience to meet the student’s individual needs.
Roberto Chavez Math, Reading & WritingSpiderSmart Tutor Since 2021
M.A.T., University of Virginia (ongoing); B.S., Mathematics, B.A., Philosophy, Virginia Commonwealth University
2 years teaching math, Spanish, essay writing, and English.
At SpiderSmart, our teaching philosophy and approach caters to the entire child‘s needs. I work with kids to establish a strong foundation within the classroom and beyond.
Fred Cook Reading & WritingSpiderSmart Tutor Since 2021
B.A., English Literature, Fairleigh Dickinson University; TEFL Certification
15+ years teaching Aikido.
As a teacher at SpiderSmart, my goal is to help children learn and excel at reading, writing, and thinking about what they‘ve read. I believe that adding some fun along with the fundamental discipline of learning is important for young students to succeed.
Teri Milstein Reading & WritingSpiderSmart Tutor Since 2016
M.A., Political Science, Western Illinois University; B.A., Psychology, James Madison University
4 years teaching English and environmental education.
I have an eye for detail, and I help students make sure they answer essay questions accurately and artfully.
Cynthia Taylor Park Reading & WritingSpiderSmart Tutor Since 2021
B.A., Office, and B.S., Management, Walla Walla University
20+ years of classroom and online experience teaching English. Expertise in ESL and learning disabilities. Owns ESL school in South Korea.
Children are our future. It has been my philosophy that our future learns through patience, love, and understanding. Having been a teacher for 30 years, I understand our future leaders and how to draw out their full potential.
Attiya White Reading & Writing, Math, Science, Test PrepSpiderSmart Tutor Since 2021
B.A., Psychology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
3 years college resident assistant. 2 years social justice educator.
I am dedicated to providing students with quality instruction and guidance through a nonjudgmental focus and a lens of understanding and clear communication.
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