Lisa identifies students’ strengths to help them set and reach their academic goals. She specializes both in the verbal side of test prep (SSAT, HSPT, ISEE) and in coaching students toward writing polished, engaging essays and personal statements for high school, college, and graduate school applications. She has worked with countless students, providing mentoring and tutoring through writing centers and one-on-one tutoring sessions.
Lisa's tutoring background is in English, composition, humanities, biology, and social studies. She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, and she has worked with Bay Area College Planners as an Education Outreach Liaison for parents and students regarding the college financial aid process.
Lisa's many skills can help your child prepare for tests, essays, or school applications.
"Lisa gave direct and constructive feedback and I thought really customized her sessions to fit [my daughter's] needs. She was very professional and personable." - Parent, The Hamlin School
“Our daughter found the combination of Lisa’s gentle and nurturing personality and her ability to bring out the best in her students very effective in achieving her potential.” -Parent, Marin Country Day School
"Lisa was an excellent SSAT guide for our daughter. She worked on primarily helping our daughter strengthen her skills, and helped her achieve a great result on the test. Lisa not only showed our daughter all the tools required to master the test-taking strategies, but also made her feel more confident about the test in general. Lisa was also very resourceful and flexible. She was able to adjust the speed with which she introduced the new materials as needed. We would highly recommend her." -Parent, The Hamlin School
"Lisa is a wonderful teacher who makes the lessons fun and informative. She is a great role model and has terrific practice skills to maximize the tutoring seasons." -Parent, San Domenico
"The combination of experience and positive attitude makes Lisa an exceptional tutor. Not only did she help our daughter prepare her high school application essays, but also she was able to manage expectations and be a strong advocate. She inspired confidence and instilled the use of lasting writing strategies that continue to aid our daughter." -Parent, The Hamlin School
"Lisa is very patient, and thorough. Her organizational skills are impressive and her ability to tackle the mountain of material in a short time span was remarkable." - Parent, Mill Valley Middle School