Meet Our Tutors

Karima Davis, Founder

As a teen growing up in inner-city Philadelphia, Karima always saw academics as her way out. She did well in school, had a great social life, yet still, that wasn't enough. Throughout high school, college and even as a young professional, no matter how successful she became, she never felt good enough. Like many, she secretly suffered from depression, mostly due to trauma she experienced as a child, but also because everywhere she turned, society was set up to make her feel that she should've been doing more.

When she became a mom, 22 years ago, she discovered just how precious life was & decided that she never wanted her children, or any child, to experience those feelings of emptiness. So she embarked on a journey of spiritual immersion and self-fulfillment, moved her family abroad to the Middle East & fell in love with culture & teaching. She stayed there for 8 years, teaching English as a Second Language at some of the top universities in Saudi Arabia.

It was there that she learned that success for everyone looks different and should never be pursued at the expense of one's happiness. With this in mind, she was finally able to identify her own personal values & strengths, those things that made her truly unique. She became more confident as a mother, teacher, and all-around human being, and developed a passion for helping students discover the same for themselves.

Over the course of more than a decade, she's worked with students & families from various countries, cultures and backgrounds, like the Middle East, China, India, Poland, and South America, helping them build confidence and reach academic and personal goals they never thought possible. She did this by not only helping them improve their skills but also their mindset. 

She believes that people across the globe are suffering from this idea that they aren’t good enough and that in order to achieve success, they have to sacrifice their happiness. Her goal is to show today’s teens, our next generation of leaders, that this is far from the truth. They can be successful academically, and at the same time, be happy and fulfilled.

Adam Roufberg

MS Physics, Drexel University

Adam holds an MS in Physics, a MAS in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation and dual undergraduate degrees in Biology and Physics, as well as an AA in Classical Guitar and Composition. His professional experience includes 20 years of teaching college physics and 15 years teaching for standardized test preparation (SAT/ACT/AP including subject tests in Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology). Adam is currently living in Spain, engaged in a formal study of flamenco guitar. In his free time, he enjoys writing short stories and poetry, cooking, running, biking, hiking, and exploring different cultures. 

Odonna Bass

Candidate for Doctor of Education in Learning and Organizational Change from Baylor University

Odonna is a passionate, curious, and loving educator with three years of teaching experience in Special Education. She has worked in the public and public charter school settings as a lead teacher, inclusion co-teacher, resource room teacher, and case manager. Her content specialties are in English/Language Arts and History. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University where she majored in English with a focus in Rhetoric and minor in Communications. She also holds a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Management from Webster University and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Learning and Organizational Change from Baylor University. Prior to becoming an educator, Odonna served nine years in the United States Army as a Chemical Officer. These years of leadership experience in the military have greatly shaped her views on organizational leadership, teamwork, and commitment. Her desire to become an educator comes from the core belief that every child is entitled to a high-quality and equitable education that is accessible to all learners, meaningful, and bridges academics and the real world.

Mukti Patel

Candidate for MS in Business Analytics, BS Operations Management and Business Analytics, Accounting Major, University of Maryland

Shaakirah Lee

BS Industrial and Systems Engineering, Morgan State University

Shaakirah holds an Associate Degree in Engineering Science from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD . She is currently working as a Technology Analyst at Accenture Federal Services in the DMW Metropolitan Area. Shaakirah’ s professional experience includes tutoring elementary, middle, high, and college level students. She also has extensive research experience as a Thurgood Marshall College Fund Student Research recipient and a Mid-Atlantic nanotechnology Research hub recipient. Shaakirah is very passionate about tutoring mathematics as well as getting students exposed to STEM careers at early ages. In her free time, Shaakirah enjoys cooking, baking, and playing basketball.

Julianna Smith

Pursuing Bachelor of Music in Voice with Minors in Spanish and German and a Certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, University of Maryland

Julianna is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in voice as well as minors in Spanish and German. She is also currently pursuing a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification. Julianna loves teaching languages and has studied abroad in both Salamanca, Spain and Vienna, Austria. She interned with the Esperanza Center in Baltimore as a classroom assistant through their summer English program. Last year, she interned with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, where she helped organize field trips to cultural organizations for D.C. public and charter school students. Julianna has taught piano and voice lessons, and even worked as a jump rope instructor for four years. Whatever the subject may be, Julianna is committed to sharing her knowledge through teaching!

Sonu Patel

Pursuing BS Family Science, University of Maryland

Sonu is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Family Science at University of Maryland. She plans to become a teacher and work with young minds in the future. She would also like to work in underdeveloped countries assisting children in need. Sonu has had the opportunity to gain classroom experience working with students through internships at various elementary schools and enjoys tutoring reading for early learners. Along with that, she volunteers at Shri BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir on Sundays where she educates young children about her culture and traditions. After working with different types of learners over the years, she realized that she especially enjoys working with children with special needs.

Helen Rossmiller

Pursuing BS Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Helen is especially passionate about math and science, although she loves all the subjects she tutors. She is able to use her experience working in a research lab to bring these subjects to life. She also enjoys helping students do well on standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT. Having scored a nearly perfect 35 out of 36 on the ACT, Helen knows what strategies work. Through one-on-one tutoring, she helps students prepare academically for college. She shares her experience navigating test prep and advanced classes as well as how she got into her dream school--Johns Hopkins University. She hopes to allow her experience and passion for knowledge to help students excel in school and all forms of learning.

Neetika Rastogi

Pursuing BS in Neuroscience and Philosophy, John Hopkins University

Neetika, interested in the intersection between the humanities and science, studies both philosophy and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. She is interested in a concentration in the philosophy of science and logic, along with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience. She currently works at a lab that explores the role of olfaction in neuropsychiatric disorders. Neetika is passionate about sharing her knowledge in subjects like english, history, and writing with her students. Having tutored extensively in the past, she knows what strategies work on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. She is very passionate about academics and hopes that she can impart that appreciation on any student that she tutors.

Ali Bhatti

Pursuing BS and BA in Information Science and French Literature, University of Maryland

Ali is currently pursuing his BS and BA in Information Science and French Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also minoring in Statistics and Survey Methodology. Ali's professional experience includes an internship with the Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) Office at UMD, mentoring students in reading at the primary and secondary grade levels, and being on the executive board for Asian American Student Union (AASU) at UMD. Ali enjoys teaching the subjects of mathematics, AP Calculus I and II, AP Statistics, writing, AP psychology, AP French, AP Economics (Micro and Macro), reading comprehension, geography, social science, and reading. In his free time, Ali enjoys writing poetry, listening to Sufi music, attending concerts, and biking!