Meet Our Tutors
Karima Davis, Founder
Karima is a graduate of Widener University, where she received a BS in Accounting. A few years after beginning her career with one of the largest international public accounting firms, she was presented with the opportunity to move abroad, where her career took a wonderfully, unexpected turn. She spent the next 8 years in the Middle East, discovering her passion for teaching. Karima served in schools, institutes and universities in her role as an ESL (English as a Second Language) and Test Prep Teacher, and Academic Coordinator. She also worked with students of all ages and levels as a private tutor, helping them improve written and verbal communication skills and build confidence in the English language.Her accomplishments over the years include being recognized as Teacher of the Year, contribution to the development of a phonics curriculum for adult ESL learners, successfully managing large in-school virtual tutoring and test prep programs for U.S. public schools, and teaching and tutoring hundreds of students across three continents over the past 15 plus years. She did all of this while homeschooling her 4 children through a rigorous American curriculum.
As an Academic Success Strategist, Karima has built lasting relationships with students, families, teachers, and administrators, maintaining a focus on providing unparallelled academic support at all times. Needless to say, her clients have received amazing results and have been accepted to top schools across the country.
She is skilled at meeting families and students where they are to help them find the best solution for their academic needs. In teaching students with learning differences, high-achievers and those in between, she’s discovered the magic that happens when students are allowed to embrace their uniqueness and uncover their strengths. Most importantly, her focus is on supporting the “whole child” and balancing academics with mental wellness. .
Her passion for teaching and helping others is apparent to everyone she meets. Her philosophy is that every learner is unique and "anyone can learn anything once they discover how they, themselves, learn". When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys exploring nature, swimming, reading, traveling and spending time with family.
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.
BS Electrical Engineering, MEng Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT)
Stephanie holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and MEng in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has worked in the medical device and automotive industries, has three years of tutoring experience across all grade levels, and worked as a teaching assistant while in school. Stephanie enjoys teaching all levels of biology, chemistry, physics, math, reading comprehension and helping students prepare for standardized tests (SHSAT, SAT, SAT II subject tests in math and science, Regents exams, AP math and science exams).
MS Chemistry, Missouri Western State University
Jianfeng Huang received his Master's Degree in Chemistry at Missouri Western State University in 2015, where he also worked as a Teaching Assistant in the chemistry lab, training students in the use of lab instruments and results analysis. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering at Guangdong Pharmaceutical University in China, where academics and education are very challenging. With a positive attitude towards life and studies, he excelled in mathematics and science. Throughout his college years, he worked as a part-time math tutor where developed a passion for teaching. Jianfeng works as a Chemist and enjoys helping students develop their own way to master their courses. He loves sports and always tries to learn new things around him.
BS Industrial and Systems Engineering, AA Engineering Science, 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.
Godswill (Bobby) Otono
BS Engineering, Morgan State University
Godswill Otono holds a BS in Engineering from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. He is a passionate educator with more than 4 years of experience tutoring students ranging from elementary to graduate level in math and science. In his current role as a supervisor in the Math Tutoring Center at Morgan State, he oversees a team of tutoring experts who assist undergraduate and graduate students with difficult subjects required to complete degrees in Mathematics, Engineering, Nursing and other STEM and non-STEM related majors. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and travelling.
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!
Pursuing BS in Biology, University of Maryland
Krina Patel is a student at the University of Maryland studying Biology and plans to become a dentist in the future. In the past, she taught early learners at Kumon and has held the position of an intern at several dental offices, especially pediatric dental offices. On Sundays, she spends the day at a local temple teaching middle schoolers about life skills, leadership, and spirituality. She has a lot of experience in teaching kids from all backgrounds and values building a genuine connection with all her students to make learning more fun. She enjoys teaching reading, writing, math, and science. In her free time, you will either find her spending time with friends and family or binge- watching Greys Anatomy.
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.
Pursuing BS Philosophy and Neuroscience, Johns 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.