Who We Are
- Empower students with the tools and confidence to succeed academically,
- Encourage self-advocacy,
- Inspire a love of learning.
To achieve this goal, our trusted management team has hand-picked a corps of talented instructors who, in addition to being experts in their fields, care deeply about the “whole student” experience -- the overall well-being of their students in addition to their academic achievements. Our management team is dedicated, creative and solutions-oriented. Combining our own expertise with our vast network of educational resources, we strive to fill every educational need.
Quality educators provide quality instruction. We hire creative and supportive educators who have a proven passion for education.
Partnerships and personalized learning deliver results. Tutor Corps has been in the education business since 2002. Our relationships with schools, students and families are built on mutual trust, respect, and commitment.
A holistic approach leads to long-term success. Our integrated approach combines customized content, skill building and mentorship.
A passion for learning is contagious. We strive to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. To advance this goal, we have established the Tutor Corps Foundation. The Foundation awards grants and scholarships to addressing the needs of under-served students.
For Parents and Guardians
Parents and guardians we serve may be looking for:
- Academic tutoring
- Homeschooling support
- Instructor support for a student with an IEP
- Standardized Test Preparation support
- Study Skills/Executive Functioning Support
- Learning Differences Support
To understand our students' academic challenges and goals, we always begin with a comprehensive initial conversation with parents and guardians. We check in regularly and provide bi-monthly session notes. In addition, we are available at any time to answer questions, provide educational expertise, address new concerns or share successes.
For Schools and School Districts
Schools and school districts we serve may be looking for:
- Academic tutoring (we offer financial aid services), on or off campus
- Support for students with IEPs
- Standardized Test Preparation workshops or after school classes
- Parent presentations
- Temporary staffing
Tutor Corps has a long history of successful partnerships with schools and school districts. Please do not hesitate to inquire about references.
Educators choose to work for Tutor Corps because we treat our employees with the utmost respect and appreciation. In addition to offering competitive pay, we offer our educators a vast library of resources and extensive administrative support. Educators have numerous opportunities for professional development opportunities, including standardized test preparation training and best practices for differentiated instruction. We value our educators, which is why many choose to stay with Tutor Corps for multiple years.
All of our educators have exceptional academic backgrounds, subject mastery, teaching experience and the ability to connect with students, parents and teachers. Educators must hold a college degree and may also have additional degrees, certifications or specializations related to their specific teaching area.
To learn more about how you can join Tutor Corps as an educator, please visit our Educators page or call (415)990-1322 ext 104 (Bay Area) or (310) 905-6699 (Los Angeles).
We guarantee that Tutor Corps will deliver exceptional educational services. We want the best match for each student and if you are not satisfied with our tutoring services we will not charge you. We want to provide you with security and peace of mind -- We value long term relationships and matching you with a great educator is our top priority. The details are simple:
- Meet with one of our instructors to try our services.
- If you are not fully satisfied, call or email us within 30 days of your first tutoring session and explain your concerns.
- We will offer to re-match you with another instructor (98% of our tutor matches are successful).
- If you decide Tutor Corps is not a good fit for you and you do not want to move forward with another instructor, Tutor Corps will credit up to three tutoring sessions (max of $390).
Tutor Corps takes a personal approach to your child’s academic success. We promise to:
- Provide a personalized tutoring plan to help build skills and confidence.
- Address each student’s individual learning style and abilities.
- Provide mentorship and create a conducive learning environment with trust, compassion and support.
- Maintain the highest level of ethics and teaching standards.
Melissa FunkEducation Director
Melissa works with parents and guardians to find the best tutor to fit their needs. She is the primary contact for parents and guardians who want to set up tutoring. Melissa has worked in educational management for five years and loves supporting parents and students on a daily basis. As a Bay Area native, she is familiar with the schools and academic pursuits of our students. Melissa graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Journalism. In her free time, Melissa enjoys record collecting, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Robin HigginsEducation Coordinator
Robin works with Melissa to help parents and students find the tutor that will work best for them. She has worked in the tutoring space for over ten years and loves helping students achieve their academic goals. Robin received a full scholarship to Emory University, double majored in chemistry and piano performance, and she got her master’s in organic chemistry from UCLA. She currently lives in LA and has a pet crawfish named Creamsicle.
Mel NicholsTutor Services Director
Melissa (“Mel”) Nichols recruits, hires, and manages the tutors at Tutor Corps. She is the primary contact for tutor applicants and provides instructional and logistical support to our tutor team. Mel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Western Michigan University and holds a Single Subject Teaching Credential in English Language Arts and minor in political science. Upon graduating, Mel taught middle school in Sacramento through the Teach For America program and with the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) in San Francisco. She has also served as an Instructional Coach through Breakthrough Collaborative’s summer programming at San Francisco University High School. In her free time, Mel enjoys spending time with her husband, Jake, and baby, Arlo, as well as working on fun projects, reading, and traveling.
Staci StutsmanEducation Coordinator
Staci assists with administrative tasks that allow tutors to onboard with Tutor Corps as efficiently as possible so that they can get straight to what they love doing best: teaching. She also supports the management staff so that they can best assist parents, students, and tutors. Staci graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Western Michigan University before completing her Ph.D. in English from Syracuse University. At Syracuse, she taught college-level writing classes and trained new teaching assistants. Currently, she homeschools, tutors, and provides management support for Tutor Corps. In her free time, Staci enjoys reading, hiking in the East Bay with her dog, and doing the crossword.
Lexie Papedo GaspariniDirector of Outreach & Community Relations
Lexie builds partnerships with individuals, schools and organizations in the community that share Tutor Corps’ educational values. She manages Tutor Corps’ communications and social media and broadens the reach of the Tutor Corps Foundation in the Bay Area. Lexie is a graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures. She has acted theatrically with companies such as American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Off-Broadway at The Barrow Group Theater in New York. When Lexie moved to San Francisco, she combined her love of theater and education by working as the Education Manager at Berkeley Playhouse. She helped grow the education department’s offerings, build curriculum, and facilitate arts education outreach to local schools. Lexie has directed and taught theater to students grades K-12 all over the Bay Area. In her free time she loves spending time with her husband, Danny, and baby, Gabe.
Anna SchellChief Operating Officer
Anna manages all of the Tutor Corps staff and operations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. She also directs our homeschooling program, oversees complex cases and develops new educational programs. Anna was born and raised in the Bay Area. She attended Lick-Wilmerding High School and went on to graduate from Whitman College with a BA in biology. She then went to graduate school at the University of Nevada where she was awarded a teaching fellowship. Anna joined Tutor Corps in 2007 to tutor students while completing her Masters degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley. In her free time, Anna enjoys writing, reading, running, hiking and spending time with her friends and family.
Jesse RoselinFounder & CEO
Jesse founded Tutor Corps in 2002 and has carefully managed the growth of the company to ensure that all students are matched with truly exceptional tutors. He provides educational consulting services to schools and families, creates customized programs and curricula, and supports the management team at Tutor Corps. Jesse is also the Co-Founder of the Tutor Corps Foundation, a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit organization that provides educational services to under-resourced youth. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Jesse has 15 years of teaching and tutoring experience and has taught through the Teach for America program in East Palo Alto and at Menlo School’s academic summer camp. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Marin Waldorf School in San Rafael for six years and is active in the education community.
Sandy Leung, CPAAccounting Services Manager
Sandy manages all accounting services projects for Tutor Corps. She has been practicing in accounting and tax services for over 10 years and enjoys providing accounting support to the Tutor Corps team. Sandy was born and raised in San Francisco. She attended San Francisco University High School (SFUHS) and went onto University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to obtain her B.A in Economics with an emphasis in Accounting. She is currently attending Golden Gate University to obtain her Masters in Taxation. In her free time she enjoys long runs, taking Instagram photos, a hot cup of coffee and exploring new cities and landscapes.