Meet The Team

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Shani Clayton

Founder & CEO

Shani is a passionate educator who began tutoring math in 1995 at Marymount University.  After college, she continued math tutoring on nights and weekends.  Shani is a certified math teacher and has taught high school mathematics in both Washington, DC and in London, England. She has a Masters of Actuarial Science and a B.S. in Mathematics and Mathematics Education.  Shani lives in Washington, D.C with her son and multitude of pets.  

Brian Wake

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Chief Technology Officer

I am a technology guru that has spent the majority of my career working in pension administration.  I majored in Mathematics at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  I have over 25 years of coaching experience in both basketball and football.  I am very happy to mentor and/or help youth struggling with mathematics.  I also love to teach the game of basketball and football.  

LaCountiss Hopkins

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Math Specialist 

I have always known I wanted to teach math since I was 7. I would always pretend teach my dolls and even a friend that lived near me. My fate was confirmed in 6th grade when I was the only one that passed a math test with flying colors. I've taught/tutored math on all levels, from elementary all the way through college. I absolutely love math. It's basically in my DNA! 

Mrs. Melissa Hamilton, M.Ed

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Social Studies Specialist 

My name is Melissa Hamilton. I teach 7th & 8th grade Social Studies. I am originally from Georgetown, Guyana, but I have spent much of my life in Brooklyn, NY. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 10+ years. I am a mother of five children, three boys and two girls; I love each of them to the moon and back. We have a fur baby named Bentley. My eldest son is a U.S. Marine.

I received my undergraduate degree from Touro college in New York in 2006. My family and I moved to NC in the summer of 2007. I received my Masters degree in K-5 Education and 6-9 Language Arts and Social Studies from University of Phoenix in 2009. 

I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, and reading. I love teaching, and watching my students enjoy learning.

Darcy Hampton

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Lead Science Specialist 

Presidential Award-winning science educator with 28 years of expertise in learning & development designs, curriculum development, training, delivery, and  academic administration.  Expert in developing curriculum and career plans aligned with the needs of students from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Manie Morales

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Spanish Tutor

As a Professional Spanish Language Coach, Translator, and Interpreter, I bring over ten years of tutoring expertise to my tutorials.  I have been a trained State Title V Certified Tutor since 1994, as well as professionally certified in the Spanish language.

Merita Pigford

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Lead Reading Specialist

I received my undergraduate degree from Fayetteville State University in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Language Arts.  To further my educational goal, I received a Master of Art in Education.  My motto: "Reading is the most important tool of the universe and I am proud to enhance it!"

Larry Garcia

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Math Specialist

Larry Garcia has an associate degree in electronics from Florida Keys Community College, an undergraduate degree in fine arts from the University of South Florida and a master's degree in education from McDaniel College. While he studied painting, he always had a natural interest in math and science. His teaching career spanned thirty years as a Math teacher, including five years as a department head and twelve years as the Master Scheduler. His art background made teaching Geometry his first choice with pre-Algebra and Algebra close behind. He successfully passed his love of math to his younger daughter who has a undergraduate degree in math and currently works for the government as a mathematician.