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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


Chief Technology Officer/Math Specialist

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


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


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


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


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


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.   

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