Caitlin Hollowell was born and raised in Derwood, MD. Her philosophy has evolved and matured with every new experience. She believes in creating an environment that is safe for students to make mistakes, one that fosters kindness, and a space where we can discover how to learn to our fullest potential. Her philosophy celebrates helping one another in our educational journey instead of creating a competitive atmosphere full of angst and stress.
As a teacher, Caitlin invites her students to act with compassion by demonstrating it herself. She continually reminds her students that we are a class that takes care of one another, inside and outside the classroom. She strives to be a mentor to her students so that they feel they have a safe haven when they are in our classroom. In addition, Caitlin encourages students to open their hearts and minds to other mentors such as authors like, Ralph Fletcher, who relay positive and meaningful messages. She teachers her students that as humans, we have a responsibility to act respectfully towards one another concerning each other’s race, economic status, ideological differences, religion, and sexual orientation. In her own words, "As an educator, it is my job to act legally and ethically, demonstrating the importance of being a citizen who takes her role seriously as a teacher and societal member."
John's philosophy is based on creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle of learning. "How we spend our time determines what we are good at. If we spend our time on entertainment, then we will be great at being entertained. But if we spend our time solving problems, then we will become extraordinary problem-solvers." John takes a holistic approach to tutoring by addressing habits and lifestyle as well as academic performance. John always begins a tutoring relationship by learning about his students' habits and lifestyles and offering recommendations for changes. Establishing an optimal lifestyle of learning is foundational to achieving academic excellence.
In his "copious" free time, John enjoys being with his two children (above all else), studying theology and philosophy, volunteering to help the poor, and riding his bicycles and motorcycles. His ultimate mission is to leave a strong legacy of contribution for not only his own kids but all children and adults engaged in the pursuit of knowledge.
Maria Gianna Iannucci is a science educator and poet. You can find her work at giannaiannucci.com Reflections on Existence and her book Luminarium on Amazon. She has an undergraduate dual major in biology and chemistry, graduate work in neurophysiology, an MA in Consciousness and Transformational Studies, and an Ed.S in Educational Leadership Management and Policy from Seton Hall University. Maria is the Director of Implementation for the Science and Religion Initiative at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame and a consultant for the Vatican Observatory in Rome.
Lexi Francis is a Maryland native who attended high school in Montgomery County, where she demonstrated excellence in numerous AP courses, was named a National Merit Scholar, was inducted into the National Honors Society and the Spanish Honors Society, served as class Vice President, and graduated in the top 5% of her class. She continued her studies at Georgetown University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management & Policy and a certificate in health coaching.Outside of tutoring, Lexi is a classically trained violinist and played for seven years with the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra. Outside the workday, Alexis’ leisure pursuits include exploring Great Falls, practicing basic Farsi, and reading the latest on MIT’s weekly biomedicine updates.She is passionate about all things health-related. “My knowledge of wellness and lifestyle management strategies has proven highly advantageous to my students, who have benefited from the development of healthy habits that support their efforts to master academic challenges.” She is a connoisseur of effective communication and has honed a speaking style that is both precise and exuberant!
Marc Minsker holds a B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina and an M.A. in English from Appalachian State University. For the past 20 years, he has been teaching English at various public and private high schools in the DC metro area and serving in various educational roles. He is currently on the faculty at Wilson High School in Tenleytown, where he teaches senior English as well as SAT Prep and Peer Mediation courses. Over the last two years, he completed his second graduate degree: an M.S. in Educational Studies at John Hopkins School of Education. In his spare time, he organizes concerts locally and his music writing been featured in The Minus Times, Terrascope, as well as the book Dust and Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting. He lives in Bethesda with his wife and two sons.
Eve Gold is a 2020 graduate of Walt Whitman High School. Starting in Fall 2020, Eve will be attending Northwestern University with the intention of double majoring in Math and Chemistry. Her favorite classes include AP Chemistry, BC Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, and AP Literature. She tutors all levels of math from Algebra up to BC Calculus. Eve has been lauded with praise from the students and families she's worked with since joining Left Brains in 2019. Her hobbies include playing and coaching competitive tennis, reading, and working out.
Jordan Schuble is a graduate of the Bullis School. During his years at Bullis, he compiled a record of high academic achievement. He was the recipient of the Math Award, Science Award, and Latin Award, as well as receiving the award for the highest grade point average.After graduating from Bullis, Jordan continued his studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was enrolled in the Honors College and the Smith Business School. He graduated with multiple bachelor of science degrees in Accounting, Finance, and Technology Entrepreneurship. For several years now, Jordan has been assisting students in math and science at all levels of instruction ranging from Middle School to Graduate Programs. He is a frequent volunteer at Children's Hospital Brainy Camps, a place that provides a warm and enjoyable experience for children, teenagers, and young adults with chronic illnesses and mental disabilities.