Stephanie Simon

Director of Client Services and Test Prep Tutor

Helping students achieve their goals is the most rewarding feeling in the world. I have dedicated my career to supporting, guiding, and teaching students (and their families!). After receiving my Master’s degree in education at Stanford, I taught high school English before shifting to tutoring when my two kids were born. Not only did this change allow me to balance motherhood with teaching, but it also gave me the gift of working on-on-one with students and families. I saw the power of tutoring to enrich a student’s academic experience. It put me on a path to private tutoring, including founding and managing a community-based tutoring center in Sonoma County and helping students with test preparation. I was also on the faculty at Sonoma State University as a student teacher placement coordinator, helping teachers-in-training find the best mentor teacher match for their student teaching experience.

Growing up in Southern California, I attended a large, public high school. By contrast, I experienced a different kind of education at a small, liberal arts school at the University of Puget Sound in Washington State. Although I majored in English, my university’s liberal arts approach helped me connect literature to everything else: writing, art, French, history, political science, economics, psychology, and even math. I loved finding the intersections between subjects and experiencing a variety of disciplines, an approach I use in my teaching and tutoring. Context and connection help students make sense of the world and provide the best lightbulb moments in life.

I think of my tutoring role as being a bridge for students—between the classroom and homework, the SAT and college, or their goals and what it takes to get there. I always try to see things from my student’s perspective while modeling successful learning strategies and previewing what comes next for them. I strive to balance encouragement and warmth with a structured approach to scheduling and goal-setting in order to get them to their highest level of performance at each stage of their academic career.

I’ve been tutoring students in the SAT and ACT for more than 10 years. Working with a supportive tutor makes a huge difference not only in their score, but also in their confidence and stress level. When it comes to test-prep, I try to demystify the test, break it down into manageable tasks, and empower students to understand and conquer it.

Outside of tutoring, I am an avid reader, moviegoer, hiker, foodie, and traveler. I also love puzzles and games and am a huge fan of the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle.

Subjects Tutored

SAT Subject Math2
SAT Subject Literature
Academic English
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition

Offices Served

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