About Me

Friedman HeadshotI am an experienced and versatile educator who has taught a variety of age groups and academic subjects. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Government, I served for two years in the Peace Corps, working and teaching children in an inner-city community in Kingston, Jamaica. When I returned to the U.S., I earned my M.A. in Special Education from George Washington University. After graduate school, I worked for three years in Maryland, teaching both general and special education students, before I returned “home” to teach in California. After several years of teaching at independent and charter schools in Los Angeles, I am taking a break from full-time work to concentrate on raising my daughter. I love tutoring because it allows me to continue to help students while getting to know them in a personalized setting.

Sleepy ZivaI have taught and tutored a variety of subjects, including all elementary subjects, high school English and writing, algebra, and AP Government. I also have training and experience in preparing students for a variety of tests, including the GRE, ISEE, SAT, and CBEST. As an experienced special educator, I understand how to adapt my instruction for students with ADHD, processing difficulties, speech/language impairments, and other learning disabilities. I also understand testing accommodations and will keep them in mind when developing a student’s test prep program and study plan. I love the challenge of finding new ways to help students comprehend complex concepts and make my instruction engaging.