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The Compass Tutor Team – Houston

At Compass, we have spent three decades building the ideal environment for the best tutors to do their best work. Compass tutors are committed and accountable employees, not contractors. We invest heavily in their ongoing support and professional development. We arm them with the most current analyses of the tests and the very best curricula, and we keep their tutoring skills sharp. Compass tutors have the empathy to convey ideas to a wide variety of students and the passion to bring out the best in them. The depth and talent of our team, combined with our care and expertise in making the best match for each student, form the bedrock of our program. See below for a sampling of the wonderful group of individuals who support our Houston area students (not all tutors are included here, due to privacy concerns). Note that for students choosing to receive tutoring online, we are able to draw from our team members based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and other locations as well.

Courtney R.

Northcentral University

Courtney works full-time for NASA and tutors part-time for Compass. She specializes in English and communications, and she possesses a doctoral degree in Education. She has taught various English courses for charter and public schools and has tutored for standardized tests, speech, and writing for over 10 years. Courtney loves helping and motivating students to be the best they can be.

Tim P.

University of Houston

Tim graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelors in Biology. He has been tutoring math & sciences since the age of 16. He enjoys helping students to build the knowledge and confidence to ace the SAT & ACT. In addition to tutoring, Tim’s interests include playing the piano, video games and anime.

Kaye N.

University of Houston

Although Kaye was not born in Houston, she spent some of her formative years there and calls it home. Kaye double majored in Sociology and Psychology at the University of Houston and tutored for the Athletic Department during her time there. She then went on to pursue a Sociology PhD at Cornell where she further developed her instruction skills by working as a teaching assistant. She is primarily working with Compass as an ACT/SAT Verbal tutor, but she is also able to tutor Psychology, Sociology, Economics, and Statistics.

Madhvi B.

Florida State University

Madhvi is a recent master's graduate in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, backed by a solid foundation in Biochemistry from her bachelor's degree. With hands-on experiences, she creates a supportive tutoring environment, excelling in Natural Science subjects like Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. As a native Spanish speaker, Madhvi connects with a diverse range of students. She finds joy in witnessing students grasp concepts and achieve their academic aims, making tutoring a fulfilling journey for both her and her students.

Knowlton W.

Southern University and A&M College

Knowlton is an experienced tutor who enjoys building the skills and confidence of every student he works with. He started tutoring in high school and continued while earning a B.S. in Business Economics from Southern University and A&M College. Since then, he has accrued over 10 years in the field of education and earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston-Downtown. Knowlton joined Compass in 2023 to share his expertise in demystifying the verbal components of the ACT and SAT.

Madhu V.

Rice University

Madhu graduated from Rice University with a degree in Neuroscience. Throughout college, she mentored middle school and high school students in STEM subjects through after-school programs. At Compass, she focuses on tutoring math and science on the SAT/ACT. When she is not tutoring students, she enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring Houston's food scene.

LaTia K.H.

University of Missouri

LaTia graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master’s in Public Policy Administration. She is certified in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. A John Maxwell Team certified trainer, she also holds a certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. What she loves most about working with Compass students is fueling their passion for learning while being so inspired by them.

Wendi G.

Texas Lutheran University

Wendi is a freelance writer and mental health coach. She has tutored students of all ages and especially enjoys helping students improve their verbal SAT and ACT scores. Wendi’s Social Work degree and former career as a pastor have given her skills she uses to build rapport with students and help them achieve their academic goals.

Katimah H.

Rice Unviersity

Katimah graduated from Rice University with a BA in English and Psychology. She was the recipient of the "Distinction in Research & Creative Work" for her senior project, a memoir written in verse. Katimah is currently pursuing her Master's in Social Work at the University of Houston and has a variety of experience mentoring students. Katimah draws on this experience and her genuine joy and passion for reading and writing to help students realize their full potential to succeed.

Juan V.

Northern Vermont University

Juan earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Restorative Justice from Northern Vermont University, and received Magna Cum Laude honors. He began working with students while enrolled in NVU, tutoring local ESL high schoolers in Math and English where he learned skills he carried into his time at Compass; he now tutors Math and Science for the SAT and ACT. When he is not tutoring, Juan is an outdoorsman, often frequenting Texas State Parks to cook over a campfire.

Kayla N.

University of Houston

Kayla has a Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Logistics Technology from the University of Houston. She has many years of experience tutoring individuals in K-12 & college Math subjects. Currently for Compass she is tutoring Math and Science for ACT/SAT. Kayla strives to leave a lasting impact on students, helping them to grow their confidence and actualize their goals.

Lau'Rent H.

Texas Christian University

Lau'Rent graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.A.s in Marketing and Finance. While there he began tutoring across various Math and Science subjects. At Compass, he tutors Math and Science for ACT and SAT. Lau'Rent enjoys meeting students and finding new ways to build a students testing confidence.

Annie M.

New York University

Annie graduated with Honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she earned her BFA in Drama with a focus in Directing. Annie has worked as a private tutor for over ten years instructing middle school and high school students in Math and English. She has also tutored high school students for the New York State English Regents Exam.

Cece S.

Texas Tech University

Cece graduated from Texas Tech University with a double degree in English literature and chemistry. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland, where she also taught undergraduate writing classes for two years. As an ACT and SAT tutor at Compass, she enjoys helping students build confidence and work towards their college and career goals.

Amir R.

University of California, Berkeley

Amir graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Civil Engineering. He has been working as a tutor for 15 years as a math and science specialist, helping students build their confidence and reach their maximum potential. Outside of tutoring Amir likes to stay active with tennis, volleyball, yoga, and hiking.

Danielle S.

Stanford University

Danielle graduated from Stanford with a B.A.H. in Theater and Performance Studies. While at Stanford, she began tutoring low-income students in East Palo Alto for the SAT reading and writing sections. In addition to standardized test tutoring, Danielle also served as a teen counselor, organizing weeks long programming for students age 15-18.

Holly H.

Northwestern University

Holly grew up in Portland, Maine and went to college at Northwestern University before moving to Brooklyn. She tutors Verbal sections of the ACT and SAT, and loves being a mentor for students. She enjoys biking around the city, seeing as much theatre as possible, and finding new spots for great food with friends.

Joe K.

New York University

Joe graduated from NYU with a double major in English and Dramatic Writing. At Compass, he specializes in making the verbal sections of the SAT, PSAT, ACT and AP English exams as nonthreatening as possible. His mother would still to this day be proud to tell you that he achieved a perfect score on the verbal section of his SAT.

Brian C.

University of California, Berkeley

Brian earned his BA. in Economics with a minor in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. As a tutor, he enjoys supporting and challenging students to do their very best. He started tutoring math and science as part of a mentorship program during his time in college and has loved it ever since. An avid sports fan, Brian also enjoys the occasional weekend of golf or day of biking.

Rebecca G.

Brown University

Rebecca is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned her degree in English. In addition to tutoring for the ACT and SAT, Rebecca has prepared students for the ISEE/SSAT tests and taken on various AP programs in Art History, European US History, and more. She has also worked with students to develop their writing skills.

Ben P.

University of Pennsylvania

Ben graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in English and History. As one of Compass’s most experienced tutors, Ben strives to provide his students with the rules, strategies, and tools they'll need to excel on standardized test day.

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