Our Amazing Team

Laura

Owner

Alma Mater: UCLA BA Communication Studies, Loyola Marymount MA Elementary Education

Subjects/Grade-Level experience: Prior to opening Miss Bee’s I taught 2nd grade at Hermosa Valley and I privately tutored Hermosa and Manhattan Beach students of all ages.

Biggest accomplishment: I am proud of creating Miss Bee’s Tutoring and am thrilled to see how it has evolved over the years. My goal was to provide our community with access to exceptional educational support and enrichment, and it has become so much more than I could have hoped for. I have my teachers at Miss Bee’s to thank for making Miss Bee’s the best learning center in the South Bay. From the day Miss Bee’s opened, the teachers have proven to be some of the most brilliant, passionate, caring, and collaborative educators that I have ever met. Every day I am amazed by all that they do for their students and our community. It has been a privilege to work side by side with these teachers and to see the huge impact they make on our South Bay kids and teenagers. It takes a village, and it is my goal to continue meeting the needs of our community and the families that we serve.

Life Motto: Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn.

Anna Maria

Director

Alma Mater: Hofstra University

Biggest accomplishment: Leaving a career in management consulting to earn my teaching credentials and consequently finding Miss Bee’s Tutoring :)

Teaching inspiration: Seeing a student's confidence in their own capabilities develop over time is all the inspiration I need! When students achieve their goals and exceed their own expectations I know our teachers have made a difference.

Life Motto: "Kindness is spreading sunshine into other people's lives regardless of the weather."

Ashley

Teacher

Alma Mater: Cal Lutheran University (BA), MA in Education with Reading Interventions

Subjects/Grade-Level experience: Early Elementary

Teaching inspiration: Kids are so eager to learn and being the person that brings their level of energy and excitement to learning is inspiring. Seeing them progress in their skills and gain confidence makes teaching that much more motivating.

Life Motto: Say yes and figure it out later.

Augie

Teacher

Alma Mater: California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB)

Subjects/Grade-Level experience: Elementary Math, Algebra, Geometry, Spanish 1 & 2, Social Sciences, Biology and Chemistry.

Biggest accomplishment: Surfed a 16 ft wave and survived!

Teaching inspiration: I began teaching surf lessons and guitar lessons during college, which inspired me to help students achieve their goals academically.

Life Motto: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” - Nelson Mandela

Austin

Teacher

Alma Mater: San Francisco State University

Subjects/Grade-Level experience: Government, Economics, Math 4-12 (including Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Calculus, etc.)

Biggest accomplishment: Singing & playing guitar at a fundraiser was one of the scariest/rewarding moments I've had in my life.

Teaching inspiration: Any time I see someone have that "ah-ha!" moment, and the material starts to make sense to my students.

Life Motto: “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” - Ms.Frizzle

Carly

Teacher

Alma Mater: CSU Fullerton

Subjects/Grade-Level experience: I specialize in general education and provide reading support for elementary aged students.

Biggest accomplishment: In my full-time job, I facilitate children with special needs.

Teaching inspiration: I chose to work in education to try to make a positive impact in children’s lives.

Life Motto: “A positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

Fernando

Teacher

Alma Mater: Loyola Marymount University

Subjects/Grade-Level experience: Primarily the 3rd through 5th grades, as well as a middle school Math and Science teacher.

Biggest accomplishment: I have enjoyed 14+ years of teaching and served as an Assistant Principal at an elementary school for one year.

Teaching inspiration: Greatly influenced by my mother, who was a distinguished teacher and principal, I chose to pursue a new career in education.

Life Motto: I dedicate myself to helping all students grow academically, socially and emotionally. As a teacher, I lead my students through rigorous and meaningful instructional lessons. My expectation is to instill in them “habits of mind” that inspire learning, and also develop responsible character.

Irene

Teacher

Alma Mater: Felician University (BA), Bergen Community College

Subjects/Grade-Level experience: Child development teacher for RBUSD from Preschool to 5th Grade across all subjects. 1st and 2nd grade child development teacher for 12 years at Tulita Elementary School. ELA is my specialty and favorite!

Biggest accomplishment: Being a mom to my son and daughter has made me so very proud! Having the opportunity to volunteer at a local Teen Shelter was an amazing and inspirational learning experience! Earning my degrees and participating in races from 5K to half marathons!

Teaching inspiration: I have always been inspired by my passion to help children learn and believe in themselves. Being part of my student's academic and personal accomplishments always brings a smile to my face!

Life Motto: Never Give Up!

Kassia

Teacher

Alma Mater: Marymount College, Palos Verdes; CSU, Long Beach: B.A.-Liberal Studies & Teaching Credential-Multiple Subjects, CLAD

Subjects/Grade-Level experience: All Elementary subjects including P.E.; TK-4th, Beginning readers-adults, English Language Learners

Biggest accomplishment: Passing Marine Biology, which was a very challenging course for me.

Teaching inspiration: My Kindergarten Teacher, she was compassionate and patient.

Life Motto: Perseverance

Ryan

Teacher

Alma Mater: UC Berkeley (undergrad), USC Law School (JD)

Subjects/Grade-Level experience: Social sciences and humanities, Spanish: all ages and levels, Math: through Geometry, College-essay writing

Biggest accomplishment: I almost made it on to College Jeopardy, but struggled with buzzing in (it's really hard!)

Teaching inspiration: I hope that I can instill a love of learning for its own sake: we attend school not just to learn technical skills or prove our worth to employers, but to become better citizens and more reflective human beings.

Life Motto: "More obscene than anything is inertia" -Henry Miller

Sam

Teacher

Alma Mater: Loyola Marymount University

Subjects/Grade-Level experience: K-8 all subjects

Biggest accomplishment: I have been an educator for more than 12 years and served as a Vice Principal for an elementary/middle school

Teaching inspiration: My favorite part of teaching is connecting with students. I hope to inspire them to push themselves in their own way of learning to succeed.

Life Motto: “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” - Maya Angelou

Steve

Teacher

Alma Mater: Loyola Marymount University

Subjects/Grade-Level experience: Math, History, English, Science - 1st through 12th Grade

Teaching inspiration: I'm inspired a positive influence for future generations

Life Motto: Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection. - Mark Twain

Steven

Teacher

Alma Mater: BS in Biology from UCR, Working toward my MS in Biological Sciences from CSUF

Subjects/Grade-Level experience: Biology (through AP Biology), Chemistry (through AP Chemistry), Math (through AP Calculus), Physics

Biggest accomplishment: I was the first person in my family to graduate from a UC school. I also know how to scuba dive and ski pretty well!

Teaching inspiration: I am incredibly passionate about passing on my knowledge and understanding of the world to curious minds. I love to see students progress to mastery of a subject and the confidence that follows. It shows me that I have an important role in life.

Life Motto: Try new things whenever you can!