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Our team of 50+ best-in-class, vetted tutors work with kids of all ages to help them achieve their scholastic potentials, retain knowledge, increase confidence, receive higher scores on exams, and gain admittance to the best schools! Finding the right tutor match ensures that students excel in school, have a deeper understanding of the coursework, have increased confidence overall and learn valuable skills from an elite group of hand-picked tutors—skills that will carry them through school, college and beyond.

Lisa Speransky
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Lisa Speransky

Founder

Lisa grew up in New York City, attending specialized public schools P.S. 87, Delta (MS 54) and Bronx Science, and Columbia University. Through years of her own experience as a well-known tutor and mentor in NYC, she came to understand how a tutoring relationship can be life-changing for a student and began expanding her company in 2003. Lisa also enjoyed a 13-year corporate career in consumer products, spending 3 of those years in a C-level role before returning to IVY to pursue her mission to help students find joy in learning.

Viktorija Spencer
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Viktorija Spencer

Managing Director

Like Lisa, Viktorija also grew up in New York City, attending top-tier public schools including P.S. 199, Delta (M.S. 54), The Beacon School, and SUNY Binghamton. After graduating, Viktorija taught elementary education in a variety of settings, ranging from public to private schools, traditional to Montessori classrooms, and everything in between. Viktorija also has international education experience, having served as an English Teacher for Italian students and later as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Florence, Italy. Viktorija’s global teaching and leadership experience enables her to connect students with the best suited tutors and mentors that closely fit their educational and holistic needs. The learning process should be fun, and Viktorija strives to create gratifying learning experiences for all students.

Rick Sanford
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Rick Sanford

Operations

Rick has extensive and diverse experience in education organizations, both nonprofit and for-profit. He's co-founded, developed and/or supported programs at the intersections of education, personal growth and the arts for over 15 years. Rick is passionate about creating inclusive, safe, and brave spaces that nurture and empower learners to show up authentically, take risks and collaborate. He's not only our operations guru, but also trained in coaching and consulting through an M.S. in Organizational Change Management, with continuing education in financial and management skills, adult education, improvisational theatre and communication skills.

Nick Wilson
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Nick Wilson

Programming

After attending Saint Ann’s in Brooklyn, Nick graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 2016, where he studied fine art, literature, and foreign languages. He served as a peer French tutor for the Yale Center for Language, and also volunteered to tutor inmates at Connecticut Youth Prison. Nick not only works on curriculum development and on-boarding new tutor, but he also teaches SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, French, and essay writing. Nick has worked with a wide variety of learners and knows how to break down difficult concepts so that they are easy to understand.

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Alex Z.

Alex graduated from Yale in 2019 with a B.A. in American Studies and distinction in the major. She was a teaching assistant for the computer science department’s only course concerning the legal frontier of cyberlaw and privacy rights, helping students to explore the intersections of law, technology, and culture. Alex scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and continues to tutor and coach students through the college application process.

Our Story

In 2003, Lisa started a company that helped change the landscape of tutoring and test preparation in New York City. She was 20-years-old at the time and a student at Columbia University (also a Bronx Science alum). Her vision was to build a network of passionate, caring, and brilliant students and graduates who would act as mentors for school-aged kids through the 12th grade. Today, we match hundreds of families, schools, and companies with rock-star tutors each semester.

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Our Values

Brilliance & Expertise

Brilliance & Expertise

Mentorship

Mentorship

Reliability

Reliability

Simplification & Stress Reduction

Simplification & Stress Reduction

On-Your-Team Approach

On-Your-Team Approach

Testimonials

Henry is thoroughly enjoying working with Jordan. Up until now, Henry has not gotten any one-on-one teaching of coding so he's thrilled to work this way with Jordan. Henry has said it's super interesting, fun and he loves it.
Kathryn H.
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