Phyllis

Phyllis Hillwig

Team Leader: Founder, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Fun Facts:  Phyllis was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She started her MBA training at the age of six, working in her family’s Chinese restaurant. She learned about customer service, burning rice, and how to fold napkins in the shape of a bird. Professionally, Phyllis has started four education companies and has built award-winning products for major education publishers. Her passion is watching the lightbulb go off when a student understands something new.

Specialized Grades: K-12 and Higher Education, Professional Development in Mathematics Education

Content Areas: Mathematics, Mathematics Education

Degrees: Ed.D., M.A., Columbia University; Mathematics B.S. Lafayette College

Awards: Charles A. Dana Scholar, Minority Group Scholar, Andrew Mellon Scholar

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Leah

Leah

Specialized Grades: Pre-K to 8
Content Areas: English, Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies
Degree(s): BA Elementary Education, Math Concentration – Towson University

Leah is the Assistant Director of Eurekii. She has a brother named Luke and a collection of llama-themed mugs (not to be confused with baby Yodas). When not tutoring or hiking, Leah can be found exercising or making nutritious meals that would make any celebrity chef jealous. We joke that Leah does it all: she hires employees, schedules students, trains our team, and always makes sure we have an endless supply of colored markers.

Kenny

Kenny

Specialized Grades: 3-12
Content Areas: Mathematics (all levels), English, Spanish, and Math SAT Prep
Degree(s): BS Mathematics, Minor Spanish – Morgan State University (2022)

Ken is our lead musician. Seriously, the guy is in the award-winning Morgan State University Marching Band and plays three instruments! Whether it’s music or math, Ken is a tutor of many talents. When he is not helping a student look at something from a different perspective, you can find him playing video games or bowling.

brooke

Brooke

Specialized Grades: K-6
Content Areas: Elementary Education (Math, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Science, Social Studies)
Degree(s): BS Kinesiology – UMD, College Park; MAT Elementary Education – Towson University (2022)

Brooke is the sports guru of the group. She loves watching and talking about sports! She is a huge Ravens, Orioles, Terps, and US Soccer fan. She was in the athletic training and sports medicine fields before having a career change of heart and deciding to become a teacher! Brooke also enjoys playing the piano, going to the beach, playing tennis, traveling, snuggling with her cats, and reading a good mystery book.

Holly

Specialized Grades: 3-12
Content Areas: Math, Biology, English, and Chemistry
Degree(s): BS Biology, Minor Chemistry – UNC Chapel Hill, MA Science Education Loyola University (2021)

If you’ve ever run for exercise, you might just have run by Holly! After all, if she’s not tutoring, she’s busy running marathons and playing with her rescue dog, Sonny. She’s been passionate about education since she was in elementary school and she loves teaching and helping students. She’s currently finishing her Master’s Degree in Science Education and will be helping Eurekii students make lava lamps, fly airplanes, and discover the cure for the next pandemic!

Yasmeen

Specialized Grades: K-6
Content Areas
: Elementary Education, Math, Reading, Arabic
Degree(s): Associate of Arts in Teaching, Elem. Ed/Elem. Special Ed – Anne Arundel Community College, BS Elementary Education – Towson University (2022)

Yasmeen loves kids! She one of five children and likes to hang with her brothers and sisters by playing soccer, streaming shows on Netflix, and relaxing! She loves to plan fun lessons and building relationships with students and making connections with them. A travel lover, she has been to Jordan, Qatar, and France! Watch out though, Yasmeen loves riddles and jokes so when you see her, she may just stump you with one!

Kelley

Kelley

Specialized Grades: Middle and High school
Content Areas: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, STEM, YA Dystopian fiction
Degree(s): BA Biology and outdoor education minor, MS Biology

Kelley is an experienced middle school teacher, having taught for 12 years in independent schools. Besides classroom teaching she has worked as a museum educator at the Museum of Science, Boston (where she operated the world’s largest air-insulated Van der Graff generator) and as a marine science instructor on Catalina Island. When not inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders, Kelley enjoys throwing on her roller skates, some headphones, and hitting the pavement.

Aidan

Specialized Grades: K-10
Content Areas: Biology, Chemistry, Elementary and Middle School Math
Degree(s): AS Chemistry – Montgomery College (2020), Elementary Education – Towson University (2023)

Aidan is a chemist that loves to teach young minds. He graduated with an associates degree in Chemistry and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In his downtime, you can find him competing in card tournaments or perfecting his cartwheel!

Bomani

Specialized Grades: 3-12
Content Areas: Elementary, Middle and High School Math, English, SAT/ACT, Physics
Degree(s): Bachelors Aerospace Engineering & Mechanical Engineering Case Western Reserve University 2023

Bomani is an experienced traveler with family all over the world! Can you guess how many stamps are in his passport? His most recent adventures took him to Spain. Who knows where he will travel next! He played basketball and baseball growing up and still thinks about those glory days. In his free time you can find Bomani watching anime or eating his favorite food – lobster mac & cheese.

Liz

Specialized Grades: 2nd-12th grade
Content Areas: English, Math, Biology, SAT/ACT Prep, Psychology
Degree(s): Bachelors Family and Human Services, Towson University 2025

Liz the baby of the Eurekii family. She is our youngest tutor but don’t let that fool you! She’s sharp as a tack and can tutor English, Math, SAT, Biology, and Psychology! Liz loves to sing and has been in tons of musicals and plays growing up. In her free time Liz enjoys roller skating and spending time with her adorable nieces and nephews! If you thought Liz couldn’t be any more fun, just wait- she also owns a unicycle and is a pro at memorization!

Caitlyn

Specialized Grades: Math K-5, English/History K-12
Content Areas: English, Elementary Math, History
Degree(s): Bachelors History in Secondary Education, Minor in Political Science, Towson University Class of 2021

Caitlyn is our most stylish tutor! She is not afraid to change her look – from wearing funky cool outfits to changing her hair! We all love the various outfits she comes into the center wearing! She loves all sorts of flowers, with sunflowers being her favorite.

Caitlyn’s hobbies include dancing and traveling. She studied abroad in London and loved it! Caitlyn is also a TV fiend! If you have seen it, she has streamed it! Hulu? Netflix? HBO? Ask Caitlyn if she has seen your favorite show!

Kate

Specialized Grades: 3-12
Content Areas: English, Math, SAT/ACT, Biology, Chemistry, Economics
Degree(s): Biochemistry molecular biology major, French minor, premed concentration Goucher: ‘22, Hopkins Carey Business School: Healthcare Management ‘23

Kate is our superwoman. She is our local linguist speaking 6 different languages. She teaches everything from math to economics and enjoys running our test-prep sessions! We knew she had a love for math when she told us she named her dog Pi. She lives to take care of Pi and has a wide variety of interests! She loves sewing clothes, jujitsu, hiking, yoga, thrift-shopping, and eating traditional Filipino food. She is the most fashionable, zen, tough, food-loving tutor around!

Ellie

Specialized Grades: K-12
Content Areas: English, Math, SAT/ACT, Biology, Chemistry, Stem Saturdays
Degree(s): Bachelors Biology, Goucher College Class of 2021

If you think you have lots of hobbies, Ellie could double, maybe even triple that amount! Ellie has an endless list of hobbies and loves trying new things. Some of their hobbies include writing, reading, writing poetry, swimming, volleyball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, basketball, painting, ceramics, comic books, bowling, plant care, music, and taco bell consumption. There’s nothing Ellie can’t do and if you think of a new hobby, be sure to ask Ellie about it in your session!

LeAnnette

Specialized Grades: K-6
Content Areas: Reading, ELA, Math, Technology, STEM/STEAM
Degree(s): BSE in Elementary Education, MS in Library Media and Information Technology, TESOL certification

LeAnnette is a retired teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist who splits her working career between the information technology field and the classroom. She loves teaching and computer science, so being a tutor for Eurekii is the perfect fit. When she isn’t tutoring, she will likely be writing short stories for an ESL company in Hong Kong or researching and writing on her blog or novel. She also enjoys digital and physical art projects and obsessively baking bread.

Aszana

Specialized Grades: K-8
Content Areas: Reading, ELA, Math
Degree(s): B.A. International Studies

Aszana is an artist and academic from Baltimore, who loves to teach everything from English to Sewing. In high school, she studied Music, and in 2021 she graduated from Haverford College with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies. She is an aspiring fashion designer and big sister of six, and when she’s not teaching she loves to watch soap operas.

we look for team members who have...

Open book
strong content backgrounds
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critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities
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high energy and compassion for learning styles and preferences
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great people skills
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humor, a growth mindset, and lots of interests
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endurance to go through our intense vetting, shadowing, and training process