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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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.


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!


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.


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!


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.


Specialized Grades: K-12
Content Areas: Math, Science, ISEE Prep, SAT Prep
Degree(s): BS in Biology

Alec enjoys spending his free time pursuing a love of photography, music, and comic books.  Before coming to Eurekii, Alec worked as an environmental educator at various organizations. It’s during this time that Alec learned his favorite animal is a tasseled wobbegong.  Outside of Eurekii, Alec is a big fan of sports (especially indoor soccer) and contributes to a small sports media organization online. He’s also fascinated by astronomy, meteorology, artificial intelligence, and steam engines.


Specialized Grades: Elementary
Content Areas: English, Math
Degree(s): Masters in Social Work

Bethy is creative and enjoys making art and spending her free time playing softball. Bethy’s favorite color is green, and her favorite animal is the zebra.


Specialized Grades: Elementary
Content Areas: Math and English
Degree(s): AS in General Education & BS in Middle School Education (2023)

Maria likes kayaking, doing DIYs, hiking and cooking. Her favorite food is chapati paired with any curry stew.


Specialized Grades: K-12
Content Areas: Elementary Math, English, SAT Prep
Degree(s): BS in Family and Human Services (Spring 2023)

Do you like listening to music and watching TV? If you do, Arly is your new best friend! Arly has watched more TV shows than she can count and her list is growing every day. When she’s not stuck to her TV screen, you can probably find Arly listening to Taylor Swift on repeat, singing, or reading a book. Feel free to share your favorite song or TV show in your session with Arly, she would love to discuss it with you!


Specialized Grades: K-12
Content Areas: Elementary Math, English, French, SAT Prep
Degree(s): Goucher student majoring in French (with a concentration in Secondary Education)

Esther loves learning about the languages of the world. They are a French major and Arabic minor in school. Their love of language even includes the language of music as they play seven instruments! They’re also a big fan of rain and snow.


Specialized Grades: 6-College
Content Areas: Calculus and Geometry
Degree(s): BS in Mathematics and Geometry, MS in Data Analytics

Sanil likes to spend his free time making music, traveling, enjoying scary games and learning about Japanese history. Sanil’s favorite color is pink.


Specialized Grades: K-8, High School Test Prep
Content Areas: Elementary/Middle Math & English; Executive Functioning Skills
Degree(s): Double Major at Goucher College – Psychology and Creative Writing

Amalya loves reading, writing, and doing arts & crafts.  She accidentally memorized the first chapter of the first Harry Potter book, just from reading it so many times!  Amalya’s favorite color is orange, and she loves dad jokes and fun facts!


Degree(s): Currently Studying Business Law

Sarah likes to listen to music and enjoys spending time with loved ones when not at work.

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