Meet Our Team

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Welcome to LA Tutors 123

LA Tutors 123 was founded in 2007 as a premier test preparation, academic consultation, and private tutoring company. Founded by a team of educators with decades of experience, LA Tutors 123 was created with the vision of providing unparalleled in-home, one-on-one instruction in the greater Los Angeles area. We are always adapting innovative methodologies and have even developed our own proprietary software and curricula in order to better assist students in achieving their specific scholastic goals. We built our team of veteran tutors around the notion that tutors with impeccable credentials are not enough; we only hire tutors who can incorporate their real-world experience and mentorship abilities into their teaching practices. Our team members have all served in a multitude of roles in education for over a decade and provide their support and expertise to every client in order to ensure a successful tutoring experience.

Meet Our Directors

Arash Fayz
Arash FayzCo-Founder, Executive Director
Arash has been a professional in the educational field for over 10 years. He started his teaching career as an SAT instructor in 2003, while attending the University of California, Los Angeles, where he completed a graduate degree in applied mathematics and computer science. Soon after graduating from UCLA, he discovered a real passion for education and a love for helping students; these passions resulted in founding Fortune Tutoring Group in 2007. Since founding Fortune Tutoring Group in 2007, Arash has helped thousands of students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds empower themselves through education, score higher on standardized tests, and gain admission to their target schools. In 2015, Fortune Tutoring united with LA Tutors 123; Arash now manages LA Tutors 123’s day-to-day operations and oversees all tutors.
Eric Kim
Eric KimPartner, Program Director
Eric has worked as an academic tutor and counselor for students in elementary, middle, and high school for over fifteen years. From teaching fluency and addition to college counseling and assistance with personal statements, Eric has had the opportunity to work with a myriad of students. Having worked with both younger and older students, Eric has learned the different approaches and methods necessary to teach different ages. This allowed him to help countless students achieve their goals, whether it be acceptance into a school of their choice or simply raising their school grades. Eric was then able to use his extensive tutoring experience and expertise in his role as an afterschool director for 8 years, helping hundreds of students along their academic journey. Eric considers it a privilege to be a positive influence on students’ academic journeys, and as Program Director at LA Tutors, he now coordinates between clients and tutors to ensure clear communication, customer satisfaction, and positive results.
Katherine Friedman
Katherine FriedmanProgram Co-Director
As the Program Co-Director at LA Tutors, Katherine is responsible for developing LA Tutors’ curricula and contributes to the LA Tutors educational resources and blog. She has over ten years of classroom teaching experience in a variety of settings with diverse groups of learners: in the United States and internationally, special and general education, and public and private school. With a Masters degree in Education, she has been tutoring throughout her career and loves the opportunity to reach students in a one-on-one or small group setting. She began working as a test preparation tutor in graduate school and enjoys helping students build their understanding and confidence of standardized tests, including the ISEE, SAT, GRE, and CBEST.
Karen Lee Mah
Karen Lee MahDirector of Outreach and Business Development
Karen graduated summa cum laude from Buckley High School in Sherman Oaks, and then received her BS in Business from Cornell University. Karen began her career in education as an academic coach for both students with learning differences as well as mainstream students while working with a neuropsychologist. She then spent a decade in school placement helping over 1000 families find the best school match across the globe for grades PK-12. Karen’s background in education also includes recruiting and training where she has on-boarded hundreds of educational consultants worldwide. Her past experiences include writing for Kids LA magazine, hosting a radio show called “got kids?”, and a producing media content for her company Heaven and Earth Productions. She has lived in Honolulu, HI as well as Boston, MA and is a mother to three children – two of whom are in college, and one who is in high school.
Jenny Winstead
Jenny WinsteadProgram Coordinator
Prior to joining the team, Jenny developed arts curricula for underserved youth across Monterey County and tutored non-traditional and ESL college students within the scope of multimodal communication. Graduating summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky’s English and theatre programs, she relocated to Los Angeles to advance her passion of accessibility within higher education. Thrilled to join the team, she looks forward to continuing LA Tutors’ legacy of exemplary service.

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