Teachers – Academic / Tutoring


Coral Droman

Carol Dorman – Spanish & English

Carol Dorman holds a lifetime Elementary School Credential and graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences. She has taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade gifted and bilingual classes within the San Diego County School District. She was immersed in Mexican culture while studying in Guadalajara, Mexico. She currently teaches K-3 Spanish and tutors English classes. 


Jinghui Yu – Chinese

Jinghui Yu held the title of Senior teacher and had 27 years of experience in her career as an elementary school teacher in Shanghai, China. She was honored several times with 1st Prize Award for her demonstration in competition of teaching skills. She currently teaches Chinese language classes. 

Guan Gary

Gary Guan - Math

Gary Guan earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University with a special emphasis in mathematics.  He was trained as a tutor through SDSU’s Trio Program and won an award for his outstanding participation.  He was a tutor for 2 years at LaFayette Elementary and Mar Vista Middle School.  He currently teaches math to 4th, 5th and 6th grade students.




Saad Jabro -- Math

Mr. Jabro earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Technology Baghdad, Iraq. Additionally, he has completed 85 units in computer and information science from Grossmont-Cuyamaca College in San Diego. Prior to coming to Learning Tree he was a math tutor for three years with elementary, middle and high school students. Currently at ASLT he teaches math and Algebra II class for advanced level students.


Yanping Bai -- Chinese

Her recitation class students have performed and own many top prizes in San Diego and Los Angeles contests. She has continued to improve her Chinese language knowledge and teaching methods by attending numerous training programs. She received a Distinguished Teacher Award by the Chinese School Associates in the United States in 2013-2014. She also obtained an Overseas Chinese Language Teacher Certificate issued by the China State Department in 2017.



Dr. Victoria Simmons – SAT & English

Dr. Simmons earned her Ph.D. from UCLA and is a specialist in Classic Literature of Europe and the Near East, with additional background in other key texts in World Literature and in American Literature. She has 15 years of experience in teaching, researching, writing, and editing at the university level. She has a foundation in social sciences which allows her to help students put literary works in historical and cultural context. She also tutors in SAT and college preparation with an emphasis on reading comprehension, analysis, vocabulary building, writing skills, and critical thinking. 


Ms. Elena Cala -- English Writing

Miss Elena Cala is an English instructor with 25 years of teaching experience, fully certified in both New York and California.  She holds 2 master’s degrees in Education and 7 teaching credentials, including a certificate to teach English as a New Language (ENL) from the University of Notre Dame and a certificate to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).







Theresa Chen --- Math

毕业于堪萨斯大学主修大众传媒,辅修传播学及计算机信息管理。擅长人际交流与沟通,曾为堪萨斯市及堪萨斯大学电视台组织各种媒体活动;工作耐心,曾在Nanostone Water公司担任数据整理分析员;性格开朗,喜欢与小朋友相处,曾在Awana Program担任幼教两年。

Ms. Chen Graduated with a bachelor degree in Journalism and minored in Computer Information Systems from University of Kansas. She used to work for a water filter company as a data analyst. While in college, she also volunteered for many different kinds of non-profit children organizations. She currently teaches math to kindergarten and 1st grade students.