Founder and Director
Marlisa graduated with honors from Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She went on to be the recipient of a Rackham Merit Fellowship from the University of Michigan and earned a Master’s Degree in Education as well as teaching credentials in both mathematics and economics there. The foci of her Master’s work were “multiculturalism in mathematics” and “girls and mathphobia”.
Marlisa has classroom experience at several of the top Independent schools in Los Angeles where she taught middle school and high school mathematics. She has worked with a variety of academic enrichment programs in several roles: teacher, administrator and student. Among them – SHARP program at NASA, Princeton Summer Research Experience, Summer Engineering Program at the University of Michigan and the Summerbridge Program.
Also engaged in professional and community activities, Marlisa served on the Advisory Board of UC College Prep Online and served as 2nd District Poverty Representative of the Community Action Board of Los Angeles County. She was elected President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College for two years and in addition was a selected fellow of the Educational Leadership Institute. Marlisa has served as an ITEST panelist for the National Science Foundation and recently assisted with the review of the Common Core Standards for Adult Mathematics Education. She is currently serving as an officer on the Board of Directors of the Holman Community Development Corporation.
Marlisa is the Founder and Director of Mathtopian Preparation, Inc. and has invaluable experience as a mathematics tutor and test prep coach. She prides herself on having a keen eye for recognizing a great tutor when she meets one and she has built a phenomenal team of professional, yet caring educators who are able to quickly engage students.