Learn from Experts with Extensive Career Experience
Our LTP instructors not only have mastered a wide range of subjects, they also bring substantial career credentials. This blend of expertise and experience creates insight that allows them to customize their teaching to suit individual and group needs. LTP’s educators are committed to providing a professional and friendly learning environment that fosters respect for the pursuit of knowledge and appreciation for the process of profound thinking. With a mission to make Math and English enjoyable and understandable for all students, they strive to uphold their reputation in the education community as honorable, dedicated and quality master tutors.
Founder & CEO, Director of Mathematics
A lifelong mathematician with strong communications skills, Vinay Bhawnani has tutored since 2007 and has worked with more than 5,000 students in middle school, high school, college and beyond. His all-inclusive expertise ranges from Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry to Pre-calculus, Calculus and SAT prep. Vinay presents math in an innovative and engaging fashion that most students simply are not exposed to in a traditional classroom setting. Rather than distributing handouts or lecturing from a textbook, he strives to make his lessons both interesting and applicable to the real world. Indeed, for many of his students, math becomes “fun” for the first time.
A 1999 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Vinay majored in Bioengineering and minored in chemistry and mathematics. He also took classes at the prestigious Wharton School of Business. In high school, he scored a “perfect” score (800) on the math sections of the PSAT and SAT, as well as the Math Level II Subject Test.
His career has included technical consulting work in New York City and an eight-year position with AOL where he managed billing systems. Locally, he worked as the Technical Director for a startup company and until early 2015, was Director of Product Management and the Research and Development head for a local software development company. Since then, Vinay has dedicated his time at Loudoun Test Prep to helping students and families succeed. In his “spare” time, he teaches math and is the STEM Director at Loudoun School for the Gifted.
Program Director / College Advisor
Since 2014, Sylvia has been the academic dean and college advisor at Loudoun School for the Gifted. In that role, she supports students through their middle and high school years. Sylvia guides them in course selection, standardized test planning and extracurricular involvement. At Loudoun Test Prep, Sylvia offers our families one-on-one college admissions counseling, designed to suit each family’s specific needs.
In addition, Sylvia brings a wealth of knowledge and research to LTP. For more than 20 years, she has been studying the optimization of student learning, particularly in the field of mathematics. Consistently, she’s found that the highest achieving students are those who possess a growth mindset. These students are not afraid of struggle or getting wrong answers. Instead, they embrace the challenge of doing things that are difficult. Successful students aren’t told that they’re smart, they’re complimented on their work ethic and attitude toward learning. These students use thinking math strategies to view big ideas and make connections.
Sylvia received her Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law and a BS in Economics from Manhattan College. Sylvia’s oldest three children have graduated or attend Johns Hopkins University, New York University and Columbia University. Her youngest will begin kindergarten in the fall.
Director of SAT/ACT Reading and Writing
SAT/ACT Math Instructor
Jessica is Third Culture Kid with parents in the Foreign Service and lived in places like Ivory Coast, India, Germany and Costa Rica. She graduated from an International Baccalaureate school in Lima, Peru with an IB Diploma. Jessica has over 10 years of experience working with students of all ages in classroom settings in the Maryland and DC area, and loves the working with students on improving their self confidence and helping them discover their own potential success. At LTP, Jessica heads up SAT/ACT Reading and Writing programs. With her unique educational background and experience, she continues to innovate our approach and course offerings.
She holds an A.A. Degree in in Mathematics and Psychology, and is completing a combined BS and MEd program in Mathematics Education and Industrial Organizational Psychology. Jessica lives in Germantown with her husband, their two daughters and their faithful rescue dogs, Marley and Dr. Frank-N-Furter.