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Meet Our Team!

Directors

Directors

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Anannya Trehan

Hannah Choi

Alyssa Kwon

Hello! My name is Anannya Trehan and I am the President of Stepping Stone Tutoring. I am currently a senior in the STEM magnet program at Montgomery Blair High School. My favorite subjects are math and computer science. I am on the robotics team at Blair and frequently participate in Hackathons throughout the school year. Outside of school, I like to play piano, read, dance, and listen to music. I am passionate about helping people and have a lot of experience teaching young children, as I volunteered at a Montessori day school a couple of years ago and regularly help my little brother with his homework. I have also been volunteering with Stepping Stone for the past 2 years. I’m super excited to meet and work with you all this year!
Languages I speak: English, Hindi

Hi there, I'm Hannah, and I'm the Vice President of SST! I am currently a senior at Winston Churchill High School. My favorite subjects are math and English. I love reading a variety of books and discussing different issues, whether that about global warming or political science. I am also passionate about all things music from musical theater to the violin! Since middle school, I have performed in musicals, plays, and BLAST concerts within my school. Moreover, I have played the violin for eight years, and have participated in the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra of Strathmore, Young Musicians Inspiring Change, and Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra for many years. In addition, I love working with children and in the past have volunteered at summer camps at church and korean school! I'm so excited to be part of the Stepping Stone Team and work with you all!

Languages I Speak: English, Korean, and Spanish

Hi, my name is Alyssa Kwon, and I am the Director of Operations. I am a junior in the STEM magnet program at Montgomery Blair High School, and I am delighted to be part of the Stepping Stone Tutoring team! My hobbies include swimming and reading. In fact, I swim competitively year-round and play the clarinet as well. I love reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, and anything with matcha.  My favorite subjects are math and science.  I am also taking my 5th year of Spanish. I enjoy working with youth and assisting when there is a need. I look forward to connecting with you!

Languages I speak: English

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Nethaka Jayatilake

Noa Mergi

Hi! I’m Nethaka Jayatilake and I am the director of outreach. I’m a junior at Richard Montgomery High School. My favorite subjects include math and science, due to their vast connections to everyday situations. I have volunteered in assisting the elementary summer programs at MCPS and gained some experience teaching other students. I have participated in STEM events for the past 3 years and it has encouraged my passion for math and science. I have been studying Spanish for the past 3 years and I am continuing through high school. In my free time, I like programming, reading, and playing the piano. I have been playing piano for the past 6 years and it is a stress-relieving hobby of mine. My goal is to tutor students so that I could help them understand a subject as well as solidify my understanding of the subject as well. I hope to tutor you soon!

Languages I speak: English

Hi! My name is Noa and I am the director of media. I'm currently a sophomore at Albert Einstein High School, where I'm a part of MCPS's Visual Art Program. I'm taking AP Calculus BC this year and it is one of my favorite classes! I love drawing, painting, and baking. I am one of my school's Key Club officers and love volunteering! I'm passionate about helping others and am excited to be here at Stepping Stone! 

Languages I speak: English and Hebrew

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

2020-2022 Executive Directors

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Sumin Choi

Tharindi Jayatilake

Hi! I’m Sumin, the founder and advisor for Stepping Stone Tutoring! I graduated from the STEM magnet program at Montgomery Blair High School and I currently attend the Vanderbilt University with a major in cell biology and genetics. In my free time, I enjoy crafting, golfing, and biking to chase sunsets. As the former President of SST, I’ve gained insight from various students, tutors, and staff and learned a lot about leading an organization. I hope to use my experience to help SST grow and reach more people in our community. I’m excited to continue my work with Stepping Stone and so grateful for our wonderful team!

Languages I Speak: English, Spanish, and Korean

Hey! I’m Tharindi Jayatilake. I'm an advisor for Stepping Stone and I graduated from the STEM magnet program at Montgomery Blair High School. I currently go to the University of Maryland - College Park. My favorite subjects include biology, journalism, and statistics. I have volunteered and taught students at the MCPS elementary-level summer program. I’m excited to use that experience to help grow Stepping Stone. I was the former Vice President of Stepping Stone Tutoring, and I really enjoyed the experience of running the organization and helping students grow. I look forward to continuing my work with Stepping Stone Tutoring!

Languages I Speak: English, Spanish

2022-2023 Executive Directors

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Anushka Poddar

Hi, I'm Anushka! I'm the former President of Stepping Stone Tutoring and an alumnus of the STEM magnet program at Montgomery Blair High School. I am passionate about math and science and in the future, I hope to pursue a career in medicine. I've also been studying Spanish in school for the past 6 years and I love learning both the language and the culture. Outside of school, I enjoy listening to music, playing guitar, and doing Indian classical dance. I also volunteer at Howard University Hospital and serve as the captain of the Blair Debate Team, where I compete and mentor students in public speaking and debate. Through tutoring, I hope to build connections with students and help them grow in the subjects they are studying. I am very excited to meet and work with you all!
Languages I Speak: English and Spanish

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Arnav Poddar

Hi! I’m Arnav, and I'm the former Vice President of Stepping Stone Tutoring. I am an alumnus of Montgomery Blair High School. I have a passion for STEM, specifically physics, computer science, and math. I am currently taking multivariable calculus and linear algebra, and am planning on taking the highest level of computer science courses offered at Blair next semester. Outside of academics, I am an active member of the school’s robotics team, in which I am project lead. In my first three years of high school, I was a participant on both the county and national level debate teams for Blair. In the future, I plan on studying computer science with an application in physics or astronomy. Some of my hobbies include guitar, frisbee, and biking. I’m very excited to be part of Stepping Stone, where I am able to help students learn more about what they are passionate about. 

Tutors

Tutors

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Elli Karistinou

Mieraf Haile

Hi! My name is Mieraf Haile and I am currently a sophomore at Sherwood High School. A few of my passions of are science particularly human anatomy, activism for healthcare access, and running! In my free time I love to watch movies, shop, go on runs, do karaoke with my friends, and play tennis. I currently take Honors Precalculus and consider math, science, and English my strongest subjects. I also tutor elementary school kids at my local Ethiopian Orthodox Church so I have a lot of experience. I aspire to go into the medical field in the future as a doctor. I also am on Varsity Tennis and Cross Country. Through tutoring I hope to help students gain an understanding and feel comfortable and confident about themselves.
Languages I speak: English & Amharic 

Hi! My name is Elli and I am a junior at Walter Johnson High School. A little bit about me is that my favorite subjects in school are history-based and math classes, with a particular love for AP Government and Algebra 2. I participate in my school’s Mock Trial team and Student Advisory Board which have helped me recognize my passion for law! Some of my hobbies include baking chocolate chip cookies and walking around my neighborhood. My perfect day would include spending time with my sister, and watching nostalgic Disney movies (especially Tangled and Ratatouille) while eating soft-serve ice cream  I am thrilled to be a part of Stepping Stone, where I help students feel more confident in their academic skills and classes!

Languages I speak: English

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Francesca Lisbino

Hi! My name is Isabella Francesca Lisbino! I'm a junior at Walter Johnson High School. A little bit about me is that I love any english, history, and math-based courses, with an honorary mention to my AP Psych and AP Micro courses which I love. I am in my school's Math Honors Society and in our DECA Club which incorporated some of my favorite subjects. It also gave me many skills that I can use in the future including working fast on my feet, critical thinking, and being able to work well with others. I care about everybody being able to have a fair education and I helped create a nonprofit dedicated to helping bridge the gap of education, that some kids face. I am very familiar with children and love to work with people of all ages. My passion is business, and I dream of creating my own business when I'm older. A fun fact about me is that I love music! I will do everything, and anything while listening to something. I am so happy to be working with Stepping Stone Tutoring, and helping students understand their subjects and learn to love it!
Languages I speak: Italian, English

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Aarna Rastogi

Hi! My name is Aarna Rastogi! I’m currently a junior at Thomas Wootton High School. I absolutely love science, especially astronomy, and like to think of myself as pretty good at math. I hope to go into an astrophysics career where I can follow through with my passion to explore the universe. I love to read, listen to music and play guitar in my free time, which I have recently begun learning. In the past, I have volunteered at a daycare and I like to think that I’m pretty good with kids. I’ve also volunteered at my old elementary school, so I supposed I’m pretty good with teaching! 

Languages I Speak: English, Hindi

Alec Kong

Hi! My name is Alec Kong, and I’m a junior at Maret School. My favorite topic in school is history, particularly modern history and modern military history, which have been lifelong passions of mine. I find it very interesting how countries and groups of people interact with each other and how this sometimes leads to conflicting beliefs and ideas. I am also part of the Model U.N. team at my school, and I also enjoy attending my school’s Quiz Bowl Club meetings. I also am the leader of the Geoguessr Club at my school, which is one of my hobbies that involves playing an online geography guessing game. My hobbies include reading, driving, listening to music, and playing ultimate frisbee. I hope to work for the foreign service in the State Department sometime in the future. With Stepping Stone Tutoring, I can’t wait to help students achieve their goals!
Languages I speak: English 

Gideon Nohe 

Hello! My name is Gideon Nohe and I am a sophomore at Winston Churchill High School. Outside of school, I enjoy basketball, football, paddleboarding, and band among others! I love music in general, and I am a 5th year percussionist and on the drumline. I also love all the ins and outs of history and am especially passionate about US History, my favorite subject! I love volunteering my time to help others and this year, I'm looking forward to being on the Stepping Stone Tutoring Team and providing as much support as I can!

Languages I speak: English

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Will Fermaglich 

Kaitlin Wright

Mackenzie Boone

Hi there, my name is Will Fermaglich and I am a sophomore at BCC who is excited to become a tutor with Stepping Stone Tutoring. As someone who has always had a passion for helping others, I am eager to use my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on students' lives. With Stepping Stone Tutoring, I see the opportunity to not only teach academic concepts but to also serve as a mentor and guide for students on their educational journey. I am looking forward to the rewarding experience of seeing students grow and succeed.

Languages I speak: English

Hi! My name is Kaitlin and I’m a junior at Winston Churchill High School. My favorite subject is English and I love reading and writing. I also like Spanish and am taking AP Spanish currently! In the future, I plan to study psychology and become a therapist. I work as a camp counselor in the summer so I have a lot of experience with kids. In my free, time I like to bake, pet my dog, hang out with my friends, and watch TV with my sisters. I’m super excited to be a tutor for Stepping Stone!
Languages I speak: English

Hi! My name is Mackenzie! I am a junior at Wootton High School. I am in the Humanities & Arts program and my favorite subjects are English and history. Although these are my favorites, I love to learn and value having an open mind. In my free time, I like to read, practice yoga, and spend the day on the beach! As of now, I plan to study psychology in college. I look forward to working with you and Stepping Stone!

Languages I speak: English

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Mahit Chekuri

Francisca Mensah

Dylan Furbay

Hello, My name is Mahit Chekuri and I am a freshman at Thomas Wootton HS. Some of my hobbies include reading, coding, playing tennis, and watching anime. I am currently enrolled in AOIT, my school's official computer science program, and I’m going to join the school's AI club and competitive programming club this year. My favorite subjects are computer science, math, and french. I am extremely passionate about tutoring, and got every single one of my SSL hours from tutoring 6th graders at my school last year, which helped me gain a lot of experience in tutoring. I am very excited to help my students become proficient in the subject I teach them, and look forward to helping them grow academically. Can’t wait to tutor you all!

Languages I speak: English, Telugu

Hey, I'm Francisa Mensah. I'm a freshman at John. F. Kennedy High School. My hobbies are editing, writing, and experimenting. Other than that I like to cook, watch movies, go shopping, and hang out with friends. My favorite subjects are English and Photography. I like challenging myself to learn new things and so far I've learned to program, read and write Spanish, create fine art, repair things, and play the ukulele. I'm currently working as a secretary for an upcoming business. I hope to help students feel better and confident about learning and improve their academic skills. I am very stoked to be joining the Stepping Stone Tutoring Team!

Languages I speak: English, Twi

Hey! My name is Dylan Furbay and I’m so excited to join the Stepping Stone tutoring team. I am currently a senior at Landon High School. I love to draw and paint, as well as produce short form writing such as poetry and flash fiction. At school, I am an editor for our arts publication, Prometheus Unbound, and lead various clubs, like Asian Student Association, Meaningful Conversations, and Ally Council. In my free time, I enjoy reading and playing the piano. I look forward to tutoring students and helping them build confidence in their classes and academic skills!

Languages I speak: English

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 Aarna Rastogi

Aya Sleilaty

Saron Yohannes

Hi! My name is Aarna Rastogi! I’m currently a junior at Thomas Wootton High School. I absolutely love science, especially astronomy, and like to think of myself as pretty good at math. I hope to go into an astrophysics career where I can follow through with my passion to explore the universe. I love to read, listen to music and play guitar in my free time, which I have recently begun learning. In the past, I have volunteered at a daycare and I like to think that I’m pretty good with kids. I’ve also volunteered at my old elementary school, so I suppose I’m pretty good with teaching! 

Languages I Speak: English, Hindi

Hello! My name is Aya Sleilaty and I am a Junior at Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School. I am in the IB program at school, and my favorite classes are IB Arts and Theory Of Knowledge. I am also trilingual! I moved to the States two years ago from Lebanon. Out of school, I enjoy reading books of any genre and love to paint as well as draw! I am passionate about working with children after my experience in the past with tutoring and participating in various camps and activities. I’m excited to be a part of Stepping Stone Tutoring and to help students grow and gain confidence. 

Languages I speak: English, Arabic, French

Hey there! My name is Saron and I’m super excited to be joining Stepping Stone Tutoring!  A little about me: I attend Paint Branch High School and besides studying at various locations I enjoy trying new foods, binging tv shows (especially comedy, laughter is the best medicine) and diving into a book.  I have a strong background in many subjects yet I firmly believe knowledge finds its true potential when it’s shared or used to help others.  I hope to make a difference through Stepping Stone regardless if it’s helping a student understand a complex concept or clearing up a small confusion.  In the end my goal is to contribute meaningfully to each student’s learning journey.

Languages I speak: English

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Rishika Sethumadhavan

Rachel Singleton

Suki Lin

Hi, my name is Rishika, and I am currently a sophomore at Cave Spring HS. I have a small kitten named
Alexi and two twin sisters. In my free time I babysit my 8- and 11-year-old neighbors and teach them
how to complete their math and science homework. I have been doing this since they were little, so I
have some experience tutoring. I love spending time with younger peers and am passionate about math
and science. I enjoy teaching children the fundamentals of mathematics, so I can watch them excel in
class. In my free time I spend my hours at my local hospital housing charity, or I’m at the beach. I am

very excited to tutor more kids with Stepping Stone for the first time!

Languages I speak: English

Hello! My name is Rachel and I am a sophomore at Rockville High School, where I’m currently enrolled in the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) track for engineering. My favorite classes are math and digital electronics. Outside the classroom, I dive and play field hockey for our school, as well as take part in our mock trial and debate teams. I love reading, drawing, and baking in my free time. I’m passionate about helping others and am really looking forward to being a tutor for Stepping Stone!
Languages I speak: English

Hi! My name is Suki Lin and I’m a sophomore at Winston Churchill High School. My favorite subjects in school are math and science-related classes. Outside of school, I play volleyball and bake frequently. I love finding new hobbies and trying new things. I also love listening to music through everything, whether it’s focusing on school work or participating in various activities. I am eager to work with other students and I look forward to tutoring here with Stepping Stone.

Languages I speak: English

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Wrik Datta

Eddie Wu

Benjamin Katz

Hey everyone! I'm so glad to be a part of something which helps student with their everyday lives. My name is Wrik and I am currently a sophomore at Thomas S Wootton High School. I love to help other people with their school work and also love playing guitar!

Languages I speak: English

Hello everyone! My name is Eddie Wu and I am a senior at Poolesville High School. My favorite classes are definitely my computer science and math ones. Outside of school I am an avid chess player and programmer. This will be my second year tutoring for Stepping Stone and I cannot wait to make that positive impact on someone's math journey!
Languages I speak: English, Chinese

Hey, I’m Benjamin Katz. I’m a sophomore at Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School, where I’m a member of the Speech Forensics and Debate Team. My favorite classes include AP Computer Science, Biology, and Algebra II. I love music and play guitar and piano. I enjoy playing basketball and working out with my friends at the gym. I volunteer at Nourishing Bethesda, supporting individuals in need. I am passionate about helping others achieve academic success and would look forward to the opportunity to help any student needing assistance in an academic area where they’re struggling or where someone just needs a little extra help.
Languages I Speak: English

Adanna Oji

Zaheen Ahmed

Noah Seifu

Hi! My name is Adanna Oji, I am a freshman at Richard Montgomery High School. My favorite subjects are Art, English, Technology and Spanish. With a particular love for English. I am in my school's Art Honors Society. In my spare time, I often draw, cook, crochet, listen to music and write poetry. In the past I have taught my younger family members and have tutored friends as well. I am excited to be on the Stepping Stone Tutoring Team!
Languages I speak: English

Hello! My Name is Noah Seifu, and I am a Junior at Walter Johnson High School! I have always had a passion for science and the medical field, and I even spend a lot of time studying it outside of school. The human body has always fascinated me in all its intricacies and treating it is even more interesting to me, so I strive to become a medical professional in the future, and am currently interning at a related place. I also participate in student advocacy, such as the Montgomery County SGA, SMOB Advisory Council, and being class president, as well as Model UN. Some of my hobbies include cubing, playing soccer and basketball, exploring the area, fishing, and camping. It is a great pleasure to work with Stepping Stone Tutoring and I hope that I can meet many new brilliant people!

Languages I speak: English, Amharic

Hi, my name is Zaheen! I am a sophomore at Poolesville High School, where I'm in the Science Math Computer Science program. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports such as basketball, volleyball, cricket, and ping pong. I have been in the Student Government Association for 5+ years, I was in Montgomery County Junior Council for 2 years, and I was the National Junior Honor Society Vice President. Through my involvement in student advocacy, I have developed a range of valuable skills and qualities that have benefited me in many ways. One of the most significant skills I have developed is leadership. I have a strong passion for teaching and helping others. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and seeing my students succeed. I am patient and understanding, and I work hard to create a comfortable and supportive learning environment where my students feel comfortable.

Language: English

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Neil Panchal

Hi, I am Neil Panchal, a sophomore at Poolesville High School. My favorite classes are most definitely my STEM classes. Outside of school, I love to play net sports and Lacrosse. I can't wait to tutor you all!

Languages I speak: English

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  • Eric Bomfim

  • Grace Rosales

  • Hamna Ali

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  • Hannah Sax

  • Ishani Biswas

  • Martha Haile

  • Mitra Hu-Hunderson

  • Neluki Sarathchandra

  • Rajul Lamsal

  • Saron Yohannes

  • Sejal Regmi

  • Selena Li

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