Our Team

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Our team is comprised of dedicated individuals who are passionate about education and love helping students realize their dreams. Our tutors are experts in their subject areas, hailing from some of the leading universities in the country. Whether at your home or in our beautiful education center, located near downtown Charlottesville, Clayborne tutors meet one on one with students to address their specific needs.

Kevin Culbertson grew up in a military family and travelled much of his young life, but is now glad to call Charlottesville home. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 with majors in Foreign Affairs and History. He also teaches and tutors ESL with the International Rescue Committee. He is an avid songwriter and guitarist. You may see him performing at a local singer/songwriter night in town. He is also an amateur luthier, and has begun designs for his first archtop guitar.

Subjects: SAT Math, SAT Verbal, ACT Verbal, ACT Math/Science, Coaching, English, Basic Math (Algebra 2, Geometry)


Robert Michaels grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia, and studied computer science at the University of Virginia where he was a teaching assistant in both physics and computer science. He has a life-long love of math and science and now uses that passion to tutor physics, math through calculus, and ACT math/science. In his spare time, Robert enjoys competitive video gaming, distance running, and doing video/music production and editing.

Subjects: ACT Math/Science, Physics 1, AP Physics I, SAT Subject Physics, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Pre-Calc, Calc 1, Stats, Discrete Math, SAT Subject tests - Math I and II,
Python-(computer coding)


Elisabeth Wagner is Charlottesville native who spent most of her childhood with her nose in a book. She pursued her love of reading in a bachelor's in English from the University of Virginia and a master's in English from the University of Mississippi. After graduate school, Elisabeth worked full-time as a private tutor in DC. She recently moved back to Charlottesville to be closer to family. In her free time, Elisabeth loves to cook, garden, eat at Charlottesville's wonderful restaurants, and take her dog Sawyer on walks through downtown Charlottesville.

Subjects: SAT/ACT Verbal, GMAT Verbal, English, Writing, General Academic Tutoring

Ari Stess is originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Brooklyn College. She has taught college-level writing courses at NYU and City University of New York. At Clayborne, Ari specializes in SAT and ACT Verbal test prep and academic coaching. Ari is a playwright, director, and writer. In her spare time she likes to explore the epic Charlottesville dining scene, go on hiking adventures, and write.

Subjects: SAT/ACT Verbal, academic coaching

Andrew West grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned his B.A. in English Literature. He returned to the mountains to earn his teaching certification from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.  Andrew loves teaching and watching his students develop and improve whether it is in the classroom or out in the woods. When Andrew is not in the classroom, he is sure to be found hiking through the woods looking for tall rocks to climb.

Subjects: SAT Verbal, English, Academic Coaching

Phil Horst grew up in Lancaster, Pa and studied English Writing and Theatre Arts at The University of Pittsburgh. After moving to Charlottesville in 2008, he enrolled at Mary Baldwin College to earn his teaching certificate. Phil currently teaches tenth and eleventh grade English at Albemarle High School and spends his spare time writing, directing and producing plays. Over the last several years his work has been seen in Pittsburgh, New York and Charlottesville. 


Will Andrews is originally from Maine, but now lives in Charlottesville. He teaches math of all kinds, and enjoys teaching math because of how black and white it is. What Will enjoys most about Clayborne is that  the students he works with are motivated in their work and willing to learn. He also enjoys the one-on-one style of Clayborne tutoring, because he believes students almost always learn better in a smaller setting. When he's not working, Will spends his time playing ultimate frisbee or practicing foreign languages.

Subjects: SAT/ACT Math, Calc, Pre-Calc, Geometry, Stats

 Barry Keith teaches at Monticello High School and  holds a B.A. in French from the College of William and Mary as well as a M.Ed. from Virginia Tech. He has taught French I, II, III, IV, and AP French V, and Spanish I, II, and III.  Barry has served with the College Board as a reader for the AP French exams yearly since 2005. He is married with three children and enjoys tournament Scrabble(R), solving chess problems, collecting stamps, poker, and reading.  

Subjects: French, Spanish, Math, and SAT Math

Conner McCarthy was born and raised in Charlottesville, VA. He graduated in 2014 with a degree in Music and East Asian Studies from the University of Virginia. Since matriculating, Conner has been working as a translator and editor with the Global China Center and China Institute. Conner is an active composer in various musical genres and plans to apply within the next few years for a master's degree in music composition. His passions lie in intermedia musical composition, any form of swimmable water, watching movies (both good and bad) with friends, and discussing philosophy, theology and transcendence.

Subjects: SAT Verbal, SAT Math

Tim Jenson originally hails from the great state of New Jersey but has lived in Charlottesville for more than 10 years now. He is a double graduate of the University of Virginia, graduating in 2008 with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and 2011 with an M.T. in Secondary Education (Mathematics). Tim has taught many middle and high school students and loves getting to know them when working with them. When not working with students, you might find him out for a run or playing board games with his friends.



Lauren Cabrera grew up in Orlando, Florida and Baltimore, Maryland before finding her way to Charlottesville to attend UVa. She completed two degrees, Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Masters of Teaching in Secondary Science. In addition to tutoring, she teaches middle school science for ACPS, loves cooking and baking, and spending time with her husband and new dog.

Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics through Pre-Calculus, Academic Coaching.