Who We Are


John Cochener - Founder and President

John created Academy Tutors based on a decade of experience tutoring and teaching for a number of schools and private companies. He started as an SAT tutor in 2005, traveling to students' homes and teaching classes at local colleges throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He taught high school math at South San Francisco High, and served as an Instructional Supervisor at Lydian Academy (Menlo Park). He worked for four years as online faculty for Axia College, continuing with its parent company University of Phoenix after they merged.

Academy Tutors was founded in 2014, with a focus on using technology to connect students with busy schedules with the best instructors from across the US at the most affordable price. John personally interviews and trains each potential tutor candidate, to make sure he or she will make full use of the technology incorporated into the website and classroom. John is constantly adding new features and curriculum to make sure students enjoy and benefit from their online experience.

Kelly Campbell - Program Director

Kelly has over ten years experience tutoring SAT and ACT students, including a period in Monaco. She has degrees in fiannce and marketing? and, started as Program Director for Academy Tutors in July 2018. As program director, she keeps our clients informed about our current offerings, and helps students sign up for accounts, enroll in programs, and schedule lessons. She also oversees the blended curriculum component of the SAT and ACT test preparation programs.

Kelly loves cats! She loves to travel! She needs to give me some information to put here!

Kathryn Dillard - Program Coordinator (ELA)

Kathryn background Information

As Program Coordinator for English Language Arts, Kathryn lends her expertise in the fields of literature and social studies to help map out Academic Support programs for students in English, History, and related fields. Kathryn also advises and oversees the verbal/reading sections for test preparation programs

College Planning Partnerships

To help families from all backgrounds to achieve their college amibitions, Academy Tutors has partnered with the following individuals and companies in the areas of

School Choice • Financial Planning

  • School Choice - Ashly Jordan
  • Financial Planning - David Thiel

Ashly Jordan

Owner - My Education Connections, LLC

I believe in a holistic approach that meets the individual needs of the student and parents when planning for college. Our program utilizes resources, experience, and technology to effectively help plan for both college and career.

As an educator of nearly a decade, I understand education and knowledge are the keys to success, and I work in concert with schools, families, and students to facilitate a clear plan for their future.

To obtain the best results, we use:

  • Objective Assessment
  • Interest Surveys
  • Professional Coaches

For each student, we create a personalized plan including college, major, and career. I help alleviate the guesswork, minimize the uncertainty, and assist families in avoiding the costly missteps that are associated with college and career planning.

David Thiel

Financial Associate - Thrivent Financial

When it comes to planning for college, the financial stakes have never been higher. Having the right plan can make a world of difference. You know that. I do, too. I work with families, schools, churches, and other organizations to help deepen families’ understanding of:

  • How the financial aid process works
  • The importance of planning ahead to help students attend the right college at an affordable cost
  • Making smart saving—and spending—decisions to maximize eligibility for financial aid and tax incentives, and minimize debt
  • How parents and students can effectively talk about educational finances

Thrivent Financial and its respective associates and employees cannot provide legal, accounting, or tax advice or services. Work with your Thrivent Financial representative, and as appropriate, your attorney and/or tax professional for additional information. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. Fee-based investment advisory services are available through qualified investment advisor representatives only. For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.

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