About stacy

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Stacy Tomson Rispin


Stacy Tomson Rispin has been tutoring children and teens for over twenty years. She has a passion for math and science and loves coming up with creative methods to help students learn and remember their material. In fact, if you ask her nicely, she might even teach you the Mitosis Dance. She began her tutoring career in 1995 at the Stepping Stones Learning Enrichment Center in San Marino. In 1998 she founded Apple-a-Day tutoring with her partner, Beth Meres-Grecu, in order to provide quality, in-home tutoring to students throughout the San Gabriel Valley. She has helped a multitude of students find new ways to love school, but she has a strong desire to help students with learning difficulties, especially ADHD, as her own son was diagnosed when he was six.

Stacy hails from the Windy City, Chicago, IL. (Go Cubs!) She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wheaton College with a minor in Communications. In 1992 she headed west to California in order to pursue a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. After one winter of 70 degree weather, she fell in love with Southern California and has never looked back.

A lifelong learner and consummate researcher, Stacy enjoys diving deep into any topic that piques her curiosity or excites her imagination. As her husband can attest, it’s not enough for her to just learn about something, she must understand it inside and out before she’s satisfied. 

Stacy deeply cherishes the relationships she has developed with her students over the years. But her most important relationships are with her husband, Jim and two kids, Ian and Emma: “They are my favorite people in the world. I’ve learned so much about myself and what really matters, as I’ve navigated life with them.” She readily admits that without her family’s love and support, she would not be the caring successful teacher she has become. In addition, helping her son navigate the challenges of his ADHD has provided her with a unique perspective on how the disorder impacts a person's personal and academic life, making her a better mom and a better teacher.

In her free time, Stacy loves hanging out with her family, watching movies, playing board games, and exploring all that Southern California has to offer. She’s an avid reader and is especially fond of science fiction and fantasy novels. But as a proud parent, her greatest joy is watching her son sing with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and rooting her daughter on as she competes in sports at her middle school.