About Us

Meet Paul

Founder & CEO

Paul graduated with distinction from UCLA Extension’s College Counseling certificate program – a renowned series of seven graduate-level courses and an intensive practicum all focused on counseling a wide range of college-bound students.

The energy and passion that led to Paul’s successful founding of Alma Mater have carried over to his counseling practice where he utilizes his research and strategic planning expertise. His experience provides a unique foundation to help young adults build cohesive narratives throughout their applications as they articulate their personal journeys and achievements.

Born in Northern Virginia, Paul attended The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. He continues to serve as a regional alumni interviewer for potential students in the Los Angeles area.

Currently, Paul is pursuing a master’s degree in Design & Development of Educational Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is an elected Student Senator representing the Math, Science, and Technology department and sits on the University Policy & Rules Committee. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), Honor Society in Education. Founded in 1920, the Kappa Chapter housed at TC – Columbia University is one of the oldest chapters in the organization.

Credentials and Affiliations

Meet Cooper

Chief Companion Officer / CCO

Cooper was rescued on Christmas Eve 2012 in Desert Hot Springs, California. His dedication to continuing education is evidenced by his own commitment to learning new skills. Always ready to give a “high-five” or “high-ten”, this little guy knows the value of positive reinforcement! Currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in “Roll Over”, he rejects the traditionally accepted societal norms of “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. Be sure to follow his adventures on Instagram @thecooperchronicles.

Establish a resource that is built on trust and excellence

We see our students as the unique individuals they are. We reject mediocrity and believe that with a positive attitude and individualized gameplan, anything is possible.

Produce remarkable experiences

We’re in the business of changing lives. A lot is at stake and we are invested to do whatever it takes to make it happen for our students.

Take initiative and be resourceful

We see each student's concerns and meet them with new ideas and bold solutions.


You can get started today by contacting us at (310) 622-4591. We will start by discussing your child’s specific needs and the scope of work requested. Once we receive your enrollment, we will set you up with an expert tutor as soon as possible. Often, we are able to assign your tutor within 24 – 48 hours.

We provide college counseling services all across the world.

Yes. If you are not satisfied for any reason, your first hour will be free and we’ll do what we can to make things right. We are committed to providing you with the best tutor possible.

No. Unlike other tutoring companies, Alma Mater offers flexible scheduling and no-commitment programs. You can schedule daytime, evening, or weekend sessions and reschedule as needed. You can start and stop working with us whenever you’d like–you’re not locked into anything, ever.

Yes. We understand the many different ways that children learn and how best to adjust our teaching style to them.

All teaching is done in your own home. This is most convenient for children and parents, and allows for fewer distractions.

Our teacher-to-student ratio is always one-to-one. We have found one-to-one teaching to be much more effective than group tutoring.

Yes. Recruiting the best tutors and teachers is our most important priority. Parents can be assured that each tutor has had an extensive background check and meets our high expectations and standards.

What training and experience do your tutors have?

Our dedication to customer service is absolute. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call the office and we will make every effort to resolve your issues right away.