Staff

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE BRAINS

Champion teachers have the minimum of a bachelor’s degree in their subject (or in a relevant related field). Over 75% currently have or are pursuing advanced degrees. In addition to these credentials, all have extensive teaching experience in the classroom and/or in one-on-one settings. Several are experienced in special education,having worked successfully with students who have ADD, AD/HD, and other learning differences.

Our faculty consists of local public & private school teachers, university & college instructors, published authors, researchers, professionals in area businesses and non-profits, and individuals who have taught overseas and in developing nations.

This vibrant, talented group is united in their passion for teaching, as well as in their commitment to Champion’s standards of educational excellence. Moreover, they all value the one-on-one model as an
effective, fun, and accessible way to enhance classroom learning.

CO-OWNER AND CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

LEE ELBERSON

leeLee was born and raised in southern Louisiana.  He joined the Marines at 17 in an effort to find some discipline in his life.  Well, he found it and went on to graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in physics and was inducted into the honors society Sigma Pi Sigma.  He then went on to obtain a master’s degree in chemical physics at the University of Maryland where he taught many classes in the physics department.  Lee did his PhD research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working on relativistic electron transport in a laser-induced plasma.  Needless to say, Lee has a love for all things quantifiable.  He is an energetic person who has a passion for educating others and he enjoys coaching young adults to achieve their goals.  Lee spends his free time training for marathons, playing poker, watching Imax 3D movies, or creating some ridiculously intricate spreadsheet.

CO-OWNER

CLAY DANIEL

clayClay is a graduate of Harvard University and Dallas Theological Seminary. After five years as a campus minister working with Yale students, he returned to the field of education in 2008 and founded Clayborne Tutoring in 2009 because he saw the promise of a powerful recipe: one part one-to-one test preparation; one part consummately flexible program; one part relentlessly responsive team of tutors. Also, he just really loves these tests! It’s like Christmas every time a new one comes out. But he also loves coaching students to successful realization of their dreams. In his free time, Clay enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, playing and watching sports, and playing Scrabble, for which he has a national ranking (translation: he has spent way too much time playing Scrabble).

Clay’s credentials in test preparation:
• 10+ years in test prep – SSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT
• Perfect GRE score (old GRE twice; new GRE once)
• Perfect GMAT score
• 178 LSAT score (99th percentile)
• SAT 2360 (800 CR, 800 M, 760 W)
• ACT 36 (36E, 36M, 36R, 36S)

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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Meg Gardiner is Champion’s Assistant Director. She has tutored English and study skills at Champion since 2014. She also teaches a public speaking course at the University of Virginia and advises incoming first-years during summer orientation. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston University and received an M.A. in English from UVa.
She was nominated twice by her students for the Seven Society Award for Superb Teaching. She is the recipient of the Gosnell Prize for mentoring college writing (judged by John Grisham), the Griffis Prize for best essay in UVa’s English Department, and the Boston University Alumni Prize for best undergraduate thesis. She is the former Assistant Director of Student Academic Support at UVa. She loves Charlottesville’s local music scene, and you can see her dancing every week at Fridays After Five.

ACCOUNT MANAGER

LESLIE CHISHOLMLHC

I’ve been with Champion Tutoring since March of 2013 – first as the Assistant Director and now, under new leadership, as the Account Manager. Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) is where I also work in dual roles as Human Resources Facilitator and Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs. In addition, I am honored to be on the Board of Directors (Secretary) of Apprenticeship Connections  which provides individuals the opportunity to be mentored one-on-one in a flexible, personalized apprenticeship.

Certified as both a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and a Workforce Development Professional (CWDP), I am able to help people of all ages examine their goals, skills, values, and interests in order to find their most fulfilling career path. My BA in Philosophy and Sociology is from Rollins College  and I have over 20 years of Human Resources experience, both in public school settings as well as at the helm of my own small business. Click here to view my LinkedIn profile.