Our Tutors

Of the hundreds of candidates who apply to Excel Academy every year, a handful are invited to join our roster of exceptional educators. A record of outstanding academic achievement is, of course, a must. But beyond that, we look for individuals who possess the difficult-to-measure qualities that are essential to good teaching. Above all, we prize the kind of intellectual empathy that enables teachers to intuitively understand their students’ thought processes, and to tailor their instruction accordingly.


Denise Lackamp


 As the English Department Head of Excel Academy, Denise is most concerned that students create during their pre-collegiate years a foundation of grammarianism, logical argumentation, and sensitivity toward the Other. Those who study with Denise at Excel will engage with the meter and meaning of poetry, the fallacies of the rhetorician, and the not-so-myriad ways in which English verbs are conjugated--at least in relation to their Latin counterparts!


Derek Livingston

Theatre Arts

Mr. Derek — Derek Livingston — earned his Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Arts from Brown University and a Masters of Fine Arts from UCLA’s School of Film and Television.  He still acts and directors sometimes, and in his free time, he writes.  In fact, he loves the written word; Mr. Derek really enjoys helping students appreciate artful language and craft cogent and clear writing.  His favorite novelist is Toni Morrison (you should know her!), and he reads and watches Shakespeare just for fun.



College Planning

Keyman is a Berkeley graduate with 17 years of experience helping students improve their ACT/SAT scores and apply to colleges. Most importantly, however, he wants his students to appreciate the joys of learning and discussing new ideas.




Earl is currently a full-time biology instructor at the College of Southern Nevada. He graduated from UCLA and UW-Madison with a research background in molecular biology and microbiology. Earl enjoys teaching others the intricate inner workings of cells and want to help students achieve their academic goals.



General education

Janet has 20 years of experience as a teacher, most of it at the Middle School level. She has also taught Science on the Elementary School level and Biology for non majors at The College of Southern Nevada. Janet enjoys working with the students at Excel Academy and helping them reach their full potential.


Tania Lee


Tania Lee Fellows has been a Phonics and Early Learner tutor for 5 years, and a homeschool teacher for over 10 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at San Diego in Art History.  Tania has a love for teaching, students, history and literacy.



College Counseling

7 years of experiences in College Counseling in Texas and Nevada; College of William & Mary Alumnus, Excel Academy College Counseling Strategist




Stay Tuned for upcoming staff announcements 


Brielle McNeel

College Admissions

10 years of experience of College Counseling in Arizona and Nevada, Former University Admission Counselor at Grand Canyon University