We Believe That Learning Matters
We believe that improving yourself is a brave and noble goal.
We believe that asking for help is a sign of strength—the first step on your journey towards the very best version of yourself.
We believe that innovative technology can make all the difference.
OUR VISION IS TO SEAMLESSLY CONNECT EXPERTS AND LEARNERS IN ANY SUBJECT, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.
Varsity Tutors was born out of the educational experiences of our founder and CEO, Chuck Cohn. In high school, private tutoring helped him move from an F to an A+ in honors geometry. But it also paired him with a French tutor who didn’t speak great English. And sometimes, it was just too difficult to find tutoring in time to make a difference.
That experience continued as Chuck struggled to find access to high-quality tutoring for one of his courses at Washington University in St. Louis. One night, he had an epiphany—great tutoring is only effective if you have reliable access to the right tutor for your situation.
With that revelation in mind, and a whole lot of hustle, Chuck built Varsity Tutors—a company that combines highly-credentialed experts with an advanced technology platform dedicated to live, personalized instruction.
The average student juggles half a dozen—or more—classes, a variety of extracurricular activities, sports commitments, and perhaps a part-time job. When educational resources are easily accessible via a smartphone or tablet, students can benefit tremendously.
— Chuck Cohn, Founder & CEO
Our Innovative Learning Technology
Once tutors and students are connected, our one-of-a-kind live learning platform transforms online learning on your desktop or mobile device. With a powerful combination of video chat, interactive tools, and collaborative workspaces at their fingertips, students can enjoy all the benefits of a face-to-face tutoring experience. They can even connect instantly with a tutor at any time, for any issue—all without leaving their kitchen table.
Yes, we’re a tech company. But more than that, we’re a people company.
It’s our job to understand students, and help set them up for success. To place only the most qualified, capable tutors in front of our students. And to combine our passion for knowledge and learning with our relentless pursuit of cutting-edge digital experiences.
If you love learning, and you love technology, you’re going to love working here.
We’re thinkers. We’re students. We’re innovators. And our passion for learning is impossible to deny. Meet a few of the people who work tirelessly to connect students and parents with the best private tutors.
Founder & CEO
Chuck, is the CEO and founder of Varsity Tutors. Chuck launched Varsity Tutors during college in an Introduction to Entrepreneurship course at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. After college, he bootstrapped the company and ran it on nights and weekends while working in venture capital. Chuck has a BSBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Washington University in St. Louis. Chuck lives in St. Louis with his wife Allie and their daughter and two dogs. He serves on Skandalaris Center National Council that sets entrepreneurial strategy for Washington University in St. Louis and on the Leadership Council of the Danforth Plant Science Center.
Chief Product Officer
HEIDI, Chief Product Officer, is responsible for product management and design. Prior to joining Varsity Tutors, Heidi served as VP of Product & Customer Experience at Sears Home Services, Pro.com, and Nordstrom Direct. Heidi also spent 14 years at Amazon.com, where she led product management for Kindle retail and AmazonFresh, among other efforts. Heidi has a bachelor's degree from Pacific Lutheran University and an MBA from the University of Washington. Heidi lives in Seattle with her husband and children.
President & COO
IAN, president and COO of Varsity Tutors, oversees the Company’s product, technology, sales, and tutor recruitment efforts. Prior to joining Varsity Tutors, Ian served as the chief operating officer of Sears Home Services where he oversaw operations in product, technology, sales and field operations, among other roles, with 14,000 people reporting through him. Prior to his role at Sears, he spent 15 years at Amazon, where he worked in a variety of functions including technology, operations, service and retail. Clarkson ran the Seller Services business for Europe, overseeing a variety of products and teams in nine countries. He has a proven track record in building consumer digital products, including launching AmazonFresh as employee No. 1. Ian lives in Seattle with his wife, Tracy, and their 8-year-old twins.
Chief Marketing Officer
ADAM, Chief Marketing Officer, is responsible for Varsity Tutors' marketing and public relations initiatives. Prior to joining Varsity Tutors in 2019, Adam was the Chief Marketing Officer at Everything But The House, a two-sided marketplace for second-hand antiques, art, and collectibles. He was also the Chief Marketing Officer at Dollar Shave Club, where he led all aspects of brand strategy, advertising, PR, customer acquisition, and CRM from early growth to the company’s $1B acquisition by Unilever. Adam lives in Cincinnati with his family.
Chief Technology Officer
MIKE, Chief Technology Officer of Varsity Tutors, oversees all engineering and technology efforts. Prior to joining Varsity Tutors in 2019, Mike led teams at organizations like Amazon, McKinsey & Company, and Sears. He brings more than three decades of strategic leadership, mentorship, and innovation experience to Varsity Tutors. Mike lives in Seattle.
CHRIS, vice president and General Counsel, began working with Varsity Tutors as its outside counsel shortly after the company started. He became Vice President and General Counsel in 2015 after 19 years in private practice. Chris came to Varsity Tutors from the national law firm of Polsinelli PC, an 800-attorney full-service firm, where he lead the Startup Ventures Group of the St. Louis office. Chris received his law degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City's School of Law in 1996 with distinction/Order of Bench and Robe, and received his BSBA with distinction and BA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993. Chris, who resides in St. Louis, has a wife and three children; he serves on the board of Angels' Arms, a nonprofit dedicated to helping sibling groups stay together during foster care before finding permanent homes.
Chief Financial Officer
JASON, Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for the Company’s FP&A, Accounting and Treasury functions. He has 18 years of progressive experience in Finance and Accounting. Prior to joining Varsity Tutors, Jason worked at several global multi-billion dollar public (Caleres and Peabody Energy) and private companies (Save A Lot) across a variety of disciplines including FP&A, investor relations, M&A, SEC reporting, technical accounting, and internal audit. He started his career at PwC and spent 8 years in the firm’s Assurance practice serving a variety of public and private companies. Jason received his bachelor and master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri, and is a registered CPA in the state of Missouri (non-active). Jason lives in St. Louis with his wife and two children.
Chief Analytics Officer
DAN, oversees the development and application of advanced analytics at Varsity Tutors. Prior to joining the company, Dan led engineering and decision science teams responsible for a machine-learning diagnostic platform for Sears Home Services. He also led product engineering for a number of flagship data products at Thomson Reuters Healthcare (now IBM Watson Health) and spent the earlier part of his career building decision management platforms at FICO. Dan lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter.
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