Meet Our Instructors

Larry Elkins

Born into a family of educators, Larry Elkins has carried on the tradition of working with students of all ages. He currently teaches GRE and SAT prep, utilizing his comprehensive training in both exams. Larry graduated from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1996 and a Master of Arts in Education in 1998. He taught in Montgomery County Public Schools for 13 years before moving to the Shenandoah Valley. As a public school teacher, Larry consistently helped his students achieve high success rates on state standardized tests. He was recognized as a 2010 finalist for the McGlothlin Award for Teaching Excellence. Drawing on a strong background in mathematics, education, and test preparation, Larry enjoys seeing his test prep students achieve their full potential on these exams. Outside of his career in education, Larry has also launched into work as an Independent Insurance Agent.

Emily Flowers

Emily Flowers taught for seventeen years in public school.  She has extensive experience with helping diverse groups of students reach their potential, both in the classroom and on standardized tests.  During her time in the public school system, she participated in developing math curriculum for Roanoke County Schools and advocated a shift from the traditional passive lecture-and-memorization-based math learning to a more active model, with students developing their own understandings of mathematical concepts through hands-on collaborative experience.  Emily earned her B.A. in English from Roanoke College, where she also completed her certification to teach preschool through eighth grade. She earned her M.A. in English from Virginia Tech.  She achieved National Board Certification in 1999 and renewed this certification in 2009.  Currently, she homeschools her three children and offers tutoring services for students from elementary to high school.

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