Marriann Tefft


I’ve been involved in education for over 20 years, having started as a teacher at Trinity School at Greenlawn, a perennial US Blue Ribbon winning prep school in South Bend, Indiana, while my husband attended nearby University of Notre Dame. I taught numerous subjects to middle and high school grades and served as a master teacher. In my second year, I was humbled to be honored with Trinity’s Teacher of the Year award.

Moving back to the Pacific Northwest, I joined the faculty of the Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, teaching middle school grades.

After starting my own family, I left the formal classroom, and have been actively involved in home-schooling both my own children and others’ children across numerous grades and virtually all subjects, including several graduating classes of home-schooled students.

These experiences, along with my passion for helping students be their best selves inside and outside of the classroom, and go on to make their academic dreams come true, gradually evolved into the tutoring, college prep coaching, and college admissions counseling work I’ve done with hundreds of students with unique backgrounds and amazing aspirations.

Before all of that, I graduated from Seattle University’s Honors Program with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Philosophy. I live in Olympia with my family, and enjoy volunteering in the community, most recently on the Board of Directors of the Pope John Paul II High School in Lacey, Washington.

My students tend to learn all my quirks almost immediately, from a Diet Coke (and occasionally, red licorice) addiction to an ability to quote at length from the Monk and Psych shows without warning, at any time.