Our Team

Below are the names and faces who will be teaching our mentees. Their interests and subjects will be listed as well so you will be able to find out who you will be working with!

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Connie Gao

Co-Executive Director

Hi! I’m Connie Gao, and I’m a junior attending Wilton High School. Along with my strange obsession with pandas, I enjoy baking (although my skills are pretty much limited to banana bread and cookies), swimming for the Wilton Wahoos and Lady Warriors, and playing the flute in Norwalk Youth Symphony. I also participate in several high school clubs such as the debate team and Science Olympiad, and help coach the middle school debate club. I’m always open to giving advice about basically anything, in or out of school, and I hope I’ll get the opportunity to connect with all of you!​

Subjects:

  • Math

  • Science

  • Writing

  • Spelling

  • Reading

  • Spanish

  • Band (flute)

  • Debate

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Phillip Shim

Director of Operations

Hi! My name is Phillip Shim and I am a junior at Wilton High School. I'm super interested in civics and history, so I've been a debater for 4 years. I'm on our junior varsity wrestling team and teaching with and leading a number of clubs at WHS. I'm pretty active on our varsity debate team and was one of two freshmen to pass the mock trial auditions. I have a younger sister in the 3rd grade, and I usually pass time by playing with my two cats or volunteering at the Korean American Association of Greater New York. While we're working together, I'm looking forward to helping you build confidence in your understanding of social issues, writing skills, and public speaking so you can gain the competitive edge everyone needs to succeed.

Subjects:

  • Science

  • Writing

  • Spelling

  • Social Studies

  • Reading

  • Spanish

  • Debate

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Sydney Lillis

Director of Finance

Hello! My name is Sydney Lillis, and I am a junior at Wilton High School this year! I enjoy spending my time watching movies, baking, and swimming for the Wilton Wahoos and Lady Warriors. My obsessions at the moment include playing Hay Day, and trying to learn the guitar (though I may not be very good yet). Oh- and of course spending time with my two adorable cats Mylo and Oofie (even though they may not like me as much I adore them:) . Through this tutoring program, I hope to build connections with younger students, and lay a studious foundation for both school, and any other area of their life! And with that, help them reach any academic heights they wish to achieve!

Subjects:

  • Math

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Reading

  • Writing

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Vihan Jayawardhane

Co-Executive Director

Hi! My name is Vihan Jayawardhane and I am a junior at Wilton High School. I love teaching others, whether for a math test or the upcoming track meet, and I'm looking forward to working with others in our community. During the school year, I compete on the Wilton Track and XC Teams, participate in and lead high school and middle school clubs, and play the piano and cello. I have an older brother and a crazy Labradoodle, and I usually spend my spare time playing badminton with them. As a part of Emperor Tutoring, I hope to build connections with younger students and help them in any way I can!

Subjects:

  • Math

  • Science

  • Writing

  • Social Studies

  • Reading

  • Spanish

  • Orchestra (cello)

  • Debate

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Sean Thomas

Director of Communications

Hi! My name is Sean Thomas and I am a junior at Wilton High School. During the school year, I compete on the Wilton Swim and Dive Team, participate in multiple high school clubs, and coach debate at Middlebrook Middle school. I also play violin and enjoy hanging out with friends. As a part of Emperor Tutoring, I hope to meet new people and help younger students learn and progress.

Subjects:

  • Math

  • Science

  • Reading

  • Writing

  • Spelling

  • Social Studies

  • Debate

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Lukas Koutsoukos

Director of Public Relations

Hello! My name is Lukas Koutsoukos and I am currently a junior at Wilton High School. I enjoy studying history and geography in my free time, and I also like to listen to music (both classical and rock). I lead the Middlebrook Quiz Bowl Club and I am a board member on Model Congress, but I also like to go to Math Team and Marine Biology. I have an older brother who is going to college this year, I sing in chorus, and I play the viola. As part of Emperor Tutoring, I hope to help students out on difficult problems and inspire them to continue persevering! 

Subjects:

  • Math

  • Social Studies

  • Science

  • Writing

  • Reading

  • Orchestra (viola)

  • French

  • Greek

  • Latin

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Lucia La Orden Oro

Technical Director

Hello! My name is Lucia La Orden Oro and I’m currently a junior at Wilton High School. Every year, I play tennis, I fence, and I ski. At school, I participate in various clubs, including the Red Cross, Future Medical Leaders of America, and Cooking Club. I have a sister who is in 8th grade. I like to spend my time reading, drawing, painting, playing outside, learning about medicine, and watching movies. As a part of Emperor Tutoring, I want to build connections with other students as well as help younger students achieve their academic goals and succeed in school. 

Subjects:

  • Math

  • Science

  • Writing

  • Social Studies

  • Reading

  • Spelling

  • French