Meet The Team


  • Kiana Berkman, Co-Owner and Director of Berktree Learning, was raised and Schooled in Orange County, and graduated from the University of California, Irvine, where she studied Chemistry, Anthropology and Education. She started by tutoring High School and Middle School students while attending Aliso Niguel High School and later at UCI, she then moved on to tutoring other underclassmen as she progressed in her own education. In 2006, after working for a few different tutoring companies, she started Berkman Educational Services, which continues to help students achieve their educational goals to this day.
  • Daniel Berkman, Co-Owner of Berktree Learning,is a second generation Anteater (from UCI), and knows a bit about educational success in Orange County. While at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Daniel studied History and Math, as well as educational theory. The combinations of subjects and experiences helped enrich his background in education and tutoring which now spans 12 years and many subjects beyond those specialties. Daniel has also served as a Teacher’s Assistant for Math at Miramar College in San Diego, has received his teaching credential for Math from UCI, and has taught in the Capistrano Unified School District, before the opening of Bektree Learning Center.
  • Ani K. received her Bachelors in Neuroscience from UC Riverside. Her areas of focus are in the Sciences and Mathematics. She enjoys volunteering in hospitals, health clinics, and doctor’s offices. Her future plans are to attend medical school.
  • Ani O. is a UC Irvine graduate. She received her Bachelor of Arts in French. She is passionate about French culture and hopes to run the Paris marathon one day.
  • Colby is a graduate of UC Irvine with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He specializes in Biology, Chemistry, and English composition.  His future goals are to attend medical school and specialize in Emergency Medicine.
  • Leslie received her Bachelors in Child Development at Cal State Fullerton and her Masters in Education at Concordia University, Irvine. She is currently working at Kindercare Preschool and tutoring for Berktree Learning. She specializes in English, Math, and Spanish.
  • Mayra is currently studying Biology at Saddleback community college. Her future goals are to attend UC Irvine and pursue a career in the medical field.
  • Nikka obtained her Bachelors degree from UC San Diego in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Her areas of focus are in Sciences and Mathematics.  Her future plans are to attend medical school.
  • Sy received his Bachelors in Biological Sciences at UC Irvine in 2010. He is a pre-medical student and volunteers at UCI Medical Center. He tutors in SAT prep, science and math.
  • David is currently working on his M.S. degree in Transportation Systems Engineering at UC Irvine. He specializes in tutoring Math and Physics.

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