Our Team

Odyssey Tutors provides elite, one-on-one in-home tutoring and test preparation to students in the Washington, D.C. area. Founded in 2012 by longtime tutor Nick Day, Odyssey strives to deliver superior educational outcomes while instilling in students an intellectual curiosity that will stay with them long after they’ve left home for college.

  • Nick Day

    Nick Day is the Founder and President of Odyssey Tutors, an education company specializing in elite test preparation and academic tutoring for high school students in the Washington D.C. area. Since 2010, Nick has spent thousands of hours successfully preparing students for the SAT and ACT. Nick graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and Bowdoin College, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the college newspaper, The Orient. Prior to founding Odyssey, Nick spent two and a half years on K Street as a bank consultant.
  • Tess Bissell

    Tess works with students across a range of humanities courses, in addition to working with them on their SAT/ACT testing. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton, earning a BA in Comparative Literature. During her time there, she worked and volunteered extensively as a teacher and tutor, helping students of all ages succeed academically and pursue post-secondary education. She now works full time at Washington, DC nonprofit called College Summit that helps low-income, first generation students navigate the college application process. In her spare time, Tess enjoys traveling, reading fiction, and exploring DC's many museums. 
  • Hailey Blain

    Hailey works with students across science and mathematics courses and assists with standardized test preparation. Originally from Bethesda, Hailey attended Sidwell Friends School and graduated with honors from Bowdoin College. At Bowdoin, she majored in Biochemistry and tutored STEM subjects at the Center for Learning and Teaching. Hailey is currently a laboratory fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she conducts research surrounding lipids. When not working or tutoring, Hailey enjoys playing tennis, hiking, learning guitar, and exploring DC.
  • Seamus Daniels

    Seamus graduated cum laude from Princeton where he earned his BA in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and minored in Near Eastern Studies and Arabic Language and Culture. He currently works as a research analyst at Atlantic Media, focusing on defense and federal IT policy for the Government Executive Media Group. Seamus previously interned with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security in Amman, Jordan. Outside of his work at Atlantic Media and Odyssey, Seamus enjoys jazz piano, playing soccer, and running in DC.
  • Ben David

    Ben teaches at the SEED School—a college-preparatory, boarding, public charter school in Southeast Washington that serves students in grades 6-12. At SEED, Ben has worked as a 9th Grade Physics Teacher and 8th Grade Physical Science Teacher. As a part of his role at SEED, Ben often works individually with both middle- and high- school students to help them understand physical principles and master mathematical skills. Prior to his work at the SEED Public Charter School, Ben taught Engineering at Boston Arts Academy and Pre-Algebra at La Salle High School in Pasadena, CA. Ben is a graduate of Boston College, where he earned both a B.S. in Physics and M.Ed. in Secondary Education. Outside of the classroom, Ben is an avid swimmer; a former Division I swimmer at BC, he can often be found swimming laps in one of D.C.’s local pools.
  • Ryan Dukeman

    Ryan graduated summa cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton in 2017, where he majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and minored in French Language & Culture and American Studies. He works with students on SAT/ACT preparation and across a range of academic courses. He currently works as an Analyst at Deloitte, where he focuses on strategy and operations for defense and national security clients. He previously interned in Legislative Affairs at the Department of State, with a congressional office, and at a think tank. Beyond his work at Deloitte and Odyssey, Ryan enjoys photography, travel, hiking, and exploring DC's food scene. 
  • Kristen Duncan

    Kristen tutors students in science and mathematics. She graduated from Princeton University in 2016 with a concentration in Molecular Biology and a certificate in Neuroscience, and is now in DC pursuing a Project 55 fellowship at the Regional Primary Care Coalition. She looks forward to applying to medical school in the next couple of years. When not working or tutoring, Kristen enjoys frequenting spin and yoga classes, and running around DC.
  • Caroline Kitchener

    Caroline graduated from Princeton in 2014 with a degree in History. Since graduating, she has been hard at work on a book, which will be published in the spring of 2017 by HarperCollins. The book follows the lives of four women who graduated with her from Princeton during their first year out of college. Her writing has also appeared in a number of publications, including Vox, The Guardia, and The Atlantic. Caroline works with students through Odyssey on their writing and in humanities courses.
  • Mark Nowicki

    Mark graduated from Princeton with high honors in English Literature and minored in Chinese and computer science. During his time in college, Mark managed and tutored for the Princeton Writing Center, a resource designed to help students brainstorm ideas, review drafts, and prepare presentations. At Odyssey, Mark works with students across a range of different academic disciplines, including the Humanities, Chemistry, Physics, and SAT/ACT Preparation. In his spare time, Mark enjoys reading, writing, and competing in powerlifting competitions.
  • Brian Taylor

    Brian is a historian of the nineteenth-century United States and published author who completed his Doctoral Degree in History at Georgetown in 2015 and has spent the past two years teaching in Georgetown’s Department of History. His dissertation "To Make the Union What It Ought to Be" dealt with African-American soldiers in the American Civil War and their campaign to use military service to win citizenship, and he is currently in the process of turning it into a book. Brian also holds an MA in History from Villanova University and a BA from Washington College, and has taught courses involving American, European, African and Atlantic history. In addition to his academic work, Brian has worked at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and Valley Forge National Historical Park. When not working, he follows the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Eagles closely, and enjoys music and running.