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.


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. 


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.


David Schafer

David is the Operations & Social Media Coordinator at Odyssey Tutors, where he supports the organization's day-to-day administration. He graduated with High Distinction & Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where he designed a major in Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights Studies. David has worked as a Health Policy Analyst in the NYC Mayor's Office as part of the NYC Urban Fellows Program and in various business development roles at Evolent Health. He will be spending the upcoming academic year pursuing a Masters in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing as a Schwarzman Scholar, after which he will pursue a JD at Stanford Law School. In his free time, David enjoys running, exploring new restaurants in NYC, and watching Michigan football. 


Surya Srirangarajan

Surya works with students through Odyssey on mathematics courses and test preparation. Originally from Alexandria, he graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Financial Mathematics. He currently works for City Year DC, an education nonprofit in Washington, DC as a data analyst, while concurrently pursuing his Masters in Data Analytics Engineering from George Mason. When not working or studying, Surya enjoys going to the movies, playing piano, and traveling.


Brian Taylor

Brian assists students with general coursework, college essays, and preparation for a variety of exams, including the SAT, ACT and SSAT.  Originally from Wilmington, DE, he holds History degrees from Washington College and Villanova University, and he earned his PhD in US History from Georgetown University in 2015.  He has since taught at Georgetown and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  His first book will be published in the fall of 2020.  When he’s not working, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, running, going to concerts and following Philly sports, especially the Eagles.