Our Story

Our founders, Ralph and Denise Perrino, are passionate and dedicated leaders in education. An Education Advocate for more than thirty years, Dr. Perrino is Adjunct Professor of Behavioral Science at Northern Virginia Community College where he has taught classes in Sociology, Political Science, and Business Management since 1984. He has done extensive graduate work in Sociology at the University of North Carolina and he holds a masters degree in public administration and a doctoral degree in education from George Mason University.

Mrs. Perrino is a retired Fairfax County Theater Arts teacher, where she taught theater, public speaking, and English at Oakton High School, Lake Braddock Middle School, and McLean High School for thirty-four years.

NVTS began in the home of this dynamic duo at their kitchen table. Dr. Perrino, having harbored a dream of entrepreneurship for decades, finally took the leap in 1995. While finishing his doctorate in education at George Mason University, Dr. Perrino worked part-time for several tutoring services. It was then that the dream became reality and NVTS was established as a sole proprietorship. In the early years, Dr. and Mrs. Perrino were NVTS' primary tutors. As the company expanded, more tutors were hired and Dr. Perrino took on a more administrative role. Today there is an extended family of like-minded professionals who love the work they do and take pride in the contributions they have made in the lives of our clients.

As parents of two adult sons and educators of countless numbers of students in the public school system at the elementary, high school and college levels, Dr. and Mrs. Perrino have tremendous and invaluable experience providing learning solutions and guidance to help students and their families.

As Education Advocates, the Perrinos believe "the educational needs of students are our #1 Priority". At NVTS, it is our core belief—we call it our “Students First” commitment. No two students are alike and a one-size-fits-all approach is an ineffective strategy. NVTS provides a highly individualized and personalized approach to learning that is tailored to meet the needs of each student—no pre-packaged programs.” Dr. Perrino states “We hire only the most qualified tutors that meet our exacting standards. In addition to being exceptional, our tutors are dependable, reliable and share our “Students First” commitment. We stay as long or as little as needed with the goal of developing independent learners that gain the knowledge, study habits and confidence needed to achieve their goals. Our goal is to empower each student to be an independent, successful learner capable of managing their academic challenges on their own."

At NVTS, matching students with the right tutors is what we are known for. We are committed to making the best fit for the student. We listen to students, parents and tutors with the objective of providing highly personalized, responsive service. We value and protect the trust our clients place in the information and services we provide. You will learn why NVTS is a trusted education  and learning resource for your needs.

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