ELA Enrichment founder, director, and instructor Yvette Pruss, MA has over 27 years of experience designing curricula, and teaching both traditional and international students from Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, the United States, and Canada on the middle school, high school, and college levels. Her Master of Arts degree is in English (literature, writing, and research). She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and in Spanish. She also completed state certification education in middle school and secondary education.

Yvette has conducted international trips, authored educational articles, helped schools develop their ELA and humanities curriculums, currently teaches English writing and rhetoric classes on the college level, and meets with individual clients to help them make sure to meet their educational goals.

In both her curriculum development work and in her teaching, she helps her students prepare for their subsequent academic levels and to further cultivate their thinking, writing, and speaking skills, often in a social studies context that promotes the development of world understanding and encourages a sense of belonging. She assists her students in gaining confidence as they strengthen their English skills and/or work on high-level academic preparedness. Most of all, she believes that education is the key to greater world stability.

Yvette J. Pruss

Director and Instructor, ELA Enrichment

To learn more about Yvette, click on her LinkedIn Profile.

Dear Students and Parents,

ELA Enrichment is a language and STEAM academy based in the Washington, D.C. area of the United States, supporting students of all ages and skillsets from all around the world.

Currently, I have a few more spaces available for individualized or small group sessions that I design to meet specific student goals in English conversation, professional and academic writing, grammar, literature, and/or speaking.

If you have further questions regarding ELA instruction or about our program in general, please feel free to contact me directly via email or phone; see the email address below or the "Contact Us" tab above for more ways in which to contact me.

Yvette J. Pruss

The Cliff at Georgetown

Library of Congress, Jefferson Building

Robotics.Camp founder, director and STEM instructor, Tim Pruss, MS has an extensive background in computer science and technology. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus; a bachelor of science degree in geography (cartography, remote sensing, and information systems) from Pennsylvania State University; is a level two Google Certified Educator, and an FAA-certified, Part 107 remote-pilot.

Tim is also the vice president of development at Global Science and Technology, Inc. whose major clients include NASA, NOAA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice. He brings his expertise into the virtual environment, guiding students as they program and code their Lego Robots and drones.

In his summer camps, Tim guides summer drone and robotics students in creating various robots and/or learning how to fly and control drones, encouraging campers to engage with hands-on experiences that stimulate communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Tim's drone and robotics students develop confidence in programming and other STEM-related concepts in a fun, non-threatening environment, connecting science and math concepts to the real world.

Timothy J. Pruss

Director and Instructor, Robotics.Camp

To learn more about Tim, click on his LinkedIn Profile.

Dear Students and Parents,

In my classes, students engage in hands-on experiences that stimulate communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking, specifically to help students advance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. All classes are currently taught via Zoom in order to make these camps safely accessible to students worldwide.

Feel free to contact me directly for more information.

Timothy J. Pruss

Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor

DJI Tello EDU Drones

American University student, former Sidwell Friends School's Horizon co-editor-in-chief, and ELA Enrichment instructor Julia Patton has already put in years of experience writing articles, managing individual section editors, editing articles, laying out text and type using Adobe InDesign, and coordinating productions with the faculty administrators for the Horizon. She also designed and co-taught curriculum to middle school journalism students and co-sponsored the school newspaper, The Compass. In 2020, Julia won an editorial leadership scholarship, and subsequently attended the summer journalism course taught by Logan Aimone at Columbia University. Meanwhile, she tutors her own clients. In addition to tutoring, Julia is continuing her studies at American University.

Well-rounded, Julia has amongst other positions, worked as a lifeguard, taught swimming, and volunteered as a coordinator for Jubilee Home, an after-school program supporting parents who needed help during the COVID-19 pandemic. No surprise that her students love her as her vivacious and warm personality connects her to others. Kids particularly love her, including her swim students, her journalism students, and her tutoring clients. A smart critical thinker and innovative teacher well beyond her years, Julia's clients—nursery school through middle school-aged students—tell us they know they are working with someone extraordinary, as well as a kind and caring instructor.

In both her leadership positions and in her teaching, Julia helps her students succeed in their academic work, learn skills they need for the future, cultivate critical thinking, and advance in reading, and writing skills, while gaining the confidence they need to help them succeed in school. Julia believes that education is the best way through which she can give back to society in appreciation for the blessings of her life.

Julia-Caroline Y. Patton


Melissa B. - ★★★★★

"My daughter has attended two summer sessions with Mrs. Pruss and benefitted tremendously from her instruction.

She has commented many times that she is able to complete her assignments today because of the lessons she learned from Mrs. Pruss."

Maryland, USA