Serving the NOVA area

(571) 393-7511

The Learning Ninjas

Knocking out one academic challenge at a time!


Let our passionate tutors help you reach your goals!

About Us

Our Background


Courtney Elhardt serves as the owner/ director of The Learning Ninjas. She has over 16 years of various teaching experience. Courtney has taught in various classrooms including an elementary general education classroom in Fairfax County, VA, various levels of special education classrooms in Loudoun County, VA and various ages of EFL classrooms in South Korea. Courtney served as the director of an after school academic program for elementary and middle schoolers in inner city Washington, DC and as the volunteer director for an English program for ages 2-18 at a children's home in South Korea. In addition to teaching children, she also teaches adult ESL classes. She has bachelors degree  from Thomas Edison State College in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology. 

Courtney is very passionate about helping students learn, not just how to survive, but how to thrive in their academic careers. She believes that each student has a different set of strengths, challenges and their own unique learning style. The Learning Ninjas was started with the goal of matching passionate tutors  who have a heart for encouraging and inspiring students to work through their challenges and thrive. Our tutors are either teachers, or college students who are pursuing degrees in education or psychology. Each tutor is carefully screened not just for their ability to teacher, but also to ensure their enthusiasm for helping each student find joy and a sense of confidence in themselves. 

Our Expertise



Currently we have teachers available to teach:

Academic Coaching (Elementary-Adult)

Any Elementary School subject

Middle School 

Language Arts




High School 

Language Arts


Test Prep

SAT Test Prep

ACT Test Prep

AP Psychology

AP World History

AP European History

AP English Language and Composition


Adult Literacy 

Reading comprehension

Essay writing



Adult ESL 

Reading comprehension

Essay writing



Personalized Lessons


Our goal at The Learning Ninjasis to Knock out one academic challenge at a time. For some students, this is easy and all that they may need is some simple tutoring help. 

For others who may be learning differently due to ADHD, or executive functioning challenges, this may take special attention to identify what works the best. We treat each student as his or her own unique person. We have 3 goals when we work with each student:

  • Partner with each student  and their support system to find the techniques that help him or her learn the most successfully

  • Help each student find their own joy in learning

  • Encourage each student to reach his or her own potential by identifying both areas of strength and areas of challenge and working to strenthen these areas

The first step in tutoring is always a free one-on-one session. This allows us to assess the student's own unique needs and circumstances. We then will pair the child with an appropriate tutor or if we do not feel that we have an appropriate tutor for the needs fo the particular child we will refer them to a service that we believe will better help the student succeed. 

Lessons generally take place either at a client's home or a local library depending on location and comfort level

Contact Us

Request a Consultation

Every student has unique needs for support. Tell us more about what you are hoping a tutor can do for you, and we will start on a plan to help you get what you need.

The Learning Ninjas

Serving NOVA

(571) 393-7511

Hours by Appointment

Please contact us to set up an appointment! We look forward to hearing from you!