Tuni Acosta and Kishion Acosta are both California natives who currently reside in Atlanta, GA. They are alumni of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2010 they combined their collective experience in education and business and founded Atlanta Trilingual Academy. They set the lofty objective to: Produce healthy, physically fit kids, who can read, write, and speak fluently in 3 languages and also have the highest Math and English performance of any school in the state of Georgia.
Kishion completed both his undergraduate and graduate work in UCLA’s Computer Science (CS) department. The CS department of UCLA’s School of Engineering & Applied Science is consistently ranked among the most elite engineering programs anywhere in the world. While at UCLA, Kishion made the Dean’s list, was president of the largest campus wide student organization, and started a successful non-profit that helped low-income high school students complete scholarship requirements.
At the conclusion of his senior year in college, Kishion’s passion for education and desire to help others led him to bypass multiple corporate job offers to pursue a career as an educator. Upon graduation, Kishion began teaching high school in Los Angeles. He worked at Washington Preparatory High School during the normal school year and worked at Belmont High School during the summer & winter breaks. During his tenure at these schools he taught AP Computer Science, AP Statistics, and every other math class from Algebra to Calculus. After his time as a classroom teacher, Kishion worked as a computer engineer for Fortune 100 companies Intel, Oracle, and Raytheon.
Kishion returned to his true passion of education when he co-founded Atlanta Trilingual Academy. His work ethic and commitment to unrivaled academic achievement bode well for each and every ATA student.
Tuni received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She then attended University of Massachusetts, Boston and Clayton State University for her graduate studies in education and history. Upon graduating from UCLA Tuni taught Algebra at the middle school level and worked as assistant director for California State University, Los Angeles GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). Motivated to provide better academic intervention for struggling students, Tuni decided to open her own education company, TC Tutorials. The business quickly grew from a small tutoring company to a full service education company providing academic planning, SAT prep workshops, algebra and reading enrichment classes in addition to the private tutoring.
After years of running TC Tutorials, Tuni sold it and moved to Boston to experience life outside of Los Angeles. While there, she taught at the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, MA whose notable list of alumni include multiple former U.S. presidents. In 2006, Tuni relocated to Atlanta, GA and shortly thereafter began developing standardized test prep curriculum for a variety of tests including the SAT, GRE and CAHSEE. She later decided to homeschool and began developing a language immersion based curriculum. This laid the foundation for what would soon become Atlanta Trilingual Academy.