Adam S

Adam S

TUTOR PROFILE: 

I am from Phoenix, Arizona but had always dreamed of living and traveling elsewhere. This passion to learn about interesting and unique locales helped nurture my love of reading as a child. Because of this love and strong English teachers that helped me foster this love, I found myself wanting to help others find the desire to learn everything and anything that interests them. I graduated from Arizona State University in 2007 with a degree in English and then pursued my Masters in Education, which I earned in 2011.

For the last 7 years, I have taught nearly everything under the sun in an effort to continue helping students find amazing connections to learning. Despite my degree in English, my first teaching job was in math, teaching 8th grade Algebra 2. From there, I have taught high school English, AP Environmental Science, Geometry and Aerospace Engineering. I am driven to help students find the wonder in the world through their education as I have.  

In order to connect with students during the tutoring process, I seek to learn about what interests them and listen to their concerns. By better tapping into their interests, I am able to bring new insights into the content and help the students find different pathways to the curriculum’s ultimate goal. This in effect helps the student see the connections between seemingly opposite and mundane work with real world application.

When not teaching, I enjoy the quieter simpler moments by playing with my two amazing daughters and wife. From playing basketball on weekends, family hikes, bike rides or simply tending to the small “farm” we are trying to cultivate in our backyard, we have quite the eclectic lifestyle. One random fact that people would not know by looking at me is that I once owned a goat and my wife and I currently have 9 chickens.       

I am pleased to work with your student in a wealth of areas to see them succeed, including but not limited to organizational strategies, mathematics, language arts, study skills and test prep. I am excited to assist and help your student be successful and reach their potential.

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Anna-Lisa K

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TUTOR PROFILE: 

I am a homegrown Phoenix native and have watched it grow from a small city to a metropolis. I am an athlete and a ‘mathlete’. I attended ASU for my BAE in elementary education with an emphasis in computer education and math. I received my MAE from NAU in Educational Leadership, and last, I went back to ASU for a MAE in Computer-Based Education. Most recently, I have attended institutes at Cal-Berkeley’s College of Mathematics.

I have taught and/or coached for 27 years all around the Valley--everything from computer programming, keyboarding, computer applications, reading and math to swimming, softball, and volleyball--and all at the junior high level. I never turn down an opportunity to help someone increase their learning whether it be reading, writing, math, or playing a sport. I have been informally tutoring students all my life, but have been professionally tutoring middle school math for the past three years.

I like to build on a student’s own knowledge about math and show them how having a growth mindset can greatly improve their understanding and performance in math. I acknowledge student’s frustration and anxiety about math and want to take what they know about it to create their own understanding, whether it is by using manipulatives, movement, videos, games, or presentations. The biggest takeaway I want students to gain is working towards understanding why math works--not just that it works.

Besides expanding my knowledge of math in my spare time, I am physically active--playing volleyball, SCUBA diving, skiing, and working out in my spare time. I like to hike and ride around the state with my husband, Jeff, and faithful furry companion, Rusty. I spend a lot of time in northern Arizona and volunteer with Munds Park CERT program. I also work around the softball diamonds for the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Some places I’ve travelled to are Ireland, Estonia, Canada, and Mexico.

I love to help with math, but I can also tutor in middle school writing, general homework support, study strategies, self-advocacy, and organizational support.

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Dr. Beth C

Dr. Beth C

Dr. Beth Carson earned a B.A. in English from the University of San Diego, a M.A. in Communication from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University.

Brooke W

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TUTOR PROFILE:

I have always enjoyed working with students and teaching people new things! I grew up in the Scottsdale area and volunteered in elementary schools as early as High School. In 2003, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Studies and Child Development from Arizona State University and began my career in education by teaching in a preschool.  After working in a preschool setting for three years, I decided I needed a new challenge, so I returned to school to complete a Master’s program at The University of Phoenix.  I earned an M.A.Ed. in K-12 Special Education in 2006 and began working in special education classrooms at a public school.

I have over 13 years of experience as an educator in preschool through 4th grade, working with children on the Autism spectrum, ADD and ADHD, as well as other learning disabilities. I currently work as a school administrator, after earning a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University in May 2014. I also hold an Autism Specialist Certification (PBIS) from Northern Arizona University, a Wilson Reading Systems Level 1 and Dyslexia certification, and a reading endorsement.

I have worked with Peak academics since 2013 as both a tutor and an evaluator for our comprehensive educational evaluations.  I love working with students to support them with challenges they may have as well as to help determine what might help them to be more successful.  Each student is a unique individual and I enjoying finding ways to connect with them so that I can help support their learning.

When I am not working you will find me outdoors enjoying an active lifestyle.  I am a certified SCUBA diver, avid hiker, and ran my first half marathon in June.  I am currently training for a full marathon and a triathlon!

I am currently Peak’s primary evaluator for Comprehensive Educational Evaluations. 

TESTIMONIAL:

”Mrs. Williams was kind, professional, very encouraging and made the tutoring sessions fun for my girls. Her kind and loving nature comes through in the work she does with the children. The children adore her.”

Christie A

Christie A

Christie Anderson is a native of Phoenix and graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Minor in History from St. John’s University, New York in 2003.

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Dave H

Dave Heckman earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1993. He acted as a tutor while in school and continued tutoring well after he graduated.

Danchi N

Danchi N

Danchi Nguyen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2008.

Elizabeth H

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TUTOR PROFILE: 

Originally from the Midwest, I grew up in the North Valley in Phoenix and attended Northern Arizona University, where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education.  I earned my Masters of Educational Leadership from California State University, Fullerton. I am a trained Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate instructor. I am currently working on becoming a National Board Certified English teacher, the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

Most of my experience comes from teaching high school English, from ELL to AP/IB levels, 9th-12th grades.  I have taught in three states, for high school and college level writing courses. Currently I teach 10th and 11th grade English. 

I enjoy working one-on-one with students and teaching writing skills and overall organization that help students succeed in all areas of school life. My approach is to break writing assignments down into smaller parts to teach students how to attack writing more systematically. Close reading tactics are also a method I use to help students gain confidence. Students learn how to read critically by giving them strategies such as: rereading; substituting an appropriate familiar word for an unfamiliar one; using root words to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words; using background knowledge to determine meaning; and using information from the context to determine the meaning.

When not teaching, my husband Dan and I can be found watching our children in their many activities. Our 14-year-old daughter is a member of an award winning show choir and performs in local community theater, sometimes with our 9-year-old son, who also enjoys the theater arts.  Our son also studies martial arts and has a YouTube channel.  Our 11-year-old daughter is a competitive dancer and specializes in the areas of jazz, ballet and hip hop.  Our family takes vacations to see natural and historical sites, such as the Grand Canyon and Washington, D.C.

For Peak Academics I offer tutoring services to students in grades 7 through 12 and provide support in executive skills and language arts.

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Hannah M

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TUTOR PROFILE: 

I am a native Arizonan and grew up mostly in Prescott. In college, I discovered my love of Early Childhood Education. I began teaching preschool and pursuing my teaching degree. In 2011, my passion became a reality when I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. After I began teaching, I followed my passion for teaching reading and returned to NAU to earn my Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on Reading Instruction.

Since 2012, I have been teaching first grade and loving every minute of it. My students come from many backgrounds and enter my classroom with a wide range of ability levels and learning styles. My favorite part of teaching is getting to know my students and differentiating my instruction to meet all of their needs. I have worked as a teacher and administrator of my school’s after school program, and I love giving students the extra help and attention they need and deserve.

I always try to connect my teaching with a student’s interests and prior knowledge. If I can help a student make a personal connection, the material becomes more accessible. I like to use activities that are engaging and help learning feel like fun.

When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy crafting, reading and exercising. You can usually find me in a yoga or spin class on the weekend! I am a big foodie, and I love cooking and exploring new restaurants around the valley.

I am happy to provide tutoring service in all areas of elementary academics, especially for students who are struggling with reading skills.

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Heidi S

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I grew up in Southern California and then spent my high school years in Northern Nevada. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and in 2000 I moved to Phoenix to attend Grand Canyon University, where I majored in Elementary Education.  In 2010, I earned my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University.  I am certified to teach K-8, hold a K-12 Reading Endorsement, and am certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling System.

I have 10 years of teaching experience in the Arizona public school system, first as a 3rd grade ELL classroom teacher and then as a reading intervention specialist. For many years, I worked in the after-school tutoring program at my school, planning and implementing interventions for at-risk students.  In addition to my classroom experience, I have three years of private one-on-one reading tutoring experience using the Barton Reading and Spelling System.

I love teaching children, especially in the area of reading.  Most of the children I work with struggle in that area, so I have learned the importance of earning the student’s trust and building a rapport with them.  This comes from making students feel safe and known. When I can build on students’ strengths, they gain the confidence they need to grow in the areas they are weak. I believe it is important to know how students learn best and to tailor instruction to fit their needs.

 I have two small children, and they keep me very busy! We love to go swimming, take our dog for walks, and ride our bikes to the park.  I enjoy long distance running and have completed 10 half marathons and 2 full marathons.  

I offer tutoring services in elementary reading intervention, specifically utilizing the Barton Reading and Spelling System.

Jackie W

Jackie W

TUTOR PROFILE: 

I am a wife and mother of two boys living in North Phoenix. I am originally from Michigan. I received a BA in English from Michigan State University in 2007 and an MEd in Educational Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University in 2013. 

After moving to Arizona, I taught seventh grade English for three years and then high school English for another three years. I have been teaching college English since 2014. For the past decade, I have tutored students of all ages--from elementary school to early college--in a variety of subjects including English, standardized test preparation, math, and study skills.

I connect with students by establishing a trusting and open relationship. I also encourage them to work hard and be creative. My job is to help prepare students for college and career and to become contributing members to the global marketplace.

I enjoy cooking and traveling with my husband and two boys. I have a passion for plant-based living and plan to pursue my PhD in the next few years.

I am able to offer tutoring services in English at all levels and specialize in writing in particular. I am also available to tutor in elementary math, French, and general study skills.

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Jennifer G

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TUTOR PROFILE: 

I grew up in a small town outside of Rochester NY. My third grade teacher was the one who inspired me to become a teacher. She saw a lot of potential in my writing and always encouraged me. I still have a book she gave me as a gift with a personalized message on the cover. It was in high school that I discovered my passion for math and decided to purse a degree in secondary mathematics education. I earned my B.A. in Mathematics Education from SUNY Geneseo in upstate NY. I also hold a Masters degree in Deaf Education from Rochester Institute of Technology.  

I began my teaching career as an itinerant teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, working one-on-one with individual students.  I moved to Arizona in January of 2010 and began teaching all levels of high school math at a charter school.  I also held the title of Testing Coordinator, which included proctoring and administering all statewide achievement tests in all content areas, as well as overseeing the teacher accountability tests given in each class.  I started working at a large public school in the fall of 2017, teaching Algebra and an online integrated math class.  I have really enjoyed all of the extra activities that are offered for the students in a large public school setting. I find having extra curricular activities they enjoy helps to motivate students in their academics. 

I believe developing strong relationships with each student is key to the learning process. Getting to know students well and finding out what motivates them helps me to keep them on task and engaged in each lesson.  I like to learn as much background about students as possible before I begin to work with them, so that I can develop an individualized approach for all students.

I started a healthier lifestyle in 2016 and lost 73 pounds in six months.  I now work part time at my gym helping others to reach their fitness goals as well. I also started competing in obstinate course races with a group of friends I met at the gym. We have completed two 5k courses and one 10k course so far. I love being able to spend time outdoors and enjoy the Arizona weather in any way I can.

I currently offer mathematics tutoring for middle school and high school students, basic math through Algebra II.

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Jennifer R

Jennifer R

TUTOR PROFILE: 

I grew up in upstate New York and finished high school in Connecticut, where my parents and younger siblings still live. My undergraduate degree is in Psychology from the University of Tulsa, where I also studied French and Business Management. My background is in developmental psychology, but I ultimately found my calling in the classroom. After graduating college and teaching in Oklahoma, I moved to Phoenix in 2008. I have two graduate degrees, an MBA in Human Resources Management and an MEd in Reading Instruction and Curriculum.

I have been an educator for 13 years, having taught grades K- 2 in both public and private schools. I am trained in the Jolly Phonics and Grammar program. I have nine years experience tutoring elementary aged students from grades K – 4 in all subjects.

I always aim to be welcoming, warm, and engaging with all my students. I am careful to listen to parent and teacher input, but also your child’s. My goal is to honor their learning process and adapt my methods so that the student feels successful and supported and enjoys our time together. I strive to help my students develop mindful practices, like reflective pauses, deep breathing to decrease stress, and a growth mindset about their learning.

I am a new mommy! My husband and I welcomed our first child in the summer of 2017. I hope my son will share my love of Legos, Star Wars, and reading. I also love to hike on the trails by our home, travel, do some occasional yoga and drink too much coffee. What I love most about teaching is watching the “aha” moment during new learning.

I offer tutoring services in all elementary subjects, including organizational skills, homework help, Singapore Math (Math in Focus), 4-Square Writing, and Jolly Phonics.

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Dr. Julianne F

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TUTOR PROFILE: 

Throughout my career in education, my love of children and youth and my desire to help them learn has been my primary focus. Reading, literature, writing, and art have been the tools I use to help young people think, problem-solve, and express themselves both factually and creatively. In addition, a strong understanding of teaching and learning practices enable me to meet the needs of each individual child.

Ongoing education has been very important to me, and I have stayed in the front of ongoing research in educational practice throughout my career. I have undergraduate degrees in art and English; both a master’s and doctorate in educational leadership, and numerous leadership experiences at local, state, and national levels in education and its effective practices throughout our country. 

I have more than thirty years of teaching experience at all levels – pre-school through graduate school. My teaching experience is at both private and public schools. Presently, I am teaching English and Art at the high school level. I have taught at middle schools and high schools, helping students of all abilities reach their potential. In addition, I have held administrative roles at both the elementary and secondary level, specializing in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

My varied life experiences and my love for all people help me connect with students of all ages. Establishing positive relationships with my students is very important to me because it enables me to clearly see their strengths and help motivate them to grow.

After retiring from teaching and administrative positions in the public school system in the Midwest, I moved to Arizona to be closer to family and also to teach in a private school in Scottsdale. I maintain my personal interests in educational philosophy with ongoing reading, research, and practice. In addition, I continue my practice in the arts and music, playing the piano and organ, and maintaining an art studio in my home.

I offer tutoring support for K-12 students in general homework support and literary analysis. I specialize in reading and language arts. I also do test prep for all age levels in the areas of grammar, literature, and writing. In addition, I offer lessons in drawing and painting for students with high interests in the arts.

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Katie M

Katie M

I was born and raised in a small town in central Kansas. I remember playing “teacher” since the 2nd grade after having one of the most influential and best teachers that year. We moved to Phoenix in 2000 when I was going into 8th grade. Adjusting to the education system in Arizona was fairly smooth. After high school I decided to return back to Kansas for part of my undergraduate degree but ultimately graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.

After graduation, I spent a year teaching preschool abroad in Paraguay. After returning back to Arizona, I taught kindergarten and 1st grade for three years. While I loved the classroom and all of my students, I felt led to pursue a different aspect of teaching. In 2015, I went back to school full-time to get my Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Visual Impairments from the University of Arizona. Upon graduation in December 2016, I started my current job as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments. I also have multiple years of tutoring experience at the elementary and middle school levels.

I believe that it is important to make students feel comfortable before learning can take place. I always make sure to connect with students and get to know them prior to working on academics. My goal is for students to feel like we are ‘in this together’. While offering support, I want the students that I work with to know that I believe in them and that I expect them to try their best. While tutoring, I begin my lessons by asking about their week at school and what they felt good about and what they might need some extra help with. I aim to build students’ confidence so that they can conquer difficult tasks and achieve their academic goals.

My interests are singing, hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends. I love to be out and doing things. I am not content sitting at home, so I love to be in social settings and with other people. My husband and I love to travel and plan to have many adventures in the future.

I offer support in numerous areas to elementary and middle school students, such as organizational support, homework assistance, basic math, writing, and reading comprehension skills. I also offer support in beginning level Spanish courses. 

Kellie S

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TUTOR PROFILE:

I grew up in Iowa and moved to Arizona after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa. After spending years working with young people as a camp counselor, director, and parish youth minister, I went back to school to get certified to teach. I graduated from ASU with my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. 

I taught fourth grade for seven years and loved every minute of it, but then decided to take a break from the classroom to stay home with my children. I still wanted to work with students, so I became a tutor. I have been with Peak Academics since 2015 and it is the best of both worlds for me. I get to spend my days as my children’s primary educator and still get to work with students helping them improve their skills and meet their academic goals.

My goal in tutoring is to help young people set goals and reach their full potential, both academically and personally. I am always excited to meet new students and to learn their interests.

In my free time, I enjoy bike rides and knitting beanies. I love traveling to new places, but especially love summer trips to Iowa so my kids can experience summer the way I remember growing up.

I work with students from Kindergarten – 8thgrade in areas of homework support and organization, math, reading, and writing skills. I am also familiar with Saxon Math and Singapore Math. 

TESTIMONIAL:

”We have really enjoyed working with Kellie.  She is punctual, organized, focused and is able to motivate the children from a math perspective.  Thank you for connecting us with such a wonderful person.”

Kelly T

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One fun fact about me was that I was born in Kodiak, AK—a small island off the coast of Alaska with a population of 13,000 people. At the age of 7, my family moved to Bend, Oregon, where I spent the rest of my childhood and teenage years. In 2010, I graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in Psychology and in 2014 I graduated from Seattle University with a Masters in Teaching in Special Education.

Because of my husband’s career, we have lived in three different states in three years, which means I have had the pleasure of teaching special education in three different schools! My experience teaching in multiple and diverse schools has helped me learn how to develop a wonderful rapport with students. I love working with families to ensure their student is receiving the best education and academic support they can.

The most important aspect of being a special education teacher is building relationships with my students. I am their biggest advocate, in and outside the classroom. The best part of my job is seeing a student make connections when working on an assignment or assessment. I believe celebrating any accomplishment, big or small, is the encouragement students need to be successful in school.

Having just recently moved to Arizona, my top priority is getting used to the HEAT! My husband and I love spending time outside (when it is cool enough) with our French Bull dog, Kuso. I enjoy trying new things, especially when it comes to food!

I offer tutoring services in K-8 subjects, executive functioning support, academic intervention, and communication skills.

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Kerrilee W

Kerri W

TUTOR PROFILE:

I grew up in Michigan and have since lived in Maryland and Arizona. One of my favorite positions in my early career was teaching art classes to underserved children as a volunteer with Free Arts of Arizona. That experience was the impetus that led me to pursue a career as a teacher. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a focus on mixed media and a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. My teaching certification is in cross-categorical special education.

I have been teaching special education for over 15 years in private, public, and public charter schools. I have tutored children in kindergarten through middle school.  I have served as a 504 coordinator and English Language Development Specialist. I currently work as an Exceptional Services Specialist for a network of schools.

Helping students appreciate their own strengths and talents while enlarging their conceptions of their capabilities encourages curiosity and a positive approach to lessons. I support children to seek their personal best through the persistent pursuit of improvement. Our goal is independence and a sense of wonder.

I enjoy reading and discussing books about education, sociology, and philosophy when I am not walking or hiking with my best four-legged friend.

As a tutor, I specialize in core academics skills, organization, and task completion with elementary-aged students. I also develop and deliver presentations on executive skills to other Peak team members. I especially enjoy collaborating with parents to benefit their children as we work toward greater independence. My hope is that through consistent support students can generalize their skills to new situations, respond efficiently to challenges, and enjoy their successes. 

TESTIMONIAL:

”I’ve come to look forward to our sessions with Kerri because I know she has the skill level, both academically and on the personal level, to give my son the help he needs.”

Kira N

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Kira Nordquist earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a Secondary Education Certification at the State University of New York College at Geneseo in 2006. In 2012 she received her Master’s Degree in Spanish Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from Arizona State University.

Kristina M

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I graduated Cum Laude from Holy Names University in 2012, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development.  Upon graduation, I taught early childhood education.  In 2015, I earned a Master of Education degree in Special Education, an endorsement in Structured English Immersion and teaching certification in both Elementary Education and Cross-Categorical Special Education from Arizona State University.

After graduation, I taught in a fourth-grade general education classroom using Singapore Math. Now, I run the special education department as the Special Education Coordinator at an arts school in Phoenix. 

My view toward education is that every student has different strengths and that school is meant for empowering students to figure out what those are so they can take them and make an impact in the world around them. 

Outside of teaching, I have a photography business and run an online branding company as a Brand Story Strategist. In my spare time, I love to dance and have been doing so for over 20 years. 

I offer support for elementary and middle school students in general homework and organization support, basic math, reading, and writing. I also offer support for high school English and organizational skills.

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