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.
Raina earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Glassboro State College in 1989 and a Master’s of Reading from Rowan University in 2008. She is a Certified Reading Specialist and possesses both Orton-Gillingham Tutor and Adult Basic Education Certificates. Before moving to Arizona in July 2016, Raina was a Response to Intervention teacher and a classroom teacher for 25 years with an at-risk public school district in New Jersey. She was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2012. During that time, she participated in many leadership roles. Raina wrote curricula, served as a new teacher mentor, volunteered for a multitude of school committees, and assisted at parent literacy workshops. Currently, in addition to tutoring, she is working as an ELAA (English Language Acquisition for Adults) Instructor for the Rio Salado College Bridge Pathways Program. She is very passionate about literacy. She enjoys teaching because she believes all individuals have a desire to learn and want to be proud of their accomplishments. Her future goals are to participate in research aimed at improving educational strategies. She would also love to write a book about effective ways to help children become more confident and successful readers. Raina specializes in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and has an enthusiastic teaching-style. She uses multi-sensory (hands-on) techniques with all of her students. Raina feels learning is contagious. She consistently encourages her students to never stop challenging themselves to explore new things.
Erika David earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Dallas in 2013. Having completed the coursework for a Master's degree in Mathematics, she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at Arizona State University, where she also teaches a conceptually-oriented pre-Calculus course.
Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-8) and Special Education, Emotional Disabilities (K-12) from NAU in 1983. She taught in the Paradise Valley Unified School District for over 30 years, in classes ranging from elementary general education to high school mathematics to homebound instruction.
Krista Lee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Psychology minor from Monmouth College in 2000. After holding a business position at an ocean science company on the east coast for three years, she completed a Masters program at Boston University, earning her M.Ed. degree in Secondary Science Education in 2004.
Rich earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science from the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduating he spend spent seven years serving in the US Navy as a Nuclear Engineer where he earned the equivalent of a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering. In his final years of service, he realized that teaching was his real passion so he began work on a Masters in Education from George Washington University with a specialization in Secondary Science. He began in teaching career in Arlington County, VA, in the fall of 1991. In 1995, Rich began working with the Modeling Instruction in Physics program at ASU. In addition to teaching high school Physics, Physical Science and Earth Science, he has been a trainer for Modeling Instruction both across the US and internationally. Offering tutoring in the physical sciences and high school math, he focuses on developing a foundation of conceptual understanding upon which learning can be built.
Kellie Soper earned a B.A. in Leisure Services: Programming Administration from the University of Northern Iowa in 2001. After several years working with Junior High and High School students as a Youth Minister, she went back to school to earn her Teacher’s Certification and Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona State University.
Heidi graduated from Grand Canyon University with her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2004. She went on to earn her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University in 2010. Heidi has 10 years of experience as an educator in the public school system. She is certified to teach grades K-8 and holds a K-12 Reading Specialist endorsement. Heidi started her professional career teaching 3rd grade at Bret Tarver Elementary in the Cartwright School District. During this time, the Rodel Foundation of Arizona named her a Rodel Exemplary Teacher Semi-Finalist. Heidi worked in the after-school tutoring program at Tarver, planning and implementing interventions for at-risk students. She has a great deal of experience working with second-language learners and students with learning difficulties. After teaching in the classroom for seven years, Heidi went on to become a Reading Intervention Specialist. She served as the chairperson for the Problem Solving and Response to Intervention Team on her campus. Heidi has a certification in the Barton Reading and Spelling System and she is well versed in understanding students with reading difficulties. She loves watching young faces light up as they begin to discover the process of reading. Heidi offers reading and spelling intervention to students of all ages.
Brooke Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Studies and Child Development from Arizona State University in 2003. After working in a preschool setting for three years, she completed a Master’s program at The University of Phoenix, earning her M.Ed. degree in K-12 Special Education in 2006.