Anna-Lisa K

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INSTRUCTOR 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 almost 30 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 few 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. I spend a lot of time in northern Arizona and volunteer with Flagstaff CERT program. I also work around the softball diamonds for the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Some places I have 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.

Testimonial:

Anna-Lisa is both reliable and flexible, willing to work around and accommodate intense sports schedules. Her approach is clear and my daughter received the help she needed to resolve questions and work through challenges related to mastering algebra.

Ariane B

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: 

I grew up in Central Phoenix and never strayed far. I knew I wanted to work with kids after many side jobs babysitting and nannying throughout high school and college. After completing all my prerequisites at Phoenix College, I transferred to Arizona State University the West Campus and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and teaching certification in the areas of K-12 Cross-Categorical Special Education and 1-8 Elementary Education. Recently, I acquired a middle school certificate for English Language Arts and History. 

I started my teaching career as a high school service coordinator for students with IEPs. I helped students in English and Biology class. I then taught many years in 2nd grade, transitioned to 4th grade and finally taught 6th grade Science, World History and English Language Arts. My eleven years of experience at varied grade levels with small and large groups helped me acquire specific tools to address multi-ages and contents. 

I build relationships with students in hope we can work together to reach goals. I aim to get to know my students’ motivators and set goals with them. I like to bring real life applications into learning and make sure students have fun! 

Like many Arizona natives, I like to get outside when the weather is right! Hiking, running and spending time in the pool is where you can find me! I am married to a Texan named Guy and together we have a daughter named Ava. I also like to travel and would love to go to Europe sometime soon. 

I am pleased to offer services in organizational coaching, time management support, student advocacy, study strategies, remedial academic support, all elementary academic areas, and middle school reading and writing.

Testimonial:

Ariane is by far the best tutor we have had working with our girls! She is creative in using songs, mnemonics and rhythms to learn new information. She does not coddle them but pushes them to learn and problem solve on their own with warm guidance and encouragement.

Beth M

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: 

I received my master’s degree in elementary education from National Louis University. I then started my career in education and taught grades five through eight in reading, writing, and social studies in the Chicago area. Although my husband and I loved Chicago, the warm temperatures and being close to family brought us to Arizona. I taught in a K-8 school in Phoenix for five years and then transitioned into the role of Instructional Coach at the same school. In addition, I have had the opportunity to teach an online class for Arizona State University for three years.

Most of my experience in the classroom has been working with middle school students in the areas of reading and writing. I have also tutored small groups of students in math. In my role as an instructional coach, I have had the opportunity to work with teachers from all grade levels and develop a well-rounded understanding of K-8 curriculum and interventions in reading for struggling students. I love helping students and teachers become lifelong learners!

To me, connecting with students is one of the most important aspects of teaching. That connection builds mutual respect and strong communication, and it will help the student strive to succeed. I connect with students by getting to know them, learning their interests, and incorporating what I have learned about them into instruction and lessons. I love to discuss books with my students and to find out what they think on a deeper level about what they have read. This leads to critical thinking skills that students need in all areas of life.

Outside of work, I love to be outdoors, whether it be going on walks with my daughter or enjoying dinner outside on a patio. Coming from the Midwest, I try to take advantage of the weather we have here whenever possible! I also enjoy reading and discovering new places to go with my family.

I offer tutoring services to elementary students in all subjects and middle school students in English Language Arts and executive functioning skills.

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Brooke D

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I grew up in California and attended Indiana University at Bloomington for my undergraduate degree. I majored in Spanish with a minor in Psychology. I was able to participate in two study abroad programs in college: one summer program in Mexico City and a semester in Madrid, Spain. After these experiences, I knew I wanted to be a Spanish teacher! I earned my Masters in Teacher Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

I have been teaching for 22 years, and I am currently a Spanish teacher at a high school in Scottsdale. I have worked at this school since it opened in 2002. I enjoy teaching all levels of Spanish, and love it when I hear my students speaking the language in and out of class!

From the first meeting, I ask students questions so I can get to know their interests and learning styles. I like to teach them about the importance of having a growth mindset, and how valuable this can be in and out of school. I like to celebrate my students’ unique strengths and abilities, and I encourage students to use these when completing their schoolwork.

I love to travel during the summer, my favorite places being Sedona, Hawaii, and Spain. I love to read, hike, practice yoga, and learn new things. I recently had the opportunity to take 13 students on a service trip to Peru, and I also took an America Sign Language course.

At Peak, I tutor all levels of Spanish, as well as provide general homework and executive functions support for elementary, middle, and high school students.

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David O

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: 

I grew up in the Bay Area in California. I moved onto college at Loyola University Chicago, where I completed my B.A. in History in 2011. I moved back to the Bay Area where my career in education began. I worked as a substitute teacher in Palo Alto while working my way through a credential/master’s program at the University of San Francisco, which I graduated from in 2014.

I taught high school social studies in Santa Clara, CA for three years before moving out to Phoenix, where I have been teaching high school since 2016.

I think it is extremely important to let students know that I am here to support and challenge them. I find connecting content to the students’ interest outside the academic world is an effective way to build a solid relationship with them. It allows students to be more engaged with their learning.

I am a massive basketball fan (Go Warriors). In addition, I am very into my barre3 workouts. I love taking road trips and exploring new places and cities. 

I offer tutoring services in language arts, social studies, general homework support and executive functioning support.

Testimonial:

There are plenty of options for tutors in the area. We have found the right fit with David and Peak Academics. Our son needed a tutor who could relate to him, understand his challenges and address his learning needs. Our son is more confident than ever based on help and encouragement from David. Our son’s teachers have complimented him on the positive turnaround he has made and his grades are better than ever. Thank you David!

Jackie W

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INSTRUCTOR 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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Jamie H

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I am one of four girls and am very close with my family. I am from Kansas City but grew up in Scottsdale. I attended Desert Mountain High School and continued my education at Arizona State University. I graduated with a degree in Secondary Education English and then pursued my master’s degree at Grand Canyon University in Science of Counseling, hoping to be a therapist one day.

I began my teaching career in 2013. I have taught middle school language arts, as well as high school English. I also have tutoring experience ranging from third grade to high school.

The way I connect best with students is through my honesty and openness. I talk WITH students instead of AT them, as I feel this is an approach that leads to respect and collaboration. I am here to help students in any way I can to better their success.

When I am not teaching, I am either hanging out with my family, friends or the animals. I am a huge animal lover.  I have 3 dogs and 4 cats and would adopt more animals if I had the space! I also enjoy relaxing and taking Pilates.

The services I offer at Peak Academics focus on English/Language Arts, as well as general homework and executive skills.

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Jeremy M

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: 

I have loved sports since I could walk. My dad used to get mad at me for shooting paper towels into trashcans in public restrooms, but I was always looking to play and compete. My love for sports turned into a love for math as I learned to read by pouring over box scores in the paper every morning. My parents used to buy me sports almanacs for birthday gifts, and I would read them for hours, just analyzing statistics and trends. I loved to play sports, but it was the analytics and strategy that appealed to me most.

In college, I earned a Bachelor's in Mathematics from the University of Oregon. After many years of coaching basketball at the middle and high school level, I decided that my calling was to share my love of math with young people. I later received my Master's in Teaching from Willamette University. I went on to teach at a public charter school in Central Oregon, where the focus was meeting the needs of every individual student academically, physically, and emotionally. We did everything within our power to make sure students’ needs were met so they could perform at their peak. This included being available to students for one-on-one tutoring during our prep periods, lunch, and before and after school. After being at this school for five years, my wife and I decided to make the move to Arizona for a change of scenery. I currently work at a private school in the area that focuses on college prep and developing executive function skills for students with learning challenges. 

I have been working with young people through tutoring, coaching, and teaching since I graduated high school. I have met and connected with just about every kind of person through my unique experiences as a teacher and coach. I am a big fan of sports, movies, TV, music, and many other forms of popular culture. My interests, paired with my calm and welcoming demeanor, allow me to quickly connect with students. Teaching a subject like math that many despise, I find it helpful to incorporate students’ interests and make the content meaningful.

My wife and I have been married for almost a decade and we have a young daughter and two dogs. We share a love for many of the things I mentioned above, as well as home renovation. I struggle paying someone to do work that I can do myself, so over the past few years I have become very handy (with a lot of help from YouTube) and have developed a fondness for woodworking. 

At Peak Academics I offer tutoring for all levels of mathematics, formal test preparation, and executive functioning skills.Testimonial:

Testimonial: 

We are very grateful to have been connected with Jeremy to tutor our 15 year old son. Jeremy was able to connect quickly with our son, is highly engaged and has had tremendous impact over the past 3 months. His teaching strategy truly works and major improvement in grades show it! Thank you Jeremy!

Kellie S

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INSTRUCTOR 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 P

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: 

I grew up in a south suburb of Chicago where I had many opportunities to visit my mom’s school and watch her teach kindergartners. I always knew I wanted to work with kids so I began studying Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois. During my time there, I worked in a Child Development Lab where I was exposed to the critical impact preschool teachers have on students at a young age.

All of these experiences prompted me to pursue a career in education through the leadership organization Teach for America where I began teaching and my master’s program. I graduated from Arizona State University in 2015 with a M.Ed. and teaching certification in the areas of K-12 Cross-Categorical Special Education just two years later.

Since 2015, I have been teaching individualized math instruction for students with learning differences. I have worked with students of all different backgrounds and learning styles and enjoy creating individual plans to best meet their needs.

I believe students are most successful when they have opportunities to explore concepts with concrete manipulatives to develop a conceptual understanding before they have to solve numbers on paper. This inquiry helps students deeply understand concepts and have creative opportunities to solve problems.

When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy traveling, hiking, coaching and playing ultimate Frisbee, watching sports and eating deep dish Chicago style pizza.

I am happy to offer services in remedial academic support, ADD/ADHD coaching, executive functioning support, pre-algebra, geometry and all elementary and middle school academics.

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.”

Kerrilee W

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INSTRUCTOR 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 since 2000 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, supporting schools and teachers in their efforts to implement best practices for all students.

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.

Laura M

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: 

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where I attended Washington University and completed my bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish with a focus on Latin American Studies. I completed my master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Tennessee. My career experience has focused on supporting adolescents and young adults in multiple settings, including home and school- based behavioral therapy, children’s hospital social work, and currently special education in the Valley supporting high school students as they develop essential independent living and post-secondary readiness skills.

For the past two and a half years I have worked as a high school transition specialist with freshman through senior level students as they develop their executive function, independent living, and post-secondary readiness skills. I teach a daily class that focuses on the understanding, development, and practice of these skills and also support students and their families as they plan for post-secondary experiences that are most appropriate.

The main way I connect with students is to help them explore and establish goals that are relevant to them and what they view to be successful high school experience. After students set their goals, I support them in developing and utilizing tools that they can successfully use across academic and personal platforms. My focus is to help students take ownership as they learn and understand what motivates them to be successful. 

I spend most of my free time with my husband and daughter as we explore all of the wonderful things the Valley has to offer. We love to take day trips to escape the heat of the summer and enjoy traveling when we are able to. I also love to bake and craft, as these two activities help me slow down and practice mindfulness as well as those important executive function skills!

My main areas of support are for secondary students as they learn, develop, and practice executive function skills that will help them to be successful both in and outside of the classroom.  

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Tom W

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: 

I was born in raised in Sioux City, IA and attended Catholic grade school and high school before venturing off to Loras College for undergraduate studies. I participated in basketball, cross country, and soccer during my 4 years in high school. As a member of National Honor Society and graduating on the Dean's List, I was able to take full advantage of my educational opportunities. 

After graduating from Loras College in 2002, I remained in Dubuque, IA.  I began my teaching career as a high school social studies teacher.  I was then given the opportunity to teach World History, U.S. History, AP U.S. History, American Studies (Blended English and History Class) among other subjects.  Originally, teaching was an avenue into coaching , but before long, teaching overtook coaching as my main focus. I have been working at a private school in the Phoenix area since 2013. I teach social studies, serve as the male dean, and coach girls' soccer. There I have taught U.S History, Government and Economics.

I feel one of my greatest strengths is that I constantly evaluate my teaching and coaching style and its successes and failures. Having taught for 15 years, I do not claim to know everything and have a strong desire to better myself as a teacher. I search for differentiated lesson plans and assessments online and collaborate with other teachers in order to find varied ways to reach different learning styles. My knowledge of teaching and learning styles has greatly increased throughout my years of teaching. Some of the biggest lessons I have learned have come from my students.

I believe a teacher and coach's role in a student’s life should not be like a boss-employee relationship but rather a guide-tourist relationship. My role as an educator is to help a student find the desire for an education. My actions, words, and lesson plans reflect this thinking by allowing students to grow within their comfort zone, while still challenging them to strive for greater success both in and out of the classroom. I believe technology is a crucial element in the modern classroom but should be in balance with proven teaching styles, so students are prepared for both the modern world and general interactions within society.

Since moving to Arizona in 2012, my wife and I have added two beautiful children to our family. We enjoy visiting the zoo and aquarium, taking short trips up North to camp, and getting our kids involved in various activities.  My mom is a snow bird, so we take full advantage of grandma’s time here as well!

I offer a variety of services for Peak Academics, including support in the humanities, as well as test-taking strategies and organizational help. 

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