Elementary School

Andrea L

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TUTOR PROFILE: 

I am originally trained as a scientist but have always loved teaching in various ways, from writing research papers to teaching Colloquial classes in college. Although I did not realize it at the time, I was growing as a natural teacher. I earned my degree in 1994 and have continuously found myself in positions of teacher, instructor, educator, coach, and tutor since then. After discovering the healing power of natural medicine, my focus has shifted toward anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, epigenetics, diabetes, and cancer. I feel very strongly about sharing what I have discovered so others can benefit. I have even written a book on why it is important to do annual cleanses and have developed an online program to support the healing experience.

The concentration of my teaching/tutoring/coaching experience over the years has been with adults wanting to change their lifestyle to improve health, heal cancer and diabetes, and take their health and fitness to the next level. I have had an amazing time developing education programs for doctors and wellness centers, sharing my knowledge with individuals, and witnessing how it helps people reach their goals!

More recently, I have also been tutoring K-12 students. I have tutored for children of friends and family and formally both online and in person. I have found that kids are so capable, especially once I find ways to peak their interest and draw them into the learning process. This is a challenge I find myself taking on with joy! I have a knack for breaking complex things down into very understandable parts, laymen’s terms. 

I am a firm believer in UPN, unconditional positive regard, as a first approach with all children. First, they are human ‘beings’, then human ‘doings’. I also call on the little “kid” within myself and have fun during the tutoring process. I think about work from the child’s perspective and make decisions with them as long as the process is moving forward. If they get stuck, I make suggestions, but my goal is to build their confidence in solving problems. I treat them a little older than they are and drop myself down to a younger mindset. That has really been the only strategy I have ever had to use. It works every time, as long as I can discover what gets their attention.

Typically, I plan a well-structured day that leaves me feeling relaxed and accomplished by the evening. I enjoy daily workouts of qigong, cycling, or trail running, and meditations including chanting, drumming, and silence. I enjoy creating useful education presentations based on questions that come up from friends, family, and coaching clients. This gives me the opportunity to create in the various ways I enjoy creating. Other ways I love creating are with needle and thread beading, book writing, and aromatherapy. I believe in and enjoy a well-varied day to stimulate my mind and stay nibble both in body and mind.

I offer a variety of tutoring services for Peak Academics. I am excited to share my enthusiasm for science, as well as all elementary academics, upper level science, executive functioning skills, and remedial academic support.

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Andrew S

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TUTOR PROFILE: 

I grew up in the Midwest, and I knew I wanted to work with kids.  After completing my Bachelors in Science in Minnesota, I took a teaching position in Michigan teaching grades 5-8. While in Michigan I completed my Masters in the Art of Teaching.  I later took a position in Illinois, where I also obtained my Administrator’s license. In the early 2000’s I had the opportunity to transition to Arizona to start a K-8 school. It was a great challenge to create an experiential learning environment for students. As my own children started to grow up, I decided to go back into the classroom and teach again so I could spend more time with my family. Recently, I acquired a middle school certificate for Math and Science.

I have been teaching for over 25 years in public and private schools and have served as an administrator in private schools for over 20 years. I have worked with children from kindergarten through eighth grade in a variety of disciplines, but currently work with students in a public school setting in the areas of math and science.

My main goal is to ensure that every student is provided the highest quality of education possible in a safe and supportive learning environment.  Working together as a team with teachers and parents, I am committed to helping each student achieve their very best.  Every student is valued and worthy of our best effort.

In order to accomplish this goal, I have developed a 4 C’s to Success philosophy:  Content, Character, Choices and Citizenship.  I sincerely believe that by adhering to the basic ideas embedded in these four concepts, students can become well-rounded individuals and ready for the next phase in their life.  When we, as adults and role models, also adhere to these concepts, students will better see the value of them.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, running, going to movies and spending time with my family. I am married to a fellow teacher, Ann, and together we have 4 children, ranging from grades 7 through college. I also like to travel and would love to travel to different parts of the world.

I am pleased to offer tutoring support in all elementary academic areas, middle school math and science, and executive functioning skills.

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Beth M

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TUTOR 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 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.”

Elizabeth D

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Tutor Profile:

I grew up in a small town in Illinois.  I spent a lot of time with friends and family, often camping and going for road trips.  My family and I often visited historically significant sites across the U.S., as well as National Parks.  Such trips sparked my interest in life-long learning, especially in the areas of history and geography.  Since my childhood, I have traveled to most states in the continental U.S. and several countries in Europe.   I will soon embark on my first trip to Asia!  I am always curious and always learning.

I attended Clarke College (now Clarke University) for my undergraduate education and received a B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education in the winter of 2009.  In 2016, I obtained my Master of Education degree, with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language.  In my career as an educator, I have served students in preschool and grades K-8, specifically in the realm of special education.  Currently, I am a Language Arts teacher and am also pursuing my Wilson Reading System Level 1 certification.

In my former position, I provided tutoring services at a therapy center for 4 years.  I concluded my time at the therapy center in the summer of 2018.  The academic areas in which I provided support included math, reading, writing, and social skills.  I also ran a summer academic enrichment camp for elementary-aged learners and focused on the areas of reading and math.

It is so important to build trust with a student in order to make optimal progress.  I believe it is imperative to know a student’s strengths and interests, so that one can incorporate such ideas into lessons.  Also, being understanding of students individual learning styles is necessary to better understand their needs.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.  A cup of coffee or tea with a good book is my favorite way to start the morning! I am also involved in church activities.  

As a tutor for Peak Academics, I offer services in the areas of reading, writing, and math at the elementary and middle school levels.  My goal is to assist students in gaining the confidence they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.  Whether they are struggling in school or desiring supplemental support, I will work with each family to make a plan that is tailored specifically to their child’s needs.  

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Jane J

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TUTOR PROFILE: 

I grew up in a small town in Upstate New York and moved to Arizona in 1997. I graduated from SUNY Cortland with a B.S. in Physical Education. I discovered yoga in 2009 and fell in love with the practice. In 2010, I completed my certification to teach yoga to kids ages 2-13. In 2016, I completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe and became certified to teach yoga to adults.

I have been teaching Physical Education to K-12 students at a private school for kids with learning differences since 2004. I have worked with students with ADD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have taught yoga to these students since 2010, and mindfulness since 2016.

I am a firm believer in teaching the whole child, and have a passion for teaching students to be healthy in body and mind. I enjoy connecting with students through student-centered, casual conversations that allow them to share their experiences and interests.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy taking yoga classes and spending time outdoors, hiking, biking and walking. An interesting fact about me is that I adopted my daughter from China when she was four years old. She is 20 now and attends college in Tucson.

I am thrilled to offer services in mindfulness, meditation, body movement, and yoga to students of all ages.

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Katie M

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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.”

Kerrilee W

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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.”

Raina C

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Tutor Profile:

I earned my B.A. in Elementary Education in 1989 and M.A. in Reading in 2008. I am a Certified Reading Specialist and hold both Orton-Gillingham Tutor and Adult Basic Education Certificates. I have been married to my husband, George for 25 years. We have 2 children, Christina and Michael. I love to travel and enjoy outdoor activities.

In addition to tutoring, I serve as an educational consultant and work as a part-time ESL Instructor at the community college level. Before moving to Arizona in July 2016, I was a Response to Intervention teacher and classroom teacher for an at- risk public school district in New Jersey for 25 years. During that time, I participated in many leadership roles, wrote curricula, served as a new teacher mentor, volunteered for a multitude of school committees, and assisted at parent literacy workshops. I was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2012. 

I specialize in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and have an enthusiastic teaching-style. I use multi-sensory (hands-on) techniques with all of my students. I feel learning is contagious. So, I consistently encourage my students to never stop challenging themselves to explore new things.

I am very passionate about literacy. I enjoy teaching because I believe all individuals have a desire to learn and want to be proud of their accomplishments. My future goals are to participate in research aimed at improving educational strategies. I would also love to write a book about effective ways to help children become more confident and successful readers.

I provide services for PK-4 students in reading and mathematics and specialize in the Orton-Gillingham program.

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Reesa F

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I knew I wanted to become a teacher at a very young age. Some of my earliest childhood memories include buying used textbooks at garage sales, teaching my little brother how to read and enjoying every aspect of school. I am so fortunate to have had incredible educators from kindergarten all the way through graduate school. Each of my teachers solidified my early decision on this incredibly rewarding career. My love of all things school coupled with my interests in history, philosophy and Spanish led to a B.A. from Binghamton University and M.A.T. from Union College.

I have 18 years of experience emulating my role models at private, public and charter schools in New York and Arizona, educating 5th through 12th grade students. My specialty is in differentiated instruction for World History/Geography, US/AZ History, American History/Literature, Psychology and Spanish.

My teaching philosophy consists of making real world connections, and utilizing technology and music whenever possible. These two universal languages act as inspirations to higher learning. I love to incorporate life lessons into every curriculum as well. Problem solving, organization, and the ability to focus and learn from mistakes are as important as the core subjects.

When I am away from the classroom, some of my favorite activities include cooking a new recipe, or training the dog. I enjoy watching my son play lacrosse and listening to my daughter perform live music at local venues. Every summer you will find me on the beach of the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans, reading as many books as possible, and conquering the never ending task of cleaning out closets.

I offer tutoring services to middle and high school students with a special focus on humanities, social studies and Spanish.

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Theresa B

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I was born and raised in Arizona and have lived here most of my life, both in Flagstaff and Phoenix. I have always had a love of literature, and at 16, I decided I would like to teach. Though my focus was always on college level teaching, I was privileged to get an internship at a classical charter school during my senior year of college where I tutored middle school students in essay writing. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 2007. 

After a few years on the East Coast, and substitute teaching both in Virginia and Arizona (grades 1-12), I became a private school teacher for grades 5 and 6 in Scottsdale. After that, I transitioned to grade school teaching at classical charter schools and taught grades 3 and 4 for six years. I was also a Teaching Assistant Coordinator, and taught new teachers how to write lesson plans, assess students, and make their objectives grade-level appropriate.

As a teacher, I have held many tutoring sessions after school, and my objectives are always to connect with students after a long day of learning and to help them retrieve their memory of concepts covered throughout the day. I love being able to work with small groups or in a one-on-one setting, as I can more easily discover a student’s learning style in this setting than in a busy classroom.

When I am not teaching, I am learning.  I love to travel to Europe, take summer courses, and read books by Victorian authors. I hike when the weather permits, and sew, photograph, or watch documentaries in my free time.

I currently offer tutoring services for kindergarten through fourth grade students in all subject areas. I also provide support in English and literature through 12th grade.

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