Math

Abbe L

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: 

I grew up knowing I wanted to be a teacher so I could help shape young children’s lives. I was born and raised in Colorado and earned my Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from Colorado State University. After graduation, I moved to Chicago and then decided to get my Masters degree in Education. I graduated from National Louis University in 2010 and have been teaching ever since.

I started my teaching career in Chicago as a first grade teacher. After moving to Arizona, I spent three years teaching second grade before returning to the first grade classroom where I have been ever since.

When working with children, I like to get to know them as a person and not just a student. I enjoy getting to know their interests, while also seeing what motivates them to succeed and how to best connect with their learning styles. Relating to them on a personal level shows that I am interested in more than just the academic part of their lives.

I am a busy mom of 4 children, so my time not tutoring is usually spent with them either at home or attending their various activities. I love sports, especially football, and being outdoors enjoying the beautiful Arizona weather for much of the year!

I offer tutoring in all elementary subjects, as well as organizational support for elementary and middle school levels.

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Alysia S

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I grew up in Las Vegas in a family of five. I have always loved learning and taking on new challenges. Whether in sports or school, I was always ready for more. Early on in high school, I realized teaching was my calling. In 2011, I graduated college from the University of Arizona where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and my Arizona 1-8 Elementary Education Certification.

Right after college, I moved to Phoenix where I began my teaching career as a primary grade school teacher. I currently teach first grade but have also taught third grade in the past. I am passionate about supporting young learners as we work together to build a solid foundation in math and literacy skills and ignite and build the passion for learning. After years of challenging myself to better my pedagogy through professional development, consistent reflection and invaluable experiences, I received my National Board Certification in the area of Early Childhood Generalist in 2018.

I have found my niche in social emotional teaching and learning. I love being able to connect with my students through meaningful relationships, using the child’s interests and strengths as our basic building blocks. I strive to instill the passion for learning and working through challenges using intrinsic motivation, self-confidence and a growth mindset. I strongly believe that a child’s social and emotional well-being is the key to a child’s academic success!

Ever since I was little, I have always loved being active and outdoors. I enjoy spending time with family, camping, hiking, fishing and working out. I have coached cheerleading to middle school aged girls and have loved every part of it. I keep an active lifestyle by exploring Arizona and traveling as much as I can!

I am happy to offer remedial and enrichment academic tutoring, as well as executive functioning support to elementary students.

Testimonial:

Alysia started tutoring our daughter when she was 4 years old in preparation for kindergarten and continued tutoring her until we moved out-of-state. Alysia is wonderful! She is patient, kind, and focused. She helped our daughter achieve the goals we set and exceeded our expectations. We were so impressed with her ability to explain subjects and concepts that were challenging for our daughter. Alysia has the rare ability to encourage the love of learning while relating to the age of any child.

Amanda E

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My family traveled as a child for my father’s career in the Air Force. I was born in Athens Greece and lived in Maryland, California, New Jersey, and settled for a small college town in Pennsylvania. I attended Slippery Rock University and got my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. I met my husband Brian and we got married in 2003 and off he was to serve in the Army. After his return I pursued my Master’s Degree in Reading with a focus in Literacy Coaching and Reading Specialist. Our daughter was born in 2006 and then we moved the following year to Arizona so I could pursue my career as a teacher.

I started my career as a 6th grade Reading teacher at a middle school in the Queen Creek area. From there I taught 5th grade for two years at an elementary school in the district. I transferred to a small charter school in Gilbert to teach 4th grade. I have been at that school, that isn’t so small now, for ten years and in addition to 4th grade I have taught kindergarten, middle school English, as well as served as the reading specialist, literacy coach, and administrator. I currently serve as the school’s Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, where I provide reading intervention groups, assessments, instructional coaching and much more.

I have strong relationships with students due in part to my passion for educating the whole child. I share personal experiences of my education from elementary through college in hopes of motivating students to never give up. I like to provide learning style surveys to better understand what type of teaching and learning activities work best for each child. It helps drive books I choose for my lessons in order to get the child excited to learn. I am a big believer in brain breaks, incorporating movements, songs, and thinking outside the box for strategies to best support children with their learning.

In high school and college I played field hockey and have in turn learned to love ice hockey. I played ice hockey once I arrived in Arizona for many years and still to this day have my skates and stick. I am a supporter of healthy eating and using essential oils for everyday ailments. I am currently part of a local gym and do yoga once a week to start my week on a positive note. In my spare time, you will find me reading and playing card games with my husband Brian and daughter Alaina. We have a rambunctious cat and two chickens that keep us busy.

For Peak Academics I provide Comprehensive Educational Evaluations and tutoring support in reading, writing, math and executive functions. I am a very versatile educator so am open to supporting all students to empower them to become independent, confident and successful lifelong learners.

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Andrea L

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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.

Testimonial:

My 9-year-old son had a very hard year and fell out of love with school. We needed someone to give him skills to organize his work so he wasn’t overwhelmed with the volume and to make learning fun again. Andrea to the rescue! Andrea is kind, supportive, imaginative and focused. She finds creative ways to support him as he masters organizational skills for middle school and also keeps him completely engaged for his entire tutoring sessions. He has acquired countless skills, but above all has gained confidence that he can tackle any work set before him as long as he comes up with a plan and takes it one step at a time. Homework time was a multi-hour battle at our house with our son needing all the attention in a three-child home, but after only one semester of tutoring, the skills Andrea has taught my son make homework time in our family a peaceful and efficient process.

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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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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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:

Brooke 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.

Danchi N

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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.

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:

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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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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.