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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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Ariane B

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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.

Elizabeth D

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INSTRUCTOR 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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Jessi R

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I grew up in the Chicagoland area and graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Secondary Education. I also went back to university to become TESOL certified, and have received a master’s endorsement in English as a Second Language. I am currently studying to gain my Registered Behavioral Technician certification.

I have over ten years of teaching experience in multiple settings: charters, tutoring centers, and public schools. I have taught everything from Honors to Special Ed, as well as online credit recovery courses. I am a grammar and writing nerd, and the majority of my career has focused on ACT/SAT test prep, reading, composition, and grammar concepts. I currently work part-time with students with Autism through behavioral therapy.  

High expectations, empathy, patience, and building strong meaningful connections with my students are the key to my success. I want to instill in my students a natural love for learning, and push them to constantly seek to better themselves through education in all areas of their lives. I believe that by teaching students to become lifelong learners, I am helping create a more productive and impactful society for our future generations. 

My passion in life is travel, and I have even taught abroad in Spain during the 2013-2014 school year. I also enjoy snowboarding and any outdoor activities in my free time, as well as spending as much time with my two dogs as I possibly can. One of my proudest accomplishments is having been awarded “Teacher of the Year” two years in my career. This is an award voted on by students, so to me, it is of the highest of honors to know that my kids find my humor and passion for education to be influential in their lives. 

I am so excited to be working for Peak and to offer my services in ACT/SAT test prep, reading, writing, math through geometry, and general homework and executive functioning support.

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Kellie S

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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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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.

Kirsten L

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I grew up in Michigan and found my way to Arizona in 2000. My two children are 18 and 20. While they were young, I was a stay-at-home mom. When they became school age I decided to pursue a life-long dream to become a teacher. I earned my teaching degree from ASU and am certified in Elementary Education, Middle Grades ELA and Cross-Categorical Special Education K-12.

Prior to becoming a certified teacher I taught preschool, but in more recent years I have taught upper elementary, middle school and high school. I am currently working in a special education program for students with emotional and behavioral needs. I serve as the behavior interventionist.

My philosophy about education is that all children have the ability to learn. I know firsthand that not all students learn the same. As an educator, it is my job to find what works for each individual child. I enjoy finding strengths within students.

Friends describe me as passionate, personable and relatable. I have a great sense of humor, which I use to connect with others. I enjoy cooking, reading and travel. I also like to exercise...hiking and running when the weather permits.

I offer services in remedial academic support, elementary and middle grades general homework support, special education, ADD/ADHD, executive functioning and social skills training.

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Raina C

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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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