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Alysia S

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TUTOR PROFILE: 

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.

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Ariane B

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TUTOR PROFILE: 

I 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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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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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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