Molly Ahrens (Director, Reading, Writing, Organizational Skills Tutor, and College Admission Essay Coach) has been helping elementary, middle and high school students fulfill their academic potential since graduating from Bryn Mawr College in 2003. Growing up in New York City, she attended Nightingale-Bamford, a competitive prep school. She also attended the Summer Writing Program at the University of Iowa throughout college and, following graduation, participated in an additional writing program at University College in Dublin, Ireland. Her articles and essays have been published in local publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia Style. While Molly specializes in writing skills for all ages, she regularly works with students who need to improve their reading, organizational and time-management skills, as well as high school seniors who are preparing college applications essays. Her students have been admitted to the top colleges in the country.
Carlzel Bostic (Mathematics Tutor) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education with his M.S.Ed. He is a Teach for America alumnus and certified mathematics teacher, focusing primarily on Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Mathematical Reasoning, and Mathematical Concepts. Currently, Carlzel is a lead math teacher at a Philadelphia-based charter school. He has experience working with children and young adults as an after-school teacher and a former tutor-mentor for Temple University’s Mathematics Science Upward Bound Program. Carlzel specializes in the development of curriculum and assessments. He also has experience working with adult learners, as well as the leadership skills necessary to influence and support educational efforts to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. In addition to his extensive math background, Carlzel taught English Composition in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand for three months. He is also TESOL certified from the University of Pennsylvania.
Caitlyn Boyle (Middle and High School Reading, Writing and Organizational Skills Tutor) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science. After a year working in state politics, she spent the next 5 years teaching in Philadelphia. She started with 9th and 10th grade Literature and Composition at a local charter school, where she also coached cross country and track (her passion). Over time, she became very interested in helping students with different abilities, which led her to another local charter school to teach 7th grade Special Education. Caitlyn co-taught English and Math in regular-instruction classrooms, but also took students out for small group and one-on-one instruction. She regularly wrote and implemented Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), as well as quarterly progress reports. While in this position, she attended Chestnut Hill University at night to pursue her M.A. in dual Special Education and Social Studies. Caitlyn’s favorite part of teaching is finding out what makes each student “tick” so that she can help them maximize their potential. Caitlyn currently works in the education field in Philadelphia and looks to tutoring as a way to stay connected to kids.
Lauren Bianca Brown (Middle and High School Reading, Writing, Organizational Skills, Spanish and ELL Tutor) has been teaching high school and middle school Spanish and ELL since 2009 in a public school. She has taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade Spanish, as well as Spanish 1, 2, 3 and 4 at the high school level. She is currently an ESL teacher while still teaching Spanish 2 and has focused on reading, writing, and assistance with subject classes, as well as time management and organization. She has taught English in Madrid as part of an exchange program. In addition, she has traveled to various Spanish-speaking countries and has gained a deep cultural appreciation and immersion in the language. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Towson University and her graduate teacher certification in ELL from Rowan University. Additionally, she teaches a Teacher Cadet course for aspiring teachers at the high school level.
Maureen Chilinskas (Middle and High School Writing, Reading, and Organizational/Study Skills Tutor) is the Director of Library Services at an independent school in Philadelphia. She has a B.A. in English from Temple University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Drexel University. During her twelve years as a librarian, Maureen has assisted middle and high school students with various research projects and writing skills. As a sixth grade advisor, she works with students routinely on organization, time management, and general study skills. Maureen is a passionate reader, dedicated to helping students develop their reading skills through the love of literature and books.
Maggie Day (Elementary Math, Elementary and Middle School Writing and Organizational Skills, and Middle School History Tutor) has worked at a Philadelphia charter school for almost three years as an academic advisor whose responsibilities include teaching and one-on-one/small group support in all academic areas. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and also in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Maggie is passionate about teaching students both academic and life skills, and values regular communication, not only with her students, but with their families and academic supports. She has experience assisting students with writing assignments in a variety of subjects and with elementary and middle school math concepts, as well as helping students improve their test-taking habits and project management skills.
Andrea DiMola (Middle and High School Mathematics Tutor) has been tutoring middle and high school students in the Philadelphia area for the past six years. After receiving her B.A. in Mathematics from The College of William and Mary, Andrea taught math for several years at independent high schools in the greater DC area. She moved to Philadelphia to pursue her Master’s in Education at the University of Pennsylvania and now works with after-school programs in the city. Andrea enjoys problem solving and hopes to share her love of math with her students.
Jessica Douglass (Middle and High School Reading, Writing, Organizational Skills, SAT/ACT Tutor and College Admission Essay Coach) graduated with honors from Haverford College. She later earned a Master of Social Service degree from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. In addition to tutoring, she is currently a clinical social worker at a family practice. Jessica has worked at a local Philadelphia private school, in private school admissions, and as a consultant for local and international private schools for technology integration. Jessica was a tutor and private teacher in Hong Kong before returning to the Philadelphia area. She specializes in tutoring writing skills, organizational skills, research skills, and SAT/ACT verbal sections. Additionally, Jessica works with high school seniors as a college essay coach, guiding her students to create engaging and compelling essays for their applications. Combining teaching and counseling modalities, Jessica uses a strengths-based approach to help students use their own gifts to succeed.
Kelcey Grogan (Middle and High School Writing, Reading, and Organizational/Study Skills, and SAT/ACT Tutor & College Admission Essay Coach) enjoys supporting students by helping them find ways to strengthen their reading, writing, time management, and organizational skills. Kelcey is pursuing her doctoral degree in Reading/Writing/Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania. As part of her research fellowship, Kelcey works as a Learning Instructor at the Weingarten Learning Resources Center where she supports Penn students by helping them to reach their academic goals and fulfill their potential. Previously, Kelcey was an instructional coach and English Language Arts teacher at a high school in Detroit, Michigan. She earned her Master of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, she earned a B.S. in Community, Environment, and Development from The Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University. As a tutor, she believes in using a strengths-based approach that is tailored to every student’s individual needs.
Wintre Foxworth Johnson (Elementary Reading, Writing, Math Tutor, and College Admission Essay Coach) is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Prior to her studies, she taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Although Wintre has worked with a range of students (preschool-aged, elementary school students, matriculating college freshman, and adults), she developed a passion for early childhood education and literacy instruction during her time as a classroom teacher. Wintre’s pedagogy is informed by a belief that learning should not only be rigorous, engaging, and responsive to individual students, but also fun and exciting.
Brian Kors (High School History, Writing, SAT (Verbal/Writing) Tutor and College Admission Essay Coach) has been teaching high school history and social studies since 2006, with three years in a Massachusetts public school and four years at a Philadelphia independent school. Over the years he has taught U.S. History, World History, Law and Comparative Government, and he has tutored many students in history and writing, as well as helping with time management and organizational skills. He is available to work with students to improve their research and writing skills, whether for short essays or long research papers, and is also eager to help students who are struggling with content and time management in their history courses. Additionally, Brian has worked closely with ESL students for the past four years. Brian has a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an M.A.T. from Boston University.
Amandine Liepmann (Elementary, Middle and High school Writing, Reading, and Organizational/Study Skills Tutor) uses positive, empowering teaching methods to help her students harness and develop their reading, writing and organizational skills. She graduated with honors from Eastern Michigan University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Written Communications and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. For several years, she worked as an English and Creative Writing Professor at Eastern Michigan University. Additionally, she tutored students of all abilities and backgrounds at the University Writing Center. Amandine has developed writing workshops around common writing challenges, such as: “Research 101,” “Getting the Most Out of Library Work,” and “Sentence Polishing and Infrastructure.” After teaching, Amandine moved to New York City to work with Jumpstart for Young Children, an early literacy intervention nonprofit. Through her work with preschool-aged children to graduate students, Amandine has significant experience with the ever-changing needs of readers and writers of all levels.
Barry Lynch (Elementary School Reading, Writing, and Math Tutor) is a first grade assistant teacher at a local Philadelphia private school, where he leads the math and reading program. He has experience working with beginning readers and readers who are struggling with fluency and comprehension. Barry has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Barry is in his fourth year at his current school, where he started as an after-school teacher and also a substitute teacher in various classes from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Barry has also spent time as a health and physical education substitute teacher in grades pre-k through 12.
Sarah Lynch (Chemistry, Biology, Environmental & Earth Science, and Mathematics Tutor) graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a B.A. in Environmental Biology. She is currently earning her master’s degree in Secondary Science Education at Temple University. In addition to her tutoring work, Sarah works as a substitute high school science teacher at William Penn Charter School. She also works as a general substitute teacher for the Philadelphia School District and the French International School. In the Fall of 2017, she interned at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University in their Outside-In Exhibit. Over the past three summers, she has worked at English immersion summer camps in France and Italy for English language learners. She believes that the best way to learn a subject is to understand how you learn, whether it be visually, kinesthetically, verbally, etc. She hopes to help each student understand his or her own learning style and work with it to create engaging and personalized lessons.
Margo MacDonald (Middle and High School Science and Math Tutor) is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Biophysics & Physics. In the past, she has taught at a program for gifted high school students who are interested in medicine and research where her responsibilities included giving lectures, creating and grading assignments, and coaching students through the college essay process. She mentors younger women studying science at Penn as a member of the board of the Tri-Omicron honor society for women in the sciences, and she loves encouraging younger students so that they feel capable of excelling in STEM fields.
Natalie Mayer (Middle and High School Biology and Chemistry Tutor) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a biology major, and she earned her medical degree from Temple University Medical School. She has taught chemistry and biology in New York City and Philadelphia. For the past 10 years, she has been a teacher at an independent school in Philadelphia, instructing biology, anatomy and physiology, and advanced biology classes.
Carolanne Mitchell (Elementary and Middle School Reading Specialist and Writing Tutor) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in January 2012 with her M.S.Ed. in reading, writing, and literacy. She is a certified Reading Specialist and has been working with children and young adults as an after-school teacher, camp counselor, and tutor for ten years. She specializes in reading comprehension strategies and helping reluctant readers find books that they enjoy reading. She has also helped students through the writing process and uses writing to enrich reading experiences.
Hal Morra (Elementary and Middle School Reading, Writing, Math, and Organizational Skills Tutor/ SSAT/ISEE, SAT/ACT Tutor) is a 4th grade teacher at a local Philadelphia private school. He has a Master’s in Education from Temple University and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University. Prior to teaching, Hal worked in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa, where he was the on-site director for a primate preservation program. He has tutored students of all ages in the 2nd-12th grade range and has experience with many different learning styles.
Suzanne Morrison (Middle and High School Writing, Organizational Skills, and SAT Tutor & College Admission Essay Coach) has been an English teacher since 1987 at both the college and high school levels, including several Philadelphia independent schools. Over these years, Suzanne has taught foundational English literature classes, as well as numerous electives; she has tutored and coached many students in writing of all kinds (analytical essays, college essay, and creative writing). She is also available to work with students who are struggling with content in their literature classes, as well as with organization and time-management skills. She has taught ELL and in her current job works closely with many international English language learners. Suzanne earned her B.A from Haverford College and an M.A. from The University of Iowa.
Alison Mosier-Mills (Middle and High School Reading, Writing, Organizational Skills, Science, Math, and History Tutor & College Admission Essay Coach) is a recent graduate of Yale University who enjoys helping students with reading, writing, history, college essays, time management and organization, math and science. While in college, she won awards in writing and history, and after graduating, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct public health research in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her experience studying healthcare in Asia inspired her to pursue a career in medicine, and she is currently enrolled in Bryn Mawr College’s Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program. She has tutored children and teenagers in a variety of settings over the past four years, and looks forward to working with additional students. In her free time, she enjoys reading and attending live theater in Philadelphia.
Gina Pambianchi (Elementary, Middle and High School Reading, Writing and Biology Tutor) graduated from Spring Hill College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, majoring in Pre-medicine/Biology and minoring in Theology. She went on to teach remedial reading at a primary school in Belize City, Belize, and co-directed an extended day program for three years. In Belize she provided one-on-one literacy instruction and homework help while running the school library. When she returned to the US, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and obtained her Master’s Degree in Reading/Writing/Literacy. While in school she was involved in the Van Pelt Library Community Outreach Project where she worked in the library at Henry C. Lea School. Additionally, she participated in a project to electronically catalog elementary school libraries in West Philadelphia. She is currently working at Hope Partnership for Education and is collaborating to design curriculums for adult education. She strives to promote learning that involves the everyday, where student interest and knowledge is at the forefront of their learning, and where education and social justice are intertwined.
Dale Pearlstein (Elementary and Middle School Reading, Writing and ESL Tutor) has taught ESL in kindergarten through eighth grade in Philadelphia, upstate New York and Manhattan. Her undergraduate degree is in elementary education from Pennsylvania State University. Dale has taught general education classes in kindergarten and second grade. She received a master’s degree and ESL certification from Trenton State College. Presently, she works with lower and middle school ESL students in an independent school in Philadelphia. Dale is an avid reader, who besides enjoying her own books, delights in reading and helping her students with their required reading.
Nicholas Scarsdale (Middle and High School Science and Mathematics Tutor) is pursuing a master’s degree in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in Astrophysics. His mother is a middle school teacher, which inspired him with a love of teaching. In college he is a peer advisor for other students in the Vagelos Molecular Life Sciences Program at Penn (which emphasizes advanced STEM coursework and student research) and has tutored students in this program in many of their required courses. He is on the board of Women in Physics at Penn, which seeks to make physics a more welcoming place for women (as well as other groups underrepresented in STEM) by providing them with mentorship and connections with faculty. His approach to teaching always emphasizes guiding questions, having found that often students have the information they need but are missing crucial connections between them and that discovering is a much more potent learning tool than being told.
Margo Schall (Elementary and Middle School Reading, Writing, Organizational Skills, and Spanish Tutor) has taught third grade in a Philadelphia public school since 2012. As a high school student, she spent a semester in Ecuador, where she first gained an appreciation for the Spanish language. She graduated from Haverford College with her B.A. in Urban Studies and Education. Upon graduation, she spent a year coordinating an after-school program at an elementary school in Norristown, PA. For the past three years, she has been teaching and completing her Masters in Multicultural Education, which she received from Eastern University in 2015. Margo specializes in writing, reading, and organizational skills. She also tutors Spanish. She enjoys working with young people, especially helping them build a sense of their own capacity.
Meredith Scheiner (Elementary, Middle School and 9th Grade Mathematics, Spanish and History Tutor) has been teaching since 2006. She spent two years teaching English as a Foreign Language in Costa Rica before she discovered her passion for teaching middle school math, which she has taught for 8 years. Currently, she is Director of Math Instruction, an 8th grade teacher, and Math Center Director at a Philadelphia Charter School. Meredith specializes in finding the JOY in Math, teaching students to have a growth mindset, integrating mindfulness into learning, and reading middle-school students’ minds. Meredith has a B.A. in History from Hamilton College, a M.S. in Elementary Education from University of Pennsylvania, and PA certifications for grades K-9 in Math, Social Studies, Science, and English. Additionally, she is in the process of earning her National Board Certification for Middle School Mathematics and a Certification to teach mindfulness to children.
Elizabeth Silow (Elementary, Middle, and High School Organizational, Time-Management, Study Skills Tutor and College Admission Essay Coach) has worked in schools since 2009, beginning with an internship through Bryn Mawr College. After graduating from Bryn Mawr with a degree in Sociology, Elizabeth went on to receive her M.Ed. in Counseling and Development. During and after graduate school, Elizabeth worked in public schools outside of Washington, D.C. Elizabeth has worked as an elementary, middle and high school counselor. She has experience working in a Title I school, as well as in a special education approved private school. Elizabeth has expertise in college preparation and essay writing, as well as organizational, time-management and study skills.
Miranda Wang (Elementary, Middle, and High School Mathematics, and Mandarin Tutor) earned her bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Vanderbilt University. Afterwards, she graduated from Teachers College at Columbia University with a master’s degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. She taught in a public elementary school in LA as a fourth grade teacher in a Mandarin/English bilingual program for two years. Miranda is now pursuing her second master’s degree in Professional Counseling at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been involved in math and science tutoring since college, and has been an active member in the Pencil Project Organization, tutoring elementary school students math. Miranda has also been a member of Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science, teaching science to third and fourth graders. Additionally, she has tutored Mandarin at all levels, from beginners to advanced, at a Chinese Saturday School in LA. Miranda has tutored middle school and high school math throughout college and graduate schools. She enjoys inspiring her students’ learning by using an interactive, project-based and learner-centered approach.
Lauren Ward (Elementary and Middle School Reading and High School French Tutor) earned her B.A. in French from Bryn Mawr College in 2003. She went on to earn a Master’s in French Studies from NYU and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Lauren studied in France on three ocassions during her undergraduate and graduate studies. She taught English in primary schools as part of the Teaching Assistant Program in France and has also served as a French teacher at Concordia Language Villages. Lauren loves sharing her passion for the French language and culture with her students.
Annabel Zinn (Elementary and Middle School Math, Reading, Writing, and Social Studies Tutor) received her Master of Science in Education at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and her Bachelor of Arts in History from Allegheny College in 2015. She holds her teaching certificate in middle level (grades 4-8) English and Social Studies. In addition, she has worked as a Research Assistant for the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, assisting in projects that study the progression of how students learn major mathematical concepts, such as multiplicative thinking, proportional reasoning, and fractional understanding. Annabel recently worked at a charter school in North Philadelphia where she served in a variety of roles, including a 4th grade maternity substitute, upper elementary reading teacher, 5th grade writing teacher, and 7/8th grade social studies student teacher. During college, Annabel served as an Allegheny Volunteer Service Leader, working as a coordinator for the Martin Luther King Jr. Mentoring Program. She provided academic and social/emotional support to 7th/8th grade students at the local middle school, as well as organized and facilitated mentor hiring, field trips, and major program events. During college, Annabel also worked as a Teacher Fellow with the Breakthrough Collaborative Pittsburgh site where she taught small group 7th grade writing for an intensive 6 week summer program. Annabel believes that improving the ability to communicate and understand language is one of the best ways to strengthen a student’s confidence and voice.