Our Tutors

Our tutors include classroom teachers, special educators, and math and physics PhD students. All have specialized backgrounds in math, science and/or the humanities, as well as extensive pedagogical experience. All excel at making material accessible, alleviating anxiety, and helping students find joy in learning.

Image of a smiling man in a jacket and hood, standing in front of a snowy mountain peakAddison W. 

Addison is a former grade school teacher with over six years of experience in test prep and academic support services. He holds a BA in International Relations & Spanish and a MBA in Consumer Analytics from Georgetown University and currently works as a Human Capital Consultant in Deloitte’s Government and Public Sector practice. Addison’s areas of expertise range from standardized test prep (SAT, ACT, SSAT) to reading comprehension & literacy skills to high school-level math and science. Addison has also lived abroad in Spanish-speaking countries for over three years of his life and would love to help students who are starting their Spanish speaking journeys. Outside of tutoring, Addison stays active on his skis, bike, rollerblades, and skateboard.

Amy B.

Amy is a US sailing instructor, active outdoors woman, previously licensed educator (20+ years), and world traveler who loves connections between mathematics, science, nature, and the arts.  Amy holds two master’s degrees in applied mathematics and applied statistics.  Her educator experience includes teaching middle school through high school students (public and boarding schools in NH, MA, and VT) and college adults in mathematics and statistics, as well as homeschooling two of her own children elementary through high school in all subjects.  Amy’s part time career and labor of love has been advocating for students and individuals with learning differences, including exceptional students.
Amy’s primary approach to tutoring is to create relationships with students (and their families) to facilitate open and motivating work environments.   She genuinely invests herself in her students as whole individuals bringing with her creative problem solving ideas and approaches.  With a goal to identify and remove barriers,  Amy seeks to inspire natural interest, set and achieve personal student goals, while truly enjoying time spent together.  When she’s not tutoring, Amy enjoys traveling and sailing in the Caribbean (when time permits), teaching sailing to the adaptive community in Burlington, and she remains actively involved in her adult children’s lives.   Amy desires to give back and share her skills with her local community. Accepting new students; online only.

 Brent T.

Brent is a Vermont native who loves spending his free time outside hiking, swimming, camping, and all things nature based with his dog by his side. He received a BS in government from Connecticut college, and a BS in music education from the University of Vermont. Brent is a former public school music teacher, who also regularly performs around the state with his music ensembles. He is currently studying computer science at Oregon State University through their ecampus program. Brent also loves playing various board and card games. Accepting new students.

Image of a smiling man with a dark grey beard in a blue shirt and grey jacket.Dean L. 

Dean has taught at the college level for the past 15 years, primarily computer science and game programming, specifically using C++ and C#. He holds a BSCS from Union College and a MEd in Mathematics from UMass Amherst. He uses a lot of math in the programming courses he teaches, specifically Game Physics and Game AI. Dean also taught at the HS level for a year, teaching geometry at Trinity Pawling School. For the past 11 years, Dean has worked with HS students during the summer directing and teaching at various pre-college programs. Prior to entering academia, Dean worked as a Game Programming Engineer and as Director of Engineering for 12 years. He still consults on various game and game-related projects. Dean loves training his 3(!) German short-haired pointers as well as gardening at his home in Charlotte.

Picture of a smiling woman with light brown, shoulder length hair. She is wearing a green bucket hat and a yellow t-shirt. Essi W.

Essi is a behavioral interventionist at an alternative school where she specializes in working with students with disabilities, supporting students through the writing process, and designing English curricula. She graduated from Middlebury College in 2022 with a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Geography and a minor in Creative Writing. Essi started tutoring in 2016 and enjoys developing strong relationships with each of her students, prioritizing building confidence, and making academics fun. She has experience working with preschoolers through college students. Originally from the D.C. area, Essi grew up running through the Smithsonian museums, which sparked her curiosity and affirmed her belief in the power of imagination. She loves writing, reading, cooking, cross country skiing, and playing with her pet rabbit, Toast.

Helene SHelene S.

Helene is originally from just outside Boston. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Syracuse University. After graduation, Helene worked as a photographer and photo editor for various publications in Boston, Maine and Washington D.C. Helene is a career switcher and got her master’s in special education from University of Virginia. She has recently achieved her second master’s from University of Vermont in interdisciplinary studies with an addition certification in Trauma and Resilience. Helene’s licensure is from kindergarten to age 22 in special education. She is trained in many literacy programs and enjoys working with all ages on reading and writing. Helene has passed on this love of learning to both her children, one who is a fourth generation teacher and the other studying at Louisiana State University. As soon as the weather is warm enough, Helene takes her love of reading outside to the hammock in addition to extensive gardening and hiking. She is a student centered educator who ties the child’s interests in with learning to develop a thirst for knowledge and the skills to be a life long learner. Accepting new students.

headshot of a smiling man with brown hair wearing a suitJacob S.

Jacob holds a BA in Grammar, Rhetoric and Composition and a Master Degree in PostModern American Literature. He has taught college English courses in France and Germany, and has tutored students in English, Math and History in Seattle. His more recent scholastic experiences have been as a student rather than as teacher. He recently returned to school and in 2022 completed studies in Computer Science and Machine Learning. A one time line cook and pastry chef, in his free time Jacob bakes seasonal desserts, sources local ingredients, or goes hiking around Vermont when the weather permits. Accepting new students.

Jamie M.

Jamie has spent 20 years teaching middle school English, Social Studies, and Math in Massachusetts, Egypt, Malaysia, Uganda, Connecticut, and Vermont. As part of his Master’s of Education, Jamie completed a NOLS semester program that further developed his love of the outdoors, athletic pursuits, and experiential education. Jamie believes in celebrating learners’ stories, identifying their strengths and interests, and utilizing connections to nurture growth. Jamie currently volunteers at King Street Center, joyfully tutoring kindergarteners and first graders. Additionally, Jamie is rekindling and nurturing his culinary love by rising in the mornings to bake at a downtown restaurant. For life balance, Jamie bikes the many paved and gravel roads of Vermont and participates in mutually beneficial walks with his family’s 12 year old happy canine.

Picture of a smiling woman with long black hair in a doctor's coat. She is standing under a tree with her hand on a stone wallJennifer C.

Jennifer is a current medical student at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. She holds a master’s degree in biomedical science from Tufts University School of Medicine and graduated cum laude from Washington University of St Louis, where she originally double majored in biology and fashion and seriously considered going down a very different career path! After college, she worked for a few years as a medical assistant, and worked in a research lab studying the immune response to adenovirus gene therapy. She has taught painting at Chinese school for several years, was a summer TA at UVM for incoming first year medical students, and is currently a tutor and mentor at the medical school. She enjoys helping others of all ages and backgrounds to optimize their approach to learning, to use different techniques and realize their potential. As someone who also struggled with learning how to study effectively at first and then overcame that challenge, she is excited to share her experience and study skills. She is open to tutoring chemistry, biology, biochemistry, algebra, reading comprehension, and writing, as well as helping with SAT and MCAT prep, pre-med mentoring, college applications, and professionalism support. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, painting, and any art-related activities, cooking, and volunteering in Hospice

Kyler S.

Kyler earned a master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Vermont in 2012. Before graduate school, Kyler pushed himself to try something challenging and completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2009, and then again in 2015 with his fiancée! He has spent 10 years teaching at the college level in Burlington VT and recently decided to focus entirely on online tutoring. While tutoring, Kyler works to approach problems from an angle each student can relate to and strives to pull out that big “aha!” moment of understanding from the student. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, biking, and playing Magic the Gathering. Accepting new students; online only

Lexie PLexie P.

Lexie is originally from Concord, New Hampshire. She graduated from St. Lawrence University with a bachelor’s in English Literature and a minor in Creative Writing. Over the summers she has taught Creative Writing and Myths and Legends through the Duke Talent Identification Program. During the school year she is a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Vermont, continuing her studies in literature.  Lexie has also worked as an assistant teacher for reading comprehension.  When she’s not reading or writing, Lexie is playing guitar and singing in her band The Sundials. She can also be found on the summits of the Green Mountains with snacks and lots of sunscreen. Accepting new students.

Image of a smiling woman with red hair and glasses. She is wearing a plaid shirt and sitting in a tree.Nicole S. 

Nicole is originally from just outside New York City, but is a very satisfied Vermont transplant. She has been living and working in Vermont for four years now. Nicole graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2016 with a master’s degree in childhood and special education, and has been working in the field ever since. When she’s not tutoring, Nicole works as an elementary special educator in Burlington. Her tutoring specialties include helping students learn strategies around executive functioning, as well as finding new ways to teach and learn all different types of subject matter. Nicole’s favorite subjects to teach are math and reading. She also loves helping all students find a love of learning, even and especially when traditional school approaches aren’t working. When she’s not at school, you can find Nicole at the dance studio, curled up with a good book, or taking in nature with her dog Nala.

Peggy L.

Peggy has been a teacher for many years and holds a B.S. from NYU in Early Childhood Ed., K-3, and an  M.Ed. from Wheelock College, Boston, in Special Ed., N-9. She has worked as a licensed Reading Specialist and Special Education teacher, a preschool teacher, and has worked for Early Intervention in MA. Peggy is trained/certified in the Wilson and Orton Gillingham methods of reading and literacy. After retiring from teaching in Massachusetts, she moved to Vermont in 2019 to be closer to her family. The draw of teaching has found her again in VT. Tutoring one on one is second nature to Peggy, and is her favorite mode of teaching. She gets to know her students as well as their families, and can zero in on what the student is struggling with and work to his/her/their strengths.

When she’s not tutoring, Peggy has many interests and hobbies. She is very active. She loves sea kayaking, hiking, and biking, and backcountry xc skiing in winter. She is an avid gardener. She loves dancing. She contra dances, English country dances and is a member of a Morris dance team. She sews and quilts, and loves strategy board games.

Image of a smiling man with short, white hair, wearing a backpack and a pink t-shirt. He is standing in the woods with a hiking trail sign in the background.Sam J. 

Sam is a certified teacher of math, sailing, safe powerboat handling, and alpine skiing as well as holding a USCG Limited Master License and US Sailing Judge in Training / Club Race Officer certifications. With more than thirteen years experience teaching math in middle and high school classrooms, Sam has continually evolved. A passion for amateur sailing led to a career in sailing. From teaching youth and adults to coaching and competitively racing, sailing became something more than an avocation. The adventure now moves to the mountains and teaching skiing. Watching students as they gain confidence and develop mastery has always been especially rewarding.

Sam earned his BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison after completing a two year liberal arts program at Boston University. While pursuing a career in international liquid bulk shipping he completed graduate coursework in Marine Transportation Management at SUNY Maritime College before changing careers and obtaining his teaching credential from Yale University.

Shari B.Shari B.

Shari has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts and studied education at the University of New Mexico before getting her teaching license for secondary level math. She has been teaching, both in the classroom and as a tutor, for over 15 years, and although she has also worked in computer programming and finance, she feels teaching is her calling. Tutoring is Shari’s favorite form of teaching because it allows her to focus on a single student’s needs and to get to know that student as a learner and a person.  Shari is comfortable and adept at working with students in grades 7 through 12 on all math topics (i.e. basic math through calculus), as well as with the math portion of SAT and ACT.  She has considerable experience working with students with learning disabilities and math phobias. She enjoys helping students with extra learning challenges identify their strengths and develop an understanding of themselves as learners. She has an encouraging and respectful tutoring style and often includes support with organization and prioritization in her tutoring sessions. Shari lives in Charlotte with her husband Eric and daughter Lily. When she is not tutoring, you may find her gardening, bicycling, shopping yard sales, or reading books about math and physics.

Tim Z.Tim Z.

Tim is a retired science teacher from Stowe Vermont.  He has taught science in high school and middle school throughout his 36 year career with a primary concentration in chemistry and physics on the high school level, including AP courses.  Tim received his Masters Degree in Chemistry and Physics Education from Montana State University and his Biochemistry Degree from Cook College of Rutgers University. In addition to teaching in the classroom setting, Tim has enjoyed being a tutor, both at a local ski academy and privately throughout his years of teaching. Tim has tutored students from middle school to college in introductory chemistry and physics.  Along with Tim’s passion for the sciences and teaching, Tim is a big fan of sports having previously coached a variety of sports, including girls and boys soccer, skiing, baseball, and tennis. Tim loves sharing his love for sports, the outdoors, and Vermont with his wife and four grown children.  Accepting new students.