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.
Alexis is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Education. She holds licenses to teach Elementary Education (K-6) and Special Education (K-8). Alexis has worked as a Math and Literacy Interventionist, and is currently a special educator for 4th and 5th grade students at the Thomas Fleming School in Essex Junction. She also recently began taking classes in pursuit of her M. Ed. in Special Education at Saint Michael’s College. Alexis spends her summers teaching sailing and spending as little time as possible indoors! When she is not teaching or in class herself, Alexis is most likely found on a sailboat, hiking, dreaming of future travel destinations, or in a cafe sipping coffee.
Ali grew up on a farm in Norwich, VT and spent her childhood in the outdoors. She attended Emory University in Atlanta, graduating with a dual degree in Environmental Studies and African Studies with a focus on Sustainable Agriculture. After college, Ali moved to Bozeman, Montana, where she worked as a youth ski instructor in the winters, and spent her summers as a ranch guide in Yellowstone National Park leading horseback riding trips. Ali began her journey into education in earnest when she led a group of high school students on a summer study abroad program to La Paz, Mexico. Since then, Ali has taught math and sciences in several alternative schools, including A Mountain Classroom, a hiking-based environmental education program in the White Mountains; The Traveling School, an all-girls semester school for high schoolers that travels through southern Africa while diving into a place-based curriculum of the region; and the Bozeman Field School, an experiential high school in Montana. Ali recently began her graduate studies at UVM, where she is working towards dual Master’s degrees in Education and Food Systems. Accepting new students.
Amelia dedicated her undergraduate work at Hampshire College to developing remediation strategies for riparian conservation land in Massachusetts. She is now pursuing her master’s degree in mathematics at UVM. Over the past seven years Amelia has tutored students in science, math and writing. On sunny days, she can be found rock climbing throughout New England or paddling the coastlines of Lake Champlain with her dog Peaty. Most of all, Amelia enjoys working collaboratively with students using experiential, inquiry-based lessons to make meaningful connections with learning.
Along with tutoring, Brenna leads bicycle trips around the Champlain Valley and works at an outdoor gear shop. Outside of work, she enjoys backpacking, running, climbing, learning how to fix bikes, and playing card games. Brenna is excited to work with students primarily in math, science, and test prep and is passionate about building relationships with her students, seeing their growth over time, and applying content to real-world scenarios.
Hayden is from Burlington, Vermont and holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from Prescott College located in the mountains of Arizona. He has been working in schools since 2011, and is currently a long-term sub for 10th grade humanities at Colchester High School. “I am particularly interested teaching meta-cognitive skills that go into being a great student: organization, reading strategies, self-awareness, curiosity. Most skills are easier to practice than we think and can help us in every area of our lives.” Hayden tutors students in math, physics, reading/writing and test preparation. In his free time Hayden likes to practice mindfulness through meditation, play basketball, and laugh with his friends.
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 masters in special education from University of Virginia. She is currently employed at Essex Middle School as a special educator. 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. When not working, Helene is spending time with her children and the many animals that live with them. If there is a spare moment, her favorite thing to do is curl up with one of those animals and a good book. She wants to share that love of reading with all children. Accepting new students.
Jacob holds a BA in Grammar, Rhetoric and Composition and a Master’s in PostModern American Literature. He has taught college English courses in France, English as a foreign language in Germany, and tutored students in English, math, and history in Seattle. His more recent scholastic experiences have been as a student rather than as teacher; he has returned to school and is currently finishing 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.
Jared holds a master’s degree in Mathematics from UVM. He has been tutoring for almost 13 years dating back to when he was a peer tutor during his undergraduate degree. More recently, he worked at Norwich University as a math specialist for their Academic Achievement Center. In his tutoring sessions he likes to incorporate many different styles of explanation to find his student’s best learning style. The moments he enjoys most about tutoring are when everything just clicks into place for his tutee. His favorite class to tutor is calculus but he also has a lot of experience in statistics, pre-calculus, algebra, and geometry. When he is not tutoring he enjoys baking bread, playing board games, and hiking.
Jeremy is a current medical student at the University of Vermont – Robert Larner College of Medicine. In his undergraduate studies, he majored in Biochemistry and Public Health. Initially, he was torn between pursuing a career in Financial Applications or Public Health, but in the end he chose neither (take that Wall Street!) and decided to become a Physician to help the underserved. During some of his courses, he vividly remembers being referred to as the “Calculus God” because he enjoyed applied mathematics so much. Jeremy is great at imbuing his students with feelings of confidence and and helping them enjoy their coursework. One of Jeremy’s core tenets is to be passionate about what you do, regardless of the task and you will reap nominal rewards! That passion is the driving force behind his approach to learning.
In our current academic climate, Jeremy truly believes innate knowledge is not sufficient. Being able to think critically and flexibly will offer dividends in many of today’s most competitive disciplines. Hard work and perseverance are paramount in achieving academic success. These are values Jeremy instills in all of his students and are life-long skills needed to succeed in any endeavor.In the crucible of difficult learning environments, he has helped students with SAT prep, ACT prep and tutored others in Organic Chemistry, Trigonometry, Physics, Biology, Biochemistry, Algebra, Pre-calculus, Calculus, Writing skills, Statistics, Reading, Basketball and Futbol de Americano (Football) and Soccer. He has tutored clients of all ages, of all backgrounds–a potpourri of demographics. He is a firm believer in habit and perseverance, qualities he hopes to instill in his students. Accepting new students.
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 earned a master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Vermont in 2012, and is currently working at Champlain College and Vermont Commons School. Before graduate school, Kyler pushed himself to try something challenging and completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. He enjoyed the hike so much that he did it again in 2015 with his fiancée! 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.
Laura is a full-time Spanish teacher at Essex High School where in addition to teaching, she is the Curriculum Content Leader for World Languages. This year, Laura is teaching Spanish 4, 5, and AP Spanish. Laura is originally from Rutland, and attended the University of Vermont. She moved to South Burlington with her two children in 2010 from Philadelphia, PA, where they had lived for seventeen years. Laura has a daughter who is a junior in high school and a son who graduated last year. At 5:30am each weekday morning you can find Laura out in the field for her two mile walk with her beloved dog Sammie and at 5:30pm sitting with her kitty by the fire. Laura loves teaching and working with students whether it be in the classroom or in a one-one-one tutoring session. Accepting new students.
Laura-Rose is a former outdoor educator who has led wilderness expeditions with Outward Bound, taught rock-climbing with Petra Cliffs, and facilitated ropes-course and team building activities with a variety of organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master of Fine Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Laura-Rose specializes in helping students with academic writing in any subject. Whether the goal is to improve grades, better express one’s ideas, understand the best practices of grammar and revision, or complete projects with greater ease, she is poised to help students build on their strengths and navigate hurdles. When not tutoring, Laura-Rose spends her time parenting and getting outdoors. Accepting new students.
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.
Malisa grew up in Wisconsin and has lived in the Burlington area since 2003. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education, as well as a M.Ed. She’s taught in public and private schools and homeschooled her own son. Certified in Waldorf Education, she employs arts, storytelling, and movement to teach academic skills. She taught grades 1-8 at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne for fifteen years. Her areas of expertise are child development and early literacy, though she enjoys finding ways to enliven learning in all subject areas. Malisa is also an author of poetry and a jewelry artist. Accepting new students
Megan specializes in English language, literature, and essay writing. She is a long-time Chittenden County resident and currently lives in Winooski. Megan attended UVM where she studied English and Theatre, and studied education at Saint Michael’s College. She has taught English at Burlington High School, Saint Michael’s College, and UVM. She loves reading and writing and especially loves to nerd out over books with others. In her free time, Megan loves to relax and read, garden, and hike with her dog, Maya.
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 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.