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Our Tutors

Alexia Chatfield

Alexia Chatfield

Academic Tutor

Alexia Chatfield is a secondary ELA teacher in Montgomery County. She grew up in the DMV area and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.

Ashley Herdman

Ashley Herdman

Academic Tutor

Ashley is entering her tenth year teaching! After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, she taught a variety of English classes at Montgomery College. Having graduated from MCPS, she was eager to teach in the county where she was raised.

Caeli Corradini

Caeli Corradini

Academic Tutor

Caeli is the new learning specialist for the Green Acres school in Bethesda, where she transitioned after 10 years as a special education teacher in Howard County schools. Caeli specializes in teaching students in grades K-3 and is passionate about integrating the Science of Reading into literacy instruction

Damani Davis

Damani Davis

Academic Tutor

Damani is a teacher in MCPS currently at Tilden Middle School. He is certified to teach all mathematics classes from grades 6-12

Gavin Hymes

Gavin Hymes

Academic Tutor

Gavin has taught every grade from kindergarten through the sophomore year of college, and in locations as diverse and distant as New England and Peru. He has an Ed. M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Jessica Bello

Jessica Bello

Academic Tutor

Jessica is Teach For America alumna and a current MCPS English teacher. She teaches 10th Grade Honors English, AP Language and Composition, and Creative Writing.

Kenneth Ong

Kenneth Ong

Academic Tutor

Kenneth Ong's circuitous journey into MCPS teaching, tutoring, and college counseling began well after graduating from Richard Montgomery High School. Earning degrees at the University of Virginia (B.S. in Finance/Marketing/Communications) and UCLA (MBA in Entrepreneurship and Entertainment Management), Kenneth has worked in Wall Street finance, venture capital, tech startups, architecture & design, media & entertainment--until now focusing on both social impact entrepreneurship and education.

Rebecca Poyatt

Rebecca Poyatt

Academic Tutor

Rebecca Poyatt holds a BA in history education from The Catholic University of America and both a Masters in children’s literature and language arts and an Education Specialist degree in educational theory and practice from the University of Georgia

Ryan Elias

Ryan Elias

Academic Tutor

Ryan Elias is a 1st grade teacher at Green Acres School in North Bethesda. She received her BA from Scripps College in Claremont, CA in Art History, and her MS from Bank Street College of Education in NYC with a dual degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education.

Taylor Renaud

Taylor Renaud

Academic Tutor

Taylor Renaud grew up in New England and moved to Washington, DC 9 years ago. She has enjoyed teaching for over ten years and is currently a 7th grade math teacher at the Langley School in McLean, VA. Taylor attended the University of New Hampshire where she earned a B.S. in Math Education and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education

Yosohadara Rivera

Yosohadara Rivera

Academic Tutor

Yosohadara Rivera was born and raised in Camuy, a coastal town in Puerto Rico. She has been a language teacher in Montgomery County Public School for three years but started as a Spanish Teacher in Puerto Rico nineteen years ago

Allison Angowski

Allison Angowski

Academic Tutor

After studying middle level education with a concentration in math and a minor in TESOL from Messiah College, Allison acquired her first teaching job in Montgomery County Public Schools as a middle school mathematics teacher.

Autumn Yates

Autumn Yates

Academic Tutor

Autumn Yates is a Spanish Teacher with 16 years of teaching experience in independent schools throughout the greater DC area. Most recently, she has served as an elementary and middle school Spanish Teacher at The Langley School in McLean, Virginia for the past six years

Catherine Angowski

Catherine Angowski

Academic Tutor

Catherine Angowski is a kindergarten teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools. She is certified to teach Pre-K through 6th grade and Special Education K-6. Catherine began her teaching career in Special Education teaching kindergarten and fifth grade, but then switched to general education teaching kindergarten. She loves watching her students grow throughout the year. She enjoys teaching reading to the younger students and teaching math to the older students. A fun fact about her is that she taught in the Philippines for a short period of time.

Dr. Sharon Blumenthal-Cohen

Dr. Sharon Blumenthal-Cohen

Academic Tutor

Dr. Sharon Blumenthal-Cohen has worked in education for over 25 years teaching students from middle school through graduate school. She holds a BA in English education, an MA in literature, and an EdD in curriculum and instruction.

Heather Holcombe

Heather Holcombe

Academic Tutor

Heather was an elementary special education teacher and phonics specialist at a charter school in Boston for 7 years until the pandemic hit. Now she’s at home with her two little boys. She has degrees from Smith College and Lesley University and is a certified Orton Gillingham instructor. Heather loves helping students find books they love and watching their excitement as they discover the joy of reading.

Joyce Khouri

Joyce Khouri

Academic Tutor

Joyce has taught English for 16 years in MCPS (almost every single grade from 6-12). She has also taught all levels, from inclusion to IB Literature and Language, and she is very passionate about helping students excel since the skills needed for English class are the same skills students will need their whole lives as they become effective communicators.

Lorelei Dinger

Lorelei Dinger

Academic Tutor

Lorelei grew up in Montgomery County and has now enjoyed teaching in the county for 5 years. She graduated from The University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2016 with a degree in middle grades education, concentrating in science and language arts.

Reilly Barrett

Reilly Barrett

Academic Tutor

Reilly has been teaching middle school science in MCPS for 6 years. She graduated from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in Biology and minors in Chemistry and UFTeach (education). In addition, she holds a master's degree from UF in Secondary Science Education that focused on internships and long term substitute positions in higher level sciences. She is certified to teach 6-12 science and has also taught summer school math for Montgomery County.

Sylvie Herberg

Sylvie Herberg

Academic Tutor

Sylvie Herberg taught ninth and eleventh-grade honors and on-level English, AP Language & Composition, and Journalism at Walter Johnson High School for 10 years.

Usoshi Chatterjee

Usoshi Chatterjee

Academic Tutor

Usoshi is a doctoral student in the department of Environmental Science and Technology at University of Maryland. She has a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University in Food and Biological Engineering and is interested in learning various ways to incorporate sustainable systems.

Allison Greenblat

Allison Greenblat

Academic Tutor

Allison grew up in Montgomery County MD received her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education at Towson University. She then got her first teaching job in Montgomery County teaching 1st grade.

Brooke Charlesworth

Brooke Charlesworth

Academic Tutor

Brooke has worked hard to discover and improve teaching methods for a continually changing youth for the last thirteen years as an educator. Presently, she is an Instructional Coach and Resource Room Teacher at The Langley School in McClean, VA.

Catherine Murray

Catherine Murray

Academic Tutor

Catherine Murray received her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at York College of PA. She recently earned her master's degree in Reading Education from Towson University. Catherine has been a classroom teacher in MCPS for the past five years. She is currently teaching 1st grade Special Education and she has previously taught middle school Special Education for 6th and 8th grade, co-teaching math.

Elliott Niblock

Elliott Niblock

Academic Tutor

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Elliott has traveled widely to pursue his career in higher education. He moved first to St. Paul, Minnesota to attend Macalester College, with brief stints abroad at the Goethe Institute in Berlin, as well as King’s College in London.

Ida Yousofi

Ida Yousofi

Academic Tutor

Ida is a 5th grade teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools. She has been working with the county for 4 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Linguistics and a Masters degree in Elementary Education. Ida is certified to teach K through 6th grade.

Katie Cole

Katie Cole

Academic Tutor

Katie has been teaching math since 2009 and is currently a fourth grade math teacher at Janney Elementary in NW DC. After graduating from Virginia Tech, she moved to New Orleans where she taught 7th Grade Math for two years with Teach for America

Michael DeSiena

Michael DeSiena

Academic Tutor

Michael is an MCPS math teacher currently at Tilden Middle School. He is certified to teach math in grades 7-12 and has experience with Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. Michael attended the University of Maryland where he received an Undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a Graduate degree in Secondary Education.

Riley Bartlebaugh

Riley Bartlebaugh

Academic Tutor

Riley is a three time graduate from the University of Maryland and holds a BA in English Language and Literature, a BA in Theatre, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Upon graduation, Riley moved to Massachusetts to work with the actors and scholars at Shakespeare & Company

Tara Reardon

Tara Reardon

Academic Tutor

Creativity, compassion, and critical thinking are three of the values that Tara Reardon strives to instill in her students. Tara earned a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland, a Masters of Business Administration from the George Washington University, and is currently pursuing an endorsement in Gifted Education from the University of Virginia.

Vas Pournaras

Vas Pournaras

Academic Tutor

Vas Pournaras is a kindergarten teacher with 17 years of experience working with children in preschool through lower elementary. He holds a BS in Communication Studies with a focus in conflict resolution from James Madison University and is about to finish his M.Ed. (May 2022) in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Educational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University