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Our Tutors

Abhi Gangrade

Abhi Gangrade

K-12 Math/Science and Test Prep Tutor

Abhi obtained his BS in Biology degree from the University of Florida before receiving a PhD in
Cancer Biology. As a member of National Honor Society in high school, he tutored students in
math, chemistry, biology, and physics.

Allie Berry

Allie Berry

English/Test Prep/Executive Functioning Coaching

Allie is an editor at an advertising agency by day but has also worked as a verbal/English tutor for the last 12 years. Allie grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from Wootton High School. She then earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland and a M.S. in publishing from Pace University.

Andrea Webber

Andrea Webber

OG Reading Tutor/Writing Tutor

Andrea Webber holds a BA in Journalism from American University and a Montessori Certification in Early Childhood Education. She also recently completed the Orton-Gillingham Plus language training. Andrea is currently a lead teacher a

Bonnie Lechner

Bonnie Lechner

English/Executive Functioning Coach

Bonnie is currently in her 5th year teaching in Montgomery County Public Schools, with experience in 7th, 9th, and 10th grade Honors English. In addition, she is an award winning yearbook adviser and unofficial tech coach at Walter Johnson High School. She specializes in close reading skills and creative writing.

Casey Smith

Casey Smith

Algebra/AP Statistics Tutor

Casey Smith attended the University of Maryland where she earned an undergraduate degree in Mathematics as well as a graduate degree in Secondary Education. She is certified to teach grades 7-12 and currently works for Montgomery County Public Schools as a high school math teacher. Casey currently teaches Algebra I, Algebra II, and AP Statistics.

Caylin Capra-Thomas

Caylin Capra-Thomas

Writing/Executive Functioning Coach

Caylin Capra-Thomas is a writer and educator pursuing a PhD in English from the University of Missouri, where she has been recognized with the William Peden Award for Outstanding Teaching of Creative Writing. She has a BA in English from the University of Vermont and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana.

David Delgado

David Delgado

Spanish/Math/Executive Functioning Coach

David is currently a Spanish teacher in MCPS. He grew up as a heritage speaker learning Spanish at home through his family then continued his growth by taking coursework at Wootton HS and the University of Maryland

Dr. Sharon Blumenthal-Cohen

Dr. Sharon Blumenthal-Cohen

English/SAT 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.

Erika Braithwaite-Berg

Erika Braithwaite-Berg

Reading, Writing, and Math Elementary Tutor

Erika Braithwaite-Berg is a 1st grade teacher at Green Acres School in North Bethesda. She received her BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, and her M.A. in Elementary Education from the College of William and Mary. Erika is trained in Really Great Reading. She strives to help every student develop confidence in themselves as learners.

Harriet Katz

Harriet Katz

Orton-Gillingham Certified Teacher

Harriet has 35 years of teaching experience with the Montgomery County Public School System.

Jackson Thomas

Jackson Thomas

Math Tutor

Jackson Thomas attended Shippensburg University where he earned an undergraduate degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education. He is certified to teach grades 7-12 and currently works for Montgomery County Public Schools as a high school math teacher. Jackson has taught Geometry, Algebra 2, and Statistics and next year will be teaching Calculus 2.

Jasmine Ward

Jasmine Ward

English/Executive Functioning Coach

Jasmine Ward is an English teacher in Montgomery County. She is a graduate of Towson University, receiving her BA in English in a Concentration of Secondary Education. In addition, she obtained her M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Education Innovation at the University of Virginia.

Joni Lucas

Joni Lucas

Writing Coach

By day, Joni Lucas is the editor of a magazine for an international
professional association of community management leaders.
Armed with a practical approach, patience and a sense of humor, Joni is
comfortable working with contributors to improve and polish their
writing. Along with her current role, Joni has held a variety of
communications roles throughout her career including reporting,
writing, social media, public relations, and photography.

Joyce Khouri

Joyce Khouri

English Tutor/Executive Functioning Coach

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.

Lauren Quinn

Lauren Quinn

English/Executive Functioning Coach/College Essay Coach

Lauren loves helping students through the writing process and working alongside them as they improve their skills and confidence! She begins each session by collaborating with the student on the goal or take-away, and ends with an assignment and accountability plan.

Madlynn Bard

Madlynn Bard

English/Executive Functioning Coach

Madlynn Bard is an ELD teacher in Montgomery County. She is from Montgomery County and graduated from Clarksburg High School. Madlynn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Suffolk University in Boston, with her BA in Theatre Studies. She then returned to Maryland to complete her M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park and now works at Quince Orchard High School, teaching Honors 11 English. While she works in high school currently, Madlynn has experience working with students of all ages and English proficiency levels. Madlynn excels at writing, as well as test taking and organizational skills. In addition to teaching, Madlynn works as a singer and coordinator for a local music organization. She is also earning her personal training certification and hopes to run her first half marathon this year!

Meredith Marcum

Meredith Marcum

Science/Executive Functioning Tutor

Dr. Meredith Marcum has worked in education for 10 years and taught students from first grade through undergraduate. She holds a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Mount Holyoke College, an M.S. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher in early adolescent science.

Nora Brennan

Nora Brennan

Writing/History/Executive Functioning Coach

Nora Brennan has been a high school history teacher since 2001. She has worked in both public and private high schools teaching students ranging from 9th to 12th grade. During her tenure, Nora has worked with a wide-variety of learners curating her lessons to meet their unique needs

Ryan Dimmick

Ryan Dimmick

Spanish/English Tutor

Ryan is currently in his third year as a high school Spanish teacher in MCPS. A native of Montgomery County, Ryan completed the Spanish Immersion program in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase cluster; he continued with the language at Muhlenberg College, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and in Education

Stephanie Lee Rizas

Stephanie Lee Rizas

Writing/Executive Functioning/History

Stephanie Lee Rizas is currently an IB History teacher with MCPS but has years of experience teaching all levels of History, writing, and ESL as well as experience with students with organizational challenges. She is passionate about activating the potential in every student through an individualized approach to learning.

Alexia Chatfield

Alexia Chatfield

English/SAT/ACT 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. Upon graduation, Alexia continued her studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Allison Angowski

Allison Angowski

Math Tutor/Executive Functioning Coach

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.

April Henderson

April Henderson

Elementary Reading/Math and Exectutive functioning coaching

April grew up in Westchester, New York right outside of the city. April has enjoyed teaching for the past 5 years in a non-public school in Maryland, Alaska and now in Montgomery County Public Schools

Brian Sims

Brian Sims

History/Executive Functioning/Writing Tutor

Brian Sims has been a classroom teacher for ten years and is currently a High School Social Studies teacher with MCPS. Brian has a unique teaching background, being the first several years of his teaching career he served as a Special Education teacher, teaching both self-contained and co-taught History classes. Brian’s first five years were spent teaching in Virginia and then he moved to Maryland and began teaching with MCPS. In Brian’s teaching career so far, he has taught Ancient World History, Modern World History, and United States History at the High School level. At the Middle School level, Brian has taught both 6th and 7th grade World Studies.

Catherine Angowski

Catherine Angowski

Elementary reading/writing/math 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.

Christy Gill

Christy Gill

English/Executive Functioning Coach

Christy Gill is a native Californian who has lived and worked in Northern Virginia for nearly 20 years, with 16 of those years spent in education as a teacher, SAT coach, tutor and teaching mentor. Her formal teaching career began in 2007 in Washington, DC, where she taught 6th and 8th grade English at Hart Middle School. Composition.




David Zelivinski

David Zelivinski

Math/Science Tutor/Executive Functioning Coach

David Zelivinski's expertise is particularly notable in mathematics, where he excels in Algebra 1, Honors Geometry, Pre-calculus, and Algebra 2. David is adept at tutoring students with diverse learning styles

Elliott Niblock

Elliott Niblock

English/SAT/ACT/Executive Functioning Coach

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.

Evan Smith

Evan Smith

Math Tutor

Evan Smith holds a BS in engineering from the University of Vermont and is certified in Multisensory Mathematics.

Heather Holcombe

Heather Holcombe

OG Reading Specialist

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.

James MacNee

James MacNee

English/Humanities/Executive Functioning Support

James was born in St. Louis and raised in Southern California. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Redlands, where he focused on religious studies, creative writing, philosophy, and the history of American music

Jess Silverman

Jess Silverman

College Essay Coach/Writing Coach

Jess grew up in Montgomery County and recently graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Political Science and minors in Journalism Practice and Criminal Justice. Throughout her time at Northeastern, she worked at the Mayor of Boston's Press Office, the Northeastern School of Law, and a local Boston public affairs company called the Novus Group

Jordana Ashe

Jordana Ashe

French/Executive Functioning Coach

Jordana has been an MCPS educator for over 25 years teaching students French and Theory of Knowledge, the core class of the International Baccalaureate program. She has also taught a resource class for students in the International Baccalaureate diploma program. She is certified to teach French and Social Studies grades 7-12. Currently, she teaches at Seneca Valley High School but has also taught 8 years in middle schools in Montgomery County.

Kelsey Stuart

Kelsey Stuart

Math/Science/Executive Functioning Coach

Kelsey is a United States Air Force military veteran with a passion for astronomy and physics.

Leslie Margarida

Leslie Margarida

English/Spanish/ESL/Executive Functioning Tutor

Leslie has been an MCPS educator for 30 years teaching students from dozens of different countries and backgrounds. She is certified to teach K-12 English Language Development and Secondary English and Spanish

Megan Rogge

Megan Rogge

Orton-Gillingham Tutor

Megan has 13 years of Elementary teaching experience in both public and independent school settings. She has a BA in Architectural Studies from William Smith College, and a MA in Elementary Education from Marymount University

Michael DeSiena

Michael DeSiena

Math/SAT/ACT 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.

Rebecca Poyatt

Rebecca Poyatt

English/Executive Functioning 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

Scott Carpenter

Scott Carpenter

English/History/Executive Functioning

Scott has been a classroom teacher for the better part of two decades. In this time, he has worked with thousands of students grade 7 through grade 12. These learners have had a diverse set of academic and emotional needs. Supporting the individual needs of each learner is Scott’s primary objective.

Susan Paton

Susan Paton

OG Reading Tutor/Elementary Special Ed

Susan Paton graduated from Trinity University in Washington D.C with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Alison Deli

Alison Deli

English/Executive Functioning Coach

Alison Deli has been involved in education for most of her adult life. She has earned degrees in English as well as Curriculum and Educational Studies which allowed her to find time to work with high schools students in writing, reading, and organazational strategies.

Alyssa Gilbert

Alyssa Gilbert

K-3 Reading, Math, and Writing Tutor


Alyssa grew up in Olney, MD. She holds a Bacherlor's Degree in Psychology from Towson University. Alyssa is a Cued Speech Transliterator for students in Montgomery County Public School.

Ashley Herdman

Ashley Herdman

English/Executive Functioning Coach

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.

Brooke Charlesworth

Brooke Charlesworth

English/Executive Functioning Coach

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

Elementary/Middle School Tutor and Executive Functioning Coach

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.

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

Diane Wolbert

Diane Wolbert

Elementary Reading, Writing, Math Tutor/Executive Functioning Coach

Diane Wolbert is an experienced classroom teacher with 18 years of experience. She studied Elementary Education at Frostburg State University and later got her Masters in Elementary Education with a focus in differentiated instruction from Towson University. She currently teaches 5th grade in Germantown. Diane has worked with elementary students of all ages, building their confidence along with skills to help them be successful. She is passionate about supporting and educating children so they can reach their potential.

Emily Vaughan

Emily Vaughan

English Tutor/Executive Functioning Coach

Emily Vaughan has worked in education for over 20 years teaching students from middle school through upper school. She holds a BA in English, an MA in English, and a MAT in Teaching instruction.

Gavin Hymes

Gavin Hymes

English/SAT/ACT/Executive Functioning Coach

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

Ilene Orkin

Ilene Orkin

K-8 Math Specialist

Ilene Orkin has seventeen years of experience working in education. She started her career with Teach for America as a sixth-grade English teacher in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jamie Tarnopal

Jamie Tarnopal

Math/Executive Functioning Tutor

Jamie grew up in New Rochelle, New York right outside of the city. Jamie has enjoyed teaching for 5 years now in Montgomery County. She graduated from American University with a degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics.

Jessica Bello

Jessica Bello

English Tutor/Executive Functioning Coach

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

Joseph Ostroman

Joseph Ostroman

Math Tutor

Joseph Ostroman's career has been profoundly shaped by his passion for mathematics. Over the course of the last 13 years, he has had the privilege of working as a mathematics teacher, covering subjects like Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, and PreCalculus

Kristina Mangan

Kristina Mangan

English tutor/College Essay Coach

Kristi Mangan is an AP Literature and Composition teacher in Montgomery County. She has 20 years of experience teaching college- and high school-level English, with a focus on writing.

Lisa Sorensen

Lisa Sorensen

College Admissions Consulting/English/Executive Functioning Coaching

Lisa helps students find the best fit using tools to identify a list of schools, review high school transcripts/advise on course selections, support students as they write their college essay/supplemental essays/scholarship essays/honors program essays, navigate the Common App

Meredith Alaina

Meredith Alaina

Executive Functioning Coach/English Tutor

Meredith Alaina, Ed.D, native New Yorker and current NOVA resident has a background in education that spans twenty-five years with a foundation in non-profit management and English classroom instruction in The Bronx and Brooklyn, NY

Mollie Carlin

Mollie Carlin

History/English/Executive Functioning Coach

Mollie is a seasoned educator with 11 years of experience in the Montgomery County Public School system. After attending Walt Whitman High School, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Goucher College and went on to earn her Masters' in Teaching Social Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University

Reilly Barrett

Reilly Barrett

Science/Math Tutor/Executive Functioning Coach

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.

Seth Biderman

Seth Biderman

K-12 English/Humanities Spanish, Test Prep, and College Application Advisor

After studying education at Brown University, Seth began his teaching career working with 5-8 year olds in summer programs inspired by the Reggio Emilia model, and went on to teach students at nearly every grade level, including nine years of full-time classroom teaching experience in English Language Arts, social studies, Spanish, PE and science

Taylor Renaud

Taylor Renaud

Math 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

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