Independent School Teachers Specializing in Summer Learning


Ellie M.
Ellie is a Latin and Spanish teacher at an independent school in Brookline. She has taught a combination of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students for ten years, and she has been a teacher at both single-sex and co-ed schools. Spending her summers at different programs for students with learning disabilities has also provided her with experience in special education. She has tutored several students in Latin over the past few years, and she enjoys assisting them in building the fundamental structures and frameworks for learning languages. In addition to language courses, Ellie would happily tutor students in history, as she has taught Ancient Civilizations at several schools. Outside of teaching, Ellie enjoys coaching volleyball, running, reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She lives in Brighton and is willing to drive 30 minutes for a tutoring session. 

Kara M.
Having served in a variety of administrative and teaching capacities in independent schools for the last 13 years, Kara brings a wide variety of experience to Spanish language and ESL. Born in Mexico and having studied in Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, and Spain, she possesses both an understanding of the language as well as the best methods for learners to develop their language skills.  She has taught students in grades four through nine and is excited to work with Spanish learners of all levels.  Kara believes firmly that students succeed best when they find excitement in their learning. She works diligently to help students discover what they are passionate about and to guide them in their journey as lifelong learners. Kara currently teaches Spanish at an independent school in Southborough, and she is willing to drive up to an hour away from her home in Lunenburg.

​Erni J.
Erni has taught English, history, study skills, and creative writing for over 30 years at both the Middle and Upper School level.  She also designed and implemented academic assistance programs at independent schools in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, and has provided private individual tutoring services for both Middle and High School students. For the last 18 years, Erni has worked with students in grades 9 through 12 in an independent school on Cape Cod, instructing these academic subjects, as well as guiding the older students through the college admissions process, assisting them in preparing personal resumes and constructing effective essays. Erni graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BA in English, and received an MA in Comparative Literature from Western Connecticut State University. She is a published short story writer, and the author of four novels, Scraps of Eternity, Some Things are Better Left Unsaid, Home to Trout River, and Taking Flight, and is currently working on a collection of short stories and poetry. Erni is willing and able to tutor/assist middle and upper school students in writing and reading skills (including support for summer reading assig
nments), Vocabulary strengthening, Basic Math up to and including Algebra I, first year French or Spanish, and Study Skills, as well as College Admission Essay preparation. She is willing to drive up to 30 minutes from her Centerville home.

Jess D.
Jess has a BA and MA in Spanish from the University of New Hampshire. She also studied for a year at the Universidad de Granada in Spain, and for a summer she studied at the Universidad de San Jose in Costa Rica.  Currently, Jess teaches at an independent school in Osterville, MA where she teaches both middle and upper school Spanish (6-12). Her love of traveling has inspired her to take students abroad to Mexico, Spain and Costa Rica. She also coaches soccer and lacrosse, and she advises the Pink Ribbon Club, helping students to fundraise and raise awareness for breast cancer research. In her free time, Jess loves to get outside and play! She is a yoga instructor, she enjoys paddles on her SUP, and she plays in a summer lacrosse league. Jess also dedicates her time to volunteering at Falmouth Commodore games, the Falmouth Library Book Sale and the Wood’s Hole Film Festival.  Jess lives in Falmouth and is willing to travel to towns of Falmouth, Bourne (on the Cape side of the bridge), Sandwich, Mashpee, Cotuit, Marstons Mills, and Osterville.