Independent School Teachers Specializing in Summer Learning


Cassandra D.
Cassandra is both an upper school English teacher as well as a member of the academic support department at an independent school in Waltham.  Currently, she teaches 11th grade English and Honors English.  A graduate of Holy Cross, Cassandra double majored in English and Psychology.  She recently received her Masters of Education specializing in Secondary English Education from Boston College. In her academic support role, Cassandra spends time with students working on skills such as note taking, organizational strategies, time management, and executive functioning.  Cassandra is happy to tutor students on developing their analytical and creative writing, and she can also tutor students as they manage the challenging content of summer reading.  In addition, Cassandra has experience tutoring the verbal, reading, and writing sections of the SSAT and SAT. Cassandra loves to read, watch the Patriots and Celtics, and engage in numerous outdoor activities such as biking, golfing, tennis, and running.  Cassandra is willing to drive 30-45 minutes from her home in Brighton, MA or 30-45 minutes from her location in Dennis, MA (Cape Cod).  

Debbie G.
Debbie is a fifth grade math and science teacher at an independent school in Belmont, where she has been for five years.  She works closely with the learning specialists at her school for both enrichment and remedial support, and she has worked with students on skills such as note taking, organizational strategies, time management, and executive functioning in addition to math.  She is excited to tutor students through entering grade 8 in math and support their development of problem solving skills.   She is also able to tutor students in note taking, organizational skills, public speaking, ISEE/SSAT math prep, science, or as they conquer summer reading and writing work. When she is not teaching, Debbie loves to travel and to play soccer, basketball, tennis, and softball, though she is recovering from a recent ACL tear.  She also has coached Middle School girls and boys soccer, girls basketball, girls and boys lacrosse, and co-ed track and field.   Debbie is willing to drive 30-45 minutes from her home in Boston, MA.

Kelsey M.
Kelsey is a ninth grade science teacher at an Independent school in Waltham. A graduate of Smith College, Kelsey majored in Chemistry, but has experience teaching many different kinds of science, such as Physics, Earth Science, and Biology. Kelsey works closely with her students to help them develop skills such as note taking, organization strategies, time management, and executive functioning. She collaborates with the learning specialists at her school to help each and every student reach their full potential in the classroom. She currently works as a tutor at her current school twice a week for students who are having trouble keeping up their grades. She helps to guide them in learning effective time management and organization skills, and acts as a liaison with their teachers to help support them with their assignments. Kelsey is happy to tutor students in different science disciplines, various levels of math including Algebra, Precalculus and Calculus, or in navigating summer reading and AP assignments. She is able and willing to help with the development of effective note taking skills and organization of content. In addition, Kelsey has experience tutoring the math and verbal sections of the SSAT and SAT. In her free time, Kelsey loves to read, sing a cappella, and do crossword puzzles. Kelsey is willing to drive 30-45 minutes from her home in Medford, MA.

Michelle N.
Michelle is a 5th grade teacher at an independent school in Brookline. She has taught at the third, fourth and fifth grade levels for the past four years. Michelle has a master’s degree in Elementary education and specializes in tutoring upper elementary students entering 3rd through 6th grades in English grammar, reading, writing, mathematics, and study skills. She understands that every child learns differently and looks forward to personally connecting with your child to achieve any goal you have for the summer. When Michelle is not in the classroom, she is running, reading, coaching ice hockey, cheering on a Boston sports team, or finding new hobbies. She lives in Brighton and is willing to travel 30 minutes to tutor. 

​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 assignments), 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.

Deirdre R.
Deirdre teaches 7th-12thgrade Art History, Studio Art and has taught 9thgrade Literature at an independent all-boys school in Needham where she has worked for 15 years. After earning her B.A in English at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, she went on to earn a M.A in Irish Literature & History at Boston College. Deirdre approaches courses with an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum and has worked to integrate successful organizational strategies, note-taking, study techniques and pacing to her 7thand 8thgrade curriculum. Teaching Art History has provided Deirdre with a broad and unique approach to tutoring. Over the years she has tutored English, History/Social Studies, SAT prep, and college-prep essay writing.  In recent years, she has worked with ESL students on reading and grammar and is happy to read whatever texts students may have on their school summer reading. She has worked with students challenged by learning disabilities, intellectual challenges and emotional struggles. It gives her great joy to motivate, cheerlead and empower a young person with confidence and to foster a life long joy of learning! A co-moderator of the school newspaper and literary magazine, Deirdre enjoys working with students on their creative, expository, and persuasive writing. She has taught A.P Art History and Drawing & Painting Studio Art for 13 years and is happy to work with any aspiring artist. Active in various student life activities, Deirdre is also the Varsity Alpine Skiing and Varsity Sailing coach and enjoys outdoor activities and sports, cooking, and photography. She is willing to drive an hour from her home in Brookline, MA but also within Scituate, MA where she often visits her folks in summer months.

​Hilary C.
Hilary is a fourth grade teacher at an independent school in Osterville who specializes in tutoring children in kindergarten through sixth grade.  She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Beloit College in Wisconsin and earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Roger Williams College in Bristol, RI.  This year will make her sixth year of teaching.  She has experience working with students from pre-school through ninth grade.  Hilary is trained in Orton Gillingham (a multisensory approach to teaching reading) as well as Singapore Math.  In addition, Hilary has experience with Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Workshop instruction.  Outside of the classroom, she has tutored students in study skills, organizational habits, reading, writing, and math.  When she is not teaching, Hilary can be found walking with her dog on the beach, reading, or doing yoga.  She is willing to travel 30 minutes from Osterville for a tutoring session.