Debbie G.
Debbie is a fifth grade math and science teacher at an independent school in Belmont, where she has been for six 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, reading, writing, and science.  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, 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.  She also has coached Middle School girls and boys soccer, girls basketball, girls and boys lacrosse, and co-ed track and field.   Debbie has been with Summer Blazers since its inaugural summer and is willing to drive 30-45 minutes from her home in Boston, MA.

Devan F.
Devan is a fifth grade teacher at an independent school in Boston who teaches math, reading, writing, and social studies. Prior to teaching in Boston, Devan spent five years teaching fifth grade English at an independent school in Southborough. For her undergraduate degree, Devan studied at Colby College where she majored in English and minored in Art History. She earned a Master of Professional Studies, a dual degree, in General Education and Special Education at Manhattanville College. This year marked her eighth year of teaching. Devan is ready to tutor students in rising fourth through sixth grades in math, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary development, and social studies. Having designed and developed an English curriculum based on Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop (Columbia University) Writer’s Workshop model, Devan has much experience facilitating one-on-one writing conferences with students, and she hopes to either focus or incorporate writing instruction into her sessions. As a teacher of writing, Devan endeavors to provide authentic and engaging writing experiences which help students to further develop their narrative, opinion, information, and poetry writing skills. Ultimately, she wants her students to grow confident in their writing abilities and enjoy the challenges of the writing process. Outside of teaching, Devan loves running, skiing, reading, and visiting museums. Devan does not own a car, but is willing to travel on bus, T, or commuter rail within 45 minutes of her home in Cambridge.

Heather K.
Heather is a third grade classroom teacher at an independent school in Brookline.  She has taught for over 20 years with some time on the sidelines when her kids were young. Heather will tutor all elementary school ages through third grade in language arts or mathematics. Her clear-cut approach, focus on applying learned information, and attention to detail will help students in the younger grades with polishing up previously learned skills or attacking new skills.  Whether reinforcement or review is the objective or specific focus in a certain curriculum area needs covering, Heather can help your child reach his or her goals.  When she’s not teaching, she spends time with her three kids, ages 12, 15, and 17, and her three dogs ages 2ish, 4ish and 14. Her hobbies include reading, knitting, skiing, and sailing. Heather lives in Norfolk and is happy to drive as far as 30 minutes. 

​Josh L.
Josh is a middle school math, history, and English teacher at an independent school in Brookline.  He has taught combinations of 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students for 20 years in both co-ed and single sex classrooms.  Offering families a structured, systematic approach to learning new information or reviewing previously learned material, Josh will tutor all middle school ages in language arts and mathematics. Josh is also able to prepare students for the SSAT, ISEE, and HSPT.  Outside of teaching, he coaches cross country, and his hobbies include running, golf, attending his kids' activities, and routing for Boston sports teams.  Josh lives in Dedham and Mashpee in the summer, and he is happy to drive as far as 45 minutes. 

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.

Meaghan V.
Meaghan is a third grade teacher at an independent school in Brookline. She's taught third grade and tutored elementary-aged students for the past three years. She specializes in helping students in grades 1 - 4 with mathematics, English grammar, reading, and writing. Her main goal is to make your child's session both educational and fun, as she loves to integrate a variety of games into her curriculum. When she's not teaching, you can find her reading a book, writing, watching a musical, scrapbooking, or spending time with her French Bulldog, Fred-Olsen. Meaghan lives in Canton and is willing to travel up to 40 minutes for a tutoring session. 

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. 

Mike G.
Mike is an upper school mathematics teacher at an independent school on Cape Cod.  His background is in pure math, having earned a BA and MA in the subject from Providence College and the University of Montana, respectively.  He has worked with over 150 families in Massachusetts and Montana while working for private tutoring companies in both states.  Mike’s passion for math makes for a fun yet informative tutoring session; he is able to meet students at their level and quickly identify any gaps in learning.  Mike is available to tutor all math subjects from Pre-Algebra through AP Calculus and beyond, as well as standardized tests like the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and SAT II subject tests.  He can also help students prepare for high school chemistry and physics.  Outside of the classroom, Mike enjoys hiking, cooking, rock climbing, and doing recreational math.  He lives in the mid-region of the Cape and is willing to drive up to 45 minutes for a tutoring session.

Teresa C.
Teresa is an upper school mathematics teacher at an independent school in Brookline. She has been an independent school math educator of 30 years (M.Ed), both in boarding and day schools.  Teresa specializes in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, and Geometry Honors.  She is also a qualified ISEE, SSAT, and HSPT test prep teacher. Outside of the classroom, Teresa enjoys walking, cooking, and crocheting. She lives in Newton and is willing to drive 30 minutes.

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.

Lauren G.
Lauren is a first grade teacher at an independent school in Osterville. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm College and earned a master’s degree from Wheelock College. This year will mark her eleventh year of teaching. Lauren has trained at Columbia’s Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Program and teaches both subjects following this model. In her classroom, she differentiates daily instruction to meet the needs of each of her students and is excited to help your child grow as a reader and writer this summer. Lauren is trained in Singapore Math and helps students master concepts with concrete materials first before moving onto more abstract mathematics. This ensures a true and deep understanding of each subject that can become a foundation for more difficult mathematics in the future. Lauren’s goal is to make learning fun for each of her students and to find ways to motivate them to achieve their goals. When Lauren is not teaching, she loves spending time at the beach with her husband and four children.

​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.

​RJ P.
RJ is a middle school math teacher at an independent school in Belmont where he has been for six years. He has taught and/or tutored students in grades 5 - 8 and specializes in Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and ISEE/SSAT math prep. Outside of teaching RJ enjoys sports, travelling, working around the house, and spending time with his two dogs Nate and Charlie. RJ lives in West Roxbury and South Yarmouth in the summer and is happy to drive as far as 30 minutes for tutoring sessions.

Independent School Teachers Specializing in Summer Learning