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).  

​​Conor M.
Conor is the Chair of the English department at an independent school in Waltham. He is a 12 year veteran of the independent school world, 9 of which have also been in a variety of educational and administrative roles. Conor has taught every grade from 7th to 12th and has experience with a variety of pedagogies and subject matters. A graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Conor also holds a masters degree from Middlebury College. He enjoys reading, woodworking, and the New England Patriots.  Conor is willing to drive 30 minutes from his home in Waltham.

Dan R.
Dan is a middle school English teacher at a private, co-ed independent school in Southborough.  This is his 12th year teaching, and he has taught SSAT prep, reading comprehension, and analytical writing.  Dan has also taught a special course geared towards vocabulary expansion and how to apply it into polished essays.  Dan is more than willing to read a summer reading book alongside your son or daughter to prepare for upcoming assessments in the fall.  Outside of teaching and advising, Dan coaches soccer and basketball. His hobbies include running, biking, poetry performance, all things Shakespeare, and keeping up with his two kids, ages 5 and 7.  Dan is a big Boston sports fan and has been for thirty years!  Dan lives in Southborough, and is happy to drive as far as 30 minutes for tutoring sessions.  

David C.
David is a high school English teacher at an independent school in Brookline, MA. He has 26 years teaching experience and has taught all high school grades. He has extensive experience teaching AP English Literature and IB English A1 SL and HL. He will work with your son or daughter on reading comprehension, analytical writing, or SAT preparation. He also has experience helping students develop college application essays and supplements. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, he holds a Master’s Degree from Middlebury College. Outside teaching, David loves spending time with his wife and three children, reading, and running. He is willing to travel up to 30 minutes from his home in Walpole.

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.

Mark M.
Mark is a middle school English teacher at a private school in Brookline. His work there focuses on reading comprehension, analysis of literature, and vocabulary development. Mark’s work as a teacher began after a career as an editor at the Boston Globe, and he emphasizes the importance of clear, compelling, grammatically sound writing to his students. He can be of help to your son or daughter with summer reading, writing assignments, and preparation for upcoming history courses. Mark’s interests include literature, history, music, fitness, and Boston’s sports teams. He lives in Milton and would be happy to drive 30 minutes for tutoring sessions.

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. 

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.

​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.

Jeremy A.
Jeremy is a high school ESL teacher at an independent school in Reading. He has taught English for eight years, including AP Literature, American Literature, and British Literature, and he has taught ESL for two years.  This included ABE (Adult Basic Education) and TOEFL Prep. He has also tutored students in SAT, ACT, and college essay writing. A graduate of Brown University, Jeremy holds a master’s degree in English Education from BU and possesses his TEFL certification. He enjoys playing songs on guitar/piano and listening to live music. Jeremy is willing to drive 30-45 minutes from his home in Woburn.