Independent School Teachers Specializing in Summer Learning

STANDARDIZED TESTING

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.



​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. 

 
Jim B.
Jim is a history teacher at an independent school in Waltham. Currently, he teaches 11th grade US History, but he will be expanding his course-load next year to include 10th grade World Civilizations II and a senior elective, Criminal Justice. In his courses, Jim emphasizes writing skills. He is happy to tutor students to improve their analytical and creative writing. He also tutors the verbal, reading, and writing sections of the SSAT and SAT. In addition to teaching, Jim coaches soccer, basketball, and softball. He is also an avid skier, mountain biker, and chess player. Jim is willing to drive 30-45 minutes from his home in Charlestown.
 


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.


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.


Deirdre R.
Deirdre teaches 7th-12th grade 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.



​​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.




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.


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.