Karen Davis:

  • Executive Director – Above Grade Level – Chester County
  • American Board Certification in Education (ABCTE)
  • PA Certified Educator – Secondary ELA
  • Certified by Institute for Excellence in Writing

Catalina

Catalina is an experienced tutor, who is currently the financial director for an education charity that educates children in Tanzania. She earned Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Notre Dame, with dual majors in Finance and Economics. Catalina is highly qualified to teach high-level math, up through college Calculus 2, Spanish, and French. (She’s bilingual Spanish-American.) Catalina has a genuine heart for young people and loves to both “reach them and teach them.” We’re very excited to have Catalina working with us and our students! Last but not least, she was on the Ultimate Frisbee team at Notre Dame. (That’s your conversation-starter!) 

Leah

  • Many years of experience as a Senior IT Auditor (including a term with the State of Delaware Auditor’s Office); Project Leader/Supervisor; Systems Analyst; Certified Information Systems Auditor
  • Graduated Summa cum Laude with 4.0 GPA; class Valedictorian
  • National Merit Commended Scholar
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • Member of MENSA [the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world]
  • Recipient of numerous academic awards in Math, English, Science, Music, and French

Leah comes to us with 12 years of experience as an exceptionally effective tutor. Her students and parents overwhelmingly give her 5-star reviews! 

Laura:

  • Bachelor of Science, Summa cum Laude: Elementary Education and Pre-K – 8th Special Education
  • Spanish minor
  • Advanced studies in Special Education, teaching methods for Reading & Writing, and Education Technology

A little-known trivia fact about Laura: she has been a competitive baton twirler since 2003, including 4 years as the featured twirler with Geneva College Marching Band from 2013-2016.

Fred:

Our “little professor,” Fred, has been with Above Grade Level the longest. He’s a favorite among students and parents alike! Warm, personable, and brilliant, he has a special way of relating to students and has exceptional expertise to offer.

  • Masters degree in English (in progress)
  • Film screenwriter
  • Copy-editing and proofreading (with fact-checking/research) for award-winning, peer-reviewed journal published by West Chester University in partnership with Johns Hopkins University
  • Developed graduate-level educational material for West Chester University; winner of WCU Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award
  • 6 years teaching and tutoring experience with students at every grade level; experienced in creating and developing course curricula

Mary Jean “MJ”

  • Certified School Principal
  • Masters degree in Education – Curriculum & Instruction
  • Distinguished Honors –Penn State Graduate program
  • Certified Teacher K-6

As the principal of the second largest school in the Coatesville School District, MJ demonstrated her expertise as an educator and leader, her focus on strong academic achievement, and her dedication to making meaningful connections with her students.

Ashley L.:  

  • Master’s degree in Education (in progress)
  • Bachelor’s degree: Theatre
  • Bachelor’s degree: Music Business
  • Instructional Assistant, Therapeutic Support Staff, Classroom experience K-6

 

Heather:

  • Master’s degree in Education
  • Bachelor of Science degree: Interdisciplinary Mathematics & Science
  • Teaching certification in Delaware, NJ, PA, and VA

Heather is exceptionally gifted, experienced, and effective in reaching students of all levels.  She has a special way of inspiring students to learn and bringing out the best in them!

Ashley A.:

  • Senior Math Education major (in progress): West Chester University

There’s only one word to describe both Ashley’s math skills and people skills: amazing! She possesses a unique ability to bring out the best in students, relate to them, inspire them, break down complex procedures into simple steps, and make math meaningful and relevant. As both a mathematician and an Education major, Ashley is highly qualified to teach math through Calculus 3 and SAT prep.

Sherry:

  • Master’s degree in English
  • Bachelor’s degree in English
  • Independent writer and published author [in progress]
  • College Writing professor

Sherry is another one of our phenomenally gifted teachers with a passion to instill in students of all ages a love for reading and writing. In addition to teaching the formal mechanics of academic writing, Sherry brings to the “party” a penchant for creative writing, critical & analytical thinking, and enhanced reading comprehension.

Jay:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree: Accounting
  • CPA
  • 30+ years of outstanding achievement in investments, financial services, & insurance
  • Years of tutoring experience
  • Active volunteer in youth organizations

Phillip:

  • Bachelor of Science degree: Secondary Education of Physics (in progress)

Tutors: SAT prep; Math through Calculus 3 and AP level; Physics through AP level; Chemistry; Biology; Spanish; Writing

 

Rodger:

  • Master’s degree in Education: Villanova University
  • Bachelor of Science degree: Physics Education
  • Adjunct Professor of Physics: Rowan University
  • Adjunct Professor of Physics: Delaware County Community College
  • Adjunct Professor of Physics: Penn State University 2007-2011
  • Classroom Physics teacher: Marple Newtown High School

Shannon:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education – Concentration in Music Education, K-12 
  • PA Instructional I teaching certification 
  • Member: PA Collegiate Music Educators Association
  • Member: National Association of Music Education

Shannon is one-of-a-kind! She has extensive experience and honors in musical performance, conducting, and working with youth in leadership clinics (high school) and summer camps (elementary age). Not only is Shannon a gifted performing musician, but she is also well-trained in education methodology, and she has a unique ability to bring musical analogies to academic schoolwork!

Joseph:

  • Master’s degree in English – Concentration in Publishing
  • Bachelor’s degree in English
  • Minor in Advanced Writing
  • Minor in Philosophy

Joe has been fully immersed in the academic world in different capacities for years. He brings to the “tutoring party” extensive experience in writing, editing, and proofreading and an “infectious” ability to inspire kids with a love of learning! He is also fully qualified to tutor math students through Algebra 2.

Rich:

  • Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering: Drexel University
  • Master’s degree: Teaching Certification: Drexel University
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering: Penn State
  • Retired Senior Project Engineer; has tutored math—all levels—for 5 years

Rich comes to us with a dynamite sense of humor and years of successful tutoring experience.

Patrick:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics – [in progress]
  • Associate of Science degree in Mathematics – 3.98 GPA

Patrick is working toward a doctorate in math and aspires to become a college math professor. His love for math is truly contagious! Patrick tutors Math through AP Calculus, SAT prep, Chemistry, Physics, Grammar, Writing, and Critical Reading Comprehension skills. Little-known facts about Patrick: As a competitive Level 9 gymnast, he qualified for Nationals, was the State champion on parallel bars, and placed 3rd in the State for All-Around competition. Patrick is also an accomplished drummer.