Transforming Students into Scholars 

“Our measure of success as tutors isn’t how much we teach our students, but rather, how much our students LEARN. The most important determinant in the success of a student is the quality of teaching they receive. Great teaching can transform lives!”

  1. RICHARD BEST, FORMER SUPERINTENDENT, PRINCIPAL, AND PROFESSOR OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Above Grade Level of Chester County’s tutors are the “sweet spot” in our program! They’re the ones who build very special relationships with our students and families. Meticulously screened and trained, our tutors are understanding, encouraging, highly skilled, and dedicated to instilling the confidence your son or daughter needs to succeed.

Our tutors come with research-validated expertise and tools to inspire students to achieve great success. They are fully vetted, experienced, degreed professionals in their fields, state certified teachers, and/or the cream-of-the-crop university students. All have impeccable credentials and reputations. Each tutor possesses a heartfelt enthusiasm for teaching and understands the needs of exceptional students. They’re passionate about helping, encouraging, and mentoring students at all levels of academic understanding.

  • All our tutors at Above Grade Level use brain-based, mastery learning methods, in addition to a $1.8 million proprietary curriculum, which is aligned to the PA Common Core standards and College Board standards.
  • We bring to your student the very best that education has to offer!

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.

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, tutoring

Ashley brings to our tutoring service a dynamic personality, a genuine love for students, and an infectious passion for teaching! She is the first to show up at professional development seminars and takes advantage of every opportunity to polish & perfect her teaching skills. Put it all together, and you have a fantastic tutor who gets amazing results with her students, while making learning fun in the process. Ashley is an experienced Instructional Support staff member in the Radnor School District, with exceptional gifting in reading support, IEP implementation, and K-6 math.

 

Caroline D.:

  • Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Math Education – Penn State University, Class of 2020
  • Minor in Special Education

Caroline is an experienced tutor with an exceptional ability to relate to students, inspire them, and bring out the best in them! Her delightful, upbeat personality quickly endears her to all who know her! As a Senior math education major at Penn State, she is well-versed in effective teaching strategies for students. Caroline tutors Math through Calculus 2, SAT prep, ELA skills and Critical Reading Comprehension.

 

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!)

Connie P.:

  • Master of Science in Chemical Oceanography, from Texas A&M University
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Professional experience as a Laboratory Technician, Field Assistant, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Scientist, undergraduate Researcher, and Intern

Connie is one of our gifted tutors who is currently working in her professional field, yet she makes time to share her expertise with our students in her after-work time. With all her credentials, teaching is what Connie loves most! Her broad experience makes her an exceptional tutor. Connie offers our students tutoring from Kindergarten through Senior High levels, including AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP Environmental Science, Biology, SAT prep, Reading Comprehension, and yes, Elementary Education, too!

Connor K.:

  • Master’s degree in English: West Chester University (in progress)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English: University of Delaware
  • Graduate Assistant in Creative Writing; Assistant to Creative Writing Program Coordinator at West Chester University
  • TIME “Person of the Year – 2006” (Ask Connor to tell you about it!)

Connor joins our staff as a colorful, personable, multi-talented tutor! He brings significant experience as a writer, editor, researcher, and tutor. Connor has a very special way of inspiring and motivating students and aspires to write for children’s television.

Dr. Richard Best:

  • Current Director of Academics for Vision Academy Charter Schools
  • Former Executive Director of Teaching and Learning for 6 Chester Community Charter Schools.
  • Former Superintendent of Schools, Principal, and Executive Director: Chicago area schools
  • Former Professor of Educational Leadership: National Louis University.
  • Bachelor of Science degree: Amherst College
  • Master’s degree: Harvard University
  • Doctorate: University of Illinois.

A recent addition to our team, Dr. Best serves as a consultant for effective study skills and brain-based learning. He has extensive experience training teachers in professional development and collaborates with our tutoring staff on the most up-to-date, effective, brain-based teaching strategies. Dr. Best is a passionate and compelling teacher, with a long track record for inspiring and transforming lives—both students’ and teachers’—wherever he goes.

Ellie K.:

  • Master of Arts in English, 3.95 GPA
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, 3.9 GPA
  • Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education 4.0 GPA
  • Certified New York State ELA teacher, 7-12

Ellie is another gifted asset to our team! A Summa Cum Laude university graduate and member of multiple Honor Societies, Ellie has received numerous education awards and honors. Currently a Graduate Assistant and tutor in the Graduate Writing Center at West Chester University, she comes to us with extensive experience in classroom teaching, tutoring, writing, editing, and publishing.

 

Elizabeth K.:

  • Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture – Temple University, 3rd year Master’sdegree student
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Science – St. Joseph’s University
  • Honors College with Biology Honors Thesis
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
  • McNulty Fellows Program for Excellence in Science and Mathematics
  • Presidential Scholar
  • Regis Scholar

It would be difficult to find a tutor who enjoys teaching and tutoring students more than Elizabeth! She is a bundle of energetic enthusiasm! Elizabeth brings to our students much experience teaching math and science, from elementary level through university Teaching Assistant level.

Fred:

As Above Grade Level’s “little professor,” Fred, has been with us 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.

  • Master’s degree in English (in progress)
  • Film screenwriter
  • Copy-editor and proofreader (with fact-checking/research) and member of Editorial team for award-winning, peer-reviewed journal published by West Chester University in partnership with Johns Hopkins University
  • Co-winner of West Chester University Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award; developed graduate-level educational material for WCU
  • 8 years teaching and tutoring experience with students at every grade level; experienced in creating and developing course curricula

 

 

Karen Davis:

  • Executive Director – Above Grade Level – Chester County
  • American Board Certification in Education (ABCTE)
  • PA Certified Teacher – Secondary ELA
  • Advanced studies and experience with Institute for Excellence in Writing

 

Leah B.:

  • 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 Summacum 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 R.:

  • 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.

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

Jennifer H.:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Teaching Certification in Elementary Education
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Special Education Instructional Assistant

Jenn brings to our students a wealth of learning strategies for all types of learners, including: multisensory reading,Fundations, alternative math strategies, executive function skills, study skills tips ‘n’ tricks, experience implementing IEP’s—and a huge heart for helping kids. Our students will attest that to know Jenn…is to love her!

Jessica K.:

  • Master’s Degree in Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education (K-12)
  • Reading Specialist Certification
  • Instructional I & II PA Teaching Licenses

Jessica’s list of awards and accomplishments is both long and impressive! She is one of those rare educators who comes to us with Reading Specialist Certification and Instructional II teaching certification. As an experienced teacher in English Language Arts, Math, and Science, Jessica is not only uniquely skilled, but also has a very special way of bonding with her students. Jessica has earned the highest respect and recommendations from all who have had the privilege of working with her.

 

 

Joseph R.:

  • Master’s degree in English (in progress) – concentration in Publishing; concentration in Education
  • Bachelor’s degree in English
  • Minor in Advanced Writing
  • Minor in Philosophy

If our goal as educators is not only to teach students, but to reach them, Joe personifies the quality of an outstanding educator to the max! He has been fully immersed in the academic world in different capacities for years. Joe brings to the AGL “tutoring party” extensive experience in writing, editing, proofreading, and all the English Language Arts, with an infectious ability to inspire students with a love of learning and bring out the best in them! He is a brilliant scholar and highly qualified to tutor students in Math and SAT prep as well.Joe integrates executive function skills, effective study skills, and critical thinking throughout his tutoring.

 

Madison W.:

  • Bachelor’s degree (in progress): Dual Major in Early Grades Education (K-4) & Special Education (K-12), 3.97 GPA
  • Expertise in strategies to help struggling readers and alternative methods for teaching math concepts

Madison could be described as the “Pied Piper” of tutoring because of the way students are drawn to her delightful personality! It would be difficult to imagine a tutor more passionate about teaching and seeing students succeed than Madison! She brings a unique skill set to our students, a genuine love for learning, and a toolbox filled with strategies for reaching all different types of learners, both struggling and accelerated.One of Madison’s teaching “niches” is students on the autistic/Asperger’s spectrum.

 

Mary Jean “MJ”:

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

As the principal of the second largest school in the Coatesville School District, MJ demonstrated her capability as an effective educator and leader, her focus on strong academic achievement, and her dedication to making meaningful connections with her students. She brings to Above Grade Level strong knowledge of effective teaching methods for many different types of student learners, and years of experience training other teachers.

 

 

Matthew M.:

  • Master’s degree & Teaching Certification in Secondary Education (in progress)
  • Bachelor of Science cum laude in History
  • Double-minors in Education and Journalism

Matthew brings to our staff an unusual passion for teaching and ability to reach students of all levels. Parents and students alike are drawn to his enthusiastic energy and ability to inspire students and bring out the best in them. Matt is an avid athlete, a huge history buff, an outstanding writer, an excellent math & study skills tutor, and an all-around, high-achiever and academic whiz. He is highly-qualified to tutor most subjects, any level.

Mick B.:

  • Master’s degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics (in progress)
  • Bioengineering and Computer Science studies; Undergraduate Research Assistant in Neural Tissue Engineering Lab
  • Programing and Coding

Mick is another one of our exceptionally gifted tutors! He brings to our students a brilliant mind, a contagious passion for learning, and infinite patience. Mick is highly qualified to tutor Math through AP Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, SAT prep, and ELA/Reading, in addition to Study & Organizational Skills.

 

Nicole P.:

  • Master of Education in Literacy
    • Reading Specialist Certificate
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
    • Minor in Music
    • Teaching Certificate K-8
  • English Grades 7-12 Certification
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate

It would take a book to itemize all Nicole’s experience and credentials, including creating lessons and planning instruction for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science; differentiating learning to meet the needs of all students, including Learning Support, Gifted, and Special Needs students; and developing excellent, nurturing rapport with parents and students alike. As a former Magna Cum Laude student herself, Nicole knows firsthand what it takes to achieve excellence. Suffice it to say, we are very blessed to have a teacher of Nicole’s caliber working with our students!

Olena D.:

  • PhD in Philology
  • Master’s degree in Pedagogics (i.e. the discipline of imparting educational content; teaching methods)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogics
  • Passionate, bilingual English Language Instructor

 

Patrick G.:

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

While it was tough to choose between a career in mathematics and a career in chemistry, Patrick is currently working toward a doctorate in math. He’s leaning toward a career as a college math professor. Patrick’s love for math is truly contagious! As he puts it, he “loves the beauty and intrigue of math,” and he loves to make it “come alive” for students. Patrick is highly qualified to tutor Math through AP Calculus level, 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 in All-Around gymnastics competition. Patrick is also an accomplished drummer!

Looking for a conversation-starter? Patrick has memorized Pi to the first 150 places!

Phillip B.:

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

Phillip is highly qualified to tutor SAT prep, Math through Calculus 3 and AP level, Physics through AP level, Chemistry, Biology, Spanish, Writing

 

 

Phoebe S.:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology: Temple University
  • Dean’s List, College of Science and Technology

Phoebe has been a wonderful asset to our students while awaiting acceptance into medical school. Students and parents alike love her!  Not only is she a whiz in math and sciences, but she has a very special, encouraging way of breaking down complex skills into easy-to-understand steps. Phoebe goes above and beyond our high standards to ensure her students achieve maximum success in school. She is highly qualified and exceptionally effective in tutoring Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus (AP level), Chemistry, Biology (AP level), Physics, French, English, and SAT/ACT exam prep.

 

Rodger C.:

  • 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

Rich B.:

  • 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

Currently retired from a successful engineering career, Rich comes to us with many years of experience as a tutor. Not only is he exceptionally competent in math, but he has a wonderful way of breaking down concepts into easy-to-understand steps for students—with a ready sense of humor to go with it!

Shannon J.:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education – Concentration in Music Education, K-12
  • PA 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—she can play just about any instrument—but she is also well-trained in education methodology. She has a unique ability to bring musical analogies to academic schoolwork!

Sherry P.:

  • 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 tutoring “party” a penchant for creative writing, critical & analytical thinking, and enhanced reading comprehension.