John Specht

Meet John Specht, an educator with a passion for mathematics, literature, and family. John holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and furthered his academic journey with a Master’s degree from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

With a strong foundation in education, he embarked on a fulfilling career, beginning with teaching Algebra at Remington College for eight years. Driven by a desire to inspire and empower students, John dedicated five years to teaching math in supplementary education, where he honed his skills in providing personalized support to learners. Beyond the classroom, As an Army veteran, John brings discipline, integrity, and a spirit of service to everything he does. When he’s not shaping young minds or spending quality time with his family, you can find him immersed in his literary interests, which include Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Sherlock Holmes, and old TV westerns. He especially enjoys sharing the wonders of literature with his grandson, currently exploring the enchanting realms of Middle-earth in the Lord of the Rings series. 

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Margaret Henkes

Introducing Margaret Henkes, an educator dedicated to igniting a love for math in every student she encounters. With six years of teaching experience under her belt, Margaret has had the privilege of working with various grade levels and subjects. However, her true passion lies in teaching junior high math, where she believes every student has the potential to thrive and find joy in numbers. Margaret is committed to providing her students with the tools they need to succeed, fostering an environment where curiosity and exploration are encouraged. Her belief in the power of education to transform lives is evident in her accolades, including being named STUCO Teacher of the Month in September 2021 and receiving The Work of Heart Award in January 2019. Margaret’s dedication to her craft extends beyond the classroom. She holds TExES Mathematics 4-8 Certification and TExES Generalist EC-6 Certification, ensuring she is equipped with the knowledge and skills to support her students’ learning journey. When she’s not teaching, Margaret can be found with her nose buried in a book, pounding the pavement on a run, or enjoying quality time with her husband and son. Her commitment to both her profession and her family is unwavering. 

Clifton Noel

Introducing Clifton Noel, whose expertise spans across all levels of Math and Physics. Armed with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a minor in Nuclear Engineering from the esteemed University of Texas at Arlington, Clifton brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for empowering students to excel in these challenging subjects. Beyond his impressive academic credentials, Clifton’s enthusiasm for mathematics is evident in his favorite number, 3 + 4i, a complex number that embodies both real and imaginary components. Clifton strives to make learning Math and Physics an engaging and rewarding experience for every student. Whether it’s mastering algebraic equations or unraveling the mysteries of quantum mechanics, he is committed to helping students build confidence and achieve their academic goals. His diverse interests and passion for learning make him not only a knowledgeable tutor but also a mentor who inspires curiosity and intellectual growth in his students.

Hayley Morrow

 

Meet Hayley, our dedicated English tutor specializing in grades 6 through 12. With a passion for literature and language, Hayley holds a Master’s in Education from Marymount University, equipping her with the pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary to inspire and empower students in their English studies. Her academic journey began at George Washington University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in English, laying the foundation for her love of literature and writing. In addition to her academic achievements, Hayley brings valuable experience to her role as a tutor. Her time as a middle school Spanish teacher provided her with insights into the unique challenges and opportunities of working with young learners, further enhancing her ability to connect with students and create engaging and effective learning experiences. Hayley’s approach to tutoring is characterized by patience, creativity, and a genuine commitment to student success. With Hayley as their guide, students can look forward to unlocking their full potential in English and developing the skills and confidence they need to thrive academically and beyond.

Max Parker

Meet Max, the ultimate Happiness Generator and Stress Relief Pup! With his wagging tail and infectious enthusiasm, Max has a knack for spreading joy wherever he goes. Whether he’s greeting you with a friendly bark or curling up at your feet for a cuddle session, Max’s presence is sure to brighten your day and lift your spirits. As our designated Happiness Generator, Max takes his role seriously. He understands the importance of providing unconditional love and support to those around him, and he’s always ready to lend an ear (or a paw) whenever you need a pick-me-up. But that’s not all – Max is also a certified Stress Relief Pup, with a special talent for easing tension and melting away worries with his gentle demeanor and soothing presence. His playful spirit and boundless energy are contagious, reminding us all to embrace the simple joys in life and live in the moment. So, if you’re ever feeling down or stressed out, just remember – Max is here to save the day with his endless supply of love, cuddles, and tail wags. 🐾

Kristen Oviatt

Introducing Kristen, a dedicated teacher and loving dog mom to Bella! Since 2013, Kristen has been making a positive impact on students’ lives as a teacher in GCISD (Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District). Her passion for education is evident in her commitment to fostering a supportive and engaging learning environment where students can thrive academically and personally. In addition to her role as an educator, Kristen is also a lifelong learner herself. She holds not one but two Master’s degrees, one in History and another in German. Her deep understanding of these subjects allows her to bring a unique perspective to her teaching, enriching her students’ learning experiences and inspiring a love for learning beyond the classroom. As a College Board Reader for the AP History Exam, she plays a vital role in ensuring the fairness and accuracy of the exam grading process. Her expertise and attention to detail make her a valuable asset to the AP History community. Outside of her professional pursuits, Kristen finds joy and companionship in her furry friend Bella, who holds a special place in her heart as her favorite companion. With her passion for teaching, her dedication to learning, and her unwavering love for Bella, Kristen embodies the qualities of a compassionate educator and a caring dog mom. 

Scott Palmer

Meet Scott, a passionate scholar and educator with a deep love for history and literature! Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Slavic Languages & Literatures from the University of Kansas, where he developed a strong foundation in the humanities. Building upon his undergraduate studies, Scott pursued his academic interests further, earning a Ph.D. in Russian History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
An award-winning scholar and inspirational instructor, Scott has served students and the general public for the better part of three decades in a variety of teaching and administrative positions. Actively involved in community engagement, distance education, and web development, he has leveraged his considerable experience with interactive instructional technologies and commitment to public service to launch innovative programs that promote student success and outreach to K-12 educators. Scott’s passion for history and literature shines through in his teaching as he strives to make the past come alive and inspire a love for storytelling and critical thinking in his students. 

Bonnie McLaughlin

Introducing Bonnie, an accomplished AP Social Studies teacher at Keller High School and a respected leader in the field of education! With a wealth of experience and expertise, Bonnie serves as an invaluable resource to her students and colleagues alike. As an AP Social Studies teacher, she is dedicated to providing her students with a rigorous and engaging curriculum that prepares them for success in college and beyond. In addition to her role at Keller High School, Bonnie also works for the AP College Board as a Table Leader, where she plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of AP Social Studies education. Her insights and contributions help ensure the fairness and accuracy of the AP exams, ultimately benefiting students across the country. Bonnie’s passion for history and education is evident in her academic achievements. She holds a Master’s degree in History from MSU (Michigan State University), where she deepened her understanding of the past and honed her skills as an educator.  Her curiosity and love for learning are contagious, inspiring students to embrace their own intellectual pursuits and explore the world around them.

Alex Lafrance

Introducing Dr. Alex Lafrance, a distinguished scholar and dedicated educator with a passion for both science and language! Dr. Lafrance holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he delved into the intricacies of microbial life and made significant contributions to the field. His research expertise is complemented by over five years of experience in performing laboratory demonstrations for high school students and family audiences interested in STEM, as well as seven years of experience assisting ESL speakers in composing research manuscripts. He tutors general science, biology, physics, and mathematics from the Algebra II level through AP Calculus, helping students unlock their full potential and achieve academic success. He loves immersing himself in new languages and can read Latin and Ancient Greek, showcasing his dedication to intellectual pursuits and his appreciation for the richness of human culture.

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Carmen Schulz

Meet Carmen, a dynamic individual with a passion for science and language! Carmen is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned her degree in Microbiology. Her academic journey equipped her with a deep understanding of the microscopic world and a fascination for the complexities of life at its smallest scale. In addition to her expertise in science, Carmen is also a skilled linguist. She tutors all levels of Spanish, drawing upon her fluency and cultural understanding to help students navigate the intricacies of the language. Whether it’s mastering grammar rules, expanding vocabulary, or improving conversational skills, Carmen is committed to empowering her students to achieve proficiency and confidence in Spanish. Outside of her academic pursuits, Carmen enjoys exploring the great outdoors, trying new cuisines, and immersing herself in different cultures. Her adventurous spirit and love for learning make her not only a knowledgeable tutor but also a compassionate mentor and friend to her students. With her guidance and support, they can embark on a journey of discovery and growth that extends far beyond the classroom.

Jennifer Espinoza

Introducing Jennifer, a dedicated chemistry teacher and passionate tutor based in Irving ISD! With a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of chemistry, Jennifer has been making a positive impact on students’ lives since joining the Irving ISD community. Her commitment to excellence in education is evident in her dynamic teaching style and unwavering dedication to helping students succeed. In addition to her role as a classroom teacher, Jennifer also serves as a trusted tutor, offering support to students of all levels in the subject of chemistry. Whether it’s mastering fundamental concepts or tackling advanced topics, Jennifer’s patient and personalized approach ensures that each student receives the guidance and assistance they need to excel. Jennifer’s enthusiasm for chemistry extends far beyond the classroom. She is passionate about inspiring a love for the subject in her students and empowering them to see the real-world applications and relevance of chemistry in their lives. Her diverse interests and genuine passion for learning make her not only a knowledgeable educator but also a supportive mentor and role model for her students.

Kevin Seldon

Introducing Kevin, a seasoned educator with a passion for American history and a commitment to inspiring the next generation of scholars! As an AP U.S. History teacher in the HEB ISD (Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District), Kevin plays a pivotal role in shaping students’ understanding of the nation’s past. His dynamic teaching style and engaging approach to the subject captivate students’ interest and foster a deeper appreciation for the complexities of American history. In addition to his role in the classroom, Kevin also serves as an Adjunct Professor of U.S. History, where he shares his expertise with college students eager to explore the rich tapestry of the nation’s past. Kevin holds a Master’s Degree in American History, a testament to his dedication to scholarly pursuits and his deep understanding of the subject matter. His research interests span a wide range of topics, from political history to social movements, allowing him to bring a multifaceted perspective to his teaching and instruction. His passion for the subject is contagious, inspiring students to explore the past with curiosity and enthusiasm. With Kevin as their guide, students are not just learning history – they’re engaging with it in a meaningful and transformative way, laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning and discovery.

Stephanie Strike

Introducing Stephanie, an enthusiastic educator and passionate science tutor with a unique affinity for arachnids! Stephanie’s journey in education began with her graduation from both Midwestern State University and Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she cultivated her love for science and education. Armed with a diverse academic background, Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role as a tutor. Specializing in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, Environmental Science, and 6-8 Science, Stephanie is dedicated to helping students unlock their full potential in these challenging subjects. But Stephanie’s interests extend beyond the classroom – she’s also fascinated by spiders! Whether it’s their unique biology, intricate webs, or remarkable adaptations, Stephanie finds spiders endlessly intriguing. Her passion for these eight-legged creatures adds a unique dimension to her teaching and tutoring, inspiring curiosity and wonder in her students. With Stephanie as their guide, students can approach the study of science with confidence, knowing that they have a dedicated educator who is committed to their success – and who just might share some fascinating facts about spiders along the way! 🕷️

Jason Crump

Introducing Jason, a dedicated Instructional Science Coach for Grapevine Carroll ISD! With a passion for science education and a commitment to excellence, Jason plays a pivotal role in supporting teachers and students alike in their academic journey. As an Instructional Science Coach, he draws upon his expertise and experience to provide guidance, resources, and professional development opportunities that empower educators to excel in the classroom. Jason’s background in science education, coupled with his leadership skills, positions him as a valuable asset to the Grapevine Carroll ISD community. Beyond his role as a coach, Jason is deeply invested in the success of every student. He believes in the power of science to ignite curiosity, foster critical thinking, and inspire a lifelong love of learning. Through his guidance and support, Jason strives to create engaging and inclusive learning environments where all students can thrive. With Jason as their coach, educators in Grapevine Carroll ISD can feel confident in their ability to inspire and empower the next generation of scientists, innovators, and leaders. His passion for science education, coupled with his dedication to supporting teachers, ensures that students receive the high-quality instruction they deserve, setting them on a path to success in school and beyond.

Mariam Salib

Mariam earned a BA from DePauw, where she double majored in philosophy and global health—she also double minored in chemistry and psychology. As of winter 2023, she completed her medical degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Mariam’s approach is student-directed. “I create multiple general outlines of how I want to achieve the student’s goal and allow them to choose which fits them and their personality best,” she explains. She’s keen to adapt her approach to best fit the particular strengths and weaknesses of each student. Furthermore, she’s passionate about finding ways to engage even the most reluctant learners. “I believe learning is best achieved when the student is excited about what they are learning and eager to uncover more,” she says. She wants to help alleviate her students’ stress so they can feel empowered in their academic journeys and beyond.

In her free time, she loves to hammock, kayak, read, try new food, and travel.

Leslie Salazar

Meet Leslie, a passionate educator and dedicated coach, brings enthusiasm and expertise to every aspect of her work. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree, Leslie’s love for physics ignited her journey into teaching. Currently, she serves as a respected physics teacher within Keller Independent School District (KISD), where she empowers students at all levels to unlock the mysteries of the universe through the lens of physics. Beyond the classroom, Leslie’s commitment to empowering young minds extends to the wrestling mat, where she proudly serves as the head coach for the girls’ wrestling team. Leslie’s dynamic approach to education and coaching fosters a nurturing environment where students and athletes thrive. Whether unraveling the complexities of physics equations or guiding her team to victory, Leslie’s dedication to her craft and genuine passion for empowering others shines through in all she does.

Jacqueline Faucher

Introducing Jacqueline, an innovative educational leader with a passion for leveraging technology to transform learning experiences! Jacqueline holds a Master of Arts in Educational Technology, a Master of Science in Education Leadership and Policy Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Her diverse academic background reflects her commitment to understanding the intersections of technology, education, and global perspectives. With her TEA principal certification for K-12 education, Jacqueline brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role as an educational leader.  Her leadership extends beyond the classroom, as she works tirelessly to create inclusive and innovative learning environments that prepare students for success in an ever-changing world. Her passion for global perspectives enriches her interactions with students and colleagues, fostering a sense of curiosity and empathy in all who know her. With Jacqueline at the helm, students can look forward to a future-ready education that equips them with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in the 21st century. Her dedication to educational technology, leadership, and global perspectives makes her a true asset to the educational community.

Jennifer Dye

Introducing Jennifer, a dedicated educator with a passion for empowering students of all abilities to succeed in mathematics and beyond! Jennifer holds a Master of Education degree and is state-certified in math, generalist, and special education. Her diverse qualifications reflect her commitment to providing inclusive and equitable education for all students, regardless of their learning needs. With her expertise in math education, Jennifer is dedicated to making the subject accessible and engaging for students at every level. Beyond her professional qualifications, Jennifer is known for her warmth, compassion, and dedication to her students’ success. She goes above and beyond to provide personalized support and encouragement, helping students overcome challenges and build confidence in their abilities. Her diverse interests and genuine passion for education make her not only a knowledgeable educator but also a mentor and role model for her students. With Jennifer as their teacher, students can approach math with confidence, knowing that they have a dedicated educator who is committed to their academic and personal growth. Her expertise in math education and special education makes her a valuable asset to any learning community.

Darla Eaken

Meet Darla, a dynamic educator and academic powerhouse with a passion for both business and science! Darla holds an MBA from LeTourneau University, where she honed her skills in business management and leadership. Her strong foundation in business principles equips her with a unique perspective on education and a strategic approach to teaching and learning. But Darla’s academic journey doesn’t stop there – she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Baylor University. With her teacher certification in composite science, Darla brings together her expertise in both business and biology to create engaging and impactful learning experiences for her students. Whether she’s teaching about the principles of entrepreneurship or exploring the wonders of the natural world, Darla’s enthusiasm for learning is contagious, inspiring students to reach new heights of academic achievement. Her diverse background and love for learning make her not only a knowledgeable educator but also a mentor and role model for her students. With Darla at the helm, students can look forward to a dynamic and enriching educational experience that prepares them for success in both their academic and professional endeavors. 

Chase Blakemore

Chase is a dedicated academic professional who holds a degree in Latin American Studies, reflecting his diverse interests and global perspective. However, his true passion lies in mathematics education. With a specialization in all levels of math and a particular focus on test preparation, Chase has spent the past four years fine-tuning his expertise in guiding students through the intricacies of mathematical concepts. In his role as a test preparation instructor, Chase brings a wealth of experience and insight to the table. He understands the anxiety and pressure that often accompany standardized exams and works tirelessly to alleviate these concerns through comprehensive preparation strategies. His students not only achieve higher scores but also develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for mathematics.

 

Aishah Tasneem

Meet Aisha, a dedicated and experienced tutor with a passion for helping students excel academically! Since 2015, Aisha has been providing personalized tutoring services to students in 3rd through 12th grade, covering a wide range of subjects, including writing, algebra, reading comprehension, geometry, pre-calculus, statistics, English, and social studies. Her extensive experience and comprehensive expertise make her a valuable resource for students seeking academic support and guidance. Aisha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, reflecting her interdisciplinary approach to education and her commitment to providing well-rounded instruction to her students. Her academic background equips her with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the diverse learning needs and challenges of her students. Her passion for learning and her dedication to her students’ success are evident in everything she does. With Aisha as their tutor, students can feel confident that they have a supportive and knowledgeable guide to help them navigate the challenges of school and achieve their academic goals. Her commitment to excellence and her genuine care for her students make her an invaluable asset to the educational community.

Greta Yeager

Introducing Greta, a creative and passionate educator with a Bachelor of Science in Visualization from Texas A&M University! Greta’s academic background in visualization has provided her with a unique perspective on education, blending artistic creativity with analytical thinking. With her love for storytelling and design, Greta brings a fresh and dynamic approach to teaching English and History at all levels. As a dedicated tutor, Greta is committed to helping students unlock their full potential in these subjects. But Greta’s advocacy for education goes beyond the traditional curriculum – she firmly believes that cursive handwriting should still be taught in schools! Recognizing the importance of this timeless skill for cognitive development and personal expression, Greta is passionate about preserving and promoting the art of cursive writing in today’s digital age. With Greta as their guide, students can expect to embark on a journey of discovery and growth, guided by a compassionate educator who is dedicated to their academic success and personal development. Her advocacy for traditional skills and innovative teaching approach make her a valuable asset to the educational community.

Marcus Burnette

Introducing Marcus, a passionate educator dedicated to helping students succeed in their language-learning journey! A proud graduate of Texas State University, Marcus holds a Bachelor’s Degree in both Spanish and French, reflecting his commitment to mastering multiple languages and embracing diverse cultures. His academic achievements have equipped him with a deep understanding of language acquisition and a passion for sharing his knowledge with others. Marcus is dedicated to his students’ success, going above and beyond to ensure that each individual receives the support and guidance they need to excel. With Marcus as their teacher and mentor, students can expect to embark on a journey of discovery and growth guided by a passionate educator who is committed to their success. His dedication to language education and innovative teaching approach make him a valued member of the educational community.

Madi Drenowatz

Introducing Madi, a dedicated scholar with a passion for psychology and a track record of academic excellence! Madi graduated from the University of North Texas (UNT) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, along with minors in Biology and Chemistry. Her interdisciplinary approach to education reflects her curiosity and commitment to understanding the complexities of human behavior and the natural world. Throughout her high school years, Madi demonstrated her academic prowess by completing an impressive 13 AP classes, with all scores of 3 or higher. Her exceptional performance on standardized tests further highlights her academic strength, with a composite ACT score of 34 and an SAT score of 1400. Madi’s well-roundedness is evident in her balanced scores across various subject areas, showcasing her proficiency in reading, math, English, and science. As a member of the Carroll Medical Academy and the National Honor Society, Her interdisciplinary background in psychology, biology, and chemistry positions her to make meaningful contributions to the field and to society as a whole.

Edwina Akonor

Introducing Edwina, a dedicated scholar with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology! Edwina’s academic journey has been shaped by her passion for understanding the intricate mechanisms of life at the molecular level. Her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology has provided her with a strong foundation in the principles and practices of these fields, equipping her with the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle complex scientific challenges. Her dedication to learning and her passion for discovery serve as a driving force in her pursuit of academic and professional success. With Edwina’s dedication, intelligence, and passion for science, the possibilities for her future are boundless. Whether she’s conducting groundbreaking research in the laboratory or inspiring the next generation of scientists in the classroom, Edwina is sure to leave a lasting impact on the world around her.

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Mary Blakemore

Introducing Mary, a dedicated professional with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies who is passionate about guiding students toward academic success and fulfilling futures. With her background in International Studies, Mary brings a global perspective to her work as the director of Chelsea Hall. Leveraging her expertise as an ACT/SAT tutor and college application counselor, she is committed to providing students with the support and guidance they need to achieve their academic goals and pursue their passions. Mary’s dedication to her students is evident in her personalized approach to tutoring and counseling. Mary is dedicated to empowering them to reach their full potential and create the future they envision for themselves. With Mary’s guidance, students at Chelsea Hall can look forward to a supportive and enriching educational experience that prepares them for success in college and beyond. Her passion for education and commitment to student success make her a valuable asset to the Chelsea Hall community.
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Alexander Lafrance

Introducing Dr. Alex Lafrance, a distinguished scholar and dedicated educator with a passion for both science and language! Dr. Lafrance holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he delved into the intricacies of microbial life and made significant contributions to the field. His research expertise is complemented by over five years of experience in performing laboratory demonstrations for high school students and family audiences interested in STEM, as well as seven years of experience assisting ESL speakers in composing research manuscripts. He tutors general science, biology, physics, and mathematics from the Algebra II level through AP Calculus, helping students unlock their full potential and achieve academic success. He loves immersing himself in new languages and can read Latin and Ancient Greek, showcasing his dedication to intellectual pursuits and his appreciation for the richness of human culture.

Mariam Salib

Mariam earned a BA from DePauw, where she double majored in philosophy and global health—she also double minored in chemistry and psychology. As of winter 2023, she completed her medical degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Mariam’s approach is student-directed. “I create multiple general outlines of how I want to achieve the student’s goal and allow them to choose which fits them and their personality best,” she explains. She’s keen to adapt her approach to best fit the particular strengths and weaknesses of each student. Furthermore, she’s passionate about finding ways to engage even the most reluctant learners. “I believe learning is best achieved when the student is excited about what they are learning and eager to uncover more,” she says. She wants to help alleviate her students’ stress so they can feel empowered in their academic journeys and beyond.

In her free time, she loves to hammock, kayak, read, try new food, and travel.