MEET THE FOUNDER

 

Tim Tibbitts

When I left a teaching job I loved to be home with my young children, I was worried I’d really miss the classroom. And then I had the good fortune of meeting Rory, my first private student. Almost instantly, Rory helped me to see that the one-on-one nature of tutoring would allow me to teach each student in the ways that best helped him or her to make sense of the material.

Before long, more and more parents came to me seeking help for hardworking kids who were nonetheless struggling in school. Increasingly, these requests were in areas outside of my expertise. So in 2006, in order to help as many kids as possible, I invited a small group of talented teachers to join me in launching a new, comprehensive tutoring service. Our name came from a thank-you note I received from a mother that summer: “You don’t just see a struggling student,” she said. “You really see the whole kid.

At the heart of what we do is the individual student. When one of our private tutors sits down with one of our students, magic happens. All the tutors on our team share a craving for those “light bulb” moments when students see beyond the work due tomorrow to the skills they are learning and the knowledge they are gaining, through their own hard work.

I find it very gratifying that parents see fit to call us back over and over, sometimes even twelve or eighteen months after the end of a tutoring engagement, because they know that they can count on me to listen carefully, to work with them to develop a sound action plan, and if needed, to match them with a great-fit tutor.      

                                                                                                                      - Tim

 

MEET THE TEAM

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When I was teaching and coaching soccer in NJ, some of my players went to the faculty parking lot, picked up my VW Beetle, and moved it into the woods near the lot. No harm done—no additional hill sprints were required!

DAVE BELL

B.A. from Williams College,
J.D. from Case Western Reserve University
Subject Expertise: Various Subject Tutoring, SAT/ACT Prep
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Every spring, I read the AP Exams for College Board and grade the tests that I teach and tutor. I have a 7 year old daughter and am currently learning how to teach Engineering.

ROBIN KETCHAM

B.A. in Physics from Hamilton College,
BSME Mechanical Engineering from Washington University
Subject Expertise: Physics, Algebra, Geometry, Precalculus, AP Calculus AB
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I was recognized by the National Science Teachers Association and National Science Foundation for developing inquiry-based science curriculum and for improving science achievement and interest among minority children.

CARY SEIDMAN

B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College
M.A. in Education from John Carroll University
Subject Expertise: Middle School and Early High School Science, U.S. and World History,  ACT Prep 
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My research with spinal cord injured participants has received international news coverage, is featured in a book, and will be in two upcoming documentaries. I've been tutoring for over nine years and also help my wife homeschool our daughters.

BRIAN MURPHY

B.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology, 
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University
Subject Expertise: High School Math and Science,  SAT/ACT Prep 
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I'm a former English teacher and current College and Career Access Advisor at College Now Greater Cleveland. I love to  read, knit/crochet, travel, hike and swim in my free time.

LIBBY KANNARD

B.A. in English from Case Western Reserve University,
M.A. in Teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University
Subject Expertise: SAT/ACT Prep, Study Skills, English/Language Arts, Math, Astronomy

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