Our Tutors

Meet Chris

With over 10 years of experience in elementary schools, and over 5 years of experience tutoring, I have a commitment to success and unfaltering high expectations of all learners under my tutelage. I have a history of raising attainment and achievement. In every year that I have taught, all children have performed above national standards and age-related expectations. More specifically, I specialize in raising attainment in standardized test scores. I believe in teaching highly engaging and practical lessons, and strive for excellence through consistent high quality, precision teaching. I achieve success by building trust in my students through mutual respect and empathy, and most importantly, having a bit of fun while learning together!

Meet Lauren

As a certified special education teacher and literacy specialist, I have spent the past six years teaching children with autism, ranging in ages from 4 to 11. I specialize in developing and adapting curriculum to meet the individual needs of each student and to make learning accessible for all children. I believe that all students can learn and thrive, and my aim is to determine how to best accomplish this goal. I consider each student’s interests and strengths and use this information to make learning enjoyable and motivating.

Meet Amanda

Amanda is a double graduate of The College of Saint Rose, with a BS in Childhood Education and MS in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been teaching at a variety of Capital Region schools throughout the last 4 years, in grades 3-6, and is currently in a special education classroom.

Meet Laurie

Laurie received her elementary teaching degree at the State University of Oneonta in 2000. A few years later, she completed her Master’s Degree at the State University of Stonybrook. She has 12 years of experience in the public school setting where she taught in the North Babylon School District. She also taught one year in a private school setting at the Saratoga Independent School. Outside of taking care of her two, young children, Laurie enjoys health and wellness practices such as trying new healthy recipes or reading more about healthy foods and their benefits. Laurie is also in school to become a certified holistic health coach. She also enjoys exercise when possible. Her favorite form of exercise is hot yoga.

Meet Tziona

Tziona Rose is a passionate math tutor, who has been professionally tutoring since 2011. She has her bachelors in mathematics from Binghamton University, and her Masters in the Art of Teaching from Empire State College. Currently she is working on getting her New York State Teaching License. Tziona has consistently taken students and empowered them in mathematics, taking them from failing to succeeding in their mathematics abilities, and helping them love math as much as she does. When Tziona is not tutoring she is enjoying life in Saratoga Springs; you can usually find her at the Saratoga Public Library or at the Westside Rec with her two daughters.

Meet Courtney

Throughout my life I have seen firsthand how extremely important education for all students is. I am the older sister of two brothers who have severe Autism. When my brothers were first diagnosed doctors believed that they would never speak. Now at the ages of 26 and 21 they are able to express their feelings through words and PECS, experiencing such an incredible feat inspired me to become a Special Education Teacher.

I graduated from the combined BS/MSED program at SUNY Plattsburgh in May 2013 at the top of my class, and am fully qualified and certified to teach any student from birth to sixth grade.

This is my fifth year as a classroom teacher and I am happy to say that the more I experience time I spend in this field the stronger my desire to make a difference in this field. I believe that as a leader, and with the wealth of knowledge I gain with each passing day that I can be the person to help facilitate some much needed changes in the lives of students.

  • My daughter Gabriella has been home tutoring with Nourishing Minds Tutoring now for two years. The staff and teachers with Nourishing Minds are exceptional! My daughter’s comprehension, confidence and even work ethic has been built strategically since the very beginning. The results thus far are still flourishing. We continue to keep Nourishing Minds Tutoring in Gabriella’s life moving forward, as a maintenance and partnership for the changing times in curriculum ahead.
    We are so grateful for all that is offered to my daughter, and us as a family, alleviating many frustrations that come with academic achievement.
    –Jenn, Schenectady NY
  • Nourishing Minds has bridged the gap for our son from scoring below grade levels to getting on the path of meeting an exceeding! Nourishing Minds quickly identified our son's deficiencies as well as identified his strengths to determine the best course of action for his progression. His tutor, Chris, has been able to identify with Silvio's personality with the utmost of ease and has individualized his path to success on a par with Silvio's in school lessons. Chris comes to our house, spends an hour or more with our son, working tirelessly on strategies to help him succeed. Chris leaves each week after a comprehensive explanation of their work and goals moving forward. I could think of no better stepping stone to give your child a head above the rest!
    –Nancy, Clifton Park
  • Nourishing Minds has been tutoring our son for over a year and a half now. We have seen great improvement in our son’s writing and comprehension skills. His grades and confidence have also improved. Our son’s tutor gears his tutoring to incorporate our son’s interests which is a great help in keeping him focused. Nourishing Minds Tutoring is very easy to work with. They are flexible and always prepared. This is our first experience with a tutor and it has been a very positive one. We would highly recommend Nourishing Minds Tutoring.
    –Janine, Milton NY
  • Nourishing Minds Tutoring has been tutoring our son since 2015. It has been a great experience for him and for us.
    My son is currently attending third grade. He has major attention challenges and finds it very hard to stay on task. Despite that, his tutor has been able to bond with him and motivate him to focus . He utilizes many creative and unique teaching techniques that have helped our son a great deal. He enjoys the sessions and his grades have improved significantly.
    We highly recommend Nourishing Minds Tutoring.
    –Dina, Clifton Park NY
  • Chris of Nourishing Minds Tutoring has been working with my eight-year-old daughter in math for several months. In that time, we have seen an incredible improvement in her test scores and her confidence. Chris is patient and kind, yet knows when to be firm and encourage my daughter to overcome her hesitation when answering math problems.
    The work that Chris did with our daughter over the summer also prepared her for what would be taught at the beginning of the 3rd grade. She started the year feeling confident and unafraid of new concepts, such as multiplication, and has been bringing home A’s on her math tests for the first time. I highly recommend Nourishing Minds Tutoring!
    –Kim, Gansevoort NY


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