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Meet Chris

With over 10 years of experience in elementary schools (both as a teacher and administrator), and over 10 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. 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!

Besides tutoring, life keeps me very busy. I am the very proud father of 3 children (two boys and a girl), and a Captain with the Wilton Fire Department. 


Meet Lauren

As a certified special education teacher and literacy specialist, I have spent the past 11 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 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 Amanda

As a current 5th Grade teacher, I love working with children. I received my Bachelor's Degree from the College of Saint Rose in Childhood Education with a concentration in Mathematics. I then went on to receive my Master's Degree at the University of Albany for Literacy B - 6. I started my career in the Bronx teaching 4th Grade; I learned so much about teaching and the teacher I wanted to be. After a few years, I moved back home where I am currently teaching 5th grade in the Capital Region. I believe in building a good relationship with each child, understanding their interests and strengths,  while making learning interesting and motivating them to do their best. 


Meet Ashley

Non-fiction book nerd and mother of five, Ashley brings her love for reading, children, and reading with children to every tutoring session. Her energy is contagious. She also brings her BA in Early Childhood/Special Education, her certification in Elementary/Special Education, along with her experience with children with learning disabilities and profound special needs. Author of, "Crystal Puzzle: Growing up with a Sister with Asperger's," it's not uncommon for her to write stories herself that help her students succeed. A special needs Mom herself, she also loves to help each parent find hope in the smallest steps in their child's progress. Whether the student needs help with reading, writing, spelling, math, or learning confidence, Ashley aims to make learning fun and progress attainable. Ashley also writes the Nourishing Minds Tutoring newsletter. You can find some of her stories at TheDiversityWriter.com


Meet Briana

I am a certified English Teacher, in Grades 5-9 and 7-12. I have spent the past seven years teaching in the classroom, and tutoring for local school districts and agencies. I specialize in Middle School English, and SAT Verbal prep. 

I love helping students improve their reading, writing, and strategic test- taking skills. I am passionate about helping students achieve, in all facets of the English curriculum. It is important for me to do a personal assessment with each student in order for me to know my students' strengths and next steps. 


Meet Jennifer

I am a former teacher who is fortunate to also have a successful career as an author of books for kids and teens! I have a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor's in Psychology. I taught gifted K-8 and special education. I currently do author visits and online visits in schools. I homeschooled my son, who is on the autism spectrum, from K-12, and now that he has successfully gone away to college, I get to fulfill my passion for teaching kids one-on-one by tutoring. My goal is to provide tutoring that is engaging, personalized, and effective. I love seeing students progress in reading, writing, and math and to gain confidence along the way!

I love to read, write, get together with friends, listen to podcasts, and to enjoy my son when he comes home? I have a Shitzu-Maltese named Annabelle and a cat, Wesley. 

You can find my website with information about my books here: Jennifer Roy.

 


Meet Kim

I have been a passionate educator for over 20 years. I have a Master's Degree in Education and am certified in both Indiana (General Education & Special Education) and New York (Special Education). One of my strengths is the ability to connect with students, and I help them to see their value and how they fit within school and life. Having a son with Asperger's Syndrome has grown my passion in helping students reach their full learning potential. My priority is preparing today's learners for a fast-paced world. 

 


Meet Halley

Halley Sutherland Zanconato graduated in 2004 from Catholic Central High School in Troy, NY. She has a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College, an MLIS from Rutgers University, and an MA and PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 

Dr. Sutherland started her teaching career as a High School English teacher and has spent the last decade as a certified school librarian in Massachusetts and New York, working with students in grades PreK - 12. She has received recognition and awards for innovation and excellence as a library media specialist, and has also been a respected participant and contributor with library associations at the local and state level, as well as with the school districts in which she has worked.

While away from work, Halley enjoys reading, crocheting, cooking, and spending time with family and friends...especially her two sons. She and her boys reside in Saratoga Springs. 

 


Meet Allison

I am a second year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Duke University School of Medicine, with a focus on pediatrics. I received my BS in Psychology from Clarkson University in 2019 and try to implement learning strategies into each tutoring session. I have tutored a variety of ages throughout my academic career, and there is no better feeling than watching the "lightbulb" turn on in someone's head when working with them. As a younger tutor, I am able to connect well with students while helping them accomplish their academic goals. 

 


Meet Sarah

Hi, I'm Sarah and I'm a 5th grade Special Education Teacher. I've been teaching for 3 years now and I graduated from the University of Albany with my Masters Degree in Special Education and Literacy. I love to find the level that learners are working at and make sure their foundational knowledge of the material is understood first before we learn any new skills. I always tells my learners that even though it may seem difficult now, it's just because we don't know it YET, but as soon as you learn the steps it will become easier! Before I became a teacher, I worked with adults with disabilities at the ARC and I still love to volunteer with them. I also volunteer at local animal shelters  where I love to see all of the dogs and cats. I have two cats of my own, Sammy and Archer, and when they aren't sleeping, we play with a laser and fetch with their toys!

 


  • 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
  • Chris has been a lifesaver for us! He started tutoring our son 2 summers ago when we found out he was behind and at risk of having to repeat a year of math. Chris came to our house and tutored our son twice a week that summer and got him to where he needed to be by the fall, no repeating a year of math!! He is knowledgable about the various school curriculums, great with the kids, instills confidence and gives you a report after each session. Almost two years later, Chris is still coming on a weekly basis and it helps to keep our son on task....plus we're not ready to let Chris go just yet!

    –Lindsay, Wilton NY
  • Chris has been tutoring our son, William for two years and we are thrilled with his progress. He was transferring from a private school into the public school system. Through the placement exam, we discovered that William was behind in math compared to his peer group in the public school system. The goal was to help him reach grade level and pass the entrance exam into the enriched math program. With Chris' help he was successful and is now taking enriched math and doing very well. More importantly, he is no longer anxious but is confident and enjoying math! Chris continues to work with William and provides an additional level of support. William can review concepts that he may not have fully understood in class in a judgment free setting. Chris also works with our schedule should conflicts arise. William looks forward to his tutoring sessions with Chris.

    –Nell, Greenfield NY

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