With over 10 years of experience in elementary schools, middle schools (both as a teacher and administrator), and over 18 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 the 1st Assistant Chief with the Wilton Fire Department.
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.
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
- 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