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LORI SPENCER

LORI SPENCER

CERTIFIED SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER and OWNER

Tutors Grades:

K-5th grades

Subjects:

Math

 Tutoring Locations:

Online and in our Alpharetta office

MICHELLE CORNWALL

 CERTIFIED TEACHER
Answers In-take Line

Tutors Grades:

 K-5th grades

Subjects:

All Subjects

Tutoring Location:

 Online

Shenaz Lilywala

Tutors Grades: 

 K-5 grades

Subjects: 

Orton-Gillingham Trained Reading Teacher

Tutoring Location:

Alpharetta office; in-home in the Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Dunwoody, Atlanta, and Decatur areas. Also tutors online.

SUE HOLDER

SUE HOLDER

Tutors Grades: 

 3-9th grades

Subjects: 

Math

Tutoring Location:

Online

COURTNEY TORIBIO

Tutors Grades: 

K-9th grades

Subjects: 

All Subjects

Orton-Gillingham trained teacher

Tutoring Locations: 

In our Alpharetta office, online, and in-home (Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, and Milton areas) 

Courtney is an advocate for students with special needs!

DIANE T. HUGHS

Tutors Grades: 

4-8th grades

Subjects: 

Reading, Language Arts

Tutoring Locations: 

In our Alpharetta office, online, in-home in Cobb and Fulton Counties

KAREN BROWNING

Tutors Grades: 

 1st-5th grades

Subjects: 

All Subjects

Tutoring Locations:


Tutoring in-home in the Gwinnett County or Walton County areas, and

Karen also tutors online

Peggy Dunleavy

Tutors Grades: 

K-6th grades

Subjects: 

Reading, Writing, Special Education

Tutoring Locations:

Alpharetta office, online, in-home (Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Dacula, Grayson)

Peggy is an IEP advocate for students with special needs! 

HEIDI E DRISCOLL

HEIDI E. DRISCOLL

CERTIFIED TEACHER

Tutors Grades: 

5-10th grades

Subjects:

Mathematics, Special Education

Tutoring Locations:

Alpharetta office, online, in-home (Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, Roswell, and Milton)

Heidi is an advocate for students with special needs!

ADAM BYKOFSKY

Tutors Grades:

6-11th grades

Subjects:

Math & Science

Tutoring Locations:

In our Alpharetta office, online, and in-home (Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, Sugar Hill)

Kim Marie Hedges

Tutors Grades:

 Pre-K through high school students

Subjects:

English/Language Arts 

Tutoring Locations:

Tutors in our Alpharetta office, in-home (Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Peachtree Corners areas.)  Also tutors online

EMILY GRUND

Tutors Grades: 

Pre-K to 5th grades

Subjects: 

Reading, Math, Special Education (Self-Contained Special Ed Teacher)

Tutoring Locations: 

Tutoring in the Alpharetta office, online, in- home in Roswell, Milton, Alpharetta, and Woodstock 

PRIYA GANDHI

Tutors Grades: 

PrK-2nd 

Subjects: 

Math - Montessori Teacher

Tutoring Locations:

Alpharetta office.

LAURIE DONNELL

Tutors Grades:

6-12th grades

Subjects:

Math, Special Education

Tutoring Locations: 

Online

(Works during the summer months)

Laurie is an advocate for students with special needs!

FROM LORI SPENCER

I started this company in 2017 after almost 19 years in public education working with students with special needs. As a special education teacher I never felt like I was truly helping children in the way they deserved to be helped. There were just too many obstacles in the way. Some of these obstacles were large class sizes, paperwork limiting the time with my students, and limited staff. It was frustrating and I became unhappy. I had a dream to be able to work with a student one-on-one, focusing on his/her individualized needs; tailoring a plan just right for the student. There is nothing like seeing that aha moment in a child's eye!

LORI SPENCER

 Teachers as Tutors has grown and we have many wonderful new teachers that have joined our staff. These teachers share my dream of helping the individual learner. It's an honor to work among so many talented teachers/tutors! We now tutor students in special and regular education; in all subjects and grades! Since Covid-19, we can tutor online, and yes we still tutor in our Alpharetta office! Further, we can tutor in your home offering one-on-one assistance that is convenient for your family. Earlier this year we even developed learning pods for digital learners offering students and their parents a certified teacher to navigate through the learning day at home. I can't say enough how proud I am of this company! Did I say we have also become advocates that can actually go into IEP meetings with you to make sure your child receives the best plan available? Please call and schedule an appointment with one of our tutors today!

Tutors children in math from ages K-6th grades online or in our Alpharetta office.

MICHELLE CORNWALL (Answers intake line)

Michelle graduated from Walden University with a Master of Arts in in Teaching, Specialization in Special Education - Learning Disabilities. She is certified in both special education and regular education from grades

primary to 5th grade. Michelle has taught in Elementary school as both a regular education teacher and a special education teacher for ten years. Michelle is passionately committed to helping students flourish both academically and socially to become confident and productive individuals in life.

Michelle tutors children in all academic areas from ages K-5th grades online.

Shenaz Lilywala

I graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching from University of Georgia with an ESOL endorsement. I have been using hands-on strategies to differentiate instruction as a public-school classroom teacher. I was trained in the Orton Gillingham (OG) approach as a classroom educator and have been using it the last three years in my classroom. Learning the OG approach was a life changing experience for me because it provided me with the tools to help my students, which I did not have as a student myself. Through the OG approach I can work with students to identify their specific areas of growth based on the Science of Reading research to meet them where they are. I look at all areas of reading such as phonemic awareness, phonics, encoding, decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. I work with students on their specific needs by providing explicit instruction using multisensory strategies. I am currently working on becoming further certified with OG to eventually become a fellow/trainer.

Shenaz tutors’ students in grades K-5 in math and reading in our Alpharetta office; in-home in the Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Dunwoody, Atlanta, and Decatur areas. Also tutors online.

SUE HOLDER

Sue graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and then received certification from the University of Georgia in Special Education P-12.

SUE HOLDER

In addition to Special Education, Sue is Certified in General Education Math and Reading 4 -12, and has taught in public schools for 17 years. Sue's teaching experience is middle school and high school, and she recently retired from high school teaching, primarily Algebra. Sue takes pride in helping students understand that which they find difficult and to work with both students and parents to help children realize their capabilities and gain confidence.

Sue tutors children from grades 3 - 9 in Mathematics online.

COURTNEY TORIBIO

As an educator and tutor, I have over 18 years of experience working with children with special needs and elementary/middle school students.

 I am highly skilled in teaching struggling readers and am certified in Elementary and Special Education, as well as Orton Gillingham trained. I am experienced with developing and implementing goals to enhance student achievement. I can collaborate with teachers, child study teams, and parents for students with autism, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and behavioral issues. I consider myself a kindhearted and empathetic professional who develops hands-on lessons and differentiates instruction to meet the needs of each individual child. Let Courtney be your child's advocate! Call for more details. 

Tutors in our Alpharetta office; in-home in the Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Cumming, and Milton areas, Also tutors online.

Diane T. Hughs 

Diane graduated with a Bachelor of Science from UGA. She is a Birthing of the Giants Alumni, MIT. She holds Teaching Certifications in the states of Texas and Georgia. Diane taught Language Arts and Reading. She is certified in English as a Second Language in grades 4-8. Further, she was trained under Teach for America after a career in entrepreneurship.  

Diane uses innovative and creative strategies to break down complex concepts to simplest form for the student, then building back to the complex for greater understanding. She teaches to the student’s strengths, while building up their weakness to develop confident, engaged learners. 

Diane tutors in all content areas grades K-8

She tutors in-home in the Cobb County or Fulton County areas. She also tutors in the Alpharetta office or online. 

Karen Browning

Karen graduated with an Early Childhood Education degree from Tift College of Mercer University. She has taught in public schools and homeschooled her children for almost 30 years. She is certified in elementary and special education as well as having a gifted endorsement. She recognizes that each student is unique and learns in his/her own way. She enjoys personalizing lessons to fit the student’s needs. Karen has taught third, fourth and fifth grades in the public schools.

Karen tutors children in all academic areas from third – fifth grades.

She tutors in-home in Gwinnett County or Walton County areas. 

Karen now tutors online.

Peggy Dunleavy

Peggy has taught special education in the public schools for 31 years. During her tenure, Peggy received Teacher of the Year 3 different times! Her experience ranges from teaching children from kindergarten age through grade 6 as well as teaching high school equivalency classes. She is certified at the bachelor’s level in Regular Education K-6 and teaching of students with Mild/Moderate Intellectual Disabilities. She is certified in teaching students identified with Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders, at the master’s level. She also has a Specialist Degree in Leadership and Reading instruction. Additionally, she has taught in private settings for five years. Within those years, she taught General Education for two years, but the majority of her experience is in working with special needs students.

She just retired from the Gwinnett County School System in June of 2021, Osborne Middle School in Hoschton, GA. She is excited for a new teaching chapter that continues to allow her to instruct children who need improvement in their reading and written expression skills, but also allows her more time to spend with her family. She greatly looks forward to this new experience and with doing her best to assist the children under her care. 


Peggy is an IEP advocate for students with special needs!

Tutors in the Alpharetta office, online, in-home (Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Dacula, Grayson).

Peggy Engelman

Heidi E. Driscoll

As an Educator with more than 20 years’ experience, working with students is what I enjoy most. My background is in grades 5-10 mathematics and in K-12 special education.

Along with teaching, I have tutoring experience, several years of STEM experience, and hands on experience using multiple different curricula. Each child is an individual with his/her own specific needs. My goal is to give them the most positive and productive experience that you and they could possibly hope for. Let Heidi be your child’s advocate! Call for more details.

Tutors in our Alpharetta office; in-home in the Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Duluth, Roswell, and Milton areas, Also tutors online.

HEIDI E DRISCOLL

Adam Bykofsky

Adam has years of experience in teaching math. He has been a certified teacher in Georgia for the last 17 years. Math has always been his favorite subject, and he has a strong grasp of math concepts throughout his education.

Adam Bykofsky

As a tutor, Adam has had many years of experience in teaching math. He has taught both one-on-one and group lessons for students. He has also helped students prepare for large, content-heavy examinations like the SAT Math sections, EOCTs, Georgia Milestones, and more. He likes to focus on identifying his students’ strengths and weaknesses, so that he can adjust his classes in a way that will be personalized and tailored to them. He believes that to fully master a topic or concept students need to be fully immersed (doing multiple practice questions so that they understand the entire scope of questions that can be asked on a particular topic), and he does his best to provide that.

Adam’s approach for helping students improve in mathematics is to first explain the math concepts, and then show a few math problems, step-by-step, from their school or test prep books. He will also show them multiple ways to solve the problems to help them understand the overall concept. Then, he will have students do extra problems on their own to ensure they can apply what they have learned. Throughout the tutoring session, he will continuously go over the problems that they are having a hard time with. He truly feels that these math skills will enable his students to tackle any problem that is thrown their way!

Tutors in our Alpharetta office, online, and in-home (Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, Sugar Hill).

Kim Marie

Originally an English and Communication major graduating from Canisius College of Buffalo, New York, Kim Marie became a certified teacher to share her love of English/Language Arts with children of all ages. She has taught in the elementary and middle grades classrooms for over 15 years, implementing and facilitating a creative literature and grammar curriculum for her classes in both public and private school systems in Georgia, Florida, and Texas. She has also tutored with over 20 years of experience.

Kim Marie

Kim Marie tutors Pre-K through high school students, specializing in reading comprehension, grammar, writing, and literary analysis.

Kim Marie tutors in our Alpharetta office; in-home in the Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Peachtree Corners areas. She also tutors online.

Emily Grund

Emily has 19 years of teaching experience, ranging from grades Kindergarten to 5th. She has a wide variety of teaching experiences with both general education and special education. 

Emily

She has taught 4th and 5th grade math and reading for 12 years. During that time, she tutored students from grades Kindergarten to 7th. Emily has taught special education resource to grades Kindergarten and 3rd for one year. For the past 6 years, she has taught in a self-contained Autism class for grades Kindergarten to 2nd. 

Emily tutors in the Alpharetta office, online, and in-home in Roswell, Milton, Alpharetta, and Woodstock.

Priya Gandhi

Priya Gandhi has worked in the early childhood field for over 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Teaching and a certification in Early Childhood Education. She has also completed a certification in Montessori Education

She is married and enjoys spending time with her family. She has a true passion for working with young and energetic learners. She enjoys getting to know the distinct individual qualities of each child, helping them maximize their strengths, and enabling them to build their confidence and competence.  

Laurie Donnell

Laurie graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Social Science Education. She also earned her Master of Education from Georgia Southern University in Instructional Technology and her Specialist in Education from Thomas University in Teacher Leadership. She also has several graduate level credits in mathematics. 

Laurie is certified in middle and high school math and history. She is also certified in K-12 in special education and physical education. She currently works as a collaborative teacher in high school math. She delivers specialized instruction to students with disabilities including several with ADHD and those who are on the Autism spectrum. She has 4 children: 3 with ADHD and 1 who is on the spectrum as well. In addition, she has been diagnosed with ADHD herself. 

She has been teaching in public schools since 1998, mostly in high school social studies and math classes, and she has 7 years of experience with writing IEP's for students with disabilities. Her experience with students who struggle has helped her become more understanding to the needs of her students. She lives on a small farm in Milner, GA with her husband and 2 of her children. 


Laurie tutors middle and high school math.

Laurie is an advocate for students with special needs!

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