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Our tutors

Raleigh Tutoring tutors are dedicated and talented. They are all experienced classroom teachers who are skilled in their subject areas and knowledgeable in curriculum goals and testing expectations. We don’t hire students, unlike many other tutoring programs. Additionally, most hold North Carolina certification, many have completed Master's degrees, lots have been recognized with peer awards such as Teacher of the Year, and several have earned National Board Certification, a designation signifying teaching excellence.

As a result, Raleigh Tutoring tutors excel at what they do. They know that every student is unique, so they tailor their lessons based on your child’s unique needs. Raleigh Tutoring tutors not only clearly explain subject matter, they also encourage, coach, challenge, and provide timely feedback to students and their parents.

When you entrust us with your child’s future, we’ll help him or her overcome obstacles and gain the self-confidence needed to succeed in school--and beyond.

Victoria Karakis has a Bachelor of Science from Bucknell University, and is currently in the second year of a doctorate program in Chemical Engineering at N.C. State University. She has tutoring and teaching experience at the middle school, high school and college level and is excellent with study skills. She also tutors math and science (chemistry and biology) at Raleigh Tutoring.

Daniel Mikkelson, a 2015 graduate of N.C. State University, is pursuing a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, also at N.C. State. He hopes to teach at a specialized high school such as the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, his alma mater. He has been tutoring math and science since he was in the sixth grade. In addition to tutoring advanced math and the hard sciences, Daniel is also certified by Raleigh Tutoring to help students prepare for the math section of the SAT. As a 10th grader, Daniel m...

Justin Vento has six years of experience tutoring science and math through calculus, including at the Tutor Shack in Montclair, N.J. and at the Manhattan College Center for Academic Success. Justin graduated summa cum laude from Manhattan College in 2014 with a B.S. in chemical engineering. In addition to tutoring, he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering at N.C. State, and plans to go into teaching and research at the college level. Justin tutors math, chem...

Jenny Ayers is an East Carolina University Teaching Fellow with 10 years of teaching experience; she currently teaches sophomore and junior English at Enloe High School. After hours and during the summer, Jenny tutors students in reading, writing, time management/organization, and test prep, including the SAT and ACT, both of which she is internally certified by Raleigh Tutoring to tutor.

When she's not teaching middle school science in Durham, Tonelia Mowatt tutors student in math, science and study skills at Raleigh Tutoring. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida A & M and a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences from North Carolina Central University. Tonelia has teaching and tutoring experience at the middle school, high school, and college level and was recently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Biology at North Carolina Central.  

Jon Bruno teaches American history and AP American history at Falls Lake Academy by day, and tutors students in history, social studies and the verbal sections of the SAT in his spare time. Previously, he taught at North East Carolina Prep School. Jon received a Master's in Education and a Bachelor's in history and social sciences from Emory and Henry College in Virginia. A former soccer player for his college team, Jon also enjoys coaching both boys and girls soccer.

Jason Levy taught high school math, from algebra 1 through precalculus, in the Philadelphia public school system for 10 years until his relocation to the Raleigh area in 2017. Prior to joining Raleigh Tutoring, he worked at Cary-based Aplus Tutor, where he helped both middle and high school students. Jason earned a B.S. degree in math education from West Chester University. He is currently pursuing a math teaching position in Wake County, but plans to continue tutoring.

Patrick O'Connell has a B.S. in adolescent education from St. John's University and an M.S. in gifted education from the College of New Rochelle. He currently teaches world history and English at Quest Academy Charter School and has previous experience teaching these subjects as well as writing and geography at several other locations.

Sarah Armlin has a BS in Environmental Science from Northland College  in Ashland, WI and a Masters of Arts in Instruction from St. Mary's University in Winona, MN.  She has ten years of teaching experience and taught math, English, science, history, and special education in Washington, DC and in Raleigh. She is currently an Exceptional Children's Facilitator for Durham County Schools where she facilitates IEP meetings and manages compliance concerns.

Samantha Levine has a B.S. in Sociology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a certified middle school teacher. Samantha has taught middle school language arts, has tutored students in all core subjects, and has served as the Interim Principal at Beth Orr Religious School. She is currently teaching at Envision Science Academy, a public STEAM charter school.

Julia graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Grove City College and a M.A.T. in English from Bob Jones University. Julia previously taught high school English at Wilmington Christian Academy in addition to tutoring a variety of subject areas. She has tutored at several Sylvan Learning Centers in the past, and she currently tutors a variety of subjects at Raleigh Tutoring such as middle/high school reading, writing, and study skills; SAT, ACT, and AP Test preparation; college essay...

Chris Clark has a BA in history from UNC-CH and a teaching certification from NC State.  He has six years of teaching experience and currently teaches middle school math at Hilburn Academy.  

Bryan Wright has a BA in chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill and a masters of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has over 20 years of experience teaching and tutoring. He is one of Raleigh Tutoring's top certified SAT/ACT math and science tutors. 

June Workman received her B.A. in education from the University of Florida and her Masters of Education from Grand Canyon University. She has nine years’ experience teaching language arts at the secondary level, four years in a special education classroom, and fifteen years tutoring grades k-12 in math, writing and reading. June's hobbies include music and singing, as well as working with animal rescue organizations. 

An English and writing tutor since 2009, Suzanne Wood has also taught English composition at Western Carolina University and Durham Technical Community College. She specializes in helping students master the English, reading and writing sections of the ACT and SAT, on which she consistently scores in the 99th percentile as part of Raleigh Tutoring's test-prep certification program. She holds a Master’s in English from Western Carolina University and a Bachelor’s in journalism fro...

Ethan Wicker is completing a five-year program in Mathematics and Mathematics Education at N.C. State, where he is expected to graduate in 2017. At N.C. State, he is a Noyce Mathematics Teaching Scholar, a prestigious program sponsored by the National Science Foundation to encourage people who are talented in math and science to pursue teaching careers. He can teach and tutor math subjects through AP calculus, and is certified by our office to prep students for both the SAT and ACT. 

Candyce Taylor is a language arts and social studies teacher currently employed at Wendell Middle School. She has a Master's in Education from N.C. State and a Bachelor's in Education from East Carolina University. Candyce is great with study skills. 

Dianna Stavros is certified to teach K-6 elementary, 6-9 math, K-12 academically gifted and technology facilitation. Her diverse, extensive education experience includes teaching middle school in Maine and in Durham, and serving as a technology integration specialist in Durham. She specializes in tutoring math and study skills. Dianna has a B.S. in education from the University of Southern Maine Gorham, and a Master’s in Education from North Carolina State University.

Allie Snyder teaches humanities to grades 7-9 at Thales Academy in Rolesville, where she also serves as a mentor to teachers who are in their 1st-3rd years of teaching. Previously, she served as an English teacher at Millbrook High School in Raleigh. She is certified to teach K-12 English. Allie received her Bachelor of Arts in English Education from UNC Wilmington in 2012. 

Nathan Rutko has a Bachelor of Science degree in social studies from Elizabethtown College, a certification in Historic Preservation, and a Master's degree in education from Gwynedd-Mercy College. He is triligual and speaks English, German, and Russian. He currently teaches middle school special education at Falls Lake Academy. 

Steve Rutherford attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received a bachelor's degree in middle school education with a focus on science and math. He taught both math and science at Daniel's Middle School from 1993-2005, and then math and science at Cathedral school from 2007-present. Steve hasprivately tutored high school and elementary students in math and science since 1993 as well, from 6th grade math up to pre-calculus and earth science up to physics. He is certified by Raleigh tutoring ...

Sammie Ripley received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Calvin College. She currently teaches 4th grade at Angier Elementary, and she is skilled in teaching all subject areas. She also has previous tutoring experience with Sylvan Learning Center. She is young and energetic, and her enthusiasm for teaching is contagious.

Sara King attended the College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina University, where she received an undergraduate degree in studio art. After several years working in media and broadcasting, Sara received a master's degree in art education, with a focus on integrating art with other subject areas. She currently works as a visual arts teacher at Wakefield High School in Raleigh and is also certified in middle school science.

Maggie Kelly received a B.A. in English education from North Carolina State University with a double minor in Spanish and anthropology. She currently teaches sophomore and junior English classes at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, NC. Before that, she taught at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, NC.

Erin Keener has taught science at the middle school level since 2013. She is currently a science teacher at Hillburn Middle School in Raleigh. She has also worked as a tutor at a Kumon Learning Center. She graduated from NC State in 2011 with a degree in science education.

Donna Kaye has a M.A., A.B.D., English Language and Literature from Indiana University and a B.A. cum laude from Smith College. Donna taught college composition and expository writing at universities in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Massachusetts, she was Director of the Writing Proficiency Requirement at the University of Massachusetts. Donna has also tutored previously with Kaplan University. She has extensive experience in SAT/ACT preparation, English/grammar skills, essay writing, study sk...

Sandra Huff recently retired from the Wake County Public School System. She has 31 years of teaching experience, 24 years of which she spent teaching as a Title I Intervention teacher specializing in grades K-5. She also has her masters in reading (grades K-12) and is a reading specialist.

Carissa Harmon began her teaching career in 2012 after receving both a Master's of Education (N.C. State) and Bachelor of Science in elementary Education (UNC-Greensboro). She is presently a third grade teacher at Fuller Elementary School in Raleigh, and previously taught second and third grades at Eastern Elementary in Greenville, N.C. She excels at helping students in grades K-12 improve their reading proficiency.

Sean Grinstead received a B.A. in integrated social studies from Ohio University and a masters in special education from North Carolina State University. He is currently teaching at Broughton High School.

Jaymee Gaskins received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's in Reading Education from Meredith College. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and has been teaching for 16 years and has 10 years of tutoring experience.

Ben Gabin earned his B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University. He has experience teaching math and Spanish at the high school and college levels, and he also taught English in Chile. Ben specializes in tutoring SAT and ACT test prep. Ben is currently teaching our ACT math and science classes at Cary Academy and at St. Mary's School.

Linda Blaine is a master tutor with over 25 years of combined teaching and tutoring experience. She has consistently helped students achieve success in middle school and high school math, biology and physical science. Linda graduated summa cum laude from Queens University in Charlotte with a BS in Biology. She obtained her teaching certification at NCSU where she has also taken graduate courses in counseling. Linda is also a certified Life Coach which has enabled her to help students build confi...

Toni Cambier has a B.A. in Music Education from Knox College, a M.S.E. (Reading Specialist) from Western Illinois University, and a MLS from North Carolina Central University. She is an experienced classroom teacher, reading specialist and librarian. Toni has served as a Title I Reading and Math specialist and has also taught math in the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classrooms. Math was always her first love; hence the need for the Reading Specialist degree to augment her knowledge base.

Sarah Burton is a certified ACT tutor with Raleigh Tutoring. She attended Sterling College and was a high school English teacher in Kansas for six years before moving to North Carolina in 2009. She has a Masters of Education as a Reading Specialist.

Kate Chambers graduated cum laude with a B.S. in English from The College at Brockport, State University of New York. She is certified in Language Arts 6-9, English 9-12, and in Special Education (General Curriculum). She currently teaches at Wendell Middle School. Kate is a young, nurturing, dynamic, and knowledgeable teacher. Her goal as a tutor is "to provide students the guidance and individualized support needed to develop their academic skills while inspiring life-long learning."...

Somer Alford received a B.A. in elementary education from UNCW and a master’s in curriculum, supervision, and development from NC State. She has ten years experience teaching grades 3, 4, and 5. She is currently an AIG teacher in Wake County where she spends many of her afternoons working with students in grades 1-5 in a 21st century learning program.

Bridget Callan has ten years of experience working as an English Language Arts teacher at the secondary level and has served as a curriculum leader at her school. She received her B.A. in English with certification in secondary education from State University College at Geneseo. She graduated from State University College at Brockport with a Master of Science in Education and Human Development, as well as a Master of Arts in English.

Bridget Cowan received a B.S. in elementary education with a cognate in art from Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina. She has ten years teaching experience in elementary art, technology, and 2nd-4th grades, and she also has seven years tutoring experience.