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Learning Cycle Tutors is committed to employing Tutors of the highest caliber. Each Tutor has achieved a Bachelor's Degree (minimum) and has the educational and / or professional experience to ensure the development of Confidence, Competence, and Character in our Students.

Andrew L. (Master of Arts)
Spanish, ESL / ELL, Languages, Literature, and Writing

Andrew graduated with a Master of Art degree in Spanish from Texas State University in 2005. Since graduating he has taught all levels of Spanish at the college level as well as college and high school ESL classes. He currently is a Spanish professor with Austin Community College and teaches all levels of Spanish. Andrew studied in Madrid, Spain in 1994 and worked for Immigration Services in Fort Worth for over three years. Andrew has tutored adults and school age children of all ages for more than eight years. As a person who learned Spanish later in life, Andrew knows how to help English speakers understand how the Spanish language works.

Cheryl M. (Master of Science)
Environmental & General Sciences

Cheryl is a recent transplant to Texas, and formerly a soil scientist with US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources. She earned her bachelor's degree at MSU in Agronomy, specializing in Environmental Soil Sciences, followed by her M.S. in Geospatial Information Systems. During her graduate study, Cheryl participated in a National Science Foundation Fellowship that allowed her to be in rural classrooms; designing and implementing lesson plans to bring higher science into middle and high school science classrooms. This experience, combined with her efforts in public education during her career, instilled in her a great love of environmental sciences education.

Danele Y. (Bachelor of Science)
Mathematics, Elementary Education, Environmental and General Sciences, Languages, Literature, and Writing

Danele is an English, Language Arts, and Science teacher with more than a decade of experience helping students excel in multiple disciplines. She particularly enjoys working with students as they prepare for tests, write and revise essays, decode math problems, and learn to use the scientific method. Before working for Austin ISD as a Science teacher, she trained a sales team and merchandised the consumer online laptop store for Dell, Inc. Prior to that she taught for Sylvan Learning Center and for the American Youth Foundation. Danele received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University in 2002. She is certified in English and Science and is pursuing a K-12 Special Education certification.

David M. (Doctoral Degree)
Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, & Computer Science

David received his Bachelors degree and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Mississippi State University. After a brief stint as research faculty he joined the High Performance Computing Collaboratory as an Assistant Professor. Over his career at MSU he taught both undergraduate and graduate level classes for the Aerospace, Mechanical, and Computational Engineering departments in the areas of fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and computational geometry. David moved to Austin to continue his research and currently works professionally as a development engineer for CD-adapco. Teaching engineering subjects is not a part of professional software development and David misses that facet of his former life. His experience is most appropriate for high school/college mathematics, physics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and computer science.

Elona S. (Master of Science in Education)
Mathematics, Elementary Education, Languages, Literature, and Writing

Elona taught all elementary subjects as a successful classroom teacher for thirteen years in Oregon prior to her recent move to Texas. She has taught almost all grade levels, pre K-12, spending over ten years teaching fifth and sixth grade in the state’s top school district. Creating a positive learning environment and teaching concepts in ways that are individually impactful are important to Elona. She has extensive experience teaching children of all abilities and needs. Elona holds her Masters from Western Oregon University, and her thesis focus was reading comprehension. She has also been an educator of other teachers in the areas of math, reading, organization, and strategies for alternative learners. Elona is most interested in helping children gain knowledge, thinking strategies, organizational skills and confidence in their educational pursuits. 

Erika R. (Bachelor of Science and Master of Special Education & Master Educational Diagnostician) Elementary Education, Special Education, ESL

Erika is a certified teacher who earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Minor in Early Childhood-4th from the University of North Texas. She went on to earn her Masters of Special Education and Master Educational Diagnostician degree from Texas Women’s University graduating with a 4.0. Erika has nine years of teaching experience in Elementary K-5, ESL facilitator K-5, Functional Academics, Special Education Medically Fragile, and Special Education Mild/Moderate. Erika has written modified curriculum for her previous district, given district trainings, and has worked on the diagnostic team qualifying and placing students appropriately based on their needs. She is certified Early Childhood-8th, ESL K-12, and Special Education EC-8th.

Erika W. (Master of Arts)
Mathematics

Erika is employed with Taylor ISD at the Taylor Opportunity Center and teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math. Before working at TISD, Erika was employed with San Angelo ISD as a 7th grade math teacher/interventionist. Erika graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Angelo State University. While completing her Master’s degree, Erika was nominated into three honor societies; Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Lambda Theta, and Phi Kappa Phi. She is certified to teach grades 4-8 in math, science, English, and History, with a preference for math and science.

Ilena G. (Bachelor of Arts)
Spanish, ESL/ELL, Languages, Literature, and Writing 

Ilena earned her Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in General (International) Literature from the University of California at San Diego, doing part of her coursework in literature of the original language. She went on to become a published writer and developed and wrote curriculum for the San Diego Unified School District, Education Center.She then taught in Mexico City for 6 1/2 years, where she presented at conferences for MEXTESOL and was an official examiner for the Cambridge First Certificate Exam. Back in the United States, she taught GED instruction in the Spanish language and had students pass their exams in the top 1 percentile. She designed and implemented the first-ever foreign language program taught at Pinnacles High School in Soledad, California. She is a Certified Medical Interpreter in Spanish for the state of Washington and has over 18 years of classroom experience.

Jennifer S. (Master of Education)
Mathematics, Elementary Education, Languages, Literature, and Writing

Jennifer has 17 years of leadership and teaching experience in elementary education. After graduating from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Texas State University with a Master of Educational Leadership and General Education, she began her teaching career in Katy ISD. After relocating to Austin, she has served as an educator in Round Rock, Lake Travis, and Pflugerville ISDs. For the past 9 years in Pflugerville ISD, she has taught both 2nd and 3rd grades, enrichment camp, 4th grade STAAR preparation, and an early literacy summer program within the district. Jennifer maintains a specialization in reading for grades 1st-8th. She is passionate about early literacy and teaching students reading strategies that advance their abilities. She maintains an ESL certification and a gifted and talented endorsement. Additionally, she recently earned her principal’s certification in Early Childhood through 12th grade.

Joshua B. (Master of Science)
Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science

Joshua is currently an engineer at American Innovations where he designs electronic test systems and develops microcontroller code for corrosion protection products. He also mentors middle school math students with the Austin Partners in Education (APIE). He has previously worked at National Instruments, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Zebco. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tulsa in 2006 and 2008 respectively with focus in embedded systems and hybrid electric vehicles. His experience can help students in high school and college STEM subjects.

Marie M. (Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration) Spanish and English Languages, Literature, and Writing

Marie comes from a family of educators and did her teacher training at the University of Colorado. Marie studied abroad at the prestigious TEC de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature and Language in 2006. She was the leadership program director at a Colorado Girl Scout camp for several years. Marie received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2016 with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. Marie has always had a passion for education and thoroughly enjoys working with her students to develop a deeper understanding of their curriculum. Marie is currently a bilingual sales rep in business services here in the Austin area.

Martin B. (Bachelor of Science)
Mathematics, Elementary Education, Environmental and General Sciences, Languages, Literature, and Writing

Martin is a recent Texas transplant who taught primarily Life Science and Environmental Science at Chadwick School, a nationally-recognized college preparatory school in CA. He also involved students in a variety of enrichment and extracurricular activities including on and off-campus habitat restoration and environmental projects. His students consistently earned top science fair honors, won recognition (including the grand prize) in the DuPont Challenge Science Essay contest, grants, and scholarships. He earned numerous awards and grants for his teaching, including the CA Outstanding Educator Award. Martin has been a professional birding guide, author and editor of science articles and papers, and recently became a Texas Master Naturalist. He has been substitute teaching in the Georgetown and Round Rock areas, and enjoys working one-on-one and developing a casual but respectful rapport with his students.


Michelle L. (Bachelor of Science, Graduate Student)
Mathematics, Elementary Education

Michelle currently works for Hutto ISD at Cottonwood Creek Elementary as the Mathematics Resource/Inclusion teacher serving all grades. Prior to working for Hutto ISD she taught 6th and 7th grade Resource Math at Del Valle ISD, and has worked as a paraprofessional in Leander ISD with students with Autism. She is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas where she received her B.S. in Communication Science Disorders. Currently, she is working on a Master's degree in Mathematics at Western Governors University. She is certified in Early Childhood through 12th grade Special Education, Early Childhood through 6th grade Generalist, and is preparing for her English as a Second Language exam. 

Mike S. (Master of Science)
Mathematics

Mike is a retired commissioned officer who flew helicopters and served in the United States Army for more than 26 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from the Naval Postgraduate School. He completed additional post-graduate course work in mathematics education at Auburn University at Montgomery and completed a one-year fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied leadership philosophy. His educator experiences include Student Tutor, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Mount Saint Mary’s College, and Mathematics Tutor, Mathnasium of Cedar Park, Texas.

Paula M. (Master of Education)
Elementary Education

Paula currently works for Round Rock ISD at Brushy Creek Elementary as the lead teacher in the Functional Academic Classroom. Prior to working for RRISD, she was a Resource/Inclusion teacher in Georgetown ISD, and has worked as a Paraprofessional in Pflugerville ISD with students with Autism. She is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she received a degree in Psychology. She returned to school after a career in Human Resource with The University of Texas at Austin. After years of training adults and working in other Human Resource related areas, Paula decided to focus her efforts on teaching children. She attended Texas State University where she studied Special Education. While earning her Master’s Degree, she also completed coursework for her teaching certificate. She is certified in Early Childhood through 12th grade in Special Education, Early Childhood through 6th grade for General Education, as well as a certification for English as a Second Language (ESL).

Reece P. (Bachelor of Science)
Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, and Computer Science

Reece is currently an Environmental Engineer at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He received his Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science from Texas A&M University in 2013. His tutoring background began at Kumon as a teacher in 2007. Since then, he has added various math and science subjects to his tutoring repertoire. He tutored high school and college level math and science courses throughout his college career. After moving back to Austin two years ago, he continued tutoring students in Austin and surrounding school districts as well as UT and ACC. His experience would lend hand to chemistry, mathematics, or physics through the freshman college level.

Sarah P. (Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts)
Elementary Education

Sarah taught elementary education, grades 1-4, for 11 years in Ohio. While actively teaching, she achieved her Masters in Adult Education from the University of Phoenix. Literacy is her passion and reading instruction is a very integral part of her teaching, evidenced by her involvement in the Ohio READS program. In this program, students would read aloud and retell the story in their own words, which was most essential in helping children conquer their fear of reading and giving oral presentations.Her methods combined with individualized student attention resulted in greater student comprehension and academic confidence. Sarah’s wide-reaching experiences include Toastmasters, training and technical endeavors, and student mentorship. Coming from a long lineage of educators, Sarah understands the importance of a holistic education and is well-grounded in the field.

Stephanie M. (Doctoral Candidate)
Elementary Education, Languages, Literature, and Writing (Spanish)

Stephanie is currently working on her Ph.D. in Education. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Spanish. She has been in education for 15 years and has extensive experience supporting students as an interventionist and instructional coach. She is bilingual, is GT Endorsed, and holds Texas Certifications as a Bilingual/ESL/Spanish Self-Contained 1st-6th teacher and Principal EC-12. She has 8 years of Associate Faculty experience in post-secondary, and administrative experience at elementary and secondary levels. She has tutored students through 7th grade, as well as adults for Spanish and ESL, for most of her background in education. She is passionate about helping students achieve and become life-long learners.

Sue K. (Master of Science)
Mathematics, Elementary Education, Environmental & General Sciences, Social Studies (History), Languages, Literature, and Writing

Sue earned a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene (NIOSH Fellowship) from Texas A&M University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Austin College (Sherman, TX). A native Texan, her tutoring experience began while helping college classmates improve their compositions, and as a volunteer literacy tutor for adults. She also cultivated her love of science as a laboratory technician. After graduation, she worked in Austin electronics manufacturing as an Industrial Hygienist, and as an Environmental Health & Safety Professional, implementing programs and training to protect worker health, safety, and the environment. She then joined the TNRCC (Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, now the TCEQ) as a Toxicologist. Her focus for the next 10 years was home education, which led to teaching 3rd-4th grades for two years at Classical Conversations (homeschool enrichment program). She has since volunteered at her children's classical Christian academy, with a focus on 4th-6th grade math. Sue's experience with children also includes volunteering at a local weekly Bible study program, and many happy summers at camp (as a Counselor, Swimming Instructor, Jr. Counselor Director, and Activity Director). She would be honored to tutor your student, with the goals of fostering academic excellence and a life-long love of learning.

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