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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.

Danele Y. (Bachelor of Science)
Mathematics, Elementary Education, 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.

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.

Jenny O. (Bachelor of Arts)
Elementary Education, Languages, Literature, and Writing

Jenny is currently employed at Brushy Creek Elementary as a second grade teacher. She has been teaching at Brushy Creek for thirteen years. She has taught first, second, and fourth grades. Prior to teaching in RRISD, she taught second grade in Tucson, Arizona. Jenny earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Arizona. She is certified to teach 1st-8th grades. She also has her certifications in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Talented and Gifted (TAG). She has a passion for reading and writing and loves to help students develop the same passion and love she has for these two subjects. She has received extensive training in helping students prepare for the writing STAAR in grades 4th and 7th. When not working, Jenny enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with her two children.

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.

Katherine O. (Master of Science)
Mathematics, Physics, Engineering & Computer Science, Elementary Education, General Sciences, Languages, Literature & Writing (French)

Katherine is a world traveler who has currently made a home in Texas. Previously, she worked as a process engineer in Houston and as a Project Lead for the Department of Energy at Mississippi State University. She first earned her Bachelors of Science in Analytic Chemistry at St. John’s University in New York, and then her Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. During her university studies, her passion for science and technology created an opportunity for her to work with at risk students in both fourth grade and eighth grade who were struggling in STEM subjects. She also spent time tutoring students in middle school, high school, and university to help simplify some of the difficult aspects of math and science. It is Katherine’s goal to combine her range of experience with her ability to be a compassionate and enthusiastic teacher that can make a positive contribution to your child’s education.

Kelli W. (Master of Business Administration)
Elementary Education, Languages, Literature & Writing

Kelli was born and raised in the Lone Star state. She recently graduated from Strayer University with an Master of Business Administration and is currently working on her Master of Public Accounting. With a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Reading Intervention from Concordia University in Austin, she is ready to help your child excel academically and socially. When not spending time tutoring or studying for her own classes, Kelli enjoys being outdoors, listening to music, and shopping.

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.

Mishel B. (Bachelor of Science Nursing)
Elementary Education, General Sciences

Mishel has been an Austin area resident for over 13 years.  She earned an associate’s degree in Nursing from Carolinas Medical Center in North Carolina and has more than 10 years of nursing experience in cardiology, critical care, and rehabilitation.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from South University while serving as a cardiac nurse.  She volunteers within her community with girl scout and cub scout troops, theatre department, and served as a Sunday school teacher for 15 years.  Mishel has a love for teaching through experimentation and hands-on learning.  She is passionate about science and helping students develop an interest in the “how” and “why” of problem solving.  In her free time, Mishel enjoys reading, volunteering, outdoor sports, and listening to music.

Pam D. (Master of Education)
Elementary Education

Pam was born and raised in Austin, Texas (not many of those around).  Pam has taught 2nd and 4th grade in Round Rock ISD and most recently served at The University of Texas at Austin as an Academic Advising Coordinator with the Cockrell School of Engineering.  Pam holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in reading. Pam has recently retired from UT Austin and wants to continue working with elementary aged students, helping them academically while guiding them to develop a love for learning.  Pam enjoys her family, friends (especially her dinner and book club) and yoga.

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.

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