ANNA TREESARA, M.S.ED.
FOUNDER & ELA TUTOR
TUTORS: English Language Arts, Spanish, ACT/SAT Prep, College Planning, and Workforce Development
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in English Education - Bradley University; Master of Science in Language Arts Instruction - Northeastern Illinois University
Anna was born and raised in the Avondale neighborhood in Chicago and is a former high school English teacher who taught abroad in Thailand for one year and in Chicago for three years. She transitioned out of teaching in hopes of creating a larger and more meaningful impact beyond the classroom walls. After leaving the classroom, she joined a workforce development nonprofit focused on providing internship opportunities for CPS seniors. In November 2019, Anna decided to finally start up her own tutoring business to focus on individualized lifelong learning and providing high-quality educational services. Anna currently lives in Lincoln Square with her husband Kyle and their dog Addison, and she enjoys working out at Orangetheory Fitness and reading for her book club Brunchin’ Bookworms!
ELA, TEST PREP, & EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING TUTOR
TUTORS: English, Reading, SAT Prep, College Planning, Organization, and Intensive Literacy Training
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature - University of Michigan; Master of Arts in Teaching - Dominican University
Rebecca grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and spent a year studying and volunteering in a preschool in Israel before studying English, linguistics, and the history of art at the University of Michigan. Rebecca has always been passionate about literacy and education and moved to Chicago as a Teach for America Corps member in 2016. During her corps experience, Rebecca earned a Master of Arts in Teaching at Dominican University. She has worked as an English and Creative Writing teacher at Catalyst Maria High School ever since, now entering her fifth year in the classroom. Rebecca has experience working with a wide range of students, which includes volunteering in an Israeli preschool, tutoring middle school students, working as a camp counselor for young adults with special needs, and implementing an intensive literacy intervention program (REWARDS) for teens. Rebecca has also worked as a classroom specialist in the Cleveland Clinic’s ADHD Summer Treatment Program for elementary students, a program designed to hone stronger classroom behavior and independent management skills. Rebecca has experience in curriculum development, having created and designed the 11th grade Honors curriculum at Catalyst, and she is now working to align the reading curriculum at her school for grades 6-12. Rebecca loves getting to work with students of all ages and backgrounds and deeply believes in the power of literature as a means of engagement at every age. When she is not reading or teaching, she is usually practicing yoga, cooking, or walking by the lake.
TUTORS: Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Math, and Computer Science
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering - Washington University in St. Louis; Master of Arts in Teaching - Relay Graduate School of Education; Master of Science in Energy Engineering - University of Illinois at Chicago
After majoring in Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, Alexandra moved to Chicago to pursue teaching through Teach For America. She worked as a 10th grade Engineering teacher for two years on the West Side of Chicago at ITW David Speer Academy. After Alexandra's two-year commitment to teaching was up, she found a job at McMaster-Carr as a software developer. At McMaster, she has learned how to design, implement, and test code. While working at McMaster, she also obtained her Master's degree in Energy Engineering at the University of Illinois-Chicago. As someone who has spent the past ten years or so in STEM, Alexandra is passionate about helping students grow and succeed in their math and science courses, as well as any other STEM classes their school may offer. She loves getting to know her students and helping them flourish, however that may mean for them.
MATH & SCIENCE TUTOR
TUTORS: Math & Science for Grades K-8
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Boston College; Master of Arts in Teaching - Dominican University
After graduating from Boston College with a major in Psychology, Laura moved to Chicago as a Corps Member with Teach for America. She worked as a 7th and 8th-grade science teacher for two years in Humboldt Park at Casals School of Excellence. After leaving the classroom, Laura moved to New York City, where she worked for a primary research firm. However, she missed Chicago immensely and ended up moving back! Laura now works as a Customer Success Manager at Workiva, a software company. Laura is still passionate about education and volunteers at an after-school program through the Woods Family Foundation. She currently lives in the Gold Coast and enjoys walks on the lake, Core Power Yoga, and scoping out new restaurants to try all over the city.
ELA, MATH, & DRAMATIC ARTS TUTOR
TUTORS: English Language Arts & Drama for Grades K-12, Math for Grades K-8
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre - North Central College; Master of Education in Elementary Teaching and Learning - DePaul University
Rachael has served as an educator for more than 10 years in a multitude of roles including being a First Year Mentor in college, a Teaching Artist on tour with Prairie Fire Children's Theatre, an Assistant Teacher at the Latin School, a summer camp Program Instructor, a Dramatic Arts Program Facilitator, and an elementary teacher with CPS. Rachael has worked with a wide range of students, including those in junior kindergarten through undergraduate programs. Through her diverse experiences in a variety of educational settings, Rachael has developed a passion for working with students one-on-one and supporting them in meeting their independent learning goals. When not teaching or acting, Rachael enjoys Zumba, reading for her book club, and taking ballroom dance classes.
MEET OUR TUTORS!
SECONDARY MATH & NWEA PREP TUTOR
TUTORS: Algebra I-III, Geometry, NWEA Test Prep
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Special Education - Illinois State University; Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - National Louis University; Endorsements in LBS-1 and English as a Second Language
David has been a special education teacher for the past ten years after getting his degree at Illinois State University. He has taught in therapeutic day schools, high schools, and is currently teaching at an elementary school in CPS. Throughout his years in the classroom, he has been able to find success teaching students who have dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and other specific learning disabilities. He encourages his students to embrace their unique learning styles and provides a multi-modal instructional experience.
MATH & NWEA PREP TUTOR
TUTORS: 6th-8th Math, Algebra I, NWEA Test Prep
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in Middle Child Education - Ohio University; Master of Arts in Cultural Studies and Education - Ohio University
Nick moved from Ohio to Chicago to begin his teaching career. He transitioned from a grant coordinator of an Appalachian school district to teach middle school math in Chicago Public Schools. Starting in CPS, Nick taught in Humboldt Park for six years. He taught 6th - 8th grade and high school placement algebra. In addition to mathematics, he was involved in his students' high school matriculation and is knowledgeable about NWEA test preparation and the Selective Enrollment entry process. In 2017, Nick completed his principal endorsement through New Leaders by serving as the resident principal at a CPS school in Belmont Cragin. After choosing to stay closer to the classroom and more connected with students, Nick accepted a position as an instructional coach where he provided feedback to teachers regarding engagement and instruction. He was happy to officially return to the classroom in 2020 as a 6th grade teacher, guiding students to their own understanding of the math. He believes in offering a variety of solution methods and allowing students to articulate their thinking and understanding.
ELEMENTARY MATH, ELA, EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING, & NWEA PREP TUTOR
TUTORS: Primary and Intermediate Math, Reading, and Writing; Independent Functioning and Task Management Skills; NWEA Test Prep
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Special Education - The Ohio State University; Master's of Education in Urban Education - National Louis University
Megan has been a special education teacher at the primary and intermediate level for 10 years. She has taught in New York City and Chicago, holding a current job as a special education teacher and case manager in CPS. Megan is passionate about working with students' diverse learning needs to support their growth in math, reading, and independent functioning. She holds strength in creating visual representations of concepts and graphic organizers to tie into each lesson.
SECONDARY MATH & SCIENCE TUTOR
TUTORS: Algebra I & II, Biology, Chemistry, ELA
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Public Policy - University of Chicago; Master's of Arts in European Politics - Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland; Master's of Arts in Public Policy - Central European University in Budapest, Hungary
Justyna has been teaching high school in CPS for the past 7 years with experience in Algebra I and II, and high school science courses. She entered into education through Chicago Teaching Fellows, a rigorous alternative-certification program dedicated to training talented professionals to become highly skilled educators. Justyna earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Public Policy from the University of Chicago. After her undergraduate studies, she moved to Europe, where she received two Master’s degrees, one in European Politics from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and one in Public Policy from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Justyna spent several years working as a consultant in public affairs and government relations in Brussels before realizing her true calling in education.