Katy is a passionate educator with a wealth of experience in the field of education. Over the past 15 years, Katy has worked tirelessly to empower students and teachers alike—helping them achieve their goals and reach their full potential. As a high school English teacher, Katy gained firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing students and communities. She worked tirelessly to create a safe and supportive learning environment where students could grow academically and personally. After several years of teaching, Katy took her passion for education to the nonprofit sector at Teach For America and later to the Tennessee Department of Education where she led internal communications and other statewide initiatives. Katy founded Thrive Tutoring in Nashville in 2018 as a way to connect students with the best and brightest teachers in the community. Her dedication to education is fueled by her belief that every student deserves the opportunity to succeed. She is committed to providing students with the tools and resources they need to thrive, and she is constantly pushing herself and her team to find innovative ways to foster student success.
Lizzie is a dynamic and talented individual who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role as Director of Talent and Development. With a background in Special Education instruction and school administration, Lizzie has spent over seven years working in education, helping students and teachers reach their full potential. As the Director of Talent and Development, Lizzie is responsible for identifying and recruiting exceptional teachers and staff to join the Thrive team. She loves getting to know the talented teachers of Tennessee and is passionate about hiring the highest quality humans who are dedicated to making a positive impact on students and the community. Outside of work, Lizzie is an avid performer and is dedicated to community theater.
Mallory is originally from Wisconsin and moved to Nashville 5 years ago. Mallory received her bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle school education from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Then, when she moved to Nashville, she received her masters from Vanderbilt in Special Education and also became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Mallory has been on the Thrive team for 4+ years – first as a tutor, and then transitioned into a full-time role supporting our team of tutors and connecting with families to match them with a best-fit teacher. Mallory loves collaborating with families to learn about their educational journey and to create a unique learning plan to support each and every child. Mallory is a firm believer that all children can be successful and is passionate about finding ways to ensure that all children have access to high-quality instruction.
Stephanie is the Operations Manager at Thrive Tutoring, where she leverages her expertise in operations and accounting to streamline the organization’s day-to-day functions. Her passion for optimizing processes and solving complex problems is reflected in her work, where she has successfully led numerous initiatives to improve efficiency and productivity. Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy and a master’s degree in accounting. While numbers are her love, her interdisciplinary education has equipped her with a unique skill set that allows her to approach problems from different perspectives and find innovative solutions. Apart from her work, Stephanie is an avid reader and always has a book on her bedside table. She also enjoys catching up on the latest movies and TV shows.
“Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of a true education.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.