Our Tutors

Thrive Tutoring is a boutique service in Tennessee for one-on-one, in-home academic tutoring, academic intervention, and test preparation. We also offer advocacy/IEP support, homeschool teacher matching, and group classes.

OUR SHARED PHILOSOPHY AND VALUES

We love our tutors!

RELATIONSHIPS ARE KEY

Our work is rooted in relationships. We get to know our students and families on a personal level—we attend sporting events to cheer on our students, join our families for dinner, and stay after tutoring sessions from time to time to play a round of basketball in the driveway. It makes our day to receive texts with excitement about an awesome grade on a big test. We love celebrating your child’s success with you. The genuine relationships we build with our families have a lasting impact—in many cases, far beyond the time we tutor your child.

LEARNING IS PERSONALIZED

We do not use a cookie-cutter curriculum or a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning. We start by assessing student learning needs and goals. Then, we develop lesson plans and tailor approach in order to meet the unique needs of each student.

ALL STUDENTS CAN THRIVE

We believe all children can excel academically, regardless of their unique learning needs, their current standing in school, or their socioeconomic status.

MEASUREABLE RESULTS

Our number one goal is to unlock your child’s potential and get results. We take that responsibility seriously and are consistently driving toward measurable academic results for all of our students. 

WE LOVE TEACHING

We really do love teaching and our enthusiasm is infectious. It might sound obvious, but students learn best from teachers who are passionate about their work. We promise to go above and beyond to help your child become their best.

Meet our Tutors

KatieGiles

Katie G.

Elementary
Math, Reading/ELA, Science, Social Studies
Katie graduated with her bachelor's degree in sociology and her master's degree in elementary education, both from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has been teaching for over a decade, first in her hometown of Knoxville, and now here in Franklin. She has experience teaching all subjects in first and second grades and is currently in her second year of teaching kindergarten at Liberty Elementary in Franklin Special School District. Katie is passionate about early literacy, social-emotional learning, and creating strong parent-teacher partnerships. She is a data nerd and loves to collect and use to create custom paths to success for each of her students. She really enjoys helping and training fellow teachers and serves as her building's instructional technology leader. In the future, Katie plans to go back to school to get her doctorate so that she can positively affect the lives of more and more children.

Koray A.

Middle School, High School
Math, Science, Test Prep
Bio coming soon!
Headshot - Madison Barkley

Madison B.

Elementary
Executive Functioning, Math, Reading/ELA, Science, Social Studies
Madison is a Georgia girl who graduated Auburn University with her degree in Elementary Education. Madison's primary experience is with 3rd grade, both as a teacher and as a team lead for her school. She has always had a heart and passion for children from babysitting to tutoring to working with students with all kinds of needs. Not only does she spend the school year teaching 3rd grade but she also nanny’s full time in the summer helping a family with younger children best prepare them for school and life. She is so excited to work and tutor students and help make a difference!

Megan B.

Middle School
Math, Science
Bio coming soon!

Paige W.

Elementary, Middle School
Math, Science
Paige graduated from Lipscomb University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and minor in Pure Mathematics. She continued her education at Colorado State University and earned a Masters and PhD in Civil Engineering. She served as a Teaching Assistant in graduate school and has tutored mathematics for students ranging from kindergarten to college ages. She recently began the homeschool journey with her own kids and has loved instilling a passion for mathematics into their daily curriculum.

Samantha P.

Elementary, Middle School
Math, Reading/ELA, Science, SPED
Samantha is a second-year graduate student at Vanderbilt University working toward her master's in education. Before starting graduate school, she worked in Mississippi as a special education teacher. She is a certified K-12 and well-versed with best practices for meeting students' unique learning needs. Her teaching philosophy centers around developing students’ independence while simultaneously increasing their understanding of academic content. Her lessons are engaging and fun—her students LOVE her. Samantha has tutored for over a decade and has worked with students in kindergarten all the way to students in college across all subject areas. Fun fact: Samantha was a D1 college athlete, so she knows all about managing sports and academics.

Tessora S.

Middle School, High School
Math, Science
Bio coming soon!

“Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of a true education.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.