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.


We love our tutors!


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.


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.


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


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 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

Amanda Loreman

Elementary, Middle School, High School
English Language Learners, Science, Social Studies, SPED
Amanda is originally from San Diego, California. She attended the University of California Santa Barbara for her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication and earned her Master’s degree in Teaching and Leading in Urban Schools, with a focus on Reading, from Vanderbilt University. She is currently working on her Administrator’s license and a second Master’s degree in education at Austin Peay State University. Amanda is a 9th grade teacher and team lead at Whites Creek High School and has worked in education in Nashville for 7 years now, teaching 5th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade. She has also taught English, Composition, Social Studies, Science, AVID, Creative Writing, ACT Prep, Freshman Seminar and English as a Second Language in Thailand. Two of her biggest passions are reading and traveling. She spends a lot of time with her puppy Walter and loves taking him on walks and runs. "I believe education is the golden ticket to freedom, and I am honored to play a part in educating and empowering the students of our future."

Bailey McCarl

Elementary, Middle School
Math, Reading/ELA, Science, Social Studies
Bailey is a Williamson Co. native--grew up in Spring Hill and still lives there. She earned her bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Belmont and is currently pursuing her master's degree in psychological sciences from Lipscomb. At Belmont, she received many distinctions: merit scholarship, dean's list every semester, top 25 in her graduating class, etc. She has served as a teaching assistant, tutor, and camp counselor at Deer Run for years.

Catherine Johnson

Elementary, Middle School
Social Studies
Catherine earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Penn State. Her bachelor's degree is in secondary social studies education, and her master's degree is in educational theory and policy. She got into teaching through Teach For America and is seen as a leader among her peers within the organization. She was most recently an American history teacher, but she previously co-taught AP world and US history. Catherine is currently the assistant director of policy at the State Board of Education.

Davena Stewart

Math, Reading/ELA, Science, Social Studies
Davena is from Pembroke Pines, Fl and has taught for 4 years. She has experience teaching 2nd and 4th grade as a classroom teacher. She has taught Math, Science, Reading, Writing, and Social Studies and has tutored various elementary school grade levels. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL and received her Reading Endorsement and her ESOL certification. She loves to be part of the process of seeing a child understand something that they’ve struggled with previously. She hopes to continue helping students reach their goals and hopes to work with families in supporting their child in their areas of need.

Emily Reed

Elementary, Middle School
Math, Reading/ELA, Science, Social Studies
She graduated from Lipscomb University with her Bachelor’s degree in Education. After graduating, she taught at Lipscomb Academy as a 7th grade science teacher for 5 years. During that time, she earned her Master’s degree in Education at Lipscomb University. As a teacher, Emily learned the importance of connecting with each individual student, building on their strengths so that they become confident in every area of learning. In addition to teaching science, Emily has experience teaching pre-algebra to both 6th and 7th grade students, as well as teaching reading and language arts to elementary and middle school students. Emily believes that every child has the ability to learn and grow academically, emotionally, and socially. In the future, she hopes to come alongside students with new ideas and tools that will help encourage and build confidence in their learning.

Katie Giles

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 13 years, first in Knoxville, her hometown, 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.
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Madison Barkley

Executive Functioning, Math, Reading/ELA, Science, Social Studies
Madison is a Georgia girl who graduated Auburn University with her degree in Elementary Education. Madison has taught 3rd grade for 2 years and will be team lead for third grade this coming year. 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!

Rafiael Mansour

Middle School, High School
Reading/ELA, Social Studies
Rafiael graduated with his bachelor’s degree in history from Trevecca Nazarene University and is currently working towards his master’s in teaching from Austin Peay. Rafiael is passionate about teaching history as well as reading and enjoys working with students of all ages. He has experience developing and presenting engaging lesson plans tailored to student’s needs, working with students with diverse backgrounds, and helping them achieve their goals. Prior to graduate school, Rafiael worked as a college tutor and a program aide at Wright Middle after school program. Currently, he volunteers at his local parish and in the future, hopes to work with high school students as a history teacher.

Sarah Schubert

Elementary, Middle School
English Language Learners, Reading/ELA, Social Studies
Sarah graduated with her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and has a master's degree in Educational Leadership. She has been teaching English Language Arts in the middle school setting for seven years but can teach various content areas. Sarah has experience teaching an array of students ranging from gifted/high achievers, English Langauge Learners, and students with special needs. One of her favorite things about teaching is building relationships with her students and learning what techniques work best for them to learn and be successful.

Sydney Wilson

Elementary, Middle School
Language, Math, Reading/ELA, Science, Social Studies
Sydney graduated with her bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 2017, and is now pursuing her Master's in Human Development Counseling at Vanderbilt University. Prior to living in Nashville, she worked for Teach For America as a bilingual elementary teacher, specializing in K-2 literacy. Sydney has tutored students aged 3 through 18 in all subjects, including Spanish. Her experiences equip her with a diverse skillset to build relationships and connect with every student, as well as meet them where they are academically to engage in the most growth possible. She hopes to continue working with kids by becoming a play therapist after graduating.

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

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.