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

Amanda L.

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 since 2016, 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 M.

Elementary, Middle School
Math, Reading/ELA, Science, Social Studies
Bailey is a Williamson Co. native who earned her bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Belmont and her master's degree in psychological sciences from Lipscomb. Her teaching philosophy is student-centered, and she excels at building positive relationships with her students and planning engaging lessons that incorporate her students' unique strengths and interests.

Catherine J.

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 began her education career 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 for the State Board of Education.

Davena S.

Elementary
Math, Reading/ELA, Science, Social Studies
Davena is from Pembroke Pines, Fl and is an experienced 2nd and 4th grade 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.

Katharine B.

Middle School
Executive Functioning, Reading/ELA, Social Studies
Katharine began her teaching journey at Valor Flagship Academy, a premier charter school with a focus on social-emotional learning and relationship building. Here she taught sixth grade history, a literacy intervention course, and served as the History Department Chair. In the past two school years, her students scored in the top 1% in the state for both academic improvement and achievement on state testing, making her the #1 sixth grade history teacher in Davidson county. Her career highlight was being selected as 1 of 6 educators to be observed by the US Deputy Secretary of Education on a national education tour to inform the goals of the president’s education policy. Katharine is passionate about working with neurodiverse learners who need support with executive functioning skills, as well as helping struggling readers develop genuine enthusiasm for reading. Prior to her teaching career, Katharine attended Boston College, where she studied Philosophy and was a D1 All-American athlete on the sailing team. She has experience coaching all age levels, and enjoys working with student-athletes since she understands the unique challenges of their busy schedules. Katharine currently works at an education non-profit, and working with her Thrive clients after work is the highlight of her day!
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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.
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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!

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

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.