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 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."

Anna C.

Elementary
SPED
Bio coming soon!

Caitlin P.

Elementary, Middle School, High School
Math, Reading/ELA, SPED
Caitlin received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Special Education from Florida State University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Vanderbilt University. Caitlin was a classroom teacher for 4 years in Florida specializing in working with students with significant disabilities, focusing on students with severe challenging behaviors. Caitlin is skilled at creating lessons that cater to her students interests, while also teaching the desired content. She values creativity, movement, fun, and individuality to help her students achieve their goals.

Caroline A.

Elementary, Middle School
Math, SPED
Bio coming soon!

Elena H.

Elementary, Middle School, High School
Math, Reading/ELA, Science, SPED
Elena graduated with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and concentrations in biological sciences and international business from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was on the pre-med path in college, but ultimately decided that education was her calling. She received her master’s in K-12 special education while teaching in a Chicago high school through Teach for America. Elena went on to coordinate a youth internship program in Nashville, designing/teaching curricula rooted in key job readiness and executive functioning skills. She has collaborated with 4th through 12th graders and is passionate about helping young people first understand their strengths, then leverage them to reach their academic, functional, and social goals. Elena is guided by a relationship-based, whole learner approach to teaching and has experience in the science, math, and English subject areas.

Emilee S.

Elementary, Middle School
Reading/ELA, SPED
Bio coming soon!

Emily K.

Elementary
Math, Science, SPED
Emily is an upper elementary teacher with her bachelors in elementary and special education and her master's degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Through 8 years of experience, Emily has developed a calm, organized, and caring approach to teaching. She designs and implements engaging, individualized, and rigorous lessons for each student she works with. Emily believes that all students are active, capable learners who demonstrate learning in a range of ways and progress at different rates. Emily sets high expectations, holds students to them, and provides the necessary supports to help each child meet their goals.

Gretchen P.

Elementary, Middle School, High School
Executive Functioning, SPED
Bio coming soon!

Katelyn H.

Middle School
Math, SPED
Katelyn graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Educational Interpreting from the University of Tennessee in 2016. Shortly after, she transitioned to Nashville where she was a member of the 2016 Teach For America Greater Nashville corps. During her time in the corps, she graduated from Lipscomb University with her Master's degree in Special Education, worked as a charter elementary school special education teacher, and worked as a MNPS middle school special education teacher. In 2021 she completed her fifth year of teaching special education (fourth year with MNPS) and graduated with her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Katelyn is now transitioning into her new role as an assistant professor in Lipscomb University's College of Education. As a special education teacher, Katelyn worked in both general education settings and intervention settings, and has specialized training in basic reading skills interventions. Additionally, Katelyn is trained in a variety of mathematical and behavioral interventions. Katelyn has a specific passion for early reading, and is well-versed in differentiating curriculum to meet the needs of all learners. Furthermore, Katelyn's experience in both elementary and middle school has provided her with opportunities to learn a variety of curricula across grade levels. Katelyn is excited to continue providing interventions for young learners while she transitions to her new role of working with future teacher candidates.

Kylie W.

Elementary, Middle School
Math, Reading/ELA, SPED
Kylie earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri and her master's degree at Vanderbilt University in special education with a specialization in applied behavior analysis. She is currently an exceptional ed teacher at a middle school in Nashville. She provides academic intervention across subject areas, as well as life skills and behavioral support. She is a great example of a warm demander--she is so loving and kind, but she also holds the bar high for academics and behavior.

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

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.