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

Katelyn M.

Elementary
Math, Reading/ELA
Katelyn is pursuing her master's degree at Vanderbilt's Peabody School of Education. Prior to this, Katelyn was teaching overseas, where she gained experience teaching K-5 in reading, writing, and math. She does a particularly awesome job teaching complex/abstract concepts for literacy and math in a way that they come to life for kids and become more clear and logical in their minds.
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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.

Kevin G.

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

Kim H.

Elementary
Math, Reading/ELA
Kim has been a numeracy coach at an MNPS school for several years now; in this role, she coaches math teachers on how to differentiate their lessons to meet the needs of all the learners in the classroom. Prior to taking on this math position, she was a literacy coach, and performed similar coaching work for reading teachers. Before jumping into the instructional coaching world, she was a very successful math teacher for grades 3-5. She has well over a decade of teaching/school-based leadership, and she is an absolute rockstar, especially when it comes to teaching math. She's engaging with her lessons, has deep knowledge of various math programs/curricula, and is a hawk with progress monitoring over time.

Koray A.

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

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.

Lizzie R.

Middle School, High School
Executive Functioning, Math, Reading/ELA, SPED, Test Prep
Bio coming soon!
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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!

Mallory J.

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

Matt G.

High School, College
Math, Test Prep
Matt graduated from a liberal arts college in the northeast majoring in religious studies and history. After graduation, he worked as an SAT/ACT test prep tutor for an ivy-league focused tutoring company. After a few years of tutoring, he moved to Nashville to become a physics teacher, which he did for several years but realized that he missed the one-on-one environment too much. He left the classroom a few years ago in order to tutor with me and lead small group advanced math classes at an enrichment center outside of Nashville. Subject-wise, he's masterful at teaching almost every subject--he does a lot of math tutoring and test prep for ACT/SAT.

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

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.