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

Kylie Wright

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.

Laura Ruscoe

Elementary
Math, Reading/ELA, SPED
Laura graduated with her bachelor's public health and is currently pursuing her master's degree in special education and applied behavior analysis at Vanderbilt. Laura has worked in public education with students in grades K-2 for the last 8 years. Her primary skill sets are closing gaps in reading foundational and math foundational skills. Laura loves all things data and strives to create aligned, rigorous lesson plans to meet your student's exact gaps. Prior to graduate school, she was an Assistant Principal for grades K-2 at Nashville Classical Charter school where she wrote curriculum and coached teachers on instructional quality. In the future, she hopes to continue working with children in the school setting and use her new behavior analysis skillset to help all students have access to quality public education.

Madelynn Roche

Elementary, Middle School, High School
Math, Test Prep
Madelynn graduated from Vanderbilt with her bachelor's degree in math and education, and she is currently a graduate student at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Madelynn believes that everyone is a mathematician and that mathematics is a tool we can use to understand the world around us. One of the things she finds most rewarding about math is that it is challenging; just like playing a sport, performing in theatre, creating art, or even mastering a video game, math does not come easily to most people (even most people who major in it!!). She believes some of the most rewarding parts of learning math are getting to see the world in a new and exciting way, understanding real-world issues more precisely, knowing how to justify statements logically, and seeing yourself as capable of doing hard things. Her biggest hope for students is that they develop a sense that they are “math people.” Madelynn has experience tutoring students in grades 4-12, planning interactive and engaging lessons, and tailoring her explanations to each student’s needs.
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Madison Barkley

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 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!

Maggie Davis

Elementary, Middle School, High School
Math, Reading/ELA, SPED
Maggie graduated with her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Elon University. Maggie pursued her Master’s degree immediately after graduating from Elon, and is now in her second year at Vanderbilt receiving her Master’s in Low Incidence Severe Disabilities. Maggie is passionate about individualized education and crafting educational opportunities that delve into specific student interests and self-driven abilities and identities. Maggie has had teaching experiences in grades K-12 with students with disabilities, and grades K-5 with students in the general education setting. She loves to teach reading and writing and explore students apprehension and/or excitement around learning. In the future, Maggie hopes to work with students with complex care needs as a teacher on the pediatric floor of a hospital.

Matt Getz

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.

Matteo Simamora

High School
Math, Science
Matteo is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University. During his high school years, Matteo spent several hours during the week tutoring and catering to the academic development of middle and high school students. He is well versed in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. He is very comfortable with AP and honors content and understands how to structure a long-term plan for success in class and on AP exams. He enjoys working with students on study habits, test preparation, and cultivating a healthy learning environment.

Melissa Cavagnini

Elementary, Middle School, High School
Language, Math, SPED
Melissa is a graduate student at Vanderbilt University getting her master's degree in special education. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A.Ed. in Human Development and Family Studies and a B.A. in Spanish. Her expertise is working with kids with a wide range of learning needs across the K-12 spectrum. She does a particularly great job getting to the bottom of what's holding a student back and creating a clear plan for them to get on track. She also has a natural gift for lesson planning--her lessons are very well thought out and clear

Michael Bartha

High School
Math
Michael is the AP Stats and calculus teacher at Franklin Road Academy. He was previously a high school math teacher (geometry and algebra) and later an academic dean for a charter school. He has his bachelor's degree in math education and his master's in educational leadership from Christian Brothers University. After nearly a decade in public schools, he transitioned to FRA to head back to the classroom where he has been for the past few years. He tutors only math classes at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

Michael Sandborn

Middle School, High School, College
Language, Math
Michael graduated with bachelor's degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science in the class of 2020 at Vanderbilt University. He was also a pitcher on Vanderbilt's NCAA Division I men's baseball team from 2016–2019.Michael is currently a 3rd-year Computer Science Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University studying computer security and cyber-physical systems and also has experience as a teaching assistant in computer science.Before Vanderbilt, Michael attended Jesuit High School of Tampa and received the Excellence in the Spanish Language Award in 2015 and the Excellence in English Composition Award in 2016. Before leaving Tampa for college, he was also a youth summer camp counselor at the Northwest YMCA and received the Counselor of the Summer Award in 2016. Michael has tutoring experience in math, Spanish, writing, and computer science ranging from middle school to university levels. He focuses on clarity of communication throughout the learning process and decomposes complex subjects into manageable segments. His teaching philosophy embraces each student's unique learning style and fosters curiosity, independence, and critical thought.

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

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.