Ginny McDonald earned a BS degree in business administration from George Mason University. She has tutored at TLC for 19 years. Ginny is certified to teach the Phono-Graphix reading system. She also uses Visualizing & Verbalizing, TouchMath, and other programs as needed. She teaches preschool through middle school reading, writing, math, and study skills. Ginny has worked with students with diagnosed learning differences in math and reading (dyslexia), ADHD, executive functioning difficulties, and autism spectrum disorder.
Andrew Barrett has a B.A. from LaSalle University and a MA.Ed from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. Andrew has been teaching for the past 19 years with 17 of those at the middle school level. He is certified in communication and middle school math in PA and Middle Years Math in Maryland. Andrew currently teaches Middle School Math in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Andrew tutors math from middle school to mid-high school Level. Andrew has been a tutor for many years in various positions as well as a coach for sports teams with teens.
Faith Beltran received her International Montessori Certification for Primary age students from University of California, Irvine. She taught in Montessori schools in both California and Maryland for pre-school, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade for twelve years. In 2013, she received her Masters of Arts in Teaching in Elementary with a focus in Special Education from University of Southern California. She has been employed with MCPS for the last seven years as a third and second grade teacher teaching in an inclusive classroom. She currently tutors in the areas of reading skills, writing, and math skills for students of all ages and disabilities and is also experienced with teaching study skills, executive functions, and other attention/ time management needs. Faith believes that all children are capable of learning if given the proper motivation, interest, experiences, time and repetition.
Sara Bristor specializes in teaching reading and writing to children in elementary school through high school. With an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, Sara worked for ten years as an English teacher at a private school. During her tenure there, Sara obtained her Masters in the Art of Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, Sara developed a fascination with grammar-based writing approaches and multisensory writing techniques, so she took courses, attended conferences and reviewed curriculum to find the best ways to meet the needs of her students. Consequently, she developed a philosophy of teaching writing and an approach that relies on systematic modeling and coaching. Sara now works for Montgomery County Public Schools as an English Composition Assistant and has obtained her Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner, which enables her to help struggling readers as well. She is thrilled to share her knowledge with the wonderful students and families at the Treatment and Learning Center.
Jennifer Joseph received her BA in English Literature from the University of Maryland. She has worked as a tutor for TLC for 15 years. Jennifer works with middle and high school students as well as adults in reading comprehension, grammar, spelling, and writing skills. In addition, she teaches time management, organizational and study skills, as well as test preparation for the Verbal and Essay portions of the SAT and ACT exams and the English/Verbal and Reading portion of Montgomery College’s Accuplacer Assessment Test. Jennifer has worked with students and adults with ADHD, dyslexia, executive function difficulties, and autism spectrum disorders.
Stephanie T. Lewis began her journey with TLC in 2005. At the time, she was an undergraduate student in the summer camp program of six and seven year olds as a Teacher Assistant and one-on-one with a child with Autism. Fourteen years later, she returned to TLC and had the privilege to work as the Special Educator in the Little Friends Summer Camp (ages 3-5) in 2019. Stephanie earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Howard University. Additionally, she earned a M.A. degree in Early Childhood Special Education from The George Washington University. She is dually certified in General and Special Education (Grades Pre-K to Grade 3). Tutoring is one of her passions, especially with the early childhood population. She enjoys helping children with phonics, phonemic awareness, pre-literacy skills, reading comprehension, and basic math concepts. She began tutoring with TLC in September 2019.
Taqwa Mahdi is an experienced Special Educator with a background in Speech Language Pathology/Audiology and Deaf Studies. She graduated from Towson University and is Maryland State certified to teach Special Education, (Infant-Adult), ESOL (Prek-12) General Education (Elementary-Middle) and Early Childhood Education. Taqwa is a National Trainer for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness specializing in Classroom Management and Student Engagement & Motivation. She is also an educator with Montgomery County Public Schools and the former Director of one of the oldest Cooperative Schools in the Washington DC area. Over the past 15 years she has empowered youth through leadership training and mentoring; led academic programs for students with special needs; and facilitated professional development for school staff and administrators. Taqwa enjoys facilitating learning through play and creating engaging lessons. She believes that every student has great potential and is committed to guiding them to achieve their personal best!
Ria Mahendrepersad received an MA degree in Applied Linguistics at the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) in 1999 with a major in Spanish. She received teacher certification in Spanish and Special Education in the USA and teaches Spanish at KTHS and Montgomery College. At KTHS she has been teaching Spanish to students with learning differences since 2008. In 2018 she started tutoring Spanish at TLC. As in her regular classes, she approaches teaching in a structured setting, creating a friendly and welcoming environment for her students. When teaching Spanish, the focus is not only on the subject matter but also on study and organizational skills.
Jeanie Motsinger has a B.S. degree in Psychology/Marketing from Texas A&M University. She began her tutoring career at TLC and is returning after years of private tutoring in the area. Jeanie enjoys working with students in elementary, middle and high school. She tutors in the areas of math, reading, writing and organization skills. The greatest reward in tutoring is watching a student progress and gain confidence in their abilities. It is always a bonus to hear the words “Oh, now I get it!”
Charlotte Rest received her B.S. from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana and her tutoring certification from The Kingsbury Center in Washington, D.C. She has 10 years tutoring experience focusing on middle school, high school, and adult students. Ms. Rest’s area of expertise is mathematics, including statistics and pre-calculus. She also tutors for school admission tests and executive functioning coaching.
Edythe Runett has a B.S. in Education from the University of Maryland, and a Masters Equivalency. She has taught elementary school in Baltimore County, Montgomery County, and overseas for the Department of Defense Overseas Dependent Schools. She teaches all ages in reading, using phonics-based reading programs including the Wilson Reading System, Explode the Code, and Primary Phonics. Edythe has been with TLC for 22 years.
Adam Vogel went to Towson University where he graduated with a degree in History. He currently works with high school students with special needs at the Katherine Thomas School. In particular, he teaches social studies and career development at KTS. Adam has years of experience working with individuals with various disabilities, ranging from fifth grade through adulthood. He specializes in tutoring social studies and reading comprehension for middle school and high school students. Additionally, he has worked with students on in test-taking strategies and skills, as well as executive functioning techniques.