"Teachers who love

teaching teach children to love learning."

 - Robert John Meehan

Tutor Bios

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

with KIMBERLY DADY

Kimberly Dady is a home-school mom of 3 who has spent the last 17 years teaching in many settings including as a YMCA after school director. Kimberly has extensive experience teaching to special needs including Autism, Asperger, and Auditory Processing. While Kimberly has taught a variety of subjects, her passion is teaching American Sign Language, having very personal connections to the deaf community. Kimberly is also currently taking classes to become a captioner for closed caption television services for the deaf and hard of hearing.

ART

with JENNIFER RICHARDSON

Jennifer Richardson is the owner and resident artist of Golden House Studio. Jennifer received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Memphis and then went on to get her M.A. in Art History from George Washington University in Washington, DC. During her time in the nation’s capital, she interned with the Smithsonian Associates and became the Fine Art Specialist for Sloans and Kenyon Auctioneers. After moving to Murfreesboro, she began teaching art history at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, working as the Arts and Outreach Coordinator for the Center for the Arts, and also served as a board member of Artsy Mamas, a non-profit organization that provided art opportunities for mothers. To continue providing the residents of Murfreesboro with art education, Jennifer started Golden House Studio. In her lessons, Jennifer stresses individual application of the concepts the group is learning. In each lesson, she discusses elements of art and design often finding a way to relate the lesson to famous artists and masterpieces.​

DANCE

with CHERIDA AGUILAR

I am a homeschool mom of one little girl. I have danced my entire life and taught at the same studio where I danced as I got older. I absolutely love being creative and teaching littles what I love to do! I believe dance is good for kids because it helps keep their minds open to being creative through movement. It's a form of art and gives them physical activity, strength, and memorization from learning choreography. I love dancing, kids, and being creative and having the opportunity to teach your kids dance is a joy! 

LANGUAGE ARTS

with BEKAH DAWSON

Bekah Dawson earned her MA in Sociology at Middle Tennessee State University, where she also earned her BA in English. She teaches college sociology and women’s and gender studies courses as an adjunct for MTSU. Bekah is passionate about encouraging others to share their voice and listen to a diversity of other stories. This passion shaped her course work and research, as well as her teaching. Additionally, Bekah’s undergraduate coursework in teaching, writing, and literature across age groups has given her the skills to teach with diverse groups of people. She is passionate about inclusion in the classroom and engaging in various teaching styles to suit each student. Her past work in the Adaptive Technologies Lab at MTSU and her course work on diverse learners has equipped her with the tools to reach learners of all kinds in the classroom. Bekah enjoys her free time reading with her partner, Eric, and their cats Remi and Tonks.​

MUSIC

with SAMANTHA ROTHSCHELL

Samantha Rothschell earned her Bachelors of Music from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 2012, with a concentration in vocal & general music education. In 2011, while pursuing her degree, she also began playing piano & organ. She has taught at a number of schools in the area including Scales Elementary, Christiana Middle, and the Webb School. Desperately missing passing on her love and knowledge of music, she opened Rothschell Piano Studio (RPS) in 2014, where she continues to teach individualized piano lessons to students ages 5 & up out of the front room of her home in Smyrna. She returned to MTSU to attain a certificate in piano pedagogy, and successfully completed the program in May 2019. She continues to develop professionally through workshops and as a member of the Music Teacher’s National Association as well as the Nashville Community Choir. She is excited to bring the most engaging activities from her experiences directly to her classes at Village Co-Op. She also enjoys making things of all sorts alone and with her friends, mother, & children, whether it be crochet, knitting, sewing, cooking, or painting. She was also a Girl Scout Leader for 4 years, and plans to create a new troop when her younger daughter begins Kindergarten.

PARENT FITNESS

with KEVIN AUWARTER

Kevin has over 10 years of experience working as a Fitness Trainer and Coach. Specializing in fat loss and strength conditioning, his clients have ranged from high school athletes to senior citizens. Kevin has also had success helping clients who live with chronic medical conditions and mobility limitations, and has worked with many post-rehab clients after back, shoulder, ankle, and knee surgeries as well as other injuries. He has developed fitness and wellness programs for companies and community organizations, and is known for empowering individuals and groups with the information they need to make lasting, positive lifestyle changes. Kevin has extensive knowledge and experience with various exercise methods. From cardiovascular and resistance training to high intensity strength training, he possesses the tools to build the right program for each individual client. In addition, Kevin has also been an Elite Coach and fitness expert on Sharecare.com. The website was launched in 2010 by Jeff Arnold, founder of WebMD, and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Kevin’s fitness certifications have included:

●  Certified Personal Trainer with The National Academy of Sports Medicine

●  TRX Certified Trainer (Suspension Training)

●  DVRT Certified Instructor (Dynamic Variable Resistance Training)

●  FitRanX Certified Instructor

PRE K

with JESSICA NELSON

Jessica Nelson is a homeschooling mom of two and former preschool teacher. She has a BA in Communication, emphasis in Public Relations and Marketing, from George Mason University. Jessica worked in operations for over 15 years in hospitality and broadcast media, her last position being with PBS, Public Broadcasting Service. She is a published photographer and has worked locally on non-profit and commercial marketing campaigns. She was selected as Cultural Arts 2017-2018 Photo Laureate. She is a community volunteer as well as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Jessica’s passion is building the confidence of learners and providing educational tools that last a lifetime. 

ROBOTICS & CODING 

with KAREN JOHNSON

Karen Johnson has been an instructor at Sylvan of Murfreesboro since 2012. She is from Memphis, TN. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Davidson College. At Sylvan of Murfreesboro, Karen tutors reading, math, study skills, advanced reading, ACT prep, and homework support. Additionally, she teaches STEM programs, including robotics, coding, engineering, and math edge. Her hobbies include sailing, gardening, swimming, reading, and doing math problems.

SCIENCE

with CANDYCE ROBERSON

Hello! My name is Candyce Roberson. I have been married to my husband, Broderick, for 18 LONG years! We have 4 AMAZING kids aged 17, 16, 12, and 10 and we live in Murfreesboro. I am a homeschool mom too! I have taught in post-secondary, public and private schools for over 12 years. I earned my B.S. in Business Administration at Aquinas College and my Master of Arts in Teaching at Belmont University. I am trained in addressing the needs of diverse learners.  I LOVE teaching Science and I have a lot of fun things planned for this school year. Please reach out to me with any questions!

 

THEATER

with MORGAN UNDERWOOD

Morgan Underwood received a BA in Theatre and Education from Middle TN State University, where she was a frequent performer and member of the Alpha Psi Omega honors society. Morgan has been performing in community, university and professional theatre since childhood. Morgan’s teaching background includes various children’s theatre workshops, creating theatre curriculum for preschoolers, writing and touring an educational play in Central America, and student teaching in public elementary and high schools. She has most recently directed children’s productions and taught workshops for Bird’s Nest Theatre in Spring Hill TN. Morgan is also a full time mama of one energetic (and very theatrical) toddler, River June. Morgan believes that theatre is for everyone! 

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