"Teachers who love

teaching teach children to love learning."

 - Robert John Meehan

Tutor Bios

ART

with E.ROY LEE

Roy is a local artist with a great love for pop art. He connects with students about new and present day forms of art and that they are experiencing art all around them through our everyday culture. Roy is a designer, painter, sculptor, illustrator, and graphic artist and brings new and non-traditional techniques, materials, and themes into his art. He is wonderful at inspiring expression and creativity in children! When Roy is not creating art, he's acting, teaching theatre, making music, or spending time with his wife and daughters.

CHOIR & PIANO

with STEPHEN BURNETTE

Stephen is the owner and teacher of Flamingo Piano and Voice. He is pianist and the Director of Music at both Trinity United Methodist Church and The Arts Center of Cannon County. When Stephen is not directing music programs, playing or teaching piano, he is in theatre. Stephen has been in countless performances with Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro Little Theatre, Circle Players and more!

LANGUAGE ARTS

CREATIVE WRITING & LITERATURE with JONAS HOLDEMAN

Jonas Holdeman, a native of East Tennessee, has over twenty-five years of experience teaching English language, literature, and composition; he is currently an instructor of English at Christian Brothers University and at the University of Memphis. Mr. Holdeman earned a B.A. in College Scholars (Shakespeare Studies) in 1986 and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Strategic Management in 1996 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received an M.F.A. in Poetry Writing from Drew University in 2011 and is a published poet; his poem "Stern Sonnet", which appeared in Great River Review, was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. Mr. Holdeman is also an avid runner and won the inaugural St. Jude Marathon in 2002.

SCIENCE

BIOLOGY with CHAD BRAMBLEY

Chad is a doctoral candidate at Middle Tennessee State University, where he works to understand how enzymes attenuate their movements and behaviors in response to increased conditions of intracellular stress. He has served as an instructor of undergraduate chemistry laboratory courses for the duration of his degree. His experience includes instructing students in lab techniques and concepts of general chemistry, introduction to general chemistry, and chemistry for consumers. In addition to his academic work and the requisite excessive caffeine intake, Chad relaxes by spending time with his wife and dog, cooking great food, and playing the guitar.

STEM with RICHARD ASKEY

Richard, or Mr Rich the Science Guy as you may already know him, has been bringing STEM to our area for over a decade! He has worked with almost all our local schools and education programs through his fantastic endeavor, SUPER SCIENCE TN. Richard has been judge at the HEART Science Fair for the past couple of years and has been an instructor for TECTA (Training Opportunities for Child Care Providers) certification in Wilson County. Richard enjoys creating new workshops, riding bikes, playing soccer, and spending time with his family; his wife, two kids and their dogs. 

SOCIAL STUDIES

GEOGRAPHY with JAMIE STORVIK

As a mother of two (now grown) children, Jamie has always enjoyed working with children. Whether she was working in the classroom, as a volunteer parent, tutoring children, or creating crafts, Jamie loves working with kids of all ages! Jamie graduated from Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Sociology/Anthropology and minoring in Archaeology and Geology and went on to teach geology at her alma mater for over eight years. Jamie also served as a tutor at Middle Tennessee State University for at risk scholarship students and the OWLS program. Jamie spent 10 years in the Girl Scouts of America Organization mentoring scouts on a variety of topics, serving as a camp counselor, and helping the young women to achieve their goals. In addition, she served on the board of directors for the Murfreesboro Little Theater, created their children's summer youth program and after school program, and served as it's instructor for eight years. Jamie also works as an online ESL teacher and tutor.  She can help students discover the world of earth sciences, tutor writing and language arts, or  help with audition prep for your next great part!

THEATER

with E. ROY LEE

E. Roy Lee is an actor and artist living in Murfreesboro, TN.  Roy has been a professional actor and director for the past 10 years. He is the founder and director of M-Prov (Murfreesboro Improv), is an actor for The Murder Mystery Company (a nationwide troupe), and is a “spirit guide” for The Nashville Ghost Tours.Roy has taught theatre and improv for over 15 years, including camps and classes at The Center for the Arts and Murfreesboro Little Theatre. Roy is also is an avid pop artist and professional set painter.