The Achieve Team
Anthony: Chemistry, All Math Levels, Physics, All Test Prep
Anthony received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2008. He authored 7 publications in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of nanotechnology, particle growth, and semiconductor manufacturing. Anthony also published two patents for semiconductor processing while working as a research and development process engineer. Anthony began tutoring chemistry at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire after joining the American Chemical Society chapter. After receiving the Analytical Chemistry award and the Ronald E McNair post-baccalaureate scholarship for undergraduate research achievement, Anthony attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota. He gained 100's of hours of experience tutoring chemistry for undergraduate and graduate students while earning his PhD. He was a teaching assistant for undergraduate and graduate classes and later earned a research assistant position through grant based funding.
When he's not at Achieve Academics, you can find him with his two children, helping them through the challenges of balancing athletics and academics. Anthony recently began coaching basketball and volunteering with his son's football club. Anthony is also an avid hunter, expert musky fisherman, and advocate for the environment.
Carrie: ACT English/Reading/Essay, Study Skills
Carrie is a dedicated English teacher, writing coach and confidence builder for students of all ages facing all kinds of challenges. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Augsburg and has an MFA in Writing from Hamline University in St. Paul. She has taught English, Literature and Composition courses at Concordia University in St. Paul and beginning Fiction courses at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Her passion for the craft of writing has resulted in the completion of two novels as well as several published poems. At Achieve Academics, she will be a supportive guide in English, reading and writing instruction at all levels, including our college essay students.
Deb: Elementary School Reading and Math, including Singapore Math
Deb has taught grades 3, 4, and 5 and has an elementary education degree from the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University). She enjoys helping students find their ‘ah-ha’ moments and helping to change their thinking from “I can’t do it” to I can’t do it yet!” Deb and her husband love spending time with their grandchildren and traveling.
Eric S: Director of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment, Chemistry and ALL Test Prep
Eric received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2012. He authored eight scientific publications in peer-reviewed, national and international journals. A teaching enthusiast, he reveled in the instruction of laboratory undergraduate sessions for five years while pursuing his Ph.D. After a brief stint performing cancer and MRI-based research at the University of Texas – Southwestern, he left research work to pursue a career in personalized education and instruction. Eric regularly scores in the 99th percentile on the ACT, and uses his extensive knowledge of the exam to provide the highest-level of tutoring possible to his students. At Achieve Academics, Eric has reviewed and written curriculum, tutored the complete ACT and SAT preparation courses, chemistry and math, and advises our families and students on a course of action that will best suit a student’s test preparation plans.
As Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Eric is excited to help students in the Plymouth area not only to develop their ACT and SAT skills but also to enhance their independent learning processes which will translate into learning at the college level. When Eric is not at Achieve Academics, he is most likely playing softball, volleyball or rollerblading around Lake Calhoun. He has plans to travel the country and the world, if for no other reason than to escape the Minnesota winter.
Gina: English, Reading, Writing, ACT English/Reading/Essay
Gina has been in education for 15 years. She has taught elementary, junior high and adult students. Throughout her career, she has developed curriculum, used student data to crease assessments and boost student growth and employed a variety of educational technology to make learning fun and exciting. Gina has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bethel College, a Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota and a STEM graduate certificate from St. Catherine's University. She currently teaches in the Osseo Area School District. At Achieve Academics, Gina tutors students of all ages and specializes in ACT English, Reading and the Essay.
Glazell: Math and ACT Math/Science
Glazell has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of CA, Santa Barbara with a high school emphasis and minor in Asian American Studies. She also has a Masters in Mathematics Education from the University of MN. Glazell has spent time teaching in a variety of schools, both traditional and online. She has also taught in the community and university college setting. At Achieve Academics for 2.5 years, Glazell spends her tutoring time with middle and high school math students and ACT math and science.
Grant: Chemistry, Math, ACT/PSAT/SAT Test Prep
Grant graduated with his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in 2005. He completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where he researched new organometallic complexes. He then spent four years developing new anti-bacterial drugs. During high school, Grant scored a perfect 36 in the math section of the ACT; and a perfect score on the GRE math. As an undergrad, he graduated with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude. Grant taught two years of Organic Chemistry discussion sessions at the University of Michigan, and has tutored hundreds of hours of Chemistry, from Introductory Chemistry to Organic Chemistry 2. He tutors a variety of subjects at Achieve Academics, including math (all grade levels), high school science courses, chemistry, physics and the entire ACT.
Janelle: Biology, Chemistry, ACT Reading/Science
Janelle earned her Bachelor's Degrees from St. Olaf College and U.W. Superior. She has taught at Osseo Junior High for 5 years and also taught at Park Center High School for 15 years. Janelle completed her Masters Degree in Science Curriculum and Instruction at Concordia University in 2013. She teaches and tutors Biology, Honors Biology, and Chemistry. Janelle is a good listener, able to break down information, and makes it easier for students to understand.
After spending 20 years in the leasing finance business; leasing car washes to service stations around the country and kitchen equipment to one the largest quick service restaurant franchises in the world, McDonald’s, Jennifer entered the world of academics. Embarking on a new journey in the academic world and working with the families in the community has been a very rewarding experience. The students that walk into Achieve Academics have amazing dedication and the ability to multi-task in a very competitive school and athletic environment. She is very proud and thankful to be a part their journey to adulthood.
When she’s not at Achieve, you can find her at 3 different hockey rinks year round and baseball fields in the summer!
Julie: Center Coordinator
Julie does not leave the office until everything is complete: calls returned, emails answered, sessions scheduled and bills paid – and that includes leaving the office organized! Plus she does the accounting for her son’s landscaping business and assists another small business with their outbound customer correspondence. Julie loves life and loves to laugh. She does it all with unending dedication, focus and determination. In Julie’s spare time, she water skis with her family and jumps out of perfectly good airplanes! Safe landing!
Laura: Math, Study Skills and ACT Math/Science and College Counselor
Laura is a licensed school counselor and teacher with a passion for helping students to reach their fullest potential. She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her master's degree from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. At Achieve Academics, Laura provides both math tutoring and study skills. As a college counselor, she helps students select colleges, prepare personal essays, and optimize their opportunities for a successful college admissions experience. Her background includes teaching high school mathematics, high school counseling, managing counseling services as an administrator, and working as an instructional consultant for a large textbook publisher. Laura is the mother of two college graduates, lives with her husband in Plymouth and raises monarch butterflies.
Margaret: College and Career Counselor
Margaret has her M.A.Ed. in Counseling from Wake Forest University and a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College. She has worked for colleges and universities for over 20 years in a wide variety of roles. She really enjoys working with students to help them be more self-aware and prepared to succeed. To borrow a phrase from her son, she "geeks out" over college brochures, websites and tours. Former student have said that Margaret was a great advocate, was resourceful and helpful and that she was an important part of their journey. One of her strengths is taking a complicated, (probably) overwhelming project and breaking it down into manageable steps. She likes doing that when researching and applying to colleges and when conducting an internship/job search.
Megan: Elementary School Math and Reading, Intermediate School Reading and Study Skills, High School Study Skills, ACT English/Reading/Essay
Megan's passion is teaching and she has been serving students and their families for 18 years! Currently, she works in the Edina school district. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is licensed in grades K-6 Elementary Ed and is a K-12 reading specialist. Her graduate work in reading was at the University of Minnesota, where she participated in research and led a pilot project to improve reading for students for 3 years. She has worked with students of all ages and abilities who need academics support; using best practices and data driven instruction. Her son is a college graduate who majored in engineering and her daughter is a senior majoring in crop and plant sciences! She likes to spend her free time with her family and new puppy. While at Achieve Academics, Megan tutors students of ALL ages in reading and study skills. She tutors ACT English, reading and the essay. Megan has also produced a reading program for Achieve Academics to assist students in furthering their reading ability and score higher on the reading and science sections of the ACT test.
Monique: ACT - All Sections and Math
Monique has been teaching standardized test prep, including prep for the ACT and SAT, since 2010. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of St. Thomas and has completed graduate coursework studying the intersection of psychology and technology. Monique spent three years in Bangkok, Thailand teaching college and graduate test prep and counseling students on educational options in the US. She has helped a wide range of students achieve their goals of gaining admission to Ivy, private, and public colleges and universities. Her day job as an admissions counselor gives her a unique insight into the relative importance of all parts of a college application, including standardized test scores.