Join Our Team!

At Nurturing Wisdom, you will be part of a team whose number one focus is the student. Our directors will connect you with families, your coach will support your customized work with each student, and our admin staff will help other aspects of your work run smoothly.

This teamwork results in confident students who achieve their goals. If you’d like to be part of this comprehensive approach to working with families, submit an application! We personally read and respond to every application.

We believe tutoring should be fun!

We take match-making seriously so that you and your students will be enthusiastic about your work together. Strong matches lead to productive and rewarding relationships!

We want you to feel supported and valued.

We provide the strategies, resources and information you need to feel like an expert so you can confidently tutor any of our programs. We know that you bring expertise to your role as a tutor, and that you have the talent to customize our lessons and resources to each of your students.

We want you to be proud of being part of an elite team.

With Nurturing Wisdom, you will be part of a group of outstanding tutors who go the extra mile for their students. You will be inspired to help your students take ownership of their learning while simultaneously sharpening your skills.

Dan Melko

Dan Melko

Test Coordinator

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312-260-7945 ex.

dan@nurturingwisdom.com

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Elmhurst College as well as a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Dan is also a classically trained singer who loves to perform on stage whenever he gets the chance! He has enjoyed being a Nurturing Wisdom tutor for a wide variety of subjects, including test prep, math, and science. He truly loves helping students realize just how much they can learn and understand, and he wants to help his students reach their educational goals while having as much fun as possible along the way.

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Taylor Hanson

Taylor Hanson

Recruiting Assistant

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312-260-7945 ex.

taylor@nurturingwisdom.com

Taylor graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in elementary education. She came to Nurturing Wisdom after spending five years in the classroom teaching middle school math and science. Taylor is passionate about helping students to connect learning to their everyday lives and empowering them to believe they have the ability to achieve.

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Jenna Brightwell

Proctored Test Coordinator

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312-260-7945 ex. 116

jenna@nurturingwisdom.com

Jenna graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in accounting and history. She taught kindergarten and pre-k for two years in Memphis, Tennessee before starting with Nurturing Wisdom as a tutor in 2015. Jenna enjoys helping students succeed on the ACT and High School Entrance Exams. As the proctored test coordinator, she is excited to support students through the testing process. In her spare time, Jenna loves biking around Chicago, baking, and listening to NPR podcasts!

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Meaghan Pachay

Tutoring Coach

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312-260-7945 ex. 115

meaghanpachay@nurturingwisdom.com

After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in English from Kenyon College in 2013, Meaghan joined Nurturing Wisdom as a tutor. She has worked with students on ACT prep, and has helped them develop executive functioning and verbal skills. Meaghan is excited to join Nurturing Wisdom’s team of coaches so she can use her tutoring experience to benefit tutors and students alike. She loves being a part of the moment when a student first understands something that’s challenged him or her. That spark of recognition and excitement about learning is what makes tutoring so fulfilling.

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Jeanne Rerucha

Executive Director

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312-260-7945 ex. 7

jeanne@nurturingwisdom.com

Jeanne has a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree as a reading specialist. Before working at Nurturing Wisdom, Jeanne spent eight years teaching special education and reading in the classroom, as well as serving as a professional development provider. Jeanne loves meeting new families and helping to create individualized tutoring plans to make each student successful. She works with Erin to oversee Nurturing Wisdom’s tutoring directors to ensure the highest-quality experience for our families. When not working, Jeanne spends her time with her three little girls!

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Erin Doyle

Executive Director

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312-260-7945 ex. 6

erin@nurturingwisdom.com

Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in human development and learning. After 15 years in the classroom as an English language arts and special education teacher in Illinois and Massachusetts, Erin jumped at the opportunity to work with students, tutors and families! She is most gratified by figuring out students’ learning styles and helping tutors customize their approach with each student. Erin works with Jeanne to oversee Nurturing Wisdom’s tutoring directors and to communicate with parents about their child’s history, current performance and goals for the future.

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Alyssa Coburn

Director of Learning & Development

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312-260-7945 ex. 103

alyssa@nurturingwisdom.com

Alyssa is an experienced teacher and tutor with a master’s degree in education and years of experience in the classroom. She brings with her the unique experience of teaching in Australia, where she taught English and drama at an innovative school that specialized in integrated and project-based learning. Since textbooks are uncommon in Australia, Alyssa also had the opportunity to create materials and curriculum for all of her classes. At Nurturing Wisdom, Alyssa oversees curriculum development, and also tutors a variety of subjects, including high school entrance test prep, ACT/SAT, reading, math and writing.

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Amanda Vogel

Vice President

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Chicago: 312-260-7945 ex. 5

amanda@nurturingwisdom.com

Amanda Vogel has spent four years in the classroom and seven years as a tutor doing what she’s most passionate about: individualizing to the needs of every one of her students. With a master’s degree in special education and a passion for building both confidence and skills, Amanda is extremely excited to oversee Nurturing Wisdom’s Vine Academy! Her vision and expertise are the foundations of Nurturing Wisdom’s tutoring methodology and a large part of our student’s growth and success.

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Pari Schacht

President

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Chicago: 312-260-7945 ex. 104

San Francisco: 415-963-9229 ex. 2

pari@nurturingwisdom.com

While teaching at New Trier High School, Pari found that she was able to give her students the highest caliber of education while working with them one-on-one and customizing to their needs. She has since grown her passion into an elite fleet of over 150 tutors who are chosen because of their ability to teach, nurture and relate to students. Pari originally founded Nurturing Wisdom in Chicago and has now expanded it to San Francisco. As the company grows, Pari remains dedicated to putting our students first, seeking the right match between tutor and student, and maintaining the highest standards in recruiting tutors.

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Jim Vogel

Bookkeeper

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312-260-7945 ex. 105

jim@nurturingwisdom.com

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Truman State University. He has more than 10 years of experience in accounting. At Nurturing Wisdom, Jim handles the bookkeeping and works with Katie to assist customers with billing inquiries.

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Katie Ponsot

Billing Coordinator

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312-260-7945 ex. 114

katie@nurturingwisdom.com

Katie has dual bachelor’s degrees in marine science and Spanish from Eckerd College. After college, she decided to move to Chicago to pursue a career in education, and became a teaching intern at Nurturing Wisdom’s Vine Academy. She now works full-time as an assistant and the billing coordinator for Nurturing Wisdom.

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Dani Coirier

Dani Coirier

Staff Development Assistant

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312-260-7945 ex. 108

dani@nurturingwisdom.com

Dani received her bachelor’s degree in cultural studies from Columbia College Chicago. She spent a year studying abroad in Hyderabad, India in preparation for her capstone thesis. After graduating from Columbia, she attended Central Michigan University, where she recently received her master’s degree in English Language and Literature. While studying at CMU, she also taught four semesters of Freshmen Composition. She greatly enjoys tutoring for Nurturing Wisdom and believes that fostering a strong student-instructor relationship is fundamental to a student’s growth and success.

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Katy Somerfield

Tutoring Coach

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312-260-7945 ex. 118

katy@nurturingwisdom.com

Katy started as a tutor with Nurturing Wisdom in 2013 while pursuing her master’s degree in school social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has tutored ACT test prep, high school entrance tests, and math. Katy is passionate about helping students build confidence in their academics, and she looks forward to doing the same for tutors as a tutoring coach. Katy also spends her free time volunteering, riding her bike, and doing various crafts.

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Nicole Burmingham

Tutoring Coach

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312-260-7945 ex. 125

nicoleb@nurturingwisdom.com

Nicole is a Nationally Board Certified teacher with more than 10 years of teaching experience. She worked in an international school where she taught the students of ambassadors from around the world. Nicole holds a master’s degree in teaching and a bachelor’s degree in social science secondary education. She enjoys tutoring students in test prep, executive functioning and any verbal subject. She believes Nurturing Wisdom has provided her with some of the best professional development of her career and is excited to share that with fellow tutors as a tutoring coach.

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Sarah Phillips

Lead Tutoring Coach

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312-260-7945 ex. 117

sphillips@nurturingwisdom.com

Sarah is a graduate of Roosevelt University – Chicago College of Performing Arts. As a tutoring coach, she has enjoyed sharing her enthusiasm for tutoring and helping tutors learn more about Nurturing Wisdom’s curriculum. She is also an experienced tutor who has worked with students on executive functioning skills, and on preparing for high school and college entrance exams. Sarah has taught test prep for the Spanish AP Exam and has spent time abroad studying both Spanish and Italian. In addition to her tutoring, Sarah has a passion for vocal performance.

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Sarah Silverman

Recruitment Coordinator

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312-260-7945 ex. 124

sarahsilverman@nurturingwisdom.com

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and her master’s degree in philosophy from the University of California Santa Barbara. She is currently working on her dissertation for her PhD. Sarah loves teaching and was able to gain experience in the classroom as a teaching assistant and instructor while a graduate student. She is very excited to join the recruiting team and to be part of a company with such strong educational values and impressive methodology.

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Jennifer Strausz

Director of Recruitment

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312-260-7945 ex. 122

jen@nurturingwisdom.com

Jennifer Strausz graduated from the University of Michigan and obtained a post-graduate certificate in human resource management from DePaul University. She comes to Nurturing Wisdom with five years of experience recruiting some of the nation’s top educators to work with high school and middle school students in New York City. She is thrilled to be part of the Nurturing Wisdom team, staffing it with exceptional tutors and administrative team members as the company grows.

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Beth McMurphy

Tutoring Director

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415-963-9229 ex. 102

beth@nurturingwisdom.com

(San Francisco Bay Area)

Beth has a degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco but was clearly destined for a career in education. As the daughter of a teacher, she was stubbornly opposed to becoming one herself, until she discovered the joy of helping someone achieve the “A-ha” moment. She has since found many avenues through which to share her love of teaching and mentoring young people. At Nurturing Wisdom, Beth has tutored math, writing, test prep and executive functioning, and she is excited to be matching families with tutors throughout the Bay Area.

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Becca Foley

Tutoring Director

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312.260.7945 ex. 113

becca@nurturingwisdom.com

Chicago

Becca comes to Nurturing Wisdom with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and art history from Franklin & Marshall College, and believes she was always destined to work within education. Becca has worked as a teacher, coach and most recently college admission counselor at Illinois Tech in Chicago. Her background gives her a unique insight into what makes students succeed and she is looking forward to working with NW families! When she is not working with students she loves exploring Chicago, doing yoga and cooking new recipes.

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Catherine Alexander

Tutoring Director

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312.260.7945 ex. 110

catherine@nurturingwisdom.com

(Chicago)

Catherine holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Xavier University and a master’s degree in education from Marian. With two years of experience teaching middle and high school science, and three years of general tutoring experience with students from kindergarten through college, she decided to use her talents at Nurturing Wisdom to help ensure that students and tutors alike are having the most beneficial and rewarding experience possible. Catherine loves working with students to develop strategies and schedules to make the most of every minute of each tutoring session. She helps to coordinate tutoring in Chicago.

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Jessica Lepore

Tutoring Director

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312.260.7945 ex. 111

jessicalepore@nurturingwisdom.com

(North Shore of Chicago)

Jessica Lepore is a creative educator with over 15 years of teaching experience in the City of Chicago and immediate suburbs. She has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature, and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Jessica enjoys finding new ways to help students learn and developing curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners. She has completed coursework in learning and behavior disorders to further help meet the needs of students. In her free time, Jessica enjoys baking, spending time with her family, and cheering on her children in their various athletic and artistic endeavors. At Nurturing Wisdom, Jessica coordinates tutoring on the North Shore of Chicago.

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Kimberly Pilot

Tutoring Director

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312-260-7945 ex. 130 (Chicago)

415-963-9229 ex. 130 (San Francisco)

kimberly@nurturingwisdom.com

(Western Suburbs of Chicago and San Francisco Bay Area)

Kimberly holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and master’s degrees in special education and educational leadership. As a special education teacher, Kimberly has had the opportunity to collaborate with students and families in grades K-12 in Chicago Public Schools and the Western Suburbs, and she values the importance of providing students and families with strategies to assist them in navigating the world of education with confidence. As a community and professional development leader, Kimberly has presented on topics such as executive functioning, ADHD, and response to intervention. Kimberly works with Sam and Colleen to coordinate tutoring services in the Western Suburbs.

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Colleen McHugh

Tutoring Director

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312-260-7945 ex. 102 (Chicago)

415-963-9229 ex. 102 (San Francisco)

colleen@nurturingwisdom.com

(Western Suburbs of Chicago and San Francisco Bay Area)

Colleen holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in educational leadership. With eight years of experience teaching high school mathematics and more than 10 years of tutoring experience, Colleen brings a passion for helping students appreciate their individual strengths and weaknesses. Her specialties include ACT prep, study skills and math support. Colleen appreciates the fact that the greatest success can be achieved when all parties – student, tutor and parents – work together. With a background in math, Colleen regularly collects data and makes data-driven decisions to ensure that she is using best practices with her students. She works with Sam and Kimberly to oversee tutoring in the Western Suburbs.

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Sam Libretti

Tutoring Director

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312.260.7945 ex. 107 (Chicago)

415-963-9229 ex. 107 (San Francisco)

sam@nurturingwisdom.com

Western Suburbs of Chicago and San Francisco Bay Area

Sam is an experienced educator with a master’s degree in education. In addition to working with Colleen and Kimberly supervising tutoring in the Western Suburbs, he has been a Nurturing Wisdom tutor for everything from reading and writing to test prep and executive functioning. Prior to Nurturing Wisdom, Sam was an educational coordinator for adults with autism. Sam’s favorite part about being a tutoring director is helping our students make definitive progress.

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