Katie McConaghy – Owner and Tier IV Tutor
James Madison University
Bachelor of Science: Mathematics, Secondary Education
San Diego State University
Master of Science: Statistics
Katie McConaghy is a statistician, mathematician, educator, and entrepreneur. She graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education in 2003. She then went on to complete a Masters Degree in Statistics at San Diego State University. After graduating in 2005, Katie followed her passion for statistics into the actuarial science industry. She worked for an actuarial consulting firm specializing in non-life insurance. After spending almost three years gaining knowledge and experience she decided to take the leap back to academia. Since 2008 Katie has made education her main focus.
Katie founded High Tide Tutoring (HTT) in San Diego in 2009. High Tide Tutoring is a private tutoring company that strives to meet the needs of students everywhere. Since moving to Tahoe in 2010, she’s continued to manage HTT in San Diego from afar and expand her tutoring services to Tahoe. After hearing the needs of her community, Katie decided to open Tahoe Tutoring (TT) in August of 2017. Tahoe Tutoring will provide a physical location for students to visit and receive the help they need for all their learning needs.
In addition to managing HTT and TT, Katie keeps her teaching skills sharp, working as a online college professor for a few US colleges. She is passionate about education and strives to break down geographic limitations to meet the academic needs of students across the country.
Patrick McConaghy – Owner and Tier IV Tutor
University of New Hampshire
Bachelor of Arts with Honors: English, Secondary Education
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Cambridge University: International Learning Center in Paris, France
Sierra Nevada College
Master of Arts, Education: Administrative Leadership
Patrick McConaghy has been a language aficionado since his college days at the University of New Hampshire where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Secondary Education.
While abroad studying in Europe, Patrick compared his native tongue to the subtle nuances of British English in London and fine tuned his French speaking skills in Paris. He has also studied Latin, Spanish and Italian. Having lived in China for one year, he can speak conversational Mandarin.
Patrick has been meeting with students in the Tahoe area since he arrived in 2008. He has worked with international students at Sierra Nevada College. He also worked with Truckee Meadows Community College in town, serving the needs of non-native speakers. In addition, Patrick has worked at Tahoe Expedition Academy, teaching English and supporting students with learning challenges.
From kindergarten to high school to college, Patrick possesses a unique ability to assess student needs and help them meet their goals. In addition, he excels at helping students feel comfortable while learning and makes sure they have fun. With an attention to detail and a passion for punctuation, Patrick will challenge you to fine tune your grammar skills. He enjoys editing papers and helping students find their true voice in writing. If you need assistance expressing your ideas or just cleaning up an essay, Patrick is the tutor for you.
Beatriz Lopez – Tier II Math & Science Tutor (Online only)
University of California Merced
Bachelor of Science with Honors: Biological Sciences
California State University Bakersfield
Single Subject Teaching Credential
Beatriz is a Bakersfield, CA native who grew up in the central valley. She grew up fascinated by the wonders of science, naturally unfolding itself in such an elegant manner. She pursued her interest in the sciences and graduated from University of California, Merced with a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. While she studied at UC Merced, she also tutored college level precalculus to her peers, became a part of Delta Epsilon Mu (a pre-health professional fraternity), and mentored freshman students. It was during her senior year at UC Merced that she realized her passion for sciences coupled well with her growing interest in working with students. After graduating, she worked with at-risk middle school youth through an AmeriCorps service mentorship while she began a Single Subject Credential program at Cal State, Bakersfield. Working with youth from her own community was an eye-opening experience that enabled her to continue fueling her passion for working with youth in need.
She began teaching Life Science in 2014 at Greenfield Middle School in Bakersfield, CA. She enjoyed working with a whole class group, but she knew she wanted to help students in a smaller setting as well. In 2016 she became a tutor with Sylvan Learning Center after school. There she was able to hone her tutoring skills, working in multiple subjects with a wide range of students. She helped pre-k students with phonics, elementary and secondary students with basic arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, and even pre-calculus at times. She genuinely enjoys working with students to help them reach their personal best. She believes every person can succeed and excel with the appropriate resources, practice and confidence.
Michael Lubin – Tier III Math, Economics, Finance, History & Test Prep Tutor
University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts: History & International Affairs
George Washington University
Masters of Arts: International Development
Michael grew up in the Bay Area and is living in North Lake Tahoe to start a new chapter in his life. Michael attended college at the University of Michigan, where he had an intense introduction to winter in the Midwest. After Ann Arbor, Michael moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to pursue travel and recreation. After a short stint in Jackson, Michael moved to Washington, D.C. to obtain his Master’s degree in international economic development from George Washington University. Michael experienced peer tutoring while in graduate school and quickly found a great appreciation for educating others. Michael enjoys working closely with students to engage them and inspire interest while improving their skills. Michael’s mother is a retired middle and high school teacher of over three decades, and it is clear she passed on her love of educating others to her son. Michael also pursues an interest in finance and economics. He works for a small investment firm in Incline Village where he hopes to learn as much as possible and establish the beginning of a financial career. Outside of his professional activities, Michael is an avid mountain biker. He appreciates the quality of life in Tahoe as well as the access to so many forms of recreation. After living in both chaotic urban neighborhoods as well as quaint rural towns around the country, he has found a nice balance in Incline Village.
Kayla Franklin – Tier II Math & English Tutor
University of Nevada, Reno
Bachelor of Science: Human Development & Family Studies
Kayla Franklin is no stranger to the Tahoe area. As an Incline Village local, Kayla grew up enjoying the great outdoors and spending her free time on hiking trails, ski slopes, and the beaches of Lake Tahoe. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 2015. During her studies, Kayla worked closely with Early Head Start to support young children with English language development. She focused on vocabulary, sentence structure, and encouragement to provide an exciting and educational setting for English language learners and their families.
During her junior year of college, Kayla studied abroad in Bangalore, India where she focused on women and children issues and volunteered as a secondary English teacher in an impoverished neighborhood. In India, Kayla discovered her love for teaching English to children of all ages and abilities. Kayla strives to provide tailored instruction for the unique needs and interests of each student. She is currently pursuing a certification in teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and education credentials in Washoe County.
Ivan Biondi- Tier III Math, Science, & Language Tutor
University of Nevada, Reno
Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering (Minors in Spanish & Math)
Ivan grew up in the Reno, NV area, but received an Italian upbringing from his parents. He has always had great respect for other cultures and has traveled to Italy many times, along with Spain, France, and Greece. His Italian uncle was an engineer, and Ivan thoroughly loved the idea that people have the ability to create and design inventions that have never been done before. It was for this reason that he decided to pursue engineering at the collegiate level.
Ivan graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and Minors in both Spanish and Math in 2016. While in his second year of university as an aspiring engineer, Ivan joined the UNR Math Center team and loved it from the start. The Math Center allowed him to share his love of learning by teaching students and helping them understand problems they had believed they could not solve. Ivan may have liked engineering, but the light that emanates from a student after having grasped a math problem for the first time trumps all else. Ivan looks forward to meeting students in the Incline area and sharing his passion for teaching.
Marissa Thomson – Tier I Math & Science Tutor
Sierra Nevada College
Bachelor of Science: Earth Science (In progress)
Marissa was born in California but has lived in various states across the United States and has even lived abroad in Western Australia. She graduated high school in Jupiter, FL as salutatorian of her class with an honors diploma. She took many AP classes and even received a score of 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam just last year! Marissa was always there for her classmates, helping them learn by explaining concepts and critiquing essays throughout high school. Also passionate about working with children, she volunteered at multiple art camps for kids ranging from four through twelve years old, providing young learners with suggestion, encouragement, and instruction to explore their creative side.
Now Marissa lives in Incline Village with her sister while pursuing a degree in Earth Science at Sierra Nevada College. Her sister has two young girls ages four and nine, and Marissa helps the youngest learn the alphabet while working with the eldest to understand her math facts. Although she is well-rounded and sees the value in all learning, Marissa is most passionate about mathematics and the sciences; they are also her favorite to teach. She enjoys the power and confidence students feel when they are able to understand and explain the world around them.
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