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Amber Magner, OwnerAmber Magner, Tutor Doctor of Maricopa Owner

Hi, my name is Amber.

I am the Education Consultant for Tutor Doctor Goodyear Buckeye. A real quick introduction of me is my entire career has been in higher education as a coach, professor, administrator, and even a student myself as I have a Doctorate degree in Education. Throughout my career I have seen so many students come to college lacking some of the fundamental educational skills and concepts crucial for achievement.

Knowing there is a lack of essentials and knowing I am a great listener with I think very good abilities to discern the needs of others I decided what better place to do the most good than in Arizona being able to sit with families, listen to where they are and where they want to be in the future, and with that knowledge pair them with the right educational tutor that will help them achieve their goals. That is my role, to facilitate pairing you with the tutor that will help you get you where you want to go.

Peter Boyum

Hello, I am Peter Boyum.

I am an English Tutor and a Native speaker of Standard American English (West Coast) with 35 plus years experience teaching English to native speakers and foreigners with degrees from Central Texas College, Western New England College, Chapman University, and Golden Gate University. I am a retired US Army instructor, transcriber & technical writer, retired college freshman English instructor; former Adult School ESL instructor, former McGraw-Hill proofreader, and former Paul Kagan & Associates copy editor (my MOS = 98G4HGMJ2). I have completed my own language training at the Defense Language Institute within the Army Language School in Monterey California of Chinese Mandarin, German, Polish, and Arabic Syrian.

Subjects I teach are:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Diction
  • Syntax
  • Pronunciation
  • TOEFL prep
  • Accent reduction
  • English
  • World History
  • US History
  • Government

Eleanor Sherman

Hello, My name is Eleanor.

I have been tutoring professionally for almost 2 years. I have tutored clients from ages 5 to 20 years old from all backgrounds. I tutor the fundamental subjects, Math, English, Social Studies and Science, plus testing. I have teaching experience in local schools in the West Valley and I have worked in child care for over 7 years. Additionally, I have experience working with special needs students. I can’t wait to help you achieve your goals!

Heather Perez Heather Perez 

Hello, I'm Heather Perez.

I have been teaching elementary school for 11 years. I specialize in reading, writing, and math tutoring for grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. I also have experience in teaching English as a second language. I love working with kids both in a classroom setting and one on one. In my spare time, I love to play the piano and hang out with my family.

Cassandra Paine Cassandra Paine 

Hi, I'm Ms. Paine.

I have been a teacher in one way or another for over 10 years. I've worked one on one, and with large groups. I am certified to teach all general education subjects in K-8. I have lived in many different states and even countries! My small family includes fish, a bunny, and a dog. I'm currently a 3rd grade teacher.

Richard HoodRichard Hood 

Hello, I am Richard Hood.

I taught 5th grade to preservice teachers in the physical sciences. I got a degree in Chemistry, went to numerous workshops around the country focused on engineering and physical sciences, led many students in competition building projects like a solar boat, science, energy, and environmental competitions and research. I was best at small groups and individual in extracurricular science and engineering projects. Since retiring I love tutoring chemistry, physics, and high school math.

Dr. Sharon Price Schleighundefined

Meet Dr. Sharon Price Schleigh.

Dr. Sharon Price Schleigh is a Learning Scientist as well as a life-long learner, earning her doctorate at Arizona State University. She specializes in studying how people teach and learn STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) and the PBL (Project/Problem Based Learning) approach. Her specialty includes designing learning programs, course materials and assessments, and in virtual learning strategies and environments. She has a personal interest in technology (in education as well as in real-world applications), and in astronomy and physics, while also enjoying in engaging in many other content areas within STEM and in academia in general.

Dr. Schleigh has been involved in education for nearly 30 years: as a classroom teacher (preschool through doctoral program learner levels); a professor in STEM and in Teacher Education; a researcher and nationally recognized author; a grant writer and grant/program evaluator; a curriculum and assessments developer; a Professional Development Facilitator; a K12 Charter School Founder; a Charter School Board Member and School Administrator; a mentor; a Director and Project Manager of Programs; and a coordinator and leader in STEM conferences, professional organizations, competitions, programs and events. Her work has involved her in regional, state, national and international instructional opportunities, leadership opportunities, forums, and collaborations. It has also lent toward her development of very strong Project Management skills and Team Leadership/Building skills.

Dr. Schleigh is comfortable in the traditional brick and mortar interactions as well as in hybrid and virtual/eLearning interactions. Others would describe her interactions, work ethics and character in similar terms: a problem solver, fair, enthusiastic, motivational, inspirational, challenging, honest, supportive, empathetic, easily accessible, caring, responsive, calming during stressful situations, tactful, collaborative, outgoing, creative, innovative, fun, resourceful, knowledgeable, dedicated, responsible and willing to do more than she expects those around her to do. Dr. Schleigh firmly believes that knowledge is power, and that power allows individuals and groups to recognize the doorways to limitless opportunities.

undefinedShe states that: “Education is the key to the success of humanity and to a life that we dream of as individuals and as a species. It can be found in many different places, through many different methods, and serves many different purposes.”

Dr. Schleigh enjoys travel both professionally and personally. She is interested in Leadership or Project Management roles related to academia that presents a challenge, and opportunities to work with a variety of people.

Jeffery RilesJeffery Riles

Hello, my name is Jeffery Riles Sr.

I specialize in math tutoring. I teach College Algebra, Introductory Psychology, and SAT/ACT math prep. I have completed all of my course work for a Ph.D. in Education Leadership. I am a fan of technology, the MCU, Old Star Wars movies, and coffee.

Andres Valdez

Andres TutorHi, I am Andres!

I am the youngest of three boys and a first generation Mexican/American. I've lived in the same house my whole life and currently attend Arizona State University. I play video games, soccer and hang out with friends when the chance comes by. I believe myself to be a good person and someone with a very humble background. I hope whoever matches with me has a good time and learns as much as I can teach. Looking forward to every match!

Larry Marden

Hello, I am Larry!

For many years I have tutored math, physics, and computers at the middle school, high school, college, and professional levels. I am mathematician and computer scientist who has been teaching technology courses and tutoring since retiring in 2000 from a 27 year career on Wall St. I hold a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from MIT and a master’s degree in information science from the University of Chicago. A native New Yorker, my wife and I moved to Surprise 16 years ago.

I have tutored local students with a great deal of success. My approach goes far beyond just dealing with the concepts that the student needs to understand, but connects with the student in ways that effectively help him or her overcome any ‘fears’ or ‘resistance’ to the material. I have helped students raise their grade point averages and standardized test scores (such as SAT and PSAT) by showing them different ways of approaching and solving problems, which leads to a deeper understanding and mastery of the subject matter.

Emily OlivasTutor Doctor Maricopa, Tutor - Emily Olivas 

Hi, I am Emily!

Emily is Bilingual (English and Spanish). Her experience includes working one on one with students from kinder to 5th grade. She is currently studying to be a music teacher and her best subjects would be Math, English, and Music.


Kurt Strom


I’m Kurt and I'm happy to be joining tutor doctor as a tutor! I’ve been teaching in the West Valley since 2014. I love science, and am a firm believer in hands-on, experience-based, learning. I have experience teaching third through fifth grade subjects including Mathematics, ELA, Science, and Humanities. I look forward to helping you reach all of your goals!

Erik Naedler

Hi, I am Erik! I am a generalist and very accommodating.

I have almost 10 years of experience being a tutor. I've helped students of many ages and backgrounds; ages from 7 to college age and a few older (40 years plus).

My background is in the Life Sciences such as Biology, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology; Anatomy & Physiology; also Psychology and Mathematics.

Ali Brinkman

Pamela Anderson

Janis Johnson, MDJanis Johnson, MD, Tutor

Janis Johnson is a mother and grandmother who knows the value of a good education. After retiring from medicine, she attended law school and obtained her Master TEFL Certificate. She has been teaching English as a foreign language for over 10 years in Latin America and tutoring a wide variety of students, from age 4 to adults - including nursing students and call center employees.

“Any educational deficiency can be fixed. It’s just a matter of tracking back to just before the problem started and finding out what went wrong.”

Larry Canepa Larry Canepa, Chef, Tutor

Chef Larry Canepa is a Certified Culinary Educator and brings over four decades of Food and Wine experience to today’s adult culinary learners. He has worked in the hospitality business in Phoenix, Seattle and Sedona as Chef, caterer, sommelier and Food and Wine Educator. He has taught culinary arts and restaurant operation classes at the Le Cordon Bleu, Arizona State University, Desert Botanical Garden and the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Phoenix. His experiences include management and operation of free-standing restaurants, specialty wine stores, hotels and resorts.

For over 30 years, Chef Larry Canepa has operated the award-winning catering business, Dinner at Eight, in Phoenix, Arizona, specializing in intimate private dining, culinary classes and wine seminars.

He has conducted seminars and lectures on International Cuisine, The Spice Trade, food trends, wine appreciation, coffee, tea, Superfoods for a Super Hero’s Life, dining etiquette, Sugar and the Slave trade, Aphrodisiacs, food revolutions, and healthy cooking for students, adults, continuing education classes and charitable organizations and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.

Larry Canepa continually seeks to enhance his professional skills to meet today’s demanding adult learners and customers through research, educational travel and industry publications and seminars. Larry has traveled to many European destinations and wine regions, gathering information and experiences that he loves to share with students and adults. His passion for travel and food and wine has taken him to the markets, cafes and bistros of Europe, the great Champagne houses, Belgium Beer producers, the trattorias of Italy as well as extensive tours of the wine regions of Germany, Spain, Portugal, Eastern Europe, Oregon, Washington, and California.

Larry Canepa holds a Master of Tea certification with the Specialty Tea Institute and is on a professional mission to ‘de-coffee-inate’ America with a unique and contemporary approach to wine and tea.

Chef Canepa has established partnerships with local charities, chambers of commerce, and local businesses to network and advance the industry. Larry is actively involved in student mentorship and career placement. Canepa remains actively involved throughout the Valley, holding professional memberships with the Arizona Convention & Visitors Bureau, American Personal & Private Chef Association and the American Red Cross from which he was awarded the “Humanitarian of the Year” award. Canepa also dedicates his services to community and philanthropic organizations such as the American Humane Society, Scottsdale Boys & Girls Clubs, Arizona Miniature Schnauzer Rescue and St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Chef Larry Canepa maintains an enthusiastic and engaging sense of humor in all learning environments, and enjoys culinary travel, food futurism, gourmet cooking, and culinary gardening. He shares his home with his best food critics, a quartet of rescued Miniature Schnauzers, and a pond full of exotic Japanese koi fish… for meditation, not cooking.

With his accumulated experience in so many subjects Chef Canepa, has the knowledge, training, and patience to help you succeed with all your academic needs.

Dr. John Gehred, MD Dr. John Gehred, MD Tutor

John is a life long learner, and teacher as well. He really enjoys the one on one of tutoring and watching as the student finally gets the concept, and shows confidence in that knowledge. His personal training has been long and complex with a broad and deep science knowledge, allowing him to work with all types of students because he has seen all of them.

Lily ArnpriesterLily Arnpriester, Tutor

I have been tutoring for over three years. While getting my Bachelor’s at Northwestern University, I worked as a paraprofessional and tutor at a local elementary school. I am comfortable in all subjects K-6 but am especially practiced in reading and math tutoring and have experience working with kids with ADHD. I am currently working for my Doctor of Audiology so I don’t have much free-time, but when I do, I love to paint and cook.

Elizabeth Van De MoereElizabeth Van De Moere, Tutor

Hello! I'm Elizabeth and am currently a second year Seventh Grade Math Teacher at Cactus Middle School. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Education, specializing in Secondary Education (Mathematics) in May of 2019 from Arizona State University. In addition to maintaining a 3.5 GPA in a challenging academic program, I have been fortunate to participate in several student internships in Elementary School, Middle School and High School classrooms. During my Student Teaching, I integrated Mindfulness activities within the classroom to provide focusing techniques to the students, as an Americorp Project.

I have a great deal of experience in primary education but my main focus is in Middle school math, I have completed internships in the following districts: Phoenix Elementary, Maricopa Unified, Scottsdale Unified, Creighton, Concordia Charter School, Gilbert Unified, and Chandler Unified School District. These internships have allowed me to apply my education and dedication to teaching our future. During each internship, I was given the opportunity to build relationships with the students and develop lesson plans to educate our future.

I believe that learning should be fun! I create a safe and energetic environment that lets students explore their learning through interesting and interactive lessons. Students are encouraged to try new skills and techniques, when we make a mistake we take the time and evaluate the error, then we try again!

Everyone is good at math, we just need to work together and find the techniques that make you shine! You are our future, I want to support you towards your goals and provide the resources that will benefit both you and your parents.

Emily MaxwellEmily Maxwell, tutor

Emily Maxwell is a member of the AzTEA Professional Learning Committee and is currently the Technology Integration Specialist for the Maricopa Unified School District. She has been an educator for 11 years, starting her career at a charter school. She has taught 5th-8th grade and enjoyed teaching middle school science the most. She holds a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.

She also has experience with technology integration as she is earning her doctorate through Grand Canyon University. Her dissertation topic revolves around technostress and teachers. Her current role as Technology Integration Specialist and relevant research has put her in a position to support and encourage healthy technology use while allowing teachers to be excited about incorporating more technology.

Jennifer LeBlanc Jennifer LeBlanc, Tutor

I have 15 years’ experience working with elementary kids in multiple school settings. My mother is a retired kindergarten teacher so when she was teaching, I helped out in her classroom as an unofficial teacher’s aide. I’ve also worked as an after school teacher where I supervised students and performed various science, art, and culinary projects. I babysit for a little girl who I’m helping get kindergarten ready by teaching her letter and number recognition, reading, writing, and math. I have always enjoyed working with kids and look forward to helping them succeed with my tutoring! An interesting fact about me is that I’m a volunteer with a police department.

Kristi Chatham

Kristi Chatham

Hi, I'm Kristi!

I'm a High school Algebra 2 teacher who has a BS and MA in Education from the University of Alabama, as well as 10years of tutoring experience. I was a graduate research assistant in the Education department at the University of Alabama for 2 years. I have a passion for tutoring and helping students succeed and find learning fun! Math and SAT/ACT test prep are my specialties. My students say that I have brought them back to enjoying math again and that's my favorite part of working with students!

Teaching Experience:

  • Teachers Assistant at the University of Alabama (2 years)
  • Reading/Math Tutor (8 years)
  • Bible School Teacher 4th & 5th grade (2 years)
  • Math teacher - Private and Public schools (2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and HS - 7 years total)

Jacob Chernov Jacob Chernov, tutor


During my school years I had some struggles, and I understand where these struggles came from. Now I have finished a degree in communications, and I am planning to start medical school soon.

My background is as an EMT where I worked for 17 years in the field of Emergency Medicine and transport. I did firefighting as well, but gravitated towards medicine. I am currently studying for the MCAT.

If you are looking for someone who is going to put the responsibility on the student to do the learning, but is a willing guide along the way teaching some tricks and tips to overcome barriers to learning. Myself being a lifelong student and someone who enjoys learning has learned how to make it fun and interesting for all students of any age.

I look forward to assisting you with some of your educational needs. Although it is not listed I have tutored and taught EMT classes, and also worked with small groups to prepare them for national exams in EMS.

I am able to remote tutor for students who do not need in person, but I am also available for in person tutoring as well.

Elizabeth Banuelos

Elizabeth Banuelos is a fourth-year student at Arizona State University, where she is pursuing a degree in Family and Human Development and a minor in Educational studies. She is a recipient of the Obama scholarship, which has allowed her to become a first-generation college student. In her studies, Elizabeth is focusing on child development and developmental psychology. Her interest in family and human development stems from her goal of understanding how early relationships shape the course of one’s life. Ms. Banuelos has worked as an intern for the EYEPlay research study. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she intends to apply to graduate school to further her knowledge about human development and progress toward a career as a child specialist.

Daniel Perez- An 7-year Experienced Math Tutor!

I am graduate of Arizona State University from May 2019 with Bachelors degree in Mathematics. I also have the experience in helping students with different background as a mathematics tutor from a community college in total of 8 years. I can help students from basic math into Calculus and statistics. I am happy to help out and serve the community around me so that they can get ready for a test, homework turn in, or even trying to under better some mathematical concepts

Marissa Blecher-Ponce - Helping Students Reach Their Potential

Hello, my name is Marissa Belcher-Ponce. I am a second-year college student studying the Elementary Education at Arizona State University. I am able to teach Math, English, History, Social Studies, Government, etc. with grade levels between Kindergarten all the way through Twelfth Grade.

I am currently working at a school and I am a Paraprofessional, so helping students get their work done is one of my specialties. I am patient, knowledgeable tutor who has worked with students ranging in ability and I tailor my tutoring style to each individual, so that they can succeed and show progress. I consider myself caring, friendly, and professional.

Melinda Blain - Multi-Subject Tutor with Behavioral Health Experience

My name is Melinda Blain and I have five years of private tutoring experience. I currently work at a behavioral health facility for girls aged 10-18 years old and have experience with various mental health and learning disabilities, such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia, mood disorders, anxiety, and behavioral issues. My volunteer experience includes working with several organizations throughout the valley as a mentor, tutor, and dance teacher to children who are in the foster care system. I also previously ran a non-profit rescue for orphan kittens, so I am a huge animal lover. I am currently in my senior year of college with a BS in psychology at Barrett on the ASU campus. From there, I will be completing my masters of counseling before becoming licensed as a clinical therapist.

I was in a self-contained gifted program from grades 5-8 before moving on to becoming an honors student in high school. Although I had the aptitude for learning, I struggled with having the motivation to excel at classes and had a perfectionist procrastination style. Since I have been through many of the same struggles as my students, I am able to understand where they are coming from and relate to them, while offering solutions for success.

My private tutoring experience stretches across various subjects, such as mathematics, science, writing/grammar, standardized test prep, and study skills. I have worked with all ages and schooling systems from elementary up through college level, honors/AP students, and private, public, online, specialized, and behavioral school systems. My theory when working with students relies heavily on motivation from the student since I believe little can be achieved unless the student is receptive. I apply a hands-on approach in the beginning of new concepts to ensure that the student has the necessary skills before slowly reducing my guidance for the goal of independent learning. I absolutely love tutoring and enjoy being able to be involved in helping my students achieve their academic goals, which in turn boosts their self-esteem and assists their future academic and career pursuits.

Meryl Kaufman

Certified teacher in California and Arizona. 21 years teaching experience with Los Angeles Unified School District and 2 years with Glendale Elementary School District. Positions held: Literacy Coach, Instructional Coach, Intervention Coordinator and Title 1/ELD Coordinator. Specialize in English Language Arts, Reading instruction including fluency and comprehension.

Myia Johnson

My name is Myia Johnson. I have 18 years’ experience teaching Elementary and Special Education. I specialize in working with students that need help with academic subjects, study skills and social emotional goals. I look forward to working with you!

Thomas Donahue

Hello, I am Certified in Secondary Math, Business-CTE and Family Consumer Science. Have taught both High School and Middle School. I'm also a retired Civil Engineer. Looking forward to working with your student as they meet their education goals.

P’Jay Gadberry - Meet Miss Gadberry!

I am 1st grade teacher, who loves to read, penguins, and my animals. I Graduated from California State University, East bay with a Bachelor’s degree in Early childhood and Childhood development. I love my job and working with students and their families.

Ellis Reyes - Can Teach Will Travel...

I have been a classroom teacher, teacher-leader, and curriculum developer for more than 20 years working with students ranging in age from elementary to graduate school. I have also been a private tutor and academic coach for most of that time as well. Prior to my career in education, I served in the United States Army's 2nd Ranger Battalion and worked in my family's farming business. Apart from teaching I enjoy travel, writing, and fooling about with technology.

Karl Anthony

I am a current student working on a Masters in Education. I hold C++ Programming, Ethical Hacker and many other computer certifications. I have a doctorate in Metaphysics and consider myself a professional student. I have a 3.98 GPA, and am Vice-President of NSLS and Golden Key honor societies.

Boyd Tolbert

I am an experienced (K-8) certified teacher and tutor. I have taught, facilitated and effectively taught K-8 students for more than 15 years. Additionally, I am an (AZ) endorsed Reading Specialist. All students can and will learn if given adequate time and effective strategies.

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