Meet the Team

About the Owner

Celena Turney

Owner Celena TurneyThe local office is owned and led by Celena Turney, a parent, non-profit leader, and former educator and instructional coach. In her work with learners of all ages -- whether at museums or arboreta, in the classroom, in after school programs, or on the stage -- she understands how to inspire curiosity, provoke the imagination, and instill a sense of determination and perseverance. As Director of Teaching & Learning at Tutor Doctor Palo Alto, she looks for tutors and academic coaches who bring this philosophy to life!

She is passionate about empowering students of all ages to realize their creative gifts and talents. Helping students maximize their potential through the work of Tutor Doctor’s tutoring and coaching services, is her number one goal.

Giving back to the community is important to her. Currently, she has projects with Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, Luna Dance Institute in Berkeley, and volunteers her time in the school districts she serves. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Los Altos and Palo Alto.

About our Academic Coaching Team

Katie Rowell

Katie RowellI grew up in central New York and graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics. During my time at St. Lawrence, I played on the Volleyball team. After completing my collegiate athletic career, I knew that I wanted to get into coaching to give back to a community that has done so much for me. I was JV volleyball head coach for a local high school and was a co-coach for a volleyball club last year. Watching these girls improve in the short time we were together was an amazing experience and reinforced my desire to continue coaching and even teaching.

Like coaching, academic tutoring gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge and watch students grow. I have been tutoring my sister in math and science for the past couple years and am excited to work with other students in subjects I’m passionate about. I was part of a tutoring group in college and was exposed to great learning and studying habits that I want to share.

Other than Volleyball and running, I love to kick box and read. Moving across the country was a challenging transition, but worth it for the unlimited running weather and amazing food.

Miles Robertson

Miles RobertsonHi! My name is Miles Robertson, and I’m a recent graduate from UCSC. While at UCSC, I earned my degree in physics, and I worked closely with one of my professors on his research in particle physics. I became interested in physics during my junior year at Mountain View High School, and decided to pursue it after taking AP physics in my senior year. I’m also interested in math, astronomy, chemistry, and many other subjects, although I didn’t have the chance to take many courses on them.

I started tutoring math and physics courses at the beginning of my third year of college and found that I enjoyed helping others reach their academic goals, and that I improved my own understanding at the same time. In my first year of college, I discovered I had no idea how to study or take an exam, so I understand the difficulty, frustration, and stress that go hand-in-hand with both. These things are what made me want to start tutoring; it gave me the chance to help others avoid the painful process I went through, and it helped me learn new ways I can succeed.

In my sessions, I like to figure out how someone learns so that I can present the material in a way that may be more understandable to them. For example, I learn primarily by doing, so I typically run through a lot of practice problems and examples when I study because reading through a textbook does not work well for me even though it works great for others. I view my role in the process as more of a support than a teacher in that I should be there to give advice and prompts in the right direction, rather than restating what was said in class or in the textbook. My goal is for my student to feel confident in their knowledge, so that during an exam he or she will be able to perform to the best of their abilities.

In my free time I like to rock climb, read, hike, play music, bake, and generally do anything outdoors. I also practiced martial arts for a while and even taught for a few years in high school, which was my first real exposure to teaching. I love talking about my hobbies and learning about other peoples’, so feel free to ask me any questions!

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