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All the tutors at Mentaur Learning Center are professional educators and/or experts in their fields. They enjoy working with students and especially appreciate the opportunity to be more creative and flexible in their approach to instruction than is possible in a classroom setting. We have teachers who are trained to instruct students from kindergarten through high school and undergraduate studies, covering English, Math, History, and Chemistry.

The Math Department

Rich Waterman

Rich is a former IT specialist who took up tutoring after he retired. While living in Colorado, Rich started tutoring through his own business Moose Ideas. Since moving to Denver, he has decided to work in collaboration with Mentaur Learning to connect with more local students. Right now, Rich is going to help with middle and high school math and all subjects for the ACT and SAT prep.

Connor Theriot

Connor Theriot is the late Elementary and Middle School Math tutor. Connor is a Computer Science major with a minor in Mathematics at UNC Charlotte. Connor graduated from East Lincoln High School and has volunteered his time to various missions and participated in various mentoring opportunities.

Carolynn Wesche

Carolynn Wesche is the new owner/director of Mentaur Learning. She tutors all levels of Math and works with students on the Math sections of the ACT and SAT. She graduated from NC State University with a BS in Mathematics. Her first job was in the insurance industry where she worked as an actuary and statistical analyst before starting a family. After spending time at home to raise her children and moving with her family to Texas, Carolynn began tutoring and substitute teaching. Soon after, she got her teaching certification in Special Education and Mathematics 4-12. She worked as a High School Special Education teacher for 3 years then moved into the Mathematics Department where she taught Algebra, Geometry, Math Modeling, and Algebra 2. In May 2015, Carolynn and her husband moved back to North Carolina, settling in Denver. She began tutoring at Mentaur in January 2016 and took over as owner in July 2016. Math is her passion, and she enjoys seeing students who struggle in Math find success.

Craig Willis

Craig Willis is the Elementary Math tutor. Craig, his wife and young son moved to the Denver area in 1975. He has been a teacher since he graduated from UNC CH in 1974. Some of you may remember him from teaching at Rock Springs and Catawba Springs. After teaching Kindergarten for over ten years, he became a reading specialist. He also earned three advanced Certificates past his Masters and became certified in teaching gifted students. He worked in Charlotte as a Gifted and Talented teacher for almost twenty years. During this period, he realized that he enjoyed teaching math, so for more than twenty years, he has been specializing in teaching math.

Some of Craig’s experiences include:

  • Wrote the vertical curriculum for math Common Core K-8 grades
  • Taught AIG students for 15 years in CMS
  • Trained in State Common Core Curriculum
  • Presented math concepts at system level
  • Authored the State AIG Plan for Mountain Island Charter and the School received certification
  • Active in Charlotte Teachers Institute 2008-2011
  • Created math curriculum for educators from elementary teachers to University colleagues
  • Wrote and illustrated over 400 word problems
  • 2009-present Julia Robinson Math Festival Presenter at UNCC

 

Craig retired from teaching in 2014 but missed teaching young students, so he decided to start tutoring. He is a huge asset to the Mentaur Learning Center staff, and he thoroughly enjoys working with both the students and their parents.

The English & Reading Department

Jannette Coco

Jannette is our K-1 Reading specialist. She has a Masters in Special Education from Seton Hall University and 14 years of early childhood classroom experience in Preschool and Kindergarten. Jannette is also trained in Wilson FUNdations Reading Program and has many different strategies to keep these young students engaged and learning.

Candace Crowell

Candace specializes in Reading for grades 1-4. Since retiring from her job as a Medical Physicist and working in several Radiation Oncology Centers, Candace attended Augustine Literacy Project (ALP training in Hickory. She achieved certification in ALP after volunteering 60 lessons with a child with learning disabilities in grades 1 and 2. Part of the training included training in the Wilson Reading Program, which she uses in her lessons with her students today. Candace is very active in the Westport Community Association and fosters dogs through the PAWS program in Denver.

Elizabeth Roper

Elizabeth is our in-house English tutor. She works with all levels of students in Reading, English and Writing, and also with high school students for ACT and SAT prep. Elizabeth has a bachelor of arts degree in English and Education from Marquette University and a Masters degree in Psychology and Education from Indiana University. Elizabeth’s previous work experience as a teacher and mental health liaison with the educational system makes her an understanding, compassionate, and qualified tutor.

Ginny Wirzbicki

Ginny’s background includes a mix of marketing, education and the arts.  While working in advertising and marketing, Ginny satisfied her desire to educate by teaching dance for many years, but still wanted to earn her degree and teach English.  After moving to North Carolina in 1992, she started working on obtaining a bachelor’s degree and graduated from the University of North Carolina Charlotte in 2004 as a true 49er (at the age of 49!), just one week after her oldest daughter graduated from Appalachian State University.  Earning her degree opened doors to new opportunities: she taught 10th grade English for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system.  Then she worked (and still does work) as a team leader and reader/evaluator with Measurement Inc. and Educational Testing Service (ETS) on the essay and open-ended portions of the End-of-Grade Tests for various states throughout the nation and the SAT.  Her experience working with both students and the companies that administer these tests affords her a unique ability to assist students with the skills needed to meet or exceed their grade level requirements. Ginny enjoys working with students on college planning, college entrance exam preparation, English-related courses, and study skills. Even though Ginny has relocated to Florida, she continues to work with students at Mentaur via Skype and is an excellent reference for college planning.

The Science Department

Phil Trotter

Phil is our only Science instructor specializing in Chemistry but can also teacher all levels of high school math. He graduated from Mississippi College with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree and started his career as junior high and high school math and science teacher. Phil lives out of state, however thanks to advances in technology, he can work with his students via Skype from our center or from the student’s home.

The list above shows our current dedicated core staff, but we are constantly adding qualified tutors who share Mentaur’s vision to help students achieve success.

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