Fellow-in-Training/A.O.G.P.E., Dyslexia Therapist/I.D.A., Orton Gillingham Reading Specialist (Reading, Spelling, Writing, Comprehension, SSAT)
Phone: (404) 290-3262
Martha Shadle is a Fellow-in-Training certified by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. She works with students who have learning differences as well as other students needing improvement in reading, writing composition, spelling and reading comprehension. She holds a graduate degree from Georgia State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. She has more than 15 years of private practice tutoring experience and has participated in over 300 hours of classroom training including Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, Lindamood Bell, Psychological Testing, Word Parts and Handwriting Without Tears. She has also conducted teacher training at preschools and private and public school on the Orton-Gillingham Method, dyslexia and pre-reading skills. She is a Mom of three boys, who have experienced public, private and parochial schools in the Atlanta area, boarding school in Chattanooga and colleges in the Southeast.
MEET THE TEAM
Phone: (404) 272-0636
Specialties: Math, SSAT
Lynn Guyton has been tutoring students of all ages for more than 18 years. She is an expert on general math computations and solving word problems. She is a native Atlantan who attended Pace Academy for 13 years. She holds an undergraduate degree from Lehigh University, where she majored in Psychology and earned a minor in Education. In addition to private tutoring, she has also worked as a preferred tutor for a number of local schools. In addition, she wrote a math skills workbook that offers refresher sections on basic math concepts with 50 practice skill sets to help reinforce these concepts, many which feature similar questions to the actual SSAT test (please click here to purchase the book). Lynn and her husband, Randy, have three children, two middle school boys and a first-grade daughter. Her children have experienced both public and private schools in the Atlanta area, allowing Lynn to see first-hand the different learning environments students face today.
Phone: (404) 836-0225 x703
Missy Lutes grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from the University of Alabama in 2012. In the same year, she was married and moved to Atlanta, which has become home to her now family of four! Missy joined the Learning Linkz team in March 2015 and she truly loves helping our tutors and our Learning Linkz families with all of their needs.
Specialties: Math, Physics, Chemistry
Alexis Shepard became a tutor because she loves seeing students have that “Aha” moment. Self-described as someone who is “obsessed with school” and “in love with the process of learning,” she gave up a comfortable position as a Marketing Executive and Franchise Recruiter to pursue her dream of earning a PhD in Sustainability. Returning to school was not easy, but her studies in Pre-Law and Engineering at Oglethorpe University gave her a new perspective on learning, not to mention knowledge of Calculus I, II and III. After being a paid note-taker in several of her classes, she realized that learning a subject, even the most difficult ones, can be accomplished by listening and working hard. She brings that mentality, a great work-ethic and a wealth of knowledge to Learning Linkz, helping students from elementary to high school earn better grades and understand their subjects.
Shelly Linkon has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years, including her current role teaching 5th grade science at The Westminster Schools. A native of Ohio, she completed her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After graduation she moved to Atlanta and began teaching in Atlanta Public Schools where she taught for 13 years as a homeroom teacher. Shelly then completed her graduate degree in Middle School Education in 1995, majoring in science education. Her teaching experience includes working as a homeroom teacher in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades as well as working as a math resource teacher providing enrichment and remediation experiences for students in a small group setting.
Savana Wehunt is currently a full time 3rd-grade teacher in DeKalb county and a Smyrna local. She graduated from the University of West Georgia with her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. Her passion for teaching started at a very young age and she loves helping children finally get that spark back in their education. She approaches math with a fresh new perspective and always finds a new way to solve any problem. She also likes to bring technology into the classroom when needed. When she is not teaching, Savana is acting in small parts in movies and plays. Her love of teaching and learning is what drives her today.
With over 15 years experience in public and private school classrooms, Anne Alexander is a collaborative professional, a published writer and an energetic public speaker. An accomplished innovator, she has adapted curriculum to inspire life-long learning and problem solving among her students. She earned a B.A. from Rhodes College in art history and an M.Ed. from Kennesaw State University in adolescent language arts instruction. She currently teaches Writers Workshop for 8th graders at Pace Academy and tutors high school students in the Pace Academy Academic Resource Center (ARC). Anne has been a part of the Learning Linkz tutoring team since 2014.
Sarah Davis graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a minor in Theater. Originally from Laguna Beach, California, Sarah spent her summers teaching at Camp Merrie Woode for Girls in western North Carolina. She moved to Atlanta after graduating in 2014 and has been tutoring young students in math and science ever since. Always one to use both sides of the brain, Sarah can occasionally be seen on stage at Actor’s Express, where she is currently an Acting Intern.
Nora Harlin is a French and Cognitive Science double major in her second year at the University of Georgia. She grew up in Atlanta and attended Pace Academy from 6th-12th grade, where she started tutoring as a private peer tutor for underclassmen through the school’s Academic Resource Center. She has experience on both sides of the tutor’s table, as she was tutored by Learning Linkz in Calculus her senior year of high school. This strengthened her interest in helping students and gave her perspective on effective tutoring from the student’s side of the equation as well.
Susan Lee grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and graduated from Emory University in 2014. She then earned a master's degree in biomedical sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She hopes to eventually return to graduate school to study neuroscience. While her primary interest lies in research, she also enjoys tutoring students and helping others learn and reach their fullest potential.
Natalie Neugebauer is an undergraduate student at Georgia State University majoring in Pre-Medical Studies and Psychology. Originally from Germany, she has worked as a tutor for the past five years and has experience tutoring children of all age groups, grade levels and personal backgrounds. She knows that every student is different and therefore is focused on finding methods for each individual student to make learning fun.
Barbara Oliveira is originally from Brazil but she moved to the states when she was 15 years old. She graduated from Georgia State with a Bachelor in Biology in Spring 2017. In college she spent most of her time volunteering at a local hospital, and she was also able to go abroad and provide healthcare to native tribes in Boca Del Toro, Panama. All of her volunteer hours made her appreciate life more and motivated her to pursue a second bachelor degree at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Despite her busy schedule, though, she always managed to work as a tutor. Her love of tutoring came when she was in high school, but it was in college that she saw she was capable of tutoring not only her school friends but other kids in different grades. “I find it very gratifying when I see kids understand and be able to apply what I have taught them,” she says.
Miranda Parker is a math and science enthusiast with a knack for English and organization. Originally from a small town outside of Austin, Texas, Miranda has always been eager to learn. She graduated from Harvey Mudd College, a small STEM-focused liberal arts school, with a B.S. in Computer Science. She has spent time tutoring and teaching in a variety of subjects and environments and loves getting students engaged and excited about what they're learning. Miranda is currently pursuing a PhD in Human Centered Computing at Georgia Tech, focusing on Computer Science Education.
Lindsey O’Daniels grew up in Houston, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She then moved to Florida to pursue a Master’s Degree in Reading Education at the University of Florida. She has taught in the public school systems in both Florida and Georgia for the past ten years, including working as a homeroom teacher in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades as well as serving as the English as a Second Language teacher for grades K – 5. She is passionate about education and loves working with students to help them succeed and gain confidence in their abilities
Nadeem Khattak grew up in Roswell, Ga., where he attended Roswell High School. He then went to Kennesaw State University where he is currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Math is his specialty and what he enjoys tutoring the most. He has been tutoring throughout his time at college, which allows him to focus on academia and improving himself inside and outside the classroom. Outside of school and work, he has been a life long martial artist and is currently a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Dr. Chryston Jones is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She received a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Georgia in 2017, a Master of Public Health from Emory University in 2009 and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Birmingham-Southern College in 2006. She has worked as a Spanish teacher, a health policy college instructor, and as a federal employee in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has a passion for teaching and assisting young people reach their own life and academic goals. She has years of experience in teaching and tutoring youth, including those with ADHD and other special needs. She additionally enjoys singing, acting, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Andres Wong grew up in Peru and attended a British school. He moved to Atlanta and graduated from North Springs High School where he was co-captain of the Varsity soccer team. He received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from Georgia State University. He then received his M.S. in Biotechnology from the University of South Florida, where he also worked in a research and development company. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at his alma mater. He spends his time at GSU teaching undergraduate Microbiology labs and doing HIV research in the lab. In his spare time he mentors Hispanic youths through the Latin American Association and enjoys playing soccer.
Marguerite Tyrrell has taught Spanish for 29 years in 7th-12th grades in private and public schools in Indiana and Kentucky, and for 18 years at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a BA (Spanish/History) from St. Mary’s College and studied at la Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City her sophomore year. Marguerite also lived in Madrid, Spain, as she completed her MA (Spanish) at Middlebury College. Comprehensible Input and TPRStorytelling are her two integral teaching methodologies. Both create a language experience similar to how we learn our first language: in context, graduated goals, and no expectation of quick fluency. As a middle school advisor, she helped students develop organizational and study skills to achieve their capabilities. She loves engaging with people, pets, books, and the outdoors. Long, exploratory road trips and camping keep her recharged and eager for more adventures.
Brent Sattelmeier is a certified teacher with a credential in broad field science, which covers grades 8-12. He has experience teaching sciences (physics, environmental science, biology, psychology, human anatomy and physiology) as well as mathematics (algebra, geometry, and others). Additionally, he has worked with students in English and literature, especially with reading and writing. Other areas of instruction include test taking strategies (ACT, SAT, SSAT, high school and middle school standardized tests, etc.), time management and organization, behavior modification, college application processes, and scholarship hunting. He also received supplemental training in AP instruction, gifted and special needs students, students with disabilities, CSEC, PEI, and Stewards of Children certification. He completed his undergraduate studies at Georgia Tech in psychology and biology, and is currently earning a master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology. In his off hours, Brent enjoys trail running, hiking, bouldering and reading.
Amiah Williams graduated from Marietta High School the spring of 2017 and now attends Georgia State University pursuing a bachelor's degree in science (majoring in biology). She has three years of experience tutoring (ages ranging from 5-17), with each child making remarkable changes in their academic grades. She has experience tutoring Biology, Chemistry, Pre Algebra, Algebra I-II, Spanish 1-4, American/European History, Writing, and Anatomy/Physiology. She does not see her students as clients but as friends, with her main goal to improve their confidence in the abilities they have presently and enhance their abilities.
Jordan Chmielarz graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. She is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she began tutoring in high school. As an engineer, she sees a huge application for math skills and loves sharing that passion with her students. She is motivated by helping students find confidence in their academic abilities, seeing those “light bulbs” go off, and making her students' successes her own.
Beeta Khatami grew up here in Atlanta and received her Bachelors degree in Biology from Emory University and her Masters in Science Education from Georgia State University. She taught 7th grade Life Science for two years and has been tutoring for the past couple of years. She believes that each student has his or her own learning style, and that teaching should be centered around that. She enjoys spending time her husband and their cat, Gus, and dog, Shy.
Specialties: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Pre-Calulus, Calculus, AP Calculus (AB or BC), Trigonometry, Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, French AP French, AP Psychology, English/Language Arts
Fabio Chiappina is an aerospace engineering student at Georgia Tech. Since she was a child, she has been fascinated by science and mathematics, always asking the big questions about the origin of our universe and humanity’s place within. She has been tutoring for four years now, and teaching is something she genuinely enjoys, especially when she can make her students care about their learning. In her free time, she is an artist, writer and second-degree black belt in both Taekwondo and Karate.
Joseph Montuoro-Jackson is currently enrolled at Georgia State University with a focus in Film & Media. A native of rural Dallas, Georgia, he has now relocated to Atlanta to study hard and accomplish his goals. He has thoroughly enjoyed working at Learning Linkz since he moved here in the Fall 2018 as he says it keeps his mind fresh on subjects that are bound to show up again in many of his courses.
Courtney Smith has more than seven combined years of administrative, education and writing experience. She has been a key contributor in leading people and optimizing processes at Mississippi’s largest university, one of the largest school districts in Texas, and a non-profit with international impact. She not only has experience in higher education (MS State University) but she also has experience at the elementary and secondary level having served in the capacity of Associate Teacher for the past five years. Her hobbies are traveling, reading, cooking and basketball. She absolutely loves to teach/tutor and looks forward to assisting your child/teen increase and enhance their academic acumen.
Bjorn Thornton is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and has lived here his entire life. He got his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his Master’s Degree from Piedmont College, both in Secondary Mathematics Education. He has been a high school educator for 12 years, including his current role as the Math Department Leader at Wheeler High School in Cobb County. He has taught everything from Algebra I up through Pre-Calculus, including Trigonometry and Statistical Reasoning. He has enjoyed each role with students from freshmen up to seniors and enjoys seeing students succeed at every level.