Meet the Team
Committed to Your Students
Since opening our doors, Learning Linkz has developed and grown, mostly because of our exceptional team. We’re proud of our staff’s abilities to contribute their unique experience and skills to our continuing success.
Lynn Guyton has been tutoring students of all ages for more than 20 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, college student, high school senior and a 5th 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.
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 five! 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.
Director of Tutor Operations
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 college earn better grades and understand their subjects.
Savana Rithmire 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.
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.
Natalie Neugebauer is currently a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology at Auburn University. She received a B.S. in Psychology and Pre-Medical Studies from Georgia State University. Originally from Germany, she has worked as a tutor for the past 9 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.
Bjorn 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. Bjorn has been a high school educator for 13 years, including his current role as the Math Department Leader at Wheeler High School in Cobb County. He’s 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.
Madison is an Atlanta native who graduated from The Westminster Schools in 2016. She went on to graduate magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University this spring where she majored in strategic communication and minored in creative writing. Her subject areas include English, reading and writing. She is passionate about education and learning and encourages students to ask questions. Having been a collegiate athlete, she knows the importance of time management and the work ethic required to balance a busy schedule. Throughout high school, she was a tennis coach and loved seeing the joy her students felt as their games progressed. Madison is currently an Assistant Account Executive on Edelman's Financial Communications team in Washington, D.C. working remotely from Atlanta. In her free time, she loves to play tennis with her friends and family and spend time with her new puppy!
Ray Broadhead grew up in Massachusetts and after earning a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an Sc. M. From Brown University, he was employed at the Brooks School in Massachusetts (his high school alma mater). He was at Brooks for 33 years, and during that time he taught math, science, and psychology; coached sports, and held many administrative positions including Dean of Students, Director of Summer Day Camp, and Assistant Head of School. He then was appointed Head of School at The Elon School (North Carolina) and later at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. He is now retired and living in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Mr. Broadhead is a firm believer in growth mindset, and he believes that all students can achieve if they are willing to work hard, listen, and discover their own strengths.
Dr. Leone Broadhead was born and raised in South Carolina. She earned three degrees from the University of South Carolina: bachelor of science masters, master of arts in teaching, and a Ph. D. in public health. Dr. Broadhead taught in Richland District 2 in Columbia for 33 years. During that time she was named South Carolina science teacher of the year. She also was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina and was awarded with the Distinguished Award for her outstanding teaching. In recent years she has taught in both North Carolina and Tennessee. For the past 20 years, she has been a National Board Certified teacher. Her strength is AP biology, but she has also taught chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, and environmental science. Her philosophy on teaching is that hard work and effort are essential to being a successful student. All students can be successful.
Catherine Shamanski grew up in Smyrna, GA and attended Holy Innocent’s Episcopal School for high school. She is currently studying at Georgia Institute of Technology with a plan to major in Psychology and minor in Spanish. Spanish is one of her passions, both to tutor and to study. Catherine even enjoys watching Spanish shows in her past time. Tutoring throughout high school and college allows Catherine to help others as well as do something she loves. Outside of tutoring, Catherine enjoys working part time at a school nursery taking care of children and babysitting in her free time.
Joey Chanin is currently in his fourth year at Georgia Tech studying Industrial and Systems Engineering. An Atlanta native, Joey has always had an innate curiosity and enthusiasm for learning which led him to explore more than 15 different AP subjects in high school and to take a wide range of courses in college, from Neuroscience to Mandarin. While his major coursework focuses on probability, statistics, and other areas of math, he is equally comfortable writing an AP World History essay, breaking down a complicated physics problem, or helping a student improve their time management and strategy on the ACT. Joey hopes to foster this same curiosity in his students, encouraging them to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth. Outside of class, he is active with Engineers Without Borders and the Georgia Tech Consulting Club, and he enjoys running, chess, and cheering on (or having his heart broken by) the Atlanta Falcons.
Laura Hollis is a current Senior at Woodward Academy. Since a young age, Laura has been passionate about the French language and culture and has excelled in her French coursework while also exploring ways to improve her language skills outside of school. Laura is also a top-level math and science student. She is an active participant in Woodward’s peer tutoring program for French, Math, and Science. Laura plays both club and school soccer and plans to continue playing at the collegiate level. Laura is passionate about academics and, being a student athlete, understands what it takes to stay organized and manage time effectively. When not studying or playing soccer, Laura loves to be outdoors hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, and scuba diving or spending time with friends.
A Pittsburgh native Antoine moved to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College to pursue his BS in Computer Science and Mathematics. While in high school fell in love with the art of programming and quickly began to learn as much as he could. A lifelong student, Antoine has devoted his free time to honing his skills and is now a freelance web developer using his expertise to help Black Owned Businesses increase their internet presence and exceed their business goals. An avid lover of sports and comics, Antoine is well equipped with the knowledge to debate anyone on either topic to their heart's content.
Joshua Baker is a Computer Science graduate from Georgia Tech with an additional minor in Physics. Having spent some time in industry, he has transitioned to tutoring with the intention to move into education full time. He has worked as a
tutor in online and in-person contexts for three years, focusing on math up to
Differential Equations, Physics, and Java/Python programming. Outside of work, he holds a passion for STEM outreach and communication, with the aim to provide accessibility to anyone with a desire to learn.
Grayson Nour is a Pre-Med Chemistry Major with a Spanish Minor at Georgia Tech. As a current college student, math and science appear everywhere from day-to-day! She loves working with students and helping them finally get to a place where they are comfortable with the material. With the free time she does have, she enjoys playing soccer, trying all the best brunch places in the Atlanta area with her school friends, and walking her two dogs, Cowboy and Buttercup!
Aman has demonstrated a passion for tutoring young students for over three years in the areas of STEM. Aman is pursuing a business major at Emory with a dual degree in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is a congressional gold medalist for having motivated over 250 youth to pursue STEM through 400 hours of volunteering. Aman is an AP STEM scholar, National Merit scholar, and captain of his high school robotics team for four years, leading the team to state championships and competing and winning awards in Science Fairs. Aman challenged himself in high school, taking the challenging STEM courses his high school (The Bolles private School in Jacksonville) offered and excelled in Math which is evident through an almost perfect Math ACT score. He has tutored students in all levels of math, teaching numerous Elementary and High school concepts. Aman seeks to bond with his students and make learning fun by connecting with their interests. Aman is a firm believer in perseverance, understanding that success in the classroom requires a positive work ethic. Outside tutoring, Aman enjoys playing basketball, watching tech videos, and following his Jacksonville Jaguars.
Amy is originally from Ohio, but has called the Atlanta area home for over 18 years. She has taught or tutored students in all grades K-12, but has to say that 2nd grade will always be her favorite. She loves being able to have fun and be creative when working with students and encourages them to enjoy the process of learning and discovery. Music is a way that she expresses herself and she incorporates it into tutoring sessions when possible, whether that means creating rhymes together to help students remember important details or singing a little ditty to keep students engaged. When she isn't tutoring, Amy loves to travel the world and fill up her passport with new places she's seen. Some of her favorites include London, England, Kolkata, India, and most recently Dubai. She also loves to bake and runs a side business creating custom cakes and cookies for customers. So on any given day, she may be covered in sugar, flour and food coloring and not think anything of it!
Simran is a young, but experienced tutor that has lived in Georgia her whole life. She graduated from UGA in 2019 and has been tutoring since her high school days. Simran knew teaching was her calling after trying several other career options only to return to teaching, happily. Simran loves to learn and bring this mentality to the table in hopes to make learning fun and relevant for her students as well. Simran hopes to help her students succeed and progress in their learning and in all parts of their lives.
Milo Taylor was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i. He’s had the privilege in living in such places as Hawai’i, Georgia, and Japan. He is currently a researcher at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, where he models radar systems. He was awarded his high school diploma at Lakeside High School in the Atlanta Metro area, where he took classes such as AP Physics C, AP Calculus BC, and Latin. He earned his Bachelor of Science at Berry College in Physics and Mathematics in 2013. He then achieved a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Iowa State University in 2016. During his entire time in college and graduate school, Milo has served undergraduate students as either a grader, teacher’s assistant, or a group tutor in all kinds of math courses. Having studied and tutored math for so long, Milo has expertise in a large number of math subjects up to the graduate level including Algebra, Pre-calculus, Calculus (single-variable and multi-variable), Linear Algebra, and Discrete Mathematics. He also has knowledge of introductory Physics. Milo’s approach to tutoring was informed by his time at Berry. He likes to emphasize a student’s strengths. Providing a healthy environment where they are comfortable is key. He believes that teaching how to approach a problem more than a simple “what to do” is the key to a deep understanding.
Lanier has been living in Atlanta all her life and graduated from the Lovett School in 2020. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Spanish Minor from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Lanier has a passion for learning and enjoys the rewarding process of motivating students to achieve their academic potential. Outside of tutoring, Lanier has spent the past two summers working as a camp counselor at Camp Greystone, and she also enjoys rock climbing, cheering on Atlanta sports teams, and trying different Mexican restaurants around the city.
My name is Kaylee Akin. I am a current fifth grade teacher at Ashford Park Elementary. I went to the University of North Georgia for undergrad where I also played basketball. I then completed my Master's Degree at the Georgia Southern University! In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, reading, and spending time with friends and family!
Maddie DeWitt is a Kennesaw State University graduate with a major in Elementary Education. She grew up in Marietta, Georgia, and moved to Atlanta when she graduated college. She has taught fifth grade for three years and has had experience tutoring students for many years throughout high school, college and her teaching career. She has a passion for education. She loves teaching, working with students to meet their goals while also making the learning experience fun and rewarding. Maddie played flute and piano for over twelve years, and also participated in the marching band at Lassiter High School, where she had the opportunity to march in both the Macy's Day Parade and the Rose Parade. In her free time, she loves to spend time with friends and family, read, travel and try new restaurants in the Atlanta area.
Laura has been a classroom teacher for 29 years. She earned her BA from the University of Kansas and her MA from Arizona State University. She began her career teaching Highschool French at Tempe High School in Tempe, Arizona. After moving to Atlanta 10 years ago she has been teaching at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in the Primary Division. Laura loves to learn, loves to teach and loves students of all ages.