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.
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.
Fabio Chiappina is an aerospace engineering student at Georgia Tech. Since he was a child, he has been fascinated by science and mathematics, always asking the big questions about the origin of our universe and humanity’s place within. He has been tutoring for five years now, and teaching is something he genuinely enjoys, especially when he can make his students care about their learning. In his free time, he is an artist, writer and second-degree black belt in both Taekwondo and Karate.
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.
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.
Gabe Absi graduated from Kennesaw State University in the spring of 2019 with a Bachelor's in Biology. He is currently working on his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering in order to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering. Originally from Canada, Gabe's enthusiasm for science and math is infectious and he is particularly passionate about subjects related to the medical field. Throughout his schooling, Gabe has acted as a mentor in both chemistry and biology to many of his classmates, and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others and helping them wrap their head around more challenging concepts. In his spare time, Gabe likes to read, play chess, and try out new recipes in the kitchen.
Aidan Mulaokar is a Computer Science Major who is also pursuing a Minor in Physics and Certificate in Finance at Georgia Tech. From a young age he has enjoyed helping others with their education, often helping his peers when they struggled in areas in which he was proficient. In high school, this passion led him to join his school’s tutoring club where he mentored younger students for 3 years and discovered the key to teaching was making students focus on “why” and not “how”. Now beginning his 4th year in college, Aidan has completed, and thoroughly enjoyed, a full year of tutoring at Learning Linkz and looks forward to this coming year.
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!
An Atlanta native, Julia graduated from Emory University in 2019 with a degree in English & Creative Writing after completing her first two years of college at Georgia Tech, where she pursued a degree in Biology. She is a proud generalist, with interests as “right-brained” as poetry, acting, and fiction-writing, and as “left-brained” as astrophysics and entomology. She has several years of experience tutoring students of all ages in various subjects, but she particularly enjoys math, writing, and grammar. Above all, she treasures curiosity—“why?” is the best question a student can ask. In her free time, you can find Julia cooking, painting, and desperately trying to keep her house plants alive.
Windy is a former high school and middle school math teacher and she worked as an assistant principal at a metro high school for 6 years as well. Windy earned her Bachelor's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia. After teaching in South Georgia for a year she returned to her hometown to teach in Henry, Dekalb and Fulton Counties. She completed her Master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Georgia State University and an additional Master's degree and Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from GSU. She has tutored and taught a range of age groups and subjects from Elementary to College and all kinds of math from fractions to Trigonometry. She admits her favorite subjects to teach and tutor are Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2. She tutors ACT and SAT math prep also. She had 20+ years teaching and tutoring but after being a Special Education Administrator she developed a passion for students who struggle and advocating for all services and supports necessary to help students succeed. Windy loves to tutor and enjoys watching students gain confidence in their math abilities and the resulting increase in grades and success!!
I am currently a 4th Grade teacher at Oakcliff Elementary Theme school as this is my 8th year at the school in Dekalb county and I just moved to the Acworth area. I graduated from Ashford University with a Bachelors of Arts degree with Social Science Education Concentration. I also hold a Masters degree in Elementary Education. My passion for teaching started when I was a school bus driver teaching adults how to drive a school bus but also interacting with the students each day elementary, middle, and high and inspiring them to be the best they can be each day. As a student myself who struggled in school I feel that it is my duty to inspire, motivate, and to lead students to be successful through teaching students not what to think but how to think. And give them multiple strategies to be successful. When I am not teaching I love to go for runs, work-out with weights and just enjoy what life has to bring.
Durante Barringer is originally an Atlanta native and has spent the last 10 years in the Tri-state/New England area. He is a recipient of Posse Scholarship and is a proud member of Bard Posse 2 Atlanta. He has taught in private, charter, and public high schools and has served as an AmeriCorps member in elementary and middle schools. Since he was child Durante has loved literature, history and mythology. This love of history and myths would eventually lead to his love of Marvel, DC, and anime! He seeks to combine his love of history and fantasy in the classroom and tutoring spaces.
Hi! My name is Frannie McClure. I am an Auburn University graduate and avid fan (War Eagle), with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing. Ever since I was young, I have always loved to read and write. The power words have to create beautiful imagery, inspire and evoke emotion never ceases to amaze me. This led me to pursue the field of PR as a way of expressing creativity and art through many different avenues. The love of the creative mind has developed into exploring other now passions such as photography, cooking and yoga. My dream is to one day write a novel and own a yoga studio in the hope of inspiring others in some small way. I look forward to getting started and can’t wait to meet you!
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.
Akash graduated from Georgia Tech in December 2020 with a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech with a focus on biomedical application so that he can help design cutting-edge surgical tools and medical devices. Growing up Akash lived in 3 different countries and now speaks 5 languages which inspired his desire to work with people from a variety of backgrounds and help them make a connection between theoretical concepts in class to seeing the impact of their real world applications. Akash has done 3 different engineering internships and always brings up practical examples in his math and science sessions. In his free time, Akash loves playing the guitar and recording/writing music with his band at Georgia Tech.
Erland Mulaokar is a first year Computer Science major at Georgia Tech who is planning on completing a minor is business as well. He has always found helping those around him fulfilling and has been helping his classmates since high school.
Laura Hollis is a current junior 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.