College Counseling

Sara Berliner (Interim Director of College Counseling)

Social Studies (6 – 12), Executive Functioning & Skills Management, English (6-12), Writing (6-12), & Reading (6-12)


Sara Berliner graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Anthropology from Goucher College in 2005. A member of the International Scholars’ Program, Sara studied aboriginal culture in Australia at the University of New South Wales. Her passion for exploring the world around her, while serving others, led her to Propel Charter Schools as a member of Americorps and later as a paraprofessional, where she worked with students from grades 5 and 6 with learning challenges. Sara’s passion for education allowed her to cross the curriculum from math to reading, but history was her passion. She graduated from Chatham University with a Master’s of Arts in Teaching, focusing on Secondary Social Studies, in 2012.
Since this time, Sara has worked with students in grades seven through twelve at Propel Charter Schools. She redesigned the American History curriculum for Propel East, and has taught humanities, social sciences, world history, and English courses along the way. As a tutor, Sara’s passion for history helps her to bring the narrative to life, while her extensive intervention history allows her to teach her students skills that are important to develop to become independent learners. Sara works with the college counseling program to support program selection, student readiness, and tutor preparedness.

Locations: City, Fox Chapel, Online


Tara Brooks, BA/BA

Executive Functioning & Skills Management, English (6-12), Writing (6-12), & Reading (6-12), & College Counseling

Tara Brooks graduated from California State University San Bernardino in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Social Science. She continued her education at Chapman University where she earned her teaching credential and developed her philosophy of student-centered education. While working on her teaching credential, she was offered a full time teaching position by Victor Valley Union High School district in Victorville California. As an English teacher in the VVUHSD, she taught classes at both the middle school and high school level. She has worked with a wide range of students from those who were below grade level and/or had learning disorders to those who worked above grade level and pursued Advanced Placement classes. In 2014 she left her position with VVUHSD to move to Pittsburgh and pursued new areas related to education as an essay rater for Educational Testing Services and as an English teacher for Global Lt.

Locations: Fox Chapel, City

Certifications: Secondary English (7 – 12)


Maia Rodriguez, MEd, BA

Social Studies (6 – 12), English (6 – 10), Writing (6 – 12), Reading (K – 12),  Special Education (K – 12)


Maia Rodriguez graduated from Carleton College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Art in History.  Maia developed an interest in education after working in a summer program for students on the autism spectrum, where she led small group instruction for practical life skills and community engagement. A graduate of Fox Chapel Area Schools, Maia returned to Pittsburgh to work in a variety of communities in her hometown. She subsequently worked as a KEYS AmeriCorps service member, where she helped implement after-school activities for students in a Pittsburgh community library.  Maia then completed her graduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, earning a Master of Education in Secondary Social Studies and Secondary Special Education, with additional practicum teaching experience in Civics, English, and Special Education at Penn Hills Senior High School.  Following the completion of this program, Maia worked as a full-time Special Education and Social Studies teacher in the Kiski Area School District.  In addition to her work experience as a public school teacher, Maia has instructed in elementary after-school programs, serving as a group tutor and activities director, as well as in a summer creative writing program.  Maia enjoys instructing students in Social Studies and English, with a focus on developing writing skills, critical reading, and executive function skills. Maia also works with students in the college counseling program as an essay and writing specialist.

Pennsylvania Instructional I Certifications in Secondary Social Studies (7-12), Secondary Special Education (7-12), Secondary English (7-12)

Locations: Fox Chapel, City


Lisa Weddell, PhD, MA, BA

Writing (6 – 10), Reading (6 – 10), Organizational Management/ELA (6 – 10)

Lisa Weddell graduated from Chatham University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. In 2013, she graduated with her Master of Arts degree in English literature from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In fall 2013, Lisa began her PhD studies at Duquesne University in English literature. During her time at Duquesne University, Lisa taught college composition, American literature, and genre courses. Ms. Weddell’s teaching pedagogy includes innovative approaches to close reading and critical writing. Additionally, she has over five years of experience as a Writing Consultant, helping individuals of all skill levels flourish as strong, academic writers. Lisa intends to defend her dissertation in spring of 2019. She currently works at Fragomen’s Innovation and Legal Writing Center as a founding member of the legal writing team. Lisa has worked with KEFTutoring students in the college writing program for two years as a writing consultant.

Locations: Fox Chapel, City


Pravin Wilkins, MA (in progress), BA

Writing (6 – 10), Reading (6 – 10), Organizational Management/ELA (6 – 10)

Pravin Wilkins started tutoring professionally at the University of California, San Diego’s Writing Center, working as a peer tutor for other undergraduate students. He worked in this position for three years while completing his Bachelor’s degree in Literature/Writing & Political Science. In this position as a peer writing tutor, Pravin worked with students on their writing across a broad range of subject fields. During his time at UCSD, Pravin also worked as a tutor for a class of students who were English Language Learners and he spent multiple summers tutoring for programs designed to assist incoming freshman transition from high school to college writing. When he was not tutoring at UCSD, he would spend a few hours a week volunteering for the International Rescue Committee as an after-school tutor for high school refugees. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, he moved to Pittsburgh to continue his education at Carnegie Mellon University and is thrilled to continue his work as a tutor. Pravin works with students in the college counseling program as a writing specialist.

Locations: City, Fox Chapel, Online


Kelli Canonge,

College Counseling, Scholarship & Financial Guidance

Coming soon!

Locations: Fox Chapel, City

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