English & Social Studies

Sara Berliner

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, 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.

Locations: City, Fox Chapel


Tara Brooks, BA/BA (Assistant Director, College Counseling)

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 pursed 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)


Laura Mullican, MA, BA

English (6 – 10), Reading (6 – 10), Writing (6 – 10), Test Preparation


Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in 2007 from St. Vincent College, where she majored in English and minored in history and secondary education. She then taught middle school English in Western PA for two years before moving to Milwaukee to obtain a Master of Arts in English literature from Marquette University. While at Marquette, Laura taught Rhetoric and Composition I and II for two years. Teaching college freshmen, though invaluable professionally, confirmed for Laura that her true passion was teaching at the secondary level. In 2011, Laura returned to Pittsburgh and has been teaching middle and high school English in Gibsonia for the past five years. She currently teaches 6th-8th grade English, grammar, and study skills classes and 10th grade American Literature. Laura looks forward to strengthening students’ reading and writing skills and contributing to their academic success.

Teaching Certifications: Secondary English (7 – 12); Mid-Level Math (4 – 8)

Locations: Fox Chapel


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 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.

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

Locations: Fox Chapel, City

 


Miriam Wertheimer, MAT, BA (Director of Curriculum & Programming)

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

Mimi Wertheimer graduated from University of Rochester in Rochester, New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health and a double minor in Medical Anthropology and Psychology. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, Mimi returned home to Pittsburgh to attend Chatham University where she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and Pennsylvania teacher certificate in Elementary Education: K-6. Mimi completed her student teaching at Propel McKeesport in Kindergarten and spent three years teaching 6th grade English Language Arts at Propel Pitcairn. While at Propel, Mimi developed curriculum for 6th grade ELA and Social Studies, based on data from PSSA assessments. Mimi is currently a lead teacher and supervisor in the pre-kindergarten program at Carriage House Children’s Center.

Mimi serves as KEFTutoring’s Director of Curriculum and Planning, a role that taps into her broad base of knowledge, ranging from organizational management to elementary mathematics to post-secondary research and analysis. Incorporating her knowledge of curriculum design with student-centered teaching practices, she works with our Chief Educational Strategist and tutors to ensure that our programs remained focused on student achievement.

Locations: City, Fox Chapel

Pennsylvania Teaching Certification: Instructional I (Elementary K – 6)

 

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