English & Social Studies

Sara Berliner, MAT, BA

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. Sara has worked with KEFTutoring students in middle and high school as both a Statistics tutor, utilizing her sociology degree, and in the Humanities/ELA/Writing space since 2017.

Locations: City, Fox Chapel, Online

Cortney Mason, MS (current)/MS, BA/BS

Test Preparation (SAT/ACT), English (6 – 10), Reading (K – 12)

Cortney Mason is a 2013 graduate from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Science in English Education. Cortney is also a 2017 graduate of Capella University with a Master of Science in Reading. Cortney is still continuing her education and enrolled at Liberty University to obtain another Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Cortney has taught many different grade levels and subjects but valued her position in North Carolina as a Literacy Coach for middle school. Cortney also taught SAT prep courses and GRE courses at the University of Wilmington in North Carolina. Over the past few months, Cortney has moved to the Pittsburgh area branching out in her career field and continuing to gain experience as a 6-year education. Through that coursework and professional work experience, she knows that it takes hard work and proven dedication to excel. She has a realistic viewpoint in the world of education and continues to work with students motivating and striving for them to reach their full academic potential.

Reading Certifications in Secondary English (6-12), Reading (K-12)

Locations: Fox Chapel, City

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 and has worked with KEFTutoring since 2018.

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 defended her dissertation successfully in spring 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 in the ELA/Writing space since 2018, and consults on college essay writing.

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 the 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 has worked with KEFTutoring since 2016, and in 2017 stepped into a dual administrative capacity, serving as KEFTutoring’s Director of Curriculum and Planning. This role taps into her broad base of knowledge, ranging from organizational management to elementary mathematics and requires constant 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, Online

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

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 has been thrilled to continue his work as a KEFTutoring tutor and college essay writing consultant since 2018.

Locations: City, Fox Chapel, Online


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