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)

Abigail Meinen

English (6 – 10), Reading (6 – 10), Writing (6 – 10), History (6-10)

Abigail Meinen earned a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh in the spring of 2018, majoring in English writing with a concentration in poetry, and completed research in gender and religious studies. While studying at Pitt, they worked in the Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes as a tutor in psychology, Spanish, philosophy, and history. They then joined the graduate staff as a writing tutor, working with students on both research-oriented and creative writing projects. In 2016, they began teaching with the Alliance for Refugee Youth in Pittsburgh, serving young English language learners through a creative arts-based curriculum. Abigail is fascinated by the ways that language shapes the world and enjoys studying Spanish and Arabic in addition to English. They are a recipient of the Vira Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership (2015) and the Poetry Foundation Emerging Poets Fellowship (2017). They currently work as the editor of Sampsonia Way Magazine, a literary publication dedicated to the work of exiled and persecuted writers worldwide. Abigail believes deeply in the brilliance of each student and is committed to helping students tell their stories and explore their passions through writing and the humanities.

Locations: Fox Chapel, City

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

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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