Welcome DSACO families

We are so happy to partner with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio! From retired teachers, to aspiring college grads in the field of education and special education, our DSACO-friendly educators are happy to assist your family during this unprecedented time. Browse expert bios here and if you see someone you'd like to connect with, click on "Book A Lesson", select "Introductory Interview", select the educator you want to interview, and book a date and time to meet. Service providers offer a range of services including online and/or in-person sessions. Be sure to read their service menu offerings to make sure you find the right fit. If you are not a DSACO family yet, be sure to reach out to them to learn how to qualify!

Meet Our Experts

Emma T.

K-12th

Special Education

Intervention Specialist

Education:

BS: Special Education, Ohio University

Current licensure; Ohio K-12; Intervention Specialist - moderate to intensive needs

Experience:

5 years: Multiple disability classrooms

16 years: worked with this special populations in both volunteer and paid positions.

Williams Syndrome Association, significant experience with this special population.

Highly qualified to teach all 4 subject areas, experience with functional academics and life skills. I am qualified to meet the needs of any IEP.

In-person in Bexley/Gahanna, or online

Emma T.
Sara M.

PreK-5th

Nanny

Special Needs experience

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Education:

Senior at Upper Arlington High School

Experience:

I have over4 years of babysitting experience and I was a volunteer in the intervention classroom at my high school. I am willing to babysit families within or outside of the DSACO community. I have a brother with Down syndrome and have helped to support and care for him in our home and in the community. I also have volunteer experience with Special Olympics and the Kiwanis Soccer Buddies program.

Looking for full-time summer position

Sara M.
Lindsey O.

K-12th

Tutor

Special Ed.

Education:

3rd year of undergrad at Ohio State

Experience:

2 years tutoring, TOPS program at OSU

As a tutor I am capable of providing students with help on their assignments or studying for tests regarding the materials they receive during class time. Previously, I have also worked with students to organize their work and studying materials through the course of the week to help balance learning the material. I am most comfortable and familiar with science-based materials but have also worked with students in subject matters of history, English, and math. 

In-person or Online

Lindsey O.
Ashley I.

K-5th

Educator

General Ed.

Education:

BA early childhood ed: Miami University

Graduate Gifted Ed: University of Cincinnati 

Experience:

8 years teaching experience (7 in UA)

Private tutoring for 12+ years

Certified to teach K-5; tutor middle school, gifted education

 

With my teaching background and having just recently left the UA school district I am able to provide high quality teaching/tutoring  that aligns with the UA schools curriculum.

In-person or online

Ashley I.
Mackenzie R.

K-12th

Tutor

Special Ed.

Education:

2nd year, The Ohio State University 

Experience:

5 years tutor, 7 years mentoring students with intellectual/developmental disabilities

 

I have a sibling with Down syndrome, and I have experience working with students with Ds in both educational and social settings.  I understand the unique challenges students with disabilities face, and I can use my experience to optimize learning and growth for each student.    

In-person or online

Mackenzie R.
Eleana P.

K-5th

Tutor

General Ed.

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Education:

11th grade, Olmsed Falls H.S.

Experience:

1 year tutoring with Helping Hands program for children with special needs

 

Tutoring/assisting students with their virtual learning, getting on Meet calls, staying on task during teacher instruction, completing classwork and homework for General Ed. classes.

In-person or online

Eleana P.
Amanda G.

K-5th

Tutor

Special Education

Education:

MA of ED: Special Education, Miami University
BA: Strategic Communication, The Ohio State University

Experience:

10 years

 

My experience is with younger students who have difficulty with many different areas including but not limited to self regulation, social skills, academics etc. I have experience with autistic preschoolers and their neurotypical peers but I am open to other special needs students.

In-person or online

Amanda G.
Adrian B.

Tutor

Nanny

General Ed.

Education:

BA: University of Richmond

MA: University of Maryland - Higher Ed;
2nd year PhD student,
The Ohio State University  - Higher Ed

Experience:

2.5 years teaching, Many years nannying

 

I am a generalist and willing to support virtual learning for many grade levels; I can also help guide and provide feedback on the college admissions process for rising juniors and seniors in high school.

In-person or online

Adrian B.
Mariana B.

K-12th

Tutor

Special Education

Education:

2 years, Undergraduate Education
(Special Education major),
The Ohio State University

Experience:

3 years tutoring

As a Special Education major and having spent the past summer as a nanny for a child with Down Syndrome, I can provide childcare, as well as supplemental support with distance learning.

In-person or online

Mariana B.
Kimberly W.

K-12th

Educator

P.E., Study Skills

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Education:

BA: Health Education, Otterbein University

MA: Education Admin/Curriculum,
Ashland University
; Licensure: Intervention Spec. K-12, The Ohio State University

Experience:

17 years teaching K-12th; adult

 

I can provide online and face-to-face learning for health, physical education, tutoring, study skills and students with special needs, and help high school students with decision making, scheduling, etc.

In-person or online

Kimberly W.
Janelle B.

K-3rd

Not available after May31

IEPs, Orton-Gillingham

Education:

BA: Bethany College; MA: Curriculum & Instruction-Franciscan, University of Steubenville; Reading Endorsement - Franciscan University

22 hours Orton-Gillingham training

Experience:

14 years K—3, Intervention Specialist K-12

 

I can provide assistance in elementary subject areas. I also have 22 tutoring hours in Orton-Gillingham, and for students on IEPs, can offer suggestions and feedback.

Online only

Janelle B.
Giles A.

1st-5th

Tutor

Social Studies

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Education:

JD: Capital University Law; BSS: Ohio University

Experience:

I have tutored 1st, 3rd, and 5th as part of a volunteer tutoring program for 3 years

 

I am a licensed attorney who currently works in State government, giving me a strong background in topics around social studies. I am also a strong writer who enjoys working with students to improve their writing. and have worked extensively with younger students in reading and comprehension improvement.

In-person or online

Giles A.
Maureen P.

K-12th

Tutor

IEP, Para

Education:

PhD: Anthropoplogy, Sociology,
University of London (UK)

Experience:

10+ years
 

Mix-media activities involving art, music, creative movement and story-telling (grades K-4th). Creative writing, narrative workshops (4th-8th). ESL (9th-12th, adults). Mental health specialist for the Buckeye Ranch, serving children with emotional, cognitive, sensory and behavioral challenges.

Online only

Maureen P.
Rob R.

5th-12th

Educator/Tutor

General Ed., P.E.

Education:

BS: Education, Wilmington College '78

MA: Miami University '79

Teacher certification, Health and PE,

University of South Carolina

Experience:

40 years: Qualified to teach 5th -12th grade

 

In-home tutoring, instruction and supervision that makes certain your child stays on track.  Goal is to provide consistent structure that follows classroom teacher curriculum, as well as motivation and emotional support.

In-person or online

Rob R.
Kaitlyn R.

4th-9th

Educator/Tutor

General Ed.

Education:

MA of Education - Middle Childhood;
BS: Human Development and Family Science

Experience:

1 year, tutoring; 1 year, teaching

 

I am comfortable tutoring students in any subject from 4th-9th grade. Though my license is for these grades specifically, I am also comfortable working with students 2nd/3rd grade. I am also willing to provide full-time comprehensive education to these students, including extracurriculars like art and music.

In-person or online

Kaitlyn R.
Amy F.

K-5th

Educator

Reading, Math

Education:

BS: Elementary Ed

MA: School Counseling

MA: Curriculum & Technology

Experience:

30 years; retired teacher, St. Agatha

 

Specialized in beginning reading, comprehension and math skills.

In-person or online

Amy F.
Julia B.

K-12th

Special Education

General Education

Education:

Freshman, Special Education major,
The Ohio State University,

Experience:

4 years: tutoring students with disabilities

5 years: tutoring general education

I would be best at tutoring Math and English.

I have spent the past four years working in classrooms K-12, and I have worked with both mild-moderate and moderate-intensive intervention classes. I will be able to give students structure and help them close the gap in their subjects, but I am also fun and have found that most students I work with enjoy working with me.

In-person near OSU, or online

Julia B.
Kiyata G.

PreK-3rd

Tutor

Special Education

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Education:

Some College

Experience:

2 years tutoring

Helping with online schooling throughout remote learning. Sitting with the student during his virtual learning on the days he has class online, keeping him engaged in the lesson, helping him complete his weekly worksheets, using flash cards to practice his snap words and alphabet.

Pre-established Clients Only

Kiyata G.
Emily (L) D.

K-12th

Special Education

Math, ELA, Soc. Stud., Science

Education:

MA: The Ohio State University 2020

BS: Special Education, Kent State University

Experience:

4 years, 5-8 grades

3+ years, working with students with disabilities, K-12th

I am able to work with a wide variety of students in order to provide tutoring or implement interventions. I can support/adapt classroom content, work on IEP goals, implement interventions, and create lessons to fit student needs.

In-person or online

Emily (L.) D.
Sarah A.

K-8th

Nanny/Tutor

Math, Science

Education:

Sophomore, Otterbein University

Experience:

3 years tutoring math, science

I can tutor students in general math K-8th, and science for grades K-12th. ​I can also provide nannying services for families who need to go to work, want an evening to themselves, or need help with transportation. I also can assist students with their school work if needed.

In-person or online

Sarah A.
Madison P.

K-12th

Nanny/Tutor

Math, Language Arts, Special Ed.

Education:

2nd year at Ohio State University

Major: Special Education

Minor: Human Development/Family Sciences

Experience:

5 years tutoring experience

 

I am a special education major who has experience with childcare and tutoring math and English for both students with and without disabilities, I can provide babysitting services and academic support for multiple age and subject levels.

In-person or online

Madison P.
Natalie W.

K-12th

Tutor

Special Education/General Ed.

Education:

Senior, Psychology and Education, Denison

Experience:

6 years with Licking County Special Olympics

2 years of tutoring/teaching

4 months teaching in Bath, England for 5 children with autism/learning disabilities

 

I can provide a fun, supportive, empathetic and meaningful tutoring experience for your children. I can also provide my years of experience with children who have a variety of disabilities.

Online only

Natalie W.
Natalia M.

K-8th

Tutor

Math, Science, Spanish, Reading

Education:

Sophomore in Dublin Coffman High School

Experience:

1 years tutoring experience

 

I love spending time with children. My favorite subjects are Math and Science. I can help them with their homework and if they are struggling with school. I'm bilingual and can help if they speak Spanish. I can translate or teach Spanish if needed. I am happy to work with students with special needs.

In-person or online

Natalia M.
Angela A.

K-12th

Special Education

Education:
B.S. in Special education, (developmentally delayed, learning disabled, behavior disorders) K-12, The Ohio State University 

Experience:

7 years public special needs

9 years private preschool classroom

11 years Department of Developmental Disabilities

I specialize in modifying regular classroom work to child’s level, behavior, independent living skills, reading and writing skills and basic math.

In-person or online

Angela A.
Gus Roussi

K-12th

Tutor

Math, Science, Language Arts

Education:

High school diploma, Metro Early College High School. 4th-year, The Ohio State University