MEET OUR TUTORS

JENNIFER DANNENFELSER, M.ED.

JENNIFER DANNENFELSER, M.ED.

CEO/Founder

Jennifer was a Montessori elementary teacher for over a decade. She knew that each and every one of her students was learning in their own way, yet many could not show their knowledge or gain knowledge through the written word despite adequate instruction. Like most classroom teachers, she didn’t have the tools that one in five children need to master our language: systematic, multi-sensory direct instruction. In 2013, Jennifer took Orton-Gillingham training in with the intention to better serve these children in the classroom. She also studied different techniques to support children with specific learning disabilities in math  to better inform math instruction.  Her passion for helping these different learners turned into Mindguide Learning, and she has never looked back. 

Mindguide now serves elementary and middle school students who attend all kinds of schools in person and online throughout the Portland metro area and beyond

ANAÏS ALEXANDER

ANAÏS ALEXANDER

Math Tutor

 For the last two decades Anaïs has worked as an educator. For twelve of those years, she taught grades 1-8 at a Waldorf school.  In addition, she has also served communities and schools as a parent educator, a nutrition educator, educational consultant and teacher trainer for programs in the U.S., Mexico, and, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, in Southern Africa.

Curiosity has always been at the center of Anaïs relationship with students. She believes that each child has an innate desire to learn, and our task as educators is to find the key that enables them to find joy in learning. Creative and multisensory experiences have always been at the cornerstone of her teaching.

As a mother of a child with dyslexia, Anaïs has seen firsthand the tremendous impact that one on one, multisensory instruction can have on non-traditional learners. “It feels like such an incredible gift to be able to design and tailor lessons that truly meet him, allow him to understand all the ways he is smart and capitalize on his gifts.” 

DENISE PEPPERS, PH.D.

DENISE PEPPERS, PH.D.

Math Tutor

Dr. Denise Peppers is a retired math teacher from Alabama who has 22 years of classroom teaching experience and five years experience providing professional development to K-12 math teachers. She has taught a variety of math courses in grades 7-12, as well as at the community college level and is familiar with the challenges facing children who struggle to learn math. In addition, Dr. Peppers has taught mathematics courses for elementary teachers and math methods courses for middle grades teachers. She has presented numerous times at the local, state, and national levels at conferences for math educators. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family & friends, and cooking.

SAMANTHA PISANO

SAMANTHA PISANO

Language Tutor

Samantha Pisano has worked in education both as a special education teacher and reading specialist.  She graduated from King’s College with certifications in elementary and special education.  After working for several years in a junior high public school, she realized that many students were still struggling to read at that level.  Samantha graduated from Kings College again with a Masters in Reading education and a reading specialist certification.  She also holds certifications in middle level math and a supervisor of special education certification in the state of Pennsylvania. Samantha is currently pursuing  an Ed.D. from Wilkes University and is anticipated to graduate in 2022. Samantha began tutoring privately in 2016 and likes the individualized attention and instruction she can provide during tutoring sessions.

 

LENI CALDERA, M.A.T.

LENI CALDERA, M.A.T.

Math Tutor

Leni has a Bachelors’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and has been working in Education for the past decade. Aside from teaching at brick-and-mortar schools, She is also a Private Tutor.

She has certification in Applied Behavioral Analysis enabling her to teach students with learning difficulties, autism, and behavioral problems. She is also TEFL and TESOL-certified to teach English as a Second Language (ESL). She has training in Multisensory Math & Dyscalculia and received Orton Gillingham training for teaching Literacy. Her professional background is in Project Management, Client Relations, Marketing, and Education.

She is passionate about the work she does and puts her heart into whatever task is at hand. With all of her work experience combined, she’s come to realize that there is no greater gift than helping others.

She is committed to creating a safe and respectful learning environment. Her goal is to make learning FUN & engaging and to discover each child’s unique interests and learning styles.

BRYAN BLACK, B.A. ENGLISH

BRYAN BLACK, B.A. ENGLISH

Language Tutor

After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in English, I worked with children as an ice skating instructor and as a volunteer in my children’s schools. With over twenty years in production management positions, I decided to make a career change to a field that would appeal to my educational background and also make a direct and positive impact on the lives of young people learning to read. Last Summer, I completed the classroom educator series at the Blosser Center for Dyslexia Resources. Since then, I have been tutoring several students in Portland, while continuing my practicum and volunteer work.

Kayla torgerson

Kayla torgerson

MATH TUTOR

Kayla has worked and volunteered with students of all ages for over 15 years. Her elementary school teaching career began in 2011 as a Teach for America Corps Member. She earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in 2017. In 2020, she had a beautiful baby girl and is now a stay at home mom and tutor. She has a lifelong love of learning and helping students meet their goals.

Kayla enjoys tailoring lessons to meet each student’s needs and providing multi-sensory opportunities to understand mathematical concepts on a deep level. Kayla seeks to develop a strong relationship with each student to help ease anxiety and allow the student’s abilities to shine. She is flexible and adjusts lessons as needed so that the learner’s needs are being met. 

In her free time, Kayla enjoys going to musicals, reading, camping, and crafting

 

Darlene M. Geddes ED.D

Darlene M. Geddes ED.D

LANGUAGE TUTOR

Darlene Geddes has been an Oregon public school teacher PK-12 for 17 years and a school administrator for 7. She is currently a Professional Literacy Coach for NWRESD.  Darlene is certified in elementary education with endorsements in ECE, Reading Intervention and Language Arts.  She tutors in reading, writing and study skills.  Having taught high school for a decade, Darlene can provide support in preparing for high school and college.  Darlene also offers special education (IEP and 504) consultation and advocacy.

 

Stephanie Mayoral, M.Ed

Stephanie Mayoral, M.Ed

LANGUAGE TUTOR

As a child, Stephanie had difficulty learning to read. Growing up in New Orleans and visiting family in Puerto Rico for holiday breaks helped her see the need for quality literacy and education programs firsthand.  When Stephanie became a teacher, zie sought out training in a quality Orton Gillingham program.  While living in Austin, Texas for 13 years, Stephanie has served in a variety of roles: Talented and Gifted Specialist, STEAM Specialist, ESL Teacher, Tracking Teacher or Case Manager and Reading Specialist for Dyslexia Services.

 

Stephanie’s favorite pet is a Xolo, or Mexican Hairless dog. Her favorite pastimes include: yoga, organic gardening, making new recipes in the kitchen, dance, history, visiting the beach or the forest, art and reading.  Zie is also interested in the evolution of the English Language with each band of tribal influence conquering Britain and how this has influenced reading and spelling patterns.

Stephanie is an enthusiastic, collaborative educator. Zie looks forward to helping each student enjoy making the best progress in all aspects of their lessons together!

 

Jaime Barrow

Jaime Barrow

LANGUAGE AND MATH TUTOR

Jaime Barrow has been in the education field for the past 12 years as an elementary teacher and reading specialist in the Kansas City, Missouri area.   She has taught, tutored, and coached students from first through tenth grade in math and reading. She graduated from Graceland University in Iowa with a degree in Elementary education with an endorsement in reading and has also completed several trainings in the Orton Gillingham approach.  She has been tutoring online since 2017.  She likes building relationships with her students and the opportunity to create personalized instruction tailored to each student’s specific needs. She enjoys seeing the amazing growth that each child  achieves through multisensory  experiences.  In her free time Jaime enjoys skating with her husband and  three kids.

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