Our Tutors

by | Jul 30, 2019

Jennifer Dannenfelser, M.Ed.

Jennifer Dannenfelser, M.Ed.

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.” 

 

Brittany Zurschmit, M.A.T.

Brittany Zurschmit, M.A.T.

Math Tutor

 

After completing a BA in Psychology, Brittany worked with puppies at a guide dog center. A fascination with behavior and development drove her to return to school and in 2015 she graduated with an M.A.T in Elementary Education. Since then, Brittany has gained experience working with children ages three through fourteen in a variety of environments including public schools, private schools, and outdoor education programs.

 

Brittany’s first step is always to build relationships with students so that she can understand their specific skills as learners. Once these skills are identified, Brittany guides students through engaging, multi-sensory math work to build meaningful connections with math concepts. She tailors her instruction to best fit each student’s pace, learning styles, and development so that each student’s unique learning path is supported.
Stacia Rosenau, M.A.T., M.S.W.

Stacia Rosenau, M.A.T., M.S.W.

Language Tutor

 

Stacia Rosenau is a certified classroom teacher and has been teaching Pre-K and elementary students for the last 10 years.  However, she discovered that she didn’t know everything she should about how to effectively teach her dyslexic students in her classroom.  Thus, her passion to learn about all things dyslexia was born.  The last three years she went on a mission to learn all she could about teaching struggling readers and writers.  This journey led her to training with Orton-Gillingham experts from the Academy and earning her Classroom Educator Certification (pending paperwork in process, expected in October 2020).  She is now certified to work with small groups of students using the Orton-Gillingham approach, along with tutoring individuals using structured literacy methods.  When Stacia is not reading about the latest science of reading articles, she loves to garden, learn yoga, and play hobby board games with her three teenagers and husband.

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.
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.