BILTMORE’S TUTOR REQUIREMENTS
- Master’s Degree and/or PhD
- Teaching Experience
- Exceptional Interpersonal and Motivational Skills
QUALIFICATIONS: All of our tutors have Master’s degrees or PhD’s and extensive teaching experience. Beyond these industry-leading requirements, Biltmore Tutoring looks for individuals who have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Biltmore Tutoring selects only those tutors who measure up to our standard of excellence.
EXPERIENCE: Just as important as our hiring and training policies are our tutor retention efforts. Biltmore Tutoring provides our tutors with an environment in which they can continue to pursue their own pursuit of personal excellence, without many of the headaches associated with traditional teaching or those associated with in-home tutoring (travel, etc.) As a result, we are able to attract the best tutors in the area.
All of Biltmore Tutoring’s specialists possess a minimum of a Master’s Degree along with teaching experience, and are experts in their subject areas. Call us today for a free academic consultation, and a guaranteed tutor match with your child.
Dr. MARY MAC OGDEN, PhD
Dr. Mary Mac Ogden has over twenty years of teaching experience at the secondary and college levels. She is a published author and conducts research on southern politics, civil rights and American nationalism. Her book, The Politics of Progress in South Carolina, is currently in publication at the University of South Carolina Press.
Dr. Ogden received her B.S. in History from Presbyterian College, an M.A. in History from UNC Wilmington, an M.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies, a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies and a PhD in American History with special fields of US South and American Women from the University of South Carolina. She is a Guardian Ad Litem and a freelance writer, and holds teaching licenses in North and South Carolina. Her special interests are traveling, conducting research, renovations and resale of estate jewelry.
Subjects: AP US History
Dr. IOAN MUNTEAN, PhD
Ioan has a PhD in the Philosophy of Physics from the University of California, San Diego as well as a PhD in Philosophy – with a specialization in Metaphysics – from the University of Bucharest in Romania. Ioan achieved a BA and MA in Theoretical Philosophy and Philosophy from the University of Bucharest, as well as a BS in applied physics from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest (also in Romania). Ioan currently teaches at UNC-Asheville, and has worked as an instructor and lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University-Purdue, the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He was a graduate student instructor at UC-San Diego, and was an associate professor at the University of Bucharest and at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.
He has a wealth of experience in teaching physics, logic, computational science at the college level. He worked in three countries and he is passionate about improving the STEM education of young people. He has experience with mathematics, physics, computer science, logic, and critical thinking. He’s main pedagogical tool is critical thinking and learning through questions, seeking the “Big Picture.”
Ioan (pronounced Yan) is a member of the Philosophy of Science Association, the American Philosophical Association, the European Philosophy of Science Association, the British Society for the Philosophy of Science; and the Romanian Society for Analytic Philosophy (he is a founding member). He has published or co-authored many papers throughout his career; his most recent was titled Artificial moral cognition: from functionalism to autonomous moral agents, and was published in the journal Philosophy and Computing.
Ioan says that, “Any learning process is a transformative experience, a process that makes us more virtuous and our life worth living. Mathematics is like music, physics is like dance. There is no process of learning without unearthing the inner potential in the student.”
Subjects: Algebra I – II; Integrated Math I-III; Geometry; Pre-Calculus; SAT Math; ACT Math; ACT Science; SSAT Math; SAT Math I Subject Test; SAT Math II Subject Test; College Algebra; AP Calculus; Calculus I-III; AP Physics, College Physics; AP Statistics
Dr. NED GUTTMAN, PhD
Ned Guttman has a PhD in Marine Science and a MS in statistics from North Carolina State University. He also holds a BA in meteorology and oceanography from New York University. Retired from NOAA, he is a statistical climatologist specializing in applying statistics to climatic data to solve practical problems in areas such as agriculture, transportation, energy usage, military operations, spaceflight and water resources. He is a veteran of the Air National Guard and served as a weather officer. He is currently a consultant and has worked extensively with the United Nations World Meteorological Organization.
As an adjunct professor, Ned taught meteorology, oceanography, math, logic, ecology and climatology at our local universities. He had a one-year assignment as a professor at the US Naval Academy and also taught at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. He co-founded the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of North Carolina – Asheville. Ned has over 10 years of experience tutoring high school and college students and graduates in math and physical sciences and teaching test prep classes for the SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT and GMAT.
Ned serves the community by volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and as a Guardian ad litem. Crafts have played a big part in his life. He taught basket making and chair caning for Asheville Buncombe Technical College and worked as a potter for over 15 years. He and his wife, a fiber artist who volunteers for the Western North Carolina Regional Archives and the Southern Highland Craft Guild, have for decades raised, trained and loved pugs. They are avid gardeners and love basketball!
Subjects: Algebra I – II; Integrated Math I-III; Geometry; Pre-Calculus; College Algebra; AP Calculus; Calculus I-III; AP Physics, AP Statistics; Environmental Science; Meteorology
EVE BERNIER, MA
Eve comes from a very faraway land indeed : Bordeaux, France to be exact! She fell in love with the city of Asheville on one of her many trips through the Southeast with her American husband. During her years at the University of Bordeaux in France, Eve obtained a master’s degree in English Language, Literature, and Civilization. She also wrote a thesis on a Louisiana author named Alice Dunbar Nelson and her short stories from the end of the 19th century. She is passionate about Louisiana, its cultures and literature, and hopes that living in the Southeast will allow her to continue her studies and eventually write a new paper on the subject. After her Masters, she obtained a prestigious teaching certification called « Agregation » allowing her to teach English in secondary school and in colleges throughout France.
As a student, Eve multiplied professional experiences and tried to see the world. She has worked for many years as a tutor of English, Spanish and French to adults, teenagers and even small children. She has experience working with students that have special needs and learning challenges, helping them focus on their homework and studies. Most recently, Eve was an English teacher Jean Verdier Middle School, near Bordeaux where she held classes and workshops daily. Nonetheless, one of her favorite experiences was her year abroad teaching French in Ireland, to middle school and high school students. This is where she got a taste for adventure, and teaching French as a foreign language. As soon as she returned from Ireland, she was already looking forward to her next experience abroad, and her new location was going to be the United States.
Outside of classes, Eve enjoys writing plays and performing on stage and at festivals with her thespian troupe. She also spends some of her free time playing ukulele and singing. At work, she always tries to put a little bit of her artistic and creative character to help get the students more involved in learning. As a French person, Eve could speak about food for hours, and her favorite slogan is “you don’t eat to live, you live to eat.” (“Il faut vivre pour manger et non pas manger pour vivre ” , which is the opposite of Socrates’ saying).
Subjects: French I, II, III; AP and College Level French; AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature; SAT Reading; SAT Writing; ACT Reading; ACT English; College Essay; SSAT; Reading & Study Skills; SAT Subject Tests; College Essays
MANDI BOYD, MA, NBCT
Mandi Boyd holds a Master of Arts in Education with Instruction Technology concentration from Appalachian State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Math Education from ASU. Mandi was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. She completed her Bachelor’s degree as the Honor Student Teacher for the western region and her Master’s degree with high honors, earning a 4.0 GPA. Since completing her Bachelor’s, she has been teaching in North Carolina high schools for seven years. In 2015 Mandi became a National Board Certified Teacher.
Before becoming a classroom teacher, Mandi worked for the Duke TIP program teaching Geometry and Algebra II. This program allowed for several years of specialized training in working with academically driven and gifted students. Mandi’s training with TIP has allowed her to teach honors level math each year of her career.
Mandi specializes in high school math, including: Math I, Math II, Math III, Pre-Cal, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. She is also an expert at working with students on ACT, SAT, and SSAT test prep.
In her free time, Mandi enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She loves the outdoors, college football, and good books.
Subjects: Algebra I – II; Integrated Math I-III; Trigonometry; Geometry; Pre-Calculus; SAT Math; ACT Math; ACT Science; SSAT Math; SAT Math I Subject Test
NIK MUNRO, MS
Nik Munro was born and raised in Midland Michigan. He completed his Bachelor’s in neuroscience from Central Michigan University, the number one undergraduate neuroscience university in the country. He has also completed his Master’s in neuroscience from Central Michigan. Nik has a passion for science and mathematics, which has driven him to pursue a career in research. In fact, he has multiple 1st author publications in glioblastoma and stem cell research. Along with those accomplishments, during his time in graduate school, he helped to teach undergraduate level classes, and mentored undergraduate students daily in the Field Neurosciences Laboratory for Neurodegenerative Disease. Nothing makes him happier than to help younger students realize their full potential.
No two children gather and consolidate information in the same way, therefore an open-minded and specialized approach is essential to the academic success of the student. Nik firmly believes that learning needs to be personalized and geared to each students’ strengths and weaknesses.
As for another passion of Nik’s, he loves to travel. He has been to four continents and will soon be planning for a future trip to Asia. Nik and his wife got married in Peru and have lived in Costa Rica and Denmark. Traveling is important to Nik, as it is a beautiful way to learn about a different culture and way of life that would be impossible to understand without physically experiencing it. Nik is also big on outdoor activities, from mountain hiking to river tubing. He learned after moving to the Asheville area that he was living in the perfect place for exploring the outdoors!
Subjects: Algebra I – II; Integrated Math I-III; Trigonometry; Geometry; Pre-Calculus; SAT Math; ACT Math; ACT Science; SSAT Math; SAT Math I Subject Test; Chemistry; Biology; Environmental Science; Science
KATIE DAVIS, MA
Katie earned a MA in Special Education from Vanderbilt University with a focus on behavioral disorders. While pursuing her Master’s Degree, Katie tutored for the Vanderbilt Reading Clinic as well as Nashville Metro Schools, researching and applying evidence based reading interventions. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, Katie received a BA in Psychology with a Minor in Educational Studies from Haverford College. While attending Haverford, she was a four year starter and two year captain of the school’s NCAA women’s fencing team.
In addition to tutoring, Katie is a full time special education teacher. She values tutoring because of the opportunity to focus on an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in a supportive environment. Katie particularly enjoys helping students discover what reading strategies and executive functioning skills work best for their individual learning style.
In her spare time, Katie enjoys cooking, swing dancing, and caring for her rescue dog, Gatsby.
Subjects: AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature; SAT Reading; SAT Writing; ACT Reading; ACT English; College Essay; Biology, SSAT; GRE; Reading & Study Skills; SAT Subject Tests; Algebra; Pre-Algebra; History; Spanish; ACT Math; ACT Science
TYLER WHITE, MS
Tyler has worked with students in an educational setting since 2010 in a variety of after-school and extra-curricular programs — teaching music, physics, biology, and math. Additionally, he spent a year as a private chess tutor in Brooklyn! He is currently teaching college-level Daoist philosophy and theory classes as well.
As a tutor, he strives to communicate a working-knowledge of topics to students in such a way that they develop a living relationship with the material. It is essential that all subject-matter be nestled comfortably within the existing personal world of each student. Context is paramount to understanding. The important thing is snugly incorporating the concepts such that they become psychologically continuous with the native landscape of the mind. This generates an addition to the living, breathing fabric of the mind which will expand, develop, and be built upon across a lifetime.
In his private life, Tyler occupies his time with poetry, mushroom forays, knitting (in the colder months), martial arts (in the warmer months), and contra dancing (in all months). He enjoys a night out to see the orchestra, and has been known to play trombone in the pit orchestra for opera troupes on occasion.
Subjects: ACT English/Reading/Essay; ACT Math/Science; AP Biology; AP Calculus; AP Chemistry; AP Literature; AP Composition; AP Environmental Science; Algebra (all levels); Anatomy and Physiology; Biochemistry; Integrated Math I-III; Organic Chemistry; PSAT; SAT Reading/Writing; SAT Math; SSAT; Study Skills; Geometry; Trigonometry; US History; US Government
KRISTIN KELLY, MA
Kristin graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Social Work from NC State University. After graduation, Kristin accepted a recruitment scholarship offer from Kansas State University and took a job as a Graduate Teaching Assistantship there. While completing her Graduate Teaching Assistantship she was recruited for a position as the STEM outreach coordinator in a National Science Foundation grant office—the K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering. In that particular role she was able to work with junior women faculty on the tenure track as well as help coordinate and provide support for STEM summer camps for young girls and women in the Manhattan, KS area. In 2014, Kristin graduated from Kansas State University in 2014 with a Master of Arts degree in Sociology by successfully defending and depositing her thesis on political sociology and social movements. After graduation, Kristin was published in a competitive peer-reviewed journal, Contemporary Justice Review. Kristin was also accepted as an AmeriCorps volunteer here in Asheville, NC for two years, where she continued her work as a STEM Education Coordinator and Educator for two local nonprofits in the area.
Kristin is currently an adjunct instructor at AB Tech Community College where she teaches courses in Sociology and Academic Success. In her sociology courses, Kristin highlights the importance of the Arts in STEM by designing hands-on, engaging activities for her students that emphasize the engineering design process, science and mathematical sociology. Kristin also teaches Academic Success courses to college transfer students and shows her students study strategies that and techniques for college.
In her downtime, you can find Kristin on the French Broad River in the summer months on a paddle board or on a tube, floating down the river. Kristin also enjoys playing community softball and kickball when she is able. On occasion, she can also be found mentoring elementary and middle school children in LEGO robotics. Overall, Kristin is a well-rounded individual, gifted writer and mathematics lover who is looking forward to helping your child succeed!
Subjects: AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature; SAT Reading; SAT Writing; ACT Reading; ACT English; ACT Math; ACT Science; College Essay Writing; SSAT; Reading & Study Skills; Pre-Algebra; Algebra I; Algebra II; Geometry; Statistics; Integrated Math I; Integrated Math II; Integrated Math III; Science
GARY ANDERSON, MS
Gary received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and his master’s degree in Mathematics from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Upon graduating from Marquette, Gary spent 37 wonderful years teaching high school math in the classrooms of Germantown, Wisconsin, and retired in 2016. In his long career, he also coached football, basketball, baseball and golf. He coached the varsity golf team for 17 years!
After retiring he moved to Hendersonville, NC, with his wife, Sally. Gary’s ties to Wisconsin still remain, as he has two married sons and a granddaughter that he gets back to see as often as he can. If he can tie this to a visit at Miller Park to see his beloved Milwaukee Brewers, that’s even better!
Today, Gary stays busy with hobbies, ravel and volunteer activities. He volunteers with the Meals on Wheels program and Laurel Park’s Greenway board. The summer of 2019 will find him traveling to Norway with a biking group. Later, a trip to Switzerland and France are scheduled. During a normal day, though, you’ll find Gary working in the yard or garden, biking, golfing, or walking his greyhounds, Higgins and Finn.
Gary believes that a good tutor will teach mathematics in a way that builds student confidence, while helping them – and their parents – achieve their goals.
Subjects: ACT Math; ACT Science; SAT Math; SSAT; GRE; SAT Subject Tests; Algebra; Pre-Algebra; Geometry; Integrated Math I; Integrated Math II; Integrated Math III; Integrated Math IV; Calculus; AP Calculus AB; AP Calculus BC
CARLA GRECO, MA
A graduate of a performing arts high school, Carla has always looked at education from a creative point of view. After attending Florida State University and then receiving her Master’s degree in education from Stony Brook University, Carla began teaching high school in Port Jefferson, New York. While there, she noticed how stressed many of the students were while preparing for, and taking, standardized tests. She began looking for ways to bridge mindfulness to test-taking.
Carla attended Mindfulness in Education conferences, took meditation classes, and completed a 200 hour yoga teacher certification course. Through her experiences and expertise, she found many useful tools to bring back to her students.
Enjoying the success and rewarding outcomes of individual test prep sessions, Carla left the classroom and became a full-time tutor. Carla’s focus on test prep is holistic, incorporating content review and skill-building, test skills, and mindfulness. Carla is also a terrific subject tutor, and enjoys working with students in any English or Reading topic, as well as Mathematics and Science.
Subjects: AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature; SAT Reading; SAT Writing; ACT Reading; ACT English; ACT Math; ACT Science; College Essay; SSAT; GRE; Reading & Study Skills; SAT Subject Tests; Algebra; Pre-Algebra; Geometry; Integrated Math I; Integrated Math II
KELSEY BUCKNER, MA
Kelsey Buckner grew up in southern Michigan, on Guam, in the Pacific NW, and finally, Illinois. She competed in Junior Olympic USAG gymnastics for ten years and was the 2006 USTA tumbling national champion in her age division. She studied opera at the Conservatory of Central Illinois and was an editor for her high school’s newspaper, literary magazine, and yearbook. After high school, she attended Mount Holyoke College, the eldest of the Seven Sisters. She spent her junior year at the Universität Hamburg, where she studied German critical theory. As a college senior, she was a fellow in the Mount Holyoke Office of Admissions and graduated with a B.A. cum laude in Critical Social Thought.
Kelsey earned an M.A. in history from San Diego State University (SDSU), where she was named a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar by the California State University Office of the Chancellor. Her M.A. thesis examined the cultural, memorial, and psychological power of Daniel Libeskind’s architectural choices for the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Freedom Tower in New York City. While at SDSU, she was a graduate assistant for courses in Holocaust, European, and World History. Post-graduation, Kelsey was awarded the coveted Feldman fellowship from the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York to research the Holocaust in Poland. She was also awarded a post-graduate fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to study at Indiana University’s annual Eastern European language workshop.
Kelsey worked for many years as a freelance writer in Savannah, Georgia, where she frequently gave public lectures on Holocaust history and memorialization. She also taught in the Religious Education program at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, where she led a human rights themed curriculum for middle and high school students. Most recently, she held a position at UNC-Asheville, where she taught junior and senior-level humanities courses and lectured about contemporary genocide studies. While teaching at UNCA, she found that her favorite part of each day was office hours, when she got to work with her students one on one. Whether helping a student with something as small as punctuation or as big as anxiety, she fully realized the impact of individualized tutoring on student success. This led her to seek out local opportunities in tutoring and through the doors of Biltmore Tutoring.
In her free time, Kelsey is almost always reading, hard at work on a freelance writing assignment, or challenging herself in the kitchen with a new recipe. She still loves to sing and recently taught herself to play the ukulele, while her gymnastics skills have morphed into a regular yoga practice. She lives in downtown Asheville with her husband and two very mischievous cats.
Subjects: AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature; SAT Reading; SAT Writing; ACT Reading; ACT English; SSAT; GRE; Reading & Study Skills; SAT Subject Tests; AP US History; AP World History; AP European History; College Essay Writing
CALIE BERRY, MA
Calie Berry grew up in what was, at the time, the sleepy little town of Charleston, South Carolina. She grew up at the beach. Her upbringing on the coast instilled an incredible love and appreciation for this incredible planet and all of the beauty that it nurtures. Her curious nature was piqued as she traveled to countries such as Costa Rica and St. Maarten. As she was exposed to more foreign cultures, she couldn’t help but delve into Spanish. She started learning Spanish when she was 12 years old and that process continues to this day – Calie understands what it means to be a lifelong learner!
She has been incredibly fortunate to have traveled to and lived in multiple countries, such as Peru, Spain, Argentina and Costa Rica. She possesses Bachelors’ degrees in both English and Spanish from Clemson University. She was awarded an assistantship to the Spanish Graduate Program at the University of Georgia (along with a scholarship) and was able to earn her Master’s degree in Spanish and to travel extensively overseas. Calie also taught at the Universidad Cesar Vallejo in Trujillo, Peru, and was able to expand her knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world by leaps and bounds as a result of this experience.
While Spanish (as well as English language topics including ACT and SAT preparation) are a large passion of Calie’s, she also enjoys being outdoors in her free time. She loves to cook delicious vegan meals and to create things that inspire others. She is of the firm opinion that life is short and must be lived to the fullest. Calie is inspired to help students achieve at their utmost level of ability, while appreciating the wonders and possibilities of the larger world.
Subjects: Spanish I, II, III; AP and College Level Spanish; AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature; SAT Reading; SAT Writing; ACT Reading; ACT English; College Essay; SSAT; Reading & Study Skills; SAT Subject Tests; College Essays
DENNIS LABARGE, MBA
Dennis LaBarge has been a teacher for the past 15 years, following a successful career in the computer industry as a product line manager and business consultant. Certified to teach Physics, Chemistry, and Math, Dennis has 14 years experience teaching High Level International Baccalaureate (IB) Physics and 6 years experience teaching Advanced Placement (AP) Physics B. His real world experience in the private sector has enabled him to bring his subjects alive in the classroom, enlightening students with tangible examples of how the Physics, Math, and Chemistry principles are applied in everyday life.
Having earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and a Masters in Business Administration from Oakland University, Dennis was taught by professors who employed traditional lecture style instruction. From his first days as a teacher himself, however, Dennis has employed an inquiry-based approach in the classroom as means to engage his students in critical thinking throughout the entire learning experience. Rather than depending strongly on PowerPoint lectures for delivering the content of the course, Dennis has used hands-on demonstrations of discrepant events and numerous discovery-based practical lab activities to deliver the concepts directly into the hands of the students. Dennis has led workshops on his teaching methods for science and math teachers at the various school districts where he has taught and at selected teachers conferences in the US, South America, the Middle East and in Europe.
Dennis has applied his inquiry-based teaching approach also with his tutoring students, successfully preparing them for improved performance in the classroom and for high achievement on their IB and AP subject tests.
Subjects: Algebra I – II; Geometry; Pre-Calculus; Trigonometry; SSAT; Integrated Math I-III; AP Chemistry; AP Physics; SAT Math; ACT Math; ACT Science
THOMAS KOZAK, MA
Thomas Kozak earned his MA in Secondary Education from Wake Forest Graduate School and his BA in English from Wake Forest University. While the primary focus of his studies was English, he has also spent years honing his skills as a teacher and tutor of Mathematics (having always loved what he deems the poetry of numbers).
Thomas prefers the personal focus of tutoring to that of classroom teaching, having found greater reward in the enduring academic growth that comes from one-on-one instruction. He is devoted to helping students develop into life-long learners, knowing that can be achieved through encouraging academic responsibility and inspiring intellectual curiosity.
A song-writer, film-maker, and poet, Thomas keeps a keen eye on the role of creativity in academic success. He has seen, first-hand, the leaps in achievement that students can make when they realize how some of the most stubborn conceptual blocks can be loosened by creativity in perspective or approach.
Having balanced a heavy load of extracurricular activities in high school and college, Thomas knows that time is a precious commodity in any student’s life. He is adept at creating individualized strategies that allow students to maximize success without overloading on work. He believes that academic achievement is always possible without being at the cost of a student’s passions.
Subjects: AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature; SAT Reading; SAT Writing; ACT Reading; ACT English; SSAT; GRE; Reading & Study Skills; SAT Subject Tests; Algebra I – II; Geometry; Trigonometry; Pre-Calculus; Integrated Math I & II; SAT Math; ACT Math; ACT Science; College Essays
COURTNEY SHELTON, MS
Courtney has been accepted into writing seminars such as Bread Loaf, Iowa, Sewanee, and Hollins, and teaches the process of writing and reading as a convergent, Thomas Kuhn-type endeavor. In her 20+ years of teaching, she has found creative students increased their close reading and completed good papers, while math and science students, typically ostracized from the English classroom, became top students. As a result, Courtney’s A.P. class scores were the highest in the school, and the non-A.P.’s also read and excelled by being exposed to a nearly identical curriculum.
Courtney’s approach to teaching encompasses a broad range of students’ learning styles, life experiences and individual perspectives. Her teaching style has brought her successfully through more than 20 years of teaching experience in middle school, high school and college, in elite private and public schools, and in rural, suburban and city schools.
Her tutoring method resembles her instructional style. She teaches the enthymeme, a thesis statement with a “because” clause, as a way of making ideas count, so students can quickly produce an excellent essay. As a college counselor, Courtney created an entire college counseling program, wrote a 40-page college handbook, and guided students toward acceptance by top-tier schools.
Courtney’s high school accomplishments include track record-holder, state soccer title, and qualifying for Madison Square Garden while seriously competing in the horse-jumping circuit. At present, she still runs, takes pictures, attempts hot yoga, and attempts to entertain her high-energy German Shepherd puppy.
Courtney continues to embody the characteristics that past students, parents and administrators appreciated — a direct nature, a sense of humor, and a firm belief that writing can not only discover an argument, but that in the act of writing, the writer can develop a deeper, more poetic sense of self.
Subjects: AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature; College Essay; Reading & Study Skills
BRIAN CASKEY, MA
Brian Caskey holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from UNC-Wilmington, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. Brian completed his Master’s program with great distinction, finishing with a 4.0 GPA. In addition, his thesis, “Autobiography, Southern Themes, and False Nostalgia in the Poetry of Cathy Smith Bowers” won an award as the best master’s thesis in the program. Brian’s work has been published in both scientific and literary journals, including Bios and Palaver Journal.
Before opening Biltmore Tutoring with his wife, Stacey, Brian worked for many years as a systems administrator and senior manager of digital projects for Barnes and Noble. Since returning to the field of education, Brian has helped many of the area’s top students with biology, literature and history topics. A versatile tutor, he specializes in AP US History, AP World History, and AP European History, but he also tutors in Biology, Environmental Science, and Literature topics. Brian takes great pleasure in showing students how to score highly on their ACT, SAT, and AP essays.
Despite his technical background, Brian is a firm believer that narrative is the most important element that leads to understanding. Knowing the story that ties facts and details together is the only way to understand what’s happening and why.
In his spare time, Brian enjoys kayaking, fishing, golfing, and restoring old cars (his current project is a 1971 Datsun 240Z sports car). He is also a member of the Town Council in Mills River, and a voting member of both the Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee and the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Subjects: AP US History; AP European History; AP World History; Biology; Environmental Science; AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature; College Essay Writing
STACEY CASKEY, MS, NBCT
Stacey Caskey completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Brooklyn College and Queens College. She went on to receive additional master’s degree at New York University. A National Board-certified educator, she taught in the NYC school system for eleven years before moving to Asheville in 2001, weeks before 9/11. Stacey taught at Claxton Elementary from 2001-2010 and is now the educational director and co-owner of Biltmore Tutoring. With 25+ years in the education system, Stacey is one of the most knowledgeable resources of curriculum, school administration, and testing programs.
Stacey received her College Counseling Certificate from the University of California – San Diego in 2012. She makes frequent visits to colleges and universities around the US, so that she can stay abreast of admissions criteria and requirements, as well as obtain an understanding of college-specific programs and opportunities. Once gaining college admittance, Stacey works with families to obtain scholarship money to fund these dreams.
Stacey says, “College admissions are much more competitive now. In 2010, Harvard accepted only 6% of their applicants, Stanford 7%, Duke 14%, and UNC 29%. What does that mean for your student? Excellent ACT and SAT scores are needed before students will even be considered by a college admissions committee. Grades, extracurriculars, and class ranking are also important. After the application process begins, we take great pride in helping parents and students navigate the confusing application process, and to help students decide between various programs and scholarship offers.”
Subjects: College Counseling; Academic Advising; College Essay Writing