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: 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.
BILL SATTERFIELD, MS
Bill Satterfield completed his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) at the University of Florida, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from the Florida Institute of Technology with a specialization in Integrated Circuit (computer chip) Design.
After starting his engineering career in Failure Analysis, he completed a Masters degree and moved into circuit design where the majority of his career was designing circuits for space applications. Many of his “chips” are currently flying in satellites in orbit around the Earth. As part of this work, he has four patents covering mathematic derivations and physical circuit designs for this extremely challenging environment.
His teaching experience covers a wide range from leading college engineering courses, to performance driving instruction at over 140mph.
As part of his community service focused on helping youth, he has volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters for over 10 years as well as volunteering as a certified Tire Rack teen driving school instructor to help improve statistics for our teen drivers.
His hobbies are diverse: an amateur race driving career started with autocross (2009 E-Stock Florida State Champion driving a 1995 Miata), progressed into track days, and finally into road racing. He has driven a wide range of vehicles on racetracks, ranging from a Toyota Tercel to a Lamborghini Huracan. When not driving, he is “Flagging and Communication” certified and has worked at the 24 Hours of Daytona race for many years. Low-speed hobbies include vegetable gardening, home remodeling and construction, and bicycling.
Subjects: ACT Math/Science; SAT Math; AP Calculus; Algebra (all levels); Integrated Math I-III; PSAT; SSAT; Study Skills; Geometry; Trigonometry
ELLEN HARRIS, MFA
Ellen Harris is an educator and tutor whose 30-year academic career includes college freshman advising, university teaching, and tutoring program administration. An honors graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis where she earned a BA in Anthropology/Sociology, her undergraduate concentrations were World Cultures, History, and Literature.
A graduate scholarship recipient, she holds an MFA in Communications/Media from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, serving as a graduate teaching assistant to undergraduates while completing the three-year program’s coursework, media practicum requirements, and comprehensive examinations. From a young age, Ellen looked up to her teachers, but she had something extra for inspiration. Her mother and her aunt were accomplished educators. As teachers, they modeled patience, dedication, and an ability to develop trusting, productive relationships. Those same qualities have guided Ellen throughout her career.
With a lifelong passion for education and a deep commitment to the learning community, Ellen places a premium on helping students succeed. As a university instructor, she taught courses
in Composition, Social Sciences, Media Arts, and History. As a media producer, she created over half a dozen award-winning nonfiction pieces in association with PBS North Carolina. As both instructor and producer, she served as a mentor and advisor to countless students and aspiring professionals.
Her documentary filmmaking explores the backroads of North Carolina and probes the human heart, including narratives of a disabled teacher, a rural student, and a perceptive family elder. She is also a grant recipient for projects supporting gifted and talented education and diversity in education. In her travels and experience with educational programs overseas, she gained experience among students worldwide.
Locally, she is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, and she has volunteered in research, preservation, and museum work in her hometown of New Orleans. She loves music, the performing arts, film, road-tripping, and most anything outdoors. A tutor who knows the value of engaged, active learning, Ellen is very enthusiastic about Biltmore Tutoring’s student-centered approach and results-oriented strategies.
Subjects: AP Biology; AP Environmental Science; Social Sciences; Composition; AP English; AP Literature; AP US/European/World History; Study Skills; College Counseling; Essay Writing; ACT English, ACT Science; ACT Reading; SAT Reading and Writing
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
KEITH GAUGER, MFA/MPS
Keith Gauger loves learning, and wants to do it all the time. He also loves helping others develop their own love of learning and gain new abilities. In his eleven years of classroom teaching and nine years of tutoring, Keith has inspired hundreds of students to cast aside defensive strategies and bravely face their challenges head-on, and he knows how transformative that can be for them and their families. Their self-confidence builds, their grades go up, and they know they can keep the progress moving in the right direction. The secret? Every person is unique and no single strategy works for everyone. Of course there are tools and approaches that most people find beneficial, but every tool in the toolbox can and should be customized and refined. Keith is an expert in helping others understand and embrace this process in order to become independent, life-long lovers of learning.
Keith grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania, spent his junior year of high school as an exchange student in Barcelona, Spain, and graduated from The Hill School in 1995. He earned a BA in Philosophy at Bates College and served as the General Manager of the college’s radio station. In 1999, he moved to Brooklyn, NY and spent his first few years working for non-profit organizations, making music, and creating abstract paintings that he sold on the sidewalks each weekend. In 2004, he began working and studying full time at The New School in Manhattan, leading to a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing – Non-Fiction. Keith launched his education career at The Churchill School and Center in Manhattan as an Assistant Teacher of High School English, and he also began tutoring independently.
At Manhattanville College, he earned a Dual Masters of Professional Studies in English Language Arts (grades 5-12) and Students with Disabilities (grades 5-12) which led to four New York State teaching certifications. In 2012, he became a Head Teacher of Upper School English and Philosophy at The Mary McDowell Friends School in Brooklyn, NY. While there, he designed and taught an SAT test preparation course and enjoyed sponsoring student clubs such as the Ethics Bowl, the Tea and Board Games Club, and the Punk Rock Club. He became a big fan of the Quaker school tradition of meeting in silence as a community, which led him to explore mindfulness and meditation practices. Keith continued teaching in Brooklyn for six more years before his blossoming love of birds and a longing for more time in nature finally convinced him it was time to leave the big city.
Fresh to Asheville, Keith co-led a team of work-traders while living on an organic homestead. It was a humbling change of focus, and Keith learned how much he still had to learn, especially about keeping plants alive. He reminded himself daily of what he would tell his students when they were struggling with an assignment or concept: “Failure is part of learning; be kind to yourself as you dust yourself off, then try again.”
For the past two years, Keith taught at Invest Collegiate Imagine Public Charter School while settling into his new home in Leicester, NC with his wife and two cats. Keith volunteers with local organizations such as the Leicester Library Giving Garden and Building Bridges of Asheville, and he has studied Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and naturalistic education. In his free time, he can be found planting fruit trees and berry bushes in his yard, probably while wearing binoculars in case any interesting birds fly past.
Subjects: AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature; SAT Reading; SAT Writing; ACT Reading; ACT English
CHANTELLE LESWELL, MA
Chantelle Leswell left Scotland at 18 on a prestigious scholarship after working with the Fulbright UK-US Commission on a program that supported underserved high-achieving students to study at private institutions in the US. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English Language and Literature from Smith College in 2019. She spent a year working in a nonprofit setting before going on to receive her Master of Arts in English from Salem State University.
During her undergraduate career, Chantelle was on the editorial board at The Sophian — Smith’s independent student-run newspaper where she headed the Opinions department and wrote articles such as “Someone Tell the Tech Moguls Rocketships Won’t Solve Our Problems,” and “What Failure Teaches Us.” She also co-founded the school’s Queer International Alliance (QUINTA) and worked in the student center as a manager for four years. She took classes on How Power Works, Print Cultures of the African Diaspora, Shakespeare, Milton, The English Literary Tradition, and Contemporary Literary Theory. She also took classes such as Teaching Literature and Comparative Education when she was considering pursuing a minor in Education.
At graduate school, Chantelle learned of her love for and dedication to the field of digital humanities. She sees the digital humanities as a bridge between STEM and liberal arts, between those who have access to education and those who do not, and also as a playground for understanding lesser-told stories that have either been overlooked or lost because of the subject’s perceived lack of importance. For example, she created a digital exhibit on Tituba, an enslaved woman in the house of Rev. Samuel Parris who was the first accused in the Salem Witch Trials. Researching this under-explored historical figure showed Chantelle that all voices are important and all stories deserve to be told. Similarly, we all have a right to be educated about them.
The right to education is the cornerstone of Chantelle’s personal approach to learning and teaching. She believes that no student is unteachable and every student has a right to understand the material in front of them that is going to help them thrive. She puts forth a very personalized approach to tutoring and will work tirelessly to ensure students feel heard and supported.
Chantelle has hosted book clubs for children to bolster their reading skills, supported ESL learners in their reading journey, and even devised her own Educational Consulting business at one time to support prospective students with their college and graduate school applications. She has spent the majority of her professional career in nonprofit fundraising and consulting, but still cares deeply about education and literacy which has brought her to Biltmore Tutoring!
In her spare time, Chantelle can be found upside down on aerial silks or other aerial apparatus, making wreaths and floral decor, or pursuing her latest craft endeavor! She also is a major homebody and loves curling up with the dog, cat, and a book, or watching a favorite show with her partner.
Subjects: AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature; SAT Reading; SAT Writing; ACT Reading; ACT English
LISA SMITH, MA
As a dedicated STEAM educator, Lisa has taught and tutored upwards of twenty different subjects from math and science to acting and leadership. Lisa earned her MA in Teaching for Earth Science from the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. She has spent many a night at the museum and purports it to be just as magical as the film suggests. She earned a BA in Geology from Amherst College while starring in as many of the college’s theatrical productions as physically possible.
Lisa is an Asheville native, and despite having lived in various cities, states, and countries, she keeps finding herself drawn back to these sweet hometown mountains. Lisa has tutored for the SAT and ACT throughout the NYC region, Istanbul, and Los Angeles. She has taught in both public and private schools, starting with Earth Science and branching out to the other maths and sciences. She enjoys helping students not only to understand the content of their current courses but also to see the connections between all the courses and their lived experiences. Her educational mission is to support students in becoming stronger and fuller human beings through knowledge of and critical reasoning about the world around them.
When she is not tutoring, she enjoys many diverse activities, such as partner-dancing, making chocolates and bon bons, reading fiction, hiking, and acting in local productions.
Subjects: Algebra I – II; Geometry; Pre-Calculus; Trigonometry; SSAT; Integrated Math I-III; AP Chemistry; AP Physics; SAT Math; ACT Math; ACT Science; AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature; SAT Reading; SAT Writing; ACT Reading; ACT English; SSAT; Reading & Study Skills; College Essays
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; Algebra; Pre-Algebra; History; Spanish; ACT Math; ACT Science
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 AP essays, using what he calls ‘the murder method.’
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).
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 education, Stacey is one of the most knowledgeable resources of curriculum, school administration, and testing programs. She was elected to the Henderson County School Board in 2020.
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 2020, 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