We develop our learning environment based on a neurocognitive approach, and each aspect of our methodology is rooted in the needs of challenged learners. Some of these techniques can be very subtle, such as using larger than average note pads and writing fewer words on them, allowing for more white space and increasing focus. All students, regardless of individual challenges, work on logic puzzles to build inductive and deductive reasoning, skills that are fundamental to life. Every step we take with your child is carefully crafted to optimize learning.
Debbie Cathey, owner and tutor, left a graduate program in science when it just wasn’t moving fast enough for her. Already published in scientific journals, Deb shifted her focus from infectious disease to neurology and cognition. With a lifelong curiosity about how people learn, she attended countless conferences and lectures focused on the psychosocial impact that environment has on learning. This insatiable interest took her down the "rabbit holes" of genetic factors, brain injuries, brain anomalies, learning disorders, and exceptional learners.
While volunteering in the reading program for Grade 1 at AHISD, Deb observed the psychosocial dynamics involved in reading fluency. Not only was it fun teaching kids to read, the scientist inside wanted more data and subjects (aka students). Becoming a full-time substitute teacher at AH Junior School and obtaining a teaching certificate opened the door to the world of education. The challenge of teaching kids that need learning modifications keeps Debbie inquisitive and constantly examining current research in neuro-cognition.
Although finding a new study that can help one of her students is always a thrill, Deb also enjoys white water rafting, yoga, and irritating her three grown children. Find her on LinkedIn.
As a PhD candidate in Neurophysiology at UT Health Science Center, Clint Taylor spent most of his time with mice. As entertaining as that sounds, he desperately needed to get out of the lab for a while and spend time with people doing things he loves. Lucky for us, that includes teaching kids. He works at The DoSeum creating workshops during school breaks and guides children as they fuse the worlds of art and science. A gifted writer, Clint is a magician at helping students discover their own creativity and transfer their ideas to paper.
On days off, you can find Clint paddle-boarding down the San Marcos River with his dog, Scrappy, writing short stories (about Scrappy), creating multi-media art, gardening, or practicing Kalinda (stick-fighting, a dance-like martial art).
A statistician, Logan Jung tutors mathematics. He has first-hand knowledge of the challenges of dyslexia and still managed to be drawn into the world of numbers. He currently works at USAA as a Decision Science Analyst and for some weekend fun, you might find Logan behind the counter at Local Coffee here at The Pearl, appeasing the inner Foodie that dwells inside him. Logan recently completed his Master of Science Degree in Applied Statistics at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Marissa's gentle and encouraging disposition have made her a favorite tutor for many of our students. They find her approachable, easy to understand, and a wealth of knowledge especially in mathematics. She has a natural ability to break down math for the students. Her study of maths and computer sciences have taken her to SACC, UTSA, and Catholic University of America In Washington DC. Marissa graduated from Incarnate Word High School and continues an ongoing relationship with the school. Her love of computer games makes her even popular with the kids.
Alexandria Lewis has a BS in Biochemistry from OLLU with concentrations in genetics, organic chemistry, and cellular biology. Her interest is in gene editing as well as CRISPR and stem cell research, and she hopes to one day be part of a team that uses these tools to solve genetic problems. She loves studying biology because it gives insight into why things operate the way they do in the natural world. To her, there's something beautiful about the way these life processes are both simple yet complex. As a tutor, she focuses on talking through the theories and laws that pertain to conceptual questions – that way a conclusion is reached through logic rather than memorization. She takes her time with complex processes so that every level of a problem is transparent and each step makes sense. In her spare time, Alex likes watching movies, and adding to her collection of more than 500 films.
Robert Carillo is a full-time mathematics instructor at Northwest Vista College and also teaches at the University of the Incarnate Word. He has an MS in Mathematics from UTSA. Robert’s passion for math began in high school, when he began tutoring and realized his love of teaching. He finds helping others learn math to be exciting and challenging. He enjoys working with a wide variety of students and believes all students can appreciate mathematics and apply them to everyday situations. When not teaching, Robert enjoys playing video games, cooking, making cocktails, gardening, and traveling.
Harnish Patel has a MS in Data Analytics from UTSA and currently works as a Decision Science Analyst at USAA. Previously, he was a teacher at EleMiddle focusing on 1:1 tutoring and study habits, and at Homes High School teaching math. His academic focus is in mathematics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. As a certified teacher, he is passionate about education and the processes of learning. Teaching mathematics – including recognizing patterns, solving puzzles, and building fundamental logic skills – is a rewarding challenge. Working with Harnish, students can expect to learn something new, be well respected, and gain motivation to achieve their goals. In his spare time, he enjoys gaming, online coding, reading, hanging out with friends, and visiting family in Austin.