Nora Mantell, MEd

Director, founder & owner

Lexington Tutoring builds self-confidence and fosters academic success by patient, expert, individualized homework coaching, remedial tutoring and enrichment in almost all academic subjects, including support for students whose academic difficulties are associated with learning disabilities. Here's what students and parents are saying about our work.

Nora, the owner, creator and director of Lexington Tutoring, Inc., is a veteran Massachusetts teacher with over 3 decades of high school and college teaching experience. Under Nora's guidance, Lexington Tutoring has served Lexington, Boston and MetroWest since 2007.

Nora can be reached directly at 781-652-9649 or at NoraMantell@LexingtonTutoring.com.

Nick Glabicky, MS 

Biology, chemistry, pre-algebra & geometry

Middle school homework coaching

AP tutoring & exam prep: Biology

SAT II Subject Test prep: Biology E/M

College: Anatomy, cell and molecular biology, ecology & evolution, environmental biology, genetics, marine biology, natural science, zoology & science courses leading to a degree in Psych or Biology.

Nick Glabicky has his BA in Biology and Psychology, with a minor in Animal Behavior, as well as an MS in education from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, GPA 3.97. He teaches AP biology, sophomore biology, and upper level marine science at King Philip Regional High School. Nick Glabicky is highly qualified teacher, highly sought after, and highly effective. He has been awarded teacher of the year. Students in this class can expect a rigorous but extremely detailed course load which allows them to succeed in the May Advanced Placement exams. Nick’s teaching is all about inspiration. Nick easily adapted to online learning techniques during these unprecedented times, continuing to bring quality education to his students, preparing his AP biology students for their exam at the end of the year. He also continued to engage his students in marine science and biology, completing the curriculum for the year. Nick’s rapport with students is second to none.

Nick coaches basketball, runs a game club, and runs the ornithological club. His excellent time management skills allow him to be successful in all his activities.

As an undergrad, Nick conducted field research on captive beluga whales and published his research in Polar Biology. Nick participates in Audubon Society studies on local bird populations and travels frequently to observe various wildlife all over the world.

Dr. Kaila Ryan, PT, DPT

Pre-algebra, algebra 1 & 2, geometry, precalculus, statistics  & linear algebra, anatomy & physiology, biology, economics; standard levels of chemistry & physics; homework coaching & writing coaching, including lab/technical writing

Executive function coaching & time management support

SSAT, ISEE, SAT, ACT & SAT II Subject Test prep: Math I, Math II & Biology

AP tutoring & exam prep: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Biology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Psychology & Statistics

Praxis I prep : Core Academic Skills for Educators (5732, 5712, 5722), Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)

GRE prep

College: Physics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, psychology, statistics, anatomy & physiology, exercise physiology, calculus, linear algebra & courses leading to a degree in physical therapy

Kaila Ryan earned her BA in Mathematics with a minor in Education Studies, magna cum laude, from Colorado College, and her DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) from MGH Institute of Health Professions, maintaining a 3.9/4.0 GPA in both undergraduate and graduate work. At Colorado College she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, received the Sophie Germain Award from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, earned the Recognition of Excellence Award for exceptional performance on Praxis® tests and was president of the Rotaract Club (Rotary International's Youth Program). Her tutoring activities prior to her 1.5 years on our team included organizing fellow undergraduate students to tutor at a local elementary school, tutoring and grading calculus, and assisting students with their projects using programs such as PhotoShop and Mathematica. Kaila also taught 8th and 9th grade Algebra in a Philadelphia summer school program.

At MGH Institute of Health Professions, Kaila worked in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics and pediatrics, served as Research Assistant for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and volunteered at her university's pro bono center. She continues her volunteer work with United Way as an Early Education and Venture Grant Reviewer.

By day, Kaila is a pediatric physical therapist. She holds current licenses from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies and the Massachusetts Board of Allied Health Professionals. Her hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, hiking and volunteering. She is a Wilderness First Responder and a certified ski instructor (Alpine II, Children’s Specialist II, Adaptive I / Cognitive & Visual Impairments). Kaila’s passion for math, science, and the outdoors is contagious; she is excited to work with your child to help him/her achieve his/her goals!

Marilyn Weiss, MS

Chemistry, algebra 1 & 2, general science & standard levels of earth science & biology

SAT II Subject Test prep: Chemistry

AP tutoring & exam prep: Chemistry

College: Chemistry & nursing students' science course

MTEL prep: Chemistry (12)

Praxis II prep: Chemistry (5245)

Marilyn earned her Masters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the top Materials Chemistry program in the country. While at U.W., Marilyn taught Analytical Chemistry and General Chemistry I and II, tutored college and high school chemistry and earned the “Commended Teacher and Laboratory Instructor” award.

Marilyn earned her BA in Chemistry and Religious Studies cum laude at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, a top pre-medical school. There she was awarded the John Marshall Scholar — their most prestigious merit scholarship — plus the Dana Scholarship for academic promise and leadership, and she was selected for the Hackman Summer Research Scholar Program. At F &  M she served as a chemistry lab researcher and teaching assistant, teaching Organic Chemistry and tutoring general and organic chemistry concepts weekly.

After graduate school, Marilyn taught AP Chemistry, organic chemistry, and general chemistry for 5 years in Indiana, first at Greenfield-Central High School and then at Park Tudor Upper School, Indiana’s premier college preparatory school. Each year, her 25-30 AP chemistry students earned a 4.5/5 average on the AP test and consistently scored between 760-800 on the SAT II. Marily has been on our team for 3 years. When she's not working with our students, Marilyn teaches chemistry at Dexter Southfield. Marilyn coaches students to be the very best they can be. Her students work and make strides quickly and efficiently.

When Marilyn isn’t inspiring her students, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, and spending time with family.

Sean Hulseman, BA

Physics, chemistry, earth science, environmental science; pre-algebra, algebra 1 & 2, geometry, precalculus, calculus, trigonometry; introductory computer science, JavaScript, Java; world, European &  US history; Ancient Greek, East Asian philosophy & bioethics; homework coaching; writing coaching, including lab/technical writing

Executive function coaching & time management support

PSAT, SAT, ACT & SAT II Subject Test prep: Math I, Math II, Physics & Chemistry

AP tutoring & exam prep: Physics 1, 2 & C; Chemistry; Calculus AB & BC  &  Computer Science

MTEL prep: MTEL Physics & MTEL Math (09)

Sean Hulseman has his BA in philosophy, with a minor in physics, from John Carroll University in Ohio. Sean teaches all levels of physics and computer science at Canton High School. In high school, at Loyola Academy, Sean was a 4 year varsity water polo player and captain of the team his senior year. He received multiple academic scholarships for standardized test scores and GPA.

Sean has been on our team for 1.5 years. He has five years of experience teaching and tutoring high school algebra, geometry, precalculus, AP physics, honors physics, integrated science, chemistry, introductory computer science (JavaScript and Java) and middle school history. He has worked with both high achieving, and struggling, discouraged students with great success.

Sean is a self-taught musician who plays guitar and piano and enjoys playing with other musicians as well. His interests include public service, social issues, athletics, technology, cooking, reading, and writing.

Joe Jonas, MS

Algebra 2, calculus, physics & chemistry

AP tutoring & exam prep: Chemistry, Calculus & Physics

SAT II Subject Test prep: Math I, Math II, Physics & Chemistry

College: Calculus, physics & math courses leading to a degree in mechanical engineering

Joseph Jonas has his BS and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. In high school, Joe was a multi-sport athlete and motivated scholar. He took AP Chemistry, AP Calculus (AB), AP Calculus (BC) and AP Physics II and received a "5" on all four exams.

Joe tutored thermodynamics for two semesters at Lehigh. He received Lehigh's prestigious Presidential Scholar award, graduated with high honors in only seven semesters and finished his masters degree with a near-perfect GPA. His thesis research studied Computational Fluid Dynamics of rotating hydrokinetic turbines, the results of which were later published in the Journal of Renewable Energy.

When he’s not working with our students, Joe is an Acoustical Engineer at Bose in Framingham, where he develops loudspeakers for use in next-generation headsets, soundbars, and automobiles. Joe is an inquisitive guy who loves to explain concepts that he understands, as well as figure out material that is yet-to-be understood. Joe is great at breaking down advanced concepts and making them easier to learn and digest. His hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, traveling, video gaming, skiing and running.

Kelly Vodola, BS 

Pre-algebra, Algebra 1 and 2, trigonometry, precalculus, chemistry;  standard levels of biology. social studies & physics; English; Spanish all levels;  homework coaching & writing coaching, including lab/technical writing

Executive function coaching & time management support

SAT II: Subject Tests: Chemistry, Spanish

AP tutoring & exam prep: Chemistry, Spanish

College: Organic Chemistry I, Heat Transfer, Unit Operations, Introduction to Biological Engineering

Conversant with: Maple, Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.), Mathcad, Comsol, Aloha, Aspen, AERSCRN, Water9, AutoCAD & Benchling  

Kelly Vodola has her BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Spanish from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with honors and high distinction.  Kelly did exceptionally well academically, earning admission to Tau Beta Pi and Omega Chi Epsilon. She has been much lauded for her focus, organization, mental discipline, and her motivated personality.  

At WPI Kelly was an orientation leader and the New Member Educator for Alpha Xi Delta. In both roles she designed programs to unite students and inform them about personal and academic resources available. She also worked as Undergraduate Enrollment Services intern for Admissions, helping to produce videos, website updates, and digital media for prospective students.

During her senior year Kelly was selected as a WPI President’s Award finalist for her Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) in Costa Rica. The President's IQP Award recognizes the student team whose conception, performance and presentation of their interactive qualifying project has been judged outstanding in focusing on their relationships among science, technology, and the needs of society. Kelly shared her experience with the WPI community in a formal presentation and report in English, and to her sponsors and project advisors in Spanish. In addition to her passion and curiosity for all things STEM related, Kelly also has a love for Spanish language and culture. She volunteered at the New Day Center of Norwalk and taught adults in a Spanish-speaking community how to read, write, and speak in English in a small group setting.

By day, Kelly is an Engineering consultant for Azzur Group, a professional service provider for the Health and Life Sciences industry. In her spare time, she enjoys music, sports, and traveling.

Nevin Katz, MEd

Biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, meteorology, environmental science; world history, U.S. history, ancient history; English; algebra 1 & 2, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus & calculus; writing coaching; web design & front-end web development (HTML, CSS, Adobe Tools--Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, InDesign & Photoshop); homework coaching K-12 & college

Executive function coaching & time management support

Online learning specialist

ISEE, SSAT, HiSet & MCAS prep

SSAT, ISEE, SAT, ACT & SAT II Subject Test prep: Math I, Math II, Chemistry & Biology

AP tutoring & exam prep: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, World History & American History

College: Biology, chemistry, physics, calculus, writing coaching, computer science, web design & front-end web development (HTML, CSS, Adobe Tools--Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, InDesign & Photoshop)

MTEL prep: Mathematics (47), Mathematics (09), History (06), Biology (13), Earth Science (14), Chemistry (12), General Science (10), Mathematics/Science (Middle School) (51) & General Curriculum (03): Multi-Subject Subtest Multiple-Choice Question Analyses; Mathematics Subtest

GRE prep

Miller Analogies Test prep

Nevin Katz has his BA from Swarthmore, where he majored in biology with additional work in chemistry, and his EdM in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Nevin has been on our team for 11 years, with a very long list of successful students to his credit. Prevous to joining us, Nevin had 8 years of teaching experience at the secondary level. Nevin is an ace homework coach and science / math / humanities tutor and an experienced writing coach and test prep specialist.. He is the author and illustrator of the Dr. Birdley Teaches Science series, a nationally published set of teacher resource books for secondary school classrooms.

When he’s not working with our students, he is a Technical Project Director at EDC in Waltham.  At EDC, Nevin builds and instructs online courses and manages or leads the coding effort on a number of projects involving web and app development. He has used Learning Management Systems (LMS’s) such as Moodle and Blackboard to build and teach online courses, and has built websites to function like LMS’s by giving them registration functionally, discussion forums, and learner progress tracking. At EDC, Nevin also serves as an instructor for online courses for adult educators, works on writing online course syllabi, expectations, and course content and consults on the best eLearning solutions for particular projects and custom-building virtual simulations, apps, online courses, and websites, all intended for digital learning.

Some of the many thank-you emails we have received from Nevin's students and their parents are posted on this page of our website.

Julianna White, BS

Pre-algebra, algebra 1 & 2, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, linear algebra; physics (w/ &  w/o calculus), chemistry—all levels; standard levels of biology & earth science; front-end web development (HTML, CSS,  &  Javascript); homework coaching; writing coaching, including lab/technical writing

Executive function coaching & time management support

PSAT, SAT, ACT prep

SAT II Subject Tests: Math I, Math II & Chemistry

AP tutoring & exam prep: Chemistry, US Government & Politics; Calculus AB &  Physics

Proficient in: MATLAB, Excel, Lingo, Tableau, Omneo (SaaS solution), Python, Arena, LaTeX, LaTeX Beamer, Mathematica, Bash, Microsoft Office, Linux, Mac OS X & Windows.

Julie brought to our team several years of experience tutoring pre-algebra, algebra, precalculus, calculus, physics (mechanics), and chemistry. She has her BS in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University, where she completed a co-op with the Waters Corporation and 3 with GE, leading to GE's top Co-Op Award. In addition to her engineering studies, Julie held a teaching assistantship for Service-Learning and co-founded and implemented a social media platform. Post graduation, Julie continued to work with the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts, Media, and Design to introduce a personalized education class at Northeastern.

Inspired by a love for teaching science and engineering, Julie then completed a teaching fellowship at Newton Country Day School (NCDS), where she taught 8th grade physics and chemistry, 10th grade independent research, and 6th grade math. At NCDS, she led the development of a new high school curriculum for Engineering Design and coached soccer, softball, and varsity basketball. Julie is also an NCDS alumna. As a student there, she earned the Rensselaer Medal for math and science, represented NCDS at the Hugh O'Brien Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar, was selected as an all league athlete for her talents on the basketball court and softball field, and was awarded one of the school’s highest distinctions, the St. Philippine Duchesne Prize. Julie continues to mentor in the HOBY Leadership program. In support of HOBY programs, she completed the 2015 Boston Marathon. By day, Julie is a life science and engineering consultant for Azzur Group.

 

Members of our learning disabilities team

Courtney Cooper, MEd

Learning disabilities support; K-10 homework coaching across the curriculum, K-college language arts, social studies/history, human studies & psychology tutoring; K-9 math tutoring; K-college writing coaching; tutors college courses leading to degrees in human development & literacy, language arts, history, human development & psychology

Executive function coaching & time management support

ISEE, SSAT, HiSet & MCAS prep

MTEL prep: Foundations of Reading (90), Communication & Literacy Skills (01): Reading Subtest & Writing Subtest, Early Childhood (02); General Curriculum (03): Multi-subject Subtest; Reading Specialist (08); ESL (54) ; English (07)

PSAT, ACT & SAT prep

Praxis I prep; Praxis II prep: Reading: 5710, Writing: 5720 & Mathematics: 5730

GRE prep

Courtney holds an MEd from American International College, an MS in Literacy from the University of New England, and a BA in Human Development from Wheelock College. She is trained in the Wilson Reading Program, Lindamood Bell Learning Processes, Sharma Math, Lucy Calkins' Writing Workshop, Singapore math and Everyday Math

Prior to her 6 years on our team, Courtney had several years of teaching experience in Maine and Massachusetts independent primary, elementary and middle schools and K-12 private tutoring. Her passion for identifying students’ learning styles and assisting in student growth and understanding are at the forefront of her focus and drive her instruction. When she is not working with our students, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and young daughters.

Joshua Sanford, MEd

Learning disabilities support; Pre-algebra, algebra I, world history, ancient history, U.S. History, English & language arts, writing coaching & homework coaching K-12 & college

Executive function coaching & time management support

ISEE, SSAT, HiSet & MCAS prep

PSAT, ACT & SAT prep

MTEL prep: Communication & Literacy Skills (01): Reading Subtest; Writing Subtest, General Curriculum (03): Multi-Subject Subtest Multiple-Choice Question Analyses; Mathematics Subtest, Foundations of Reading (90), Mathematics (Elementary School) (53), Middle School Humanities (English/History), English (07) & History (06)

Praxis I prep; Praxis II prep: Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont & Rhode Island--English & Social Studies

Josh Sanford, MEd is a seasoned, certified special education teacher with a long list of present and former students who have soared under his guidance. He has his BA from Bates College in Classical and Medieval Studies with a secondary concentration in Educational Studies, his Masters in Education from Lesley University, Special Education – Moderate 5-12 and History 8-12 licensure, 15 years of experience in working in Special Education, solid credentials for tutoring social studies, science, math, language arts and 10 years of absolutely outstanding work with us. His demanding liberal arts undergraduate education has given him a strong base in United States history, pre-algebra, algebra, American literature, life skills and emotional/social coping skills.

Josh has considerable experience with a variety of disabilities, including ADD, ADHD, executive function disorders, dyslexia, dysgraphia and autism spectrum disorders including Asperger’s syndrome, mood disorders and other learning disabilities characterized by slow processing speed. Josh is adept at developing strong communication skills, fostering and promoting student strengths, and focusing on problem solving to internalize academic skills. He is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Theory and crisis intervention. His warm, friendly-but-firm manner, his use of humor and engaging questions to build rapport and his impressive academic background are very conducive to productive and effective homework coaching.

When he's not working with our students, Josh teaches at Mansfield High School. His previous experience includes 5 years teaching at The Gifford School in Weston, Massachusetts, 2 years teaching at Casa Pacifica, in Ventura, California and 1 year teaching at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, in New Hampshire.

Elissa Sanford, MEd

K through 5 reading, writing, math & learning disabilities support for students with special needs including developmental delays, deafness, hearing loss, autism, ADD & ADHD; primary literacy--phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary & comprehension, writing & spelling; American Sign Language

MTEL prep: Early Childhood (02)

CSET: Multiple Subjects Test prep

Elissa holds an MEd from California State University Northridge, a BA in Communication Disorders from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Post-Masters Certificate in Early Education and Care: Research, Policy and Practice from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Massachusetts Educator’s certification as a Teacher of the Deaf-All Levels (Pre/K-12). She is trained in Applied Behavior Analysis, Handwriting Without Tears and American Sign Language.

When she is not providing early education services and learning disabilities support to our students, Elissa is the lead teacher at the Learning Center for the Deaf, doing all instruction and all team meetings exclusively in ASL. Elissa is also the ASL development consultant for The Learning Center for the Deaf and Weymouth Public Schools and a Developmental Specialist for infants and toddlers with a variety of language and developmental needs at Criterion Middlesex Early Intervention, in Framingham. Elissa's previous experience includes 12 years teaching in early education and care, working primarily with deaf and hard-of-hearing students and students with special needs, including learning disabilities, developmental delays, autism, ADD and ADHD.


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