Jann joined our staff in 2009, and is working with students of all ages. She received her BA in Elementary Ed, and Sociology/Anthropology from Muhlenberg College. Jann has more than 10 years of teaching experience as well as a long period as the Administrative Director of a Creative Arts Program at a private school. She is such an encourager to all of our students, and brings out their best efforts as well as their smiles. She loves to teach reading and has a passion for writing, and works with students up through high school.
"Miss Alice" joined GradePower Learning® in 2011 to teach our 3-5 year olds through those amazing first years of learning. Alice has degrees in Early Childhood Development as well as Elementary Ed from Fairmont State College in WV. She has taught kindergarten and first grade, and has worked as the Director of a pre-school program. As the mom of two of her own children, Alice has a nurturing quality that brings out the best in learning from our Little Readers.
"Miss Susanne" has been at GradePower Learning® since June of 2011 to help teach our Little Readers program. She has a degree in Elementary Ed from Shippensburg University. Susanne has spent her entire teaching career working with little ones, teaching pre-K for 24 years and K for 2 years, as well as some 2nd and 3rd grade. She has a gentle and loving approach to teaching our students.
Evan has been a part of the GradePower Learning® team since 2015, and he works with students of all ages to develop strong reading and math skills. Evan has a degree in Creative Writing from NC State University, and is currently working on his Master of Fine Arts in Poetry. He has several years' experience working with learners from children to adults at schools, tutoring centers, and even in South Korea! Evan is passionate about learning, and he shares that passion with our students every day.
Olivia joined our staff in 2015, and works with learners of all ages. She received her BA in English from the University at Albany and her Masters in Special Education and Childhood Education from Sage Graduate School. Olivia has taught and tutored elementary and middle school, and shares her love of reading and writing with the students at GradePower Learning®. A mom of two young boys, Olivia brings a kind and nurturing spirit to our students.
Kathleen joined the GradePower Learning® staff in 2016. She earned a BS in Public Health with a minor in Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is currently working on a Masters in Environmental Science and Engineering. A scientist at heart, Kathleen shares her passion for math and science with middle and high school students. Kathleen is also a talented test prep teacher and has helped many students be successful on the SAT, ACT, and other standardized tests. She loves to learn, and she works hard to inspire that passion in her students every day!
Kristin joined our team in 2016, after earning a BA in Math with minors in Statistics and Spanish from NC State. A math whiz, Kristin teaches middle and high school math at GradePower Learning®, helping students to learn to love numbers and equations as much as she does. Kristin brings her college teaching and tutoring experience to our students and works hard to help them be successful.
Summer Brain Camp (n.) 1. a summer adventure for students in grades 1-6 2. a camp designed to keep brains active 3. a place where each week’s theme is used as the basis for fun with reading, writing, history, geography, math, science, and art 4. a half-day morning camp
Dates: 5 weeks:
June 26-30 (Art – Chagall – Magical fantasy in Art)
July 10-14 (Around the World)
July 24-28 (World Cruise)
July 31-Aug 4 (Greek mythology)
Aug 7-11 (Art- Monet’s Garden)
When: Monday-Friday 8:15am-11:45am
Choose which week to attend, or sign up for all 5!
Tuition: $225.00 for one week, $200.00 for 2nd week, $175.00 for 3rd-5th weeks.
Review of Math Essentials after the Long Summer Break
Your Child Will Strengthen These Essential Math Skills, and Have Fun Doing It. Math Practice along with Fun Math Games, and Online Math Activities
1st to 3rd graders:
Addition/Subtraction Place Value/Regrouping
Multiplication/Division Word Problem Solving
4th to 5th graders:
Decimals Word Problem Solving
12 hours over 2 weeks
August 7 - August 17, M-Th @ 4:00pm-5:30pm, $300
What Parents & Students Are Saying
"Our 1st grade daughter was struggling with the transition into a new school and the 'whole language' reading approach required by 'Core Curriculum.' Without a good foundation in reading, she was struggling with all aspects of the 1st grade. Her struggles with reading were bleeding over into her overall performance, her self confidence, and her enjoyment of school. Working with Bob and the team at GradePower Learning to build a phonics-based learning plan for our daughter was just what we needed. GradePower Learning put our daughter into their program with the right kind of Tutor for her learning style. We started to see near-immediate impact in her ability to decode words. With 2 nights a week, she quickly made progress and went from 1′s & 2′s in the previous quarter to 2′s and 3′s in the next. By the following quarter, she was at all 3′s. GradePower Learning worked with her WCPSS teachers to ensure that her progress was being tracked and the program at GradePower Learning was aligned with her daily work. We were quickly able to dial down to a single day per week. As she exits 2nd grade at a 3rd grade reading level, we’re thrilled with GradePower Learning and working on plan to phase her out of the program. At no point did we feel like Bob was pressuring us to increase our hours or stay in the program as a way to keep us paying. His goal was to get our daughter on firm academic footing for future success, not 'hooking' us on the program. I’ve recommended GradePower Learning to others in the past. We won’t hesitate to leverage them for ourselves or recommend them to friends in the future."
"About a year ago my daughter was struggling in math and it was affecting her self confidence. My husband and I decided to have her evaluated at GradePower Learning. They concluded that Anna was one year behind in Math. So without hesitation we signed her up for tutoring. This was one of the best decisions we ever made for our daughter and for us. What a wonderful place and how warm and loving the staff is. They made Anna feel so welcomed that she never wanted to leave! One year later and Anna has had an A average in Math and excels in all of her classes thanks to the amazing concepts she was taught at GradePower Learning. There just aren’t enough words to thank them for all they have done to help Anna gain her self confidence back and be at the top of her class! It truly is an amazing place!"
"Our experience at GradePower Learning has been beyond exceptional. We went through a lot of research and interviews at numerous tutor businesses and private tutors in the area, we finally found GradePower Learning through a friend’s referral. First, Bob runs a first class operation when it comes to the office side of the tutor business. He is always trying to communicate what the goals for the kids are and how they are going to get there. The progress reviews that we have conducted are invaluable, they really give you a sense that GradePower Learning wants your kids to succeed and really working towards a partnership in their learning. Second, the teachers have been exceptional. I would say 99% of the time my kids are working with the same teacher, and when they are not they are still able to continue their progress because of the GradePower Learning method. GradePower Learning was able to get my 2nd grade son to from being way behind in reading to Wake county 2nd grade reading level in an amazingly short time. He should be at 3rd grade reading level by the time he leaves 2nd grade. For a student that was way behind when the year started, I would say I am more than happy with the GradePower Learning way."
"GradePower Learning Cary is amazing! Not only did they work with our crazy schedule but they gave my daughter the confidence she needed to tackle the ACT and raise her score by 4 points!! We had a hard time finding an ACT program that actually had classroom time and an actual teacher rather than having my daughter in a “virtual classroom” until we found GradePower. I can’t thank Bob and the whole tutoring staff enough for your help with a supplying test taking strategies and skills that my daughter used to increase her score thus making the college application process much less stressful. Five Stars to GradePower and THANK YOU!!!!"
"Looking for a little educational lift? Your young `uns need an extra hand to get ahead or just simply to catch up with the pack? Then consider a visit to Bob Schmitt and his team at GradePower Learning 1229 NW Maynard Road in NorthWest Cary. Our youngest is bright and a keen reader, but got a little left behind as the staff at his school were forced by our politicians to check boxes and supervise tests, rather than instil that love of learning and a desire to read and succeed. (Teachers, we do not blame you. To do so would be akin to blaming hospitals, doctors and nurses for our splintered healthcare system!) Our son now tells us he wants GradePower Learning to be his school! The graded challenge of the classes, combined with the nurturing of his teacher, has awoken a passion that we knew was inside him, but wasn't being allowed to come through. Death by worksheet and testing has been replaced by the flames of success and achievement. Now after 6 months of twice weekly tuition, instead of being at at-risk reader, he`s an avid reader. We owe much to your superb team – thanks for helping us Bob! What a gift you have given our boy – more than worth the price of admission."
Damian McHugh MD, FACEP Emergency Physician, Rex Hospital, Raleigh
Highly recommend GradePower Learning for individual tutoring - they offer a huge variety of knowledgeable teachers to tutor all subjects, ACT and SAT. Our daughter has excelled with common core math challenges, finals, ACT and SAT thanks to the professional caring tutoring provided at a flexible schedule to meet her needs.
So grateful to all at GradePower Learning for their guidance to help her learn how to study, test and build her confidence with increased knowledge. – Barb L., Cary, NC
GradePower Learning has been a great help for our family. We got assistance to prepare for the ISEE test (test required for many private schools) and then decided to continue with tutoring to boost our kids learning in math and language arts. Within the public school curriculum, there are certain aspects of both subjects that are either not covered (e.g., grammar, parts of language) or covered but not as in depth as private schools seem to go. This is no fault of the public school teachers - the teachers are completely over stretched and their curriculum is dictated to mainly through core curriculum. The teachers at GradePower Learning are in tune with the kids, work at a good pace so as to challenge the student but not overwhelm. The materials are appropriate for each grade and thorough with good practice so skills become generalized. Our kids come out of tutoring happy and feeling good about what they are learning. It's not a burden and it truly will propel them into their upcoming grades. Bob is awesome to work with, very professional and knowledgeable. Happy we found GradePower Learning (referral from another happy customer).
referral from another happy customer
When we moved from California in 2007, we had a 6th grader and a 9th grader who were unfortunately 1.5 years or so behind in school when they landed in the Wake County school district. We found GradePower Learning near our home, and the rest is history. Bob met our children where they lived, emotionally and academically. He made learning enjoyable, while reinforcing our high expectations. They LOVED going to class. Bob and his team also prepared them for the SAT and ACT. Our son graduated from college in May 2015 and our daughter just graduated from college on Saturday, May 6, 2017. As part of a class project she had to write three gratitude letters. Shirley wrote one of the letters to Bob. We are grateful to Bob for the profound impact he had on our children. If we had to point to one key moment outside of our parenting that got our kids to their college graduation day, it would be the day they met Bob Schmitt. Oh, did we mention they both have learning disabilities and our son is dyslexic? Bob taught them how to embrace their challenges and he even met with their middle school and high school teachers. Oh, did I also mention that we adopted our children out of foster care after having been abused, neglected and abandoned? Bob loved our children. He took to them, as he did all of the children, and helped with learning and self esteem. So, today, we celebrate Bob Schmitt and his team.