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What Parents & Students Are Saying
"GradePower is amazing! My daughter has shown mind blowing improvement with focus, math, reading and spelling. I seriously cannot thank you enough Michael Howard and Ruth Hall for your dedication to children and their success scholastically. What I appreciate the most about GradePower,compared to other tutoring programs, is how they do not put every child in the same box for learning and realize the individual needs of their students."Susie M.
GradePower has helped my 6th grader immensely! I am very impressed with the entire staff. My only regret is that I didn't find them sooner.Terri D.
My daughter has been going to GradePower for a couple of months and she loves it. The staff is caring and competent and the "boost" it has given her confidence is priceless. I look forward to seeing continued improvement in her academic achievement. Thank you GradePower!Tamra S.
GradePower has been a great learning tool for Gavin. He is much more aware of when he is off task and has started correcting that behavior on his own. We are so grateful that his teachers have put forth so much effort to help this guy shine!Rachel K.
Tonight I get home from work and my son wants to show me his new (GradePower) shirt, and tell me all about his class today :) I smile ear to ear knowing he has a love for learning. GradePower was a good move and Ayden is one amazing rad little dude. #knowledgeispower You guys were amazing this summer. I can truly say my kids felt right at home with Mike, you, and of course, all of your staff !Megan G.
Andrew had a great summer school experience! He got to learn in a loving and caring environment with a great teacher. Thank you Miss Ruth for getting him excited about school again.Kelly B.
Our daughter has been attending GradePower Learning for almost a year now! We checked out GradePower Learning for our daughter to gain a better understanding and more confidence in math. From the moment that we walked in the door it has been an amazing experience. Our daughter was in 4th grade and struggling with math. Her dad and I were no help because we did not even understand what was going on. We would create more frustration because we would teach her the way we learned. We decided the best thing for her and us was to check out GradePower Learning. When she started in April 2016 her grade was a 2.5 by the time she finished 4th grade in June she was at a 3 hovering over a 3.5. She gained so much confidence that she would tackle the extra credit math questions which her teacher said she had never done before. She continued with her tutor through summer and walked into 5th grade with the confidence she could tackle anything and that is exactly what she has done. Her grade has continued to stay at or above a 3. Her class was given a test on multiplying decimals and due to her being the only one in her class that passed the test with 100% she was able to teach the class what she knew. Robert (our daughter’s tutor) has been a godsend. The relationship that he and our daughter have built is amazing. He has given her so much confidence. Our daughter looks forward to her session every week. If you are thinking about GradePower Learning, all I can tell you is … stop thinking and get in there. Ruth and Mike are awesome and their staff is top notch! We THANK GradePower Learning every day for what they have given to our daughter!Natashia R.
My 7-year old girl and 9-year old boy absolutely love coming here. They even asked if they could come to GradePower Learning instead of school. Ruth and Mike are two wonderful human beings. You can tell they both have a passion for children and learning. GradePower Learning is definitely beyond a tutoring program, it's learning lessons that your child will have for life and be able to implement into any scinero. We couldn't be more impressed with the progress our children have made just in their confidence level. I love that GradePower Learning connects with your child's teacher with a one on one meeting to make sure they gear their teaching program based on your child's needs. The expense is totally worth investing in your child's education now. Thank you for caring so much about our kiddos and helping them learn in a fun/ positive environment!Shyla C.
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Looking for Idaho's BEST teachers!Position Details
Looking for Idaho’s BEST teachers!
GradePower learning is a global leader in Supplemental Education. We are new to Idaho, and at GradePower Learning we take pride in being a little different. In so many ways, this is like no place you’ve ever worked. Seriously, we love what we do, and we love having fun while doing it! We strive to hire excellent people, and we expect excellence. Great people make a great team and will keep our company strong. We are passionate about our mission; to help children achieve their highest potential!
Our approach is fundamentally different and goes way beyond tutoring. Our teaching methods emphasize cognitive learning as a major component of the learning process. We combine cognitive learning and interactive coaching to develop active thinkers, healthy self-esteem, and a lasting love of learning. Our unique programs teach children to learn how to learn, breaking the cycle of hiring tutors year after year.
We know why you became a teacher, and we offer an opportunity to reach every single child that walks through our door. At GradePower, you will enjoy just teaching. No lesson plans, no preparation. You will be trained on our proprietary curriculum and given the tools to be a successful coach in a small group setting. You will provide personalized instruction in Reading, Writing, Math, Study Skills, and SAT/ACT prep to students of all levels using cognitive-based methods.
We are looking for flexible part-time tutors/teachers with a passion for coaching kids between ages 3 and 18. We are looking for candidates with great skills in relating to kids of all ages and personalities. A positive attitude is a necessity, as is the desire to praise and celebrate both the achievements and difficulties along the learning path of each child.
If you know you can make a difference, we want you on our team!
We need team members with these qualities:
Ability to maintain a positive, enthusiastic, can-do attitude!
Warm, energetic, organized and self motivated.
Patient and understanding; recognizing that all students are unique.
Ability to build intrinsic motivation in our students and make it matter!
(All candidates must be available for a minimum of 2 afternoon/evening hours between 4-8pm at least two days/week for elementary, middle school, and high school coaching positions. Pre-school teacher candidates must be available morning hours 9am - 12pm; 2 to 5 days per week depending upon enrollment.)
GradePower Learning programs impart new approaches to learning, designed to last a lifetime. You will enjoy a great work environment, a competitive hourly rate ($14 - $15 for Preschool and K-12 teachers. $23-$25/hour for SAT/ACT coaches), and the opportunity to make a difference!
Please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Team Members
Michael Howard - Center Director
“The great thing about GradePower Learning is the transformation we see in children, and the positive impact on their families. We get to teach kids to learn how to learn! Nothing is more rewarding than to see that change taking place; to see that student reach his or her full potential.”
Michael is a native of the treasure valley and spent the first 20 years of his professional life in the business world. As the former president of an excavation company, he knows how to accomplish big goals.
In 2014, Michael left the construction world. He felt like it was an ideal time for a significant change. He was looking for a powerful opportunity to do what was truly important to him, to follow his passion - working with kids! GradePower Learning presented a partnership that sparked his interest. After intensive research of the “GradePower Learning difference” and how it compared to other organizations in the supplemental education industry, his choice was easy to join the GradePower Learning family. While training to open his own center in Idaho, he witnessed the true transformation in children’s lives while working in active centers. Since then working with families serves as his guiding light and keeps him focused, productive, and accomplishing more of what is important to him every single day.
Michael is a proud father of four amazing children, and adores his wonderful wife. He is an active outdoorsmen, and truly enjoys spending time with his family and being an active member of his church. He feels truly blessed to live and work in the great state of Idaho, and to serve his local community.
Michael is a firm believer in the philosophy “never stop learning”, and you can count on him to help your child achieve their highest potential.
Fun Fact: Michael has a dream to be the best fly fisherman EVER! (But he doesn’t practice enough…so….we’ll work on that.)
Ruth Hall - Education Director/Little Reader's Teacher
I am thrilled to be part of the GradePower Learning team! There is absolutely nothing more rewarding than to see a child blossom when they finally “get it” and are aware of all they are capable of. As a mother of two, I know what this feels like for a parent as well. GradePower Learning will give them the tools to truly be all they can be!
Ruth is a native of Idaho (Picabo, to be exact) and a graduate in Business Education from the University of Idaho. (Go Vandals!) She has also continued her education, focusing on Elementary Ed, through NNU. “Miss Ruth”, as the kids call her, spent several years educating and mentoring students as a substitute teacher for K-8 in the West Ada school district. Prior to GradePower, she taught Transitional Kindergarten at a private preschool in Eagle. In addition, Ruth has lead children’s music for VBS and currently assists with teaching Sunday School at her local church.
Ruth has a distinct passion for children and teaching, which truly stems from raising her two amazing kids Ariana, 13 and Elijah 16. She and her husband, Clay, lived in the Seattle area for many years before “coming home” to Idaho to raise their kids around family. All of them enjoy camping at Redfish Lake, boating on Lucky Peak and spending time with family and friends in McCall. They also love skiing at Bogus in the winter and spending time relaxing and fishing on Silver Creek in the summer.
Fun Fact: Ruth was a University of Idaho cheerleader. (Hence, the “Go Vandals!”) You will definitely find her “cheering on” your kids!Close
Robert Caldwell – ACT & SAT, Advantage & Beyond Tutoring Coach
Beyond Tutoring and Advantage
“It is refreshing to find a tutoring program that addresses the whole person instead of just momentary needs. It harkens back to the adage: ‘if you give a person a fish, he eats for a day, if you teach a person to fish, he eats for a lifetime’. GradePower Learning addresses this philosophy, as do I.”
As a self-proclaimed “Native” Idahoan, Robert has lived here all his life; just wasn’t born here. His parents moved him here from South Carolina when he was 4. He graduated from Boise High School then went on to Boise State to study Elementary Education. He earned his BA in Elementary Education and his Master’s in Education from Boise State University.
Robert taught Elementary School, Middle School, and High School all in the West Ada School District for a combined 25 years. Although educationally well-rounded, Robert’s area of expertise lies in Mathematics and Science. He taught all levels of high school math for 15 years at Meridian Technical Charter High School and was known as “Mr. C.”
Robert has 1 daughter, Erin, and two amazing grandsons, Cole (11) and James (7) and loves the Caramelizer at Dutch Bros. He loves to play tennis and golf, and can be seen schussing the slopes at Bogus Basin or Brundage.
Fun Fact: Robert was selected for the Presidential Award for teachers and can write backwards in cursive.Close
Alyssa Pearson - Beyond Tutoring/Advantage Coach
“One of the greatest gifts we can give a child is to help teach them how to learn, and how to enjoy learning. GradePower Learning does just that—fostering study skills, providing support to engage and excite students, and ultimately showing that learning can be fun!”
Alyssa is a Boise native who attended Centennial High School, and has spend the last six years completing her education at Chapman University in California and working at an elementary school providing support for first and second grade classrooms. She is in the process of getting credentialed to teach English as a Foreign Language and is looking forward to living and teaching abroad one day. Alyssa is passionate about creating a safe and friendly environment to help students develop their learning skills, and thrilled for the opportunity to continue growing as a teacher with GradePower Learning.
In her spare time, Alyssa loves to be in the outdoors, hiking and camping and finding new adventures. She is an avid reader and podcast listener, and on the weekends you will most likely find her at one of the many coffee shops here in Boise, browsing the Saturday market, or hitting the trails outside of the city.
Fun fact: Alyssa spent a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia. And yes, she did hold a koala.Close
Greg Nelson - Beyond Tutoring/Advantage Coach
“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” C.S. Lewis
Teaching has been Greg’s dream career from a very young age and he absolutely loves it. Originally from the area, he has spent time teaching in Seattle and South Korea, and currently teaches language arts in Nampa. He attended Capital High School (go Eagles!) and then Seattle Pacific University. After teaching in Seattle at Garfield High School for a stint, he moved to Seoul, South Korea and taught middle school students for three years. Asia is his favorite area of the world and he is excitedly looking forward to his next visit. After his international jaunt, Greg moved back to the Treasure Valley and took a position at East Valley Middle School. He’s enthusiastic about the exciting educational approach that GradePower Learning offers to students and knows that this will be a wonderful opportunity for his own growth as a teacher.
Greg is definitely a nomad at heart—always seeking new adventures and experiences. Some of his favorite things to do when he’s not teaching are backpacking the beautiful northwest, road trips, reading (every waking moment possible), running, and eating bizarre foods. His favorite movie is Cool Runnings, and Catch 22 is his most-read book, since he doesn’t believe in favorite books. His extracurricular goals are to someday climb Mt. Ranier, own a monkey, and shake hands with Samuel L. Jackson.
Fun Fact: “I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with the Seattle Mariners. The last 15 years have not been too fun.”Close
Teresa Eardley - Beyond Tutoring Coach
"GradePower Learning is a program that not only helps children academically, but helps them gain confidence in their abilities.That confidence not only shines at GradePower Learning, but in their lives. It is that confidence that helps each student take off and achieve all that they desire.”
Teresa is from Utah, but has lived in Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. She has a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and has had the opportunity to teach every grade from Pre-K to 5th. She is currently teaching 3rd grade at a local school. She loves working with children and helping them achieve that "Ahh-Ha" moment. She and her husband and daughter enjoy traveling, playing games, and spending time with friends and family.
Fun Fact: Teresa studied abroad in Israel during college.Close
ACT & SAT Coach
ACT & SAT Coach
Debra Purdy – ACT/SAT Test Prep Coach
“ GradePower Learning is based on the core belief that learning and school, like living, can be a passionate, joyful, and positive experience and embraces the idea that understanding is active. Throughout my nearly twenty years of teaching at the college level, I have worked to provide as many active learning moments as possible for my students. Those moments multiply the joy of learning for my students, increase their engagement, and build stronger connections among their classmates and myself as their instructor. I’m excited to create those moments with the students I meet through GradePower Learning!”
Professor Purdy earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Idaho and her master of arts in technical communication at Boise State University in 1997. In addition to her role as a senior lecturer at Boise State, Debra has taught business and technical communication, technical writing, composition and research writing. She has focused on becoming a teaching scholar through participation in multiple continuing education seminars and workshops, attending relevant conferences and, most recently, engaging in primary research with department colleagues to study student persistence and retention in the classroom. As a technical communication professional, Debra worked in industry as a corporate trainer, a clinical research associate, a research librarian and in regulatory affairs.
Debra’s family includes her husband, daughter (18), and son (14). Together they love to watch movies, go camping and travel to tropical climates. Debra shares a love of baking with her daughter and a deep love for history and reading with her son. As a mom, Debra is thrilled that GradePower’s approach to preparing students for the SAT and ACT not only sets them up to earn the highest score possible, it provides them with the advanced learning and study skills that are needed to succeed at the university and beyond!
Fun Fact: When the weather’s warm, you can find Debra traveling around downtown on a bright red scooter, wearing a neon-striped safety vest and helmet, of course! She really enjoys riding as it evokes memories of riding motorcycles and snowmobiles on the little ranch she grew up on in North Central Idaho. One of her favorite outings is to the farmers market on Saturday mornings.
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