Will Ardery, M.A., University of Chicago
Will began his teaching and writing tutoring career at Hamilton College, where he worked with struggling student writers during hundreds of conferences to help them build confidence and develop the skills needed to write successfully and independently.

While at Hamilton, Will also served as a “First-Year Experience Mentor” for Hamilton’s history department, teaching incoming students writing and time management skills. Besides earning the highest GPA among American History students and the highest GPA in Hamilton’s history concentration, Will was awarded Hamilton’s Cunningham Essay Prize for his honors thesis on Abraham Lincoln.

After graduating magna cum laude with honors, Will continued to work with Hamilton professors to craft a comprehensive thesis-writing guide. He also co-authored Hamilton’s “Writing Longer Papers.” At the same time, he created an in-depth guide for Darien, Connecticut’s Historical Society titled “Darien’s Golden Age of Arts & Design” and served as a substitute teacher in the Darien public school system.

Will specializes in pinpointing areas of difficulty in student writing and then providing constructive and easy-to-apply techniques to build writing skills and confidence. His teaching approach is cheerful, encouraging, and patient, with an emphasis on collaborating with students to foster long-term growth. He is committed to empowering students with the writing skills they need to write stronger essays and to become more successful and independent writers.

Education
M.A., University of Chicago, Social Sciences
B.A., Hamilton College, History, with minor in Literature
Recipient of the Cunningham Essay Prize, Darling Prize in American History, and Graves Prize in History
Member, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta
Advanced Certificate in Tutoring and College Counseling, The Writing Center of Princeton

“I had to leave school for a year and when I came back, I wasn’t sure I could get through all the writing. But Will was a godsend. He saw what I needed right away and within a few short weeks I was writing independently and getting all As.”

Sabrina, 9th grader, The Hotchkiss School

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Reading and Writing Fundamentals

Reading Comprehension

Time Management

Language Arts

Essay Writing

High School English

Middle School English

High School Social Studies

Middle School Social Studies

High School Philosophy

College Application Essays

Confidence Training

Primary and Secondary Research Skills

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Melissa Walsh, M.A., Rider university
Melissa Walsh is a certified general and special education teacher dedicated to supporting her district’s Child Study and Intervention and Referral Services teams. Also an expert on the impact of psychological trauma on learning and writing, she frequently speaks to educators and parents about the need to incorporate social and emotional learning into all aspects of educational systems. She has also contributed to Whole School Health Through Psychosocial Emotional Learning, authored multiple blog posts about teaching, learning, and health for special education law firms, and presented at statewide conferences on education, communication, and technology.

Besides teaching, for the past seven years, Melissa has served as a tutor to elementary, middle, and high school students to ensure that they maintain their academic edge. Melissa is a student-centered tutor and always places the individual student’s interests and learning style at the forefront of her instruction. She approaches each student with their writing strengths in mind as she works to build confidence and writing skills. Melissa excels at breaking down the writing process into manageable tasks and she patiently works with each student writer until independence and academic excellence are achieved.

Education
M.A, Rider University, Special Education with Distinction
Graduate Level Teacher Certification, Elementary Education, Rider University
B.A., College of Saint Elizabeth, Psychology and International Relations, minor in French
Advanced Certificate in Tutoring and College Counseling, The Writing Center of Princeton

“Melissa is an expert at planning lessons that focus on the educational needs of the individual. She provided insightful weekly summaries on my daughter’s progress and well thought out objectives for upcoming lessons.”

Hien O., parent of West Windsor, NJ 5th grader

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Reading and Writing Fundamentals

Reading Comprehension

Remote Learning Loss

Time Management

IEP review

Executive Functioning Skills

Public Speaking

Language Arts

Private School admissions

essay writing

Goal setting and progress monitoring

High school English

Middle school English

College Application Essays

Math fundamentals

Self-advocacy skill building