Meet your Tutors

Rachael Price

Director, AKA "Ms. Frizzle"

Favorite Food: Chocolate

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite subject: Science

Favorite student: ALL OF THEM! (Thought you tricked me, didn't you?)

Elementary Science/American History (both Tuesday and Thursday), Middle Learning C.E.O.s

Chrissy Stublaski

Hi! I'm Chrissy aka "Miss Chrissy"! I live in Mint Hill with my hubby of 27 year, our daughter, who is headed to college in the fall and our 3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 lizard and lots of Koi fish in our Koi pond. I have my degree in Early Childhood and have taught, in one form or another, for over 30 years! I love my Little's because 1) I am always tall 😘 and 2) My day is full of fun!

Transitional Kindergarten-First Grade Explorations

Casey McNulty

Hi! My name is Casey McNulty. I graduated from UNCG with degrees in Psychology and Sociology which I use in every aspect of my life. I have three children, 7th grade, 9th grade and 11th grade and have been married to my husband for 19 years. We have two dogs, Penny & Leo, and have fostered many rescue dogs over the years. Helping others is my passion and I’m so excited to be assisting Miss Chrissy this year!

Transitional Kindergarten-First Grade Explorations

Lauren Roper

Hi my name is Lauren Roper and I am so excited to have your students in my groups this year! I work very hard to create a safe and comfortable learning environment for all learners. Math can be stressful for many and I want them to know that it is OK to get answers wrong. That’s how we learn. We try new things, make mistakes, and learn from them. I cannot wait to share my love of Math and Science with your learners!

Some of my favorite things: sweet treats (baking and eating them), being outside, naps, coloring, and the color purple.

3-4th Math, 5-6th Math, 7th-8th Math, Chemistry, STEAM

Dr. Denise Simonelli

Dr. Denise Simonelli graduated from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1999. She then continued her education at Rutgers University College of Pharmacy where she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. She completed a Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Residency at South Beach Psychiatric center in 2003. Dr. Simonelli began dyslexia training when her son was diagnosed as severely dyslexic. She obtained extensive information and training regarding dyslexia and language-based learning disorders.

She obtained her Associate Level & Certified Level from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and began instruction with her son and other students with wonderful success. She has experience providing 1:1 and small group OG Instruction at the Associate Level and Certified Levels. She continues to study language and expand her knowledge and skills studying such things as Structured Word Inquiry, Latin, and Greek. She is a life-long learner, constantly updating her knowledge of the language and completing additional coursework and training in order to assist her students and trainees.

She will never stop learning and helping others.

OG Reading and Spelling Discoveries (Monday-Thursday), 1st-4th Science Investigators, Elementary and Middle Science/ American History

Elizabeth Phibbs

My name is Elizabeth Phibbs. I will be your tutor for 1st/2ndLanguage and Math Adventures. I have teaching experience in preschool through 12th grade. I graduated from East Carolina University, in 1998, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I am a certified Reading Specialist. After several years in the classroom, I have continued my passion for teaching as a homeschool mom, online ESL teacher, and private tutor. I am a lifelong learner! I take pride in being a student first and a tutor/teacher second. I look forward to tutoring and instilling the love of learning at The Learning Habitat.

1st-2nd Language and Math Adventures

Daniela Mogollon

Hola! I'm Daniela Mogollon, and this year I will be leading the Art and Spanish groups. I'm beyond grateful and excited to have this opportunity to bring some of my culture and color to The Learning Habitat. I was originally born in Peru and I moved to the USA in 2001. As someone who was not a native English speaker when I first arrived, I know first-hand how difficult it can be to train our brains to understand new languages and their different pronunciations. However, I believe that with love, art and music, anything is possible! I studied the fundamentals of art at the Braidman Studio in 2013, became a volunteer painting instructor for both children and adults at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library in 2018, and have been running my own small business for the past four years centered around group painting lessons for al ages and skill levels. Being an educator is something I didn't even know I had within myself, but since then, teaching has become my passion. In life, the different shapes, colors, tongues and cultures are endless, and we will never stop learning if we remember to keep our hearts, eyes and ears open!

Elementary and 4th-6th Art and Spanish Speakers (Learners)

Guinevere Chadwick

Earning the nickname of Ms C in her teens, Guinevere has been educating children and adults, both inside and out of classrooms for over 25 years. With 7 Amazing children from ages 8 to 20, one Cat, one Dog, and one Betta fish, her brain is always a bit chaotic. Preferring to focus on hands-on activities with opportunity for growth through trial and error, Ms C can take almost any subject and make it fun.

Ancient History Experiences, 3rd-6th STEM, 3rd-6th ELA Fun and Humanities

Natalie Banzhof

Natalie holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Wright State University where she received the athletic achievement award for athletes with academic excellence. She has over 20 years of public school, private school, and homeschool teaching experience, having taught grades K-8 in all subjects. As a child who struggled with spelling and reading in early education and a mother of children with learning differences, she has a heart for those with unique learning paths and a passion for educational intervention.

As a public school teacher, Natalie taught kindergarten and K-2nd grade reading intervention. During her years as an upper elementary lead teacher, she partnered with the special education department to create and implement lessons in an inclusion setting. She has worked closely with school psychologists and sat on the intervention board to assist students and families going through the process of identifying and servicing learning

disabilities.


Natalie and her husband Bobby have two children. She has been a homeschooling mom since 2010 and offers private tutoring and Woodcock-Johnson testing.


She is beyond thrilled to be a part of The Learning Habitat, which she views as such a unique and essential resource for our community. Natalie is looking forward to building great relationships with her students and families as they grow in confidence and knowledge!

Middle School Smoothie Scholars Reading Club

Jan Davis

Hi,

I am Mrs. Davis and happy to be a part of this amazing team of educators. My philosophy is to build confidence first, then skills.

I am a graduate of SCC and UNCC. I come with over 25 years of experience, spending that time in CMS, UCPS, the private school setting and as a private tutor. As a private tutor, I’ve had the privilege of working with struggling learners in the areas of reading, writing and spelling. These are areas that I’m very passionate about and understand the struggles well. I once looked at my dyslexia as a disability, but later I discovered it was a huge ability I was blessed with and can be used to help others. I aim to help your student build their confidence and skill, in a fun stress free environment as a Woodland Writer!


Oh, did I mention? I have the cutest dog ever, Brownie! We love to hike and backpack together. I’m blessed to have an amazing husband, two beautiful daughters and two adorable cats. When not working you can find me spending time with my family, friends, reading, gardening or of course, out somewhere among the trees!



Woodland Writers Groups

Nicole Lahman

Nicole has taught children's Bible classes for over 20 years and uses creative and interesting approaches to make the stories come to life and be relatable to children.

She was a curriculum coordinator for a preschool for 4 years, worked at Chick-Fil-A and was the office and lab manager for a Endocrinology office.

She and her husband live in Gastonia. She has a daughter and son-in-law in Knoxville, TN.

She is excited about teaching children about God's Word and meeting all of you at The Learning Habitat.


In her own words: "I love the Lord and I love Children!"


Elementary Bible History Quest

Samantha Weaver

Hi, I’m Sam. I am originally from England but have lived in the US for almost twenty years. I am married to my favorite person and have four kids aged between 1 and 14. I have a Bachelors and Masters degree in Physical Education, and have spent the last ten years teaching Adapted Physical Education in North Carolina. I am passionate about helping every child enjoy physical fitness, whatever that looks like for them, in order to continue to participate in some kind of activity for the rest of their lives. In my spare time (yeah right!) I enjoy cooking, traveling, and hanging out with my family and friends.


Learning in Motion / Healthy Habit(at)s

Erin Curran

My name is Erin Curran. I graduated from the University of Delaware with my bachelor's in cognitive science and Gallaudet University with my master’s in speech-language pathology. I am originally from Long Island, NY and I just moved to Charlotte, NC in August 2022. I work full time as a speech-language pathologist at Early Bird Developmental Services and I love to help children express themselves in any way they can. I believe that children learn best through play and hands-on activities. I started learning American Sign Language (ASL) in high school and recently graduated from Gallaudet (a Deaf University in Washington, DC) where the primary language used is ASL. I am very excited to be starting two new classes this January: American Sign Language and Communication Club.



ASL and Communication Club

Abby Richardson

Hi I’m Ms. Abby! I’m so excited to be joining The Learning Habitat this year! I currently live in Charlotte with my partner and our three crazy dogs, Tuukka, Koda, and Denali. I was born and raised in Maine before moving to Charlotte to attend UNCC. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology and a Master’s degree in Anthropology - I studied lemurs for my thesis research! I have 3 years of teaching experience in various settings, but most of my experience is in environmental education. I value experiential learning and alternative instructional methods, especially lessons that allow students to explore the outdoors. I enjoy recognizing a student’s interests and building impromptu lessons off these interests and their learning style. I am also a Certified Inclusion Ambassador through the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center and strongly believe that an opportunity must exist for anyone who is interested in a topic or activity. I truly enjoy working with kids and I’m continuing to learn ways in which I can help them to be successful with their learning experiences!


Seedlings, Budding Naturalists, and Tree-Huggers

Lisa Watson

Hello! My name is Lisa Watson. I have been homeschooling for 18 years and am presently a teacher in the homeschool Classroomsetting. Currently, I teach Writing, Grammar, Spelling, Life Skills, and US Geography. I have tutored students in person and online. I have spent the last 3 years teaching ESL and tutoring Math & Grammar online. I have a Bachelors Degree in Clothing & Textiles from Virginia Tech. I currently reside in Indian Trail with my husband of 24 years, my 3 children, Daphne (21) Isaac (17), & Graeme (9). I have 2 dogs and 2 cats. In my free time, I enjoy scrapbooking, sewing, knitting, arts and crafts, and watching movies with my family. I love teaching because I feel rewarded when I can help students learn new skills especially those that have been lost over time. I think learning should be fun and engaging! I look forward to meeting you in class!


SEW Much Fun!, SEW You Want to be a Seamstress?

Isabel Vreeland

Hello, my name is Isabel. I am a tutor in the Union County area. There are many ways to learn mathematics which is why my students often express how overwhelming and confusing math can be. I believe that more ways to learn means even more ways to understand. Working with learners individually is key to finding the best way for each individual learner to build a deep understanding of math. I have 5+ years of experience teaching various math topics ranging from Pre-algebra to Calculus I and I would love to meet your learner so that I can see how to help them reach their math learning goal.

Mini Mathematicians, Math Magicians, Pre-Algebra Pros