Meet your Tutors
Director, Founder, President, 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 9-1)
Dr. Denise Simonelli
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, Mini Mathematicians, 1-2nd Math
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
6-8 Orton-Gillingham Reading Studies
Exploring History Book Club, Friday Kinders
Hi! I’m Angie Price! I live in NE Ohio with my husband and our sweet dogs, Carmen and Mia. My husband and I have been married for 27 years and we have 3 adult children (26, 23 & 20).
I have worked in various roles over the past few years, most recently as the Administrative Assistant for Special Services at a Christian school. I am excited to assist Rachael and her wonderful team of tutors in any way that I can.
Fun fact for ya: Rachael, AKA “Ms. Frizzle” is my sister-in-law. ☺️
Some of my favorite things: THE Ohio State Buckeyes, football & basketball, Dogs, coffee, reading, singing and traveling with my husband in our RV.
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?, Expressionists, Geography, Knitting, Life Lessons, Excelling at Spelling & Grammar
Woodland Writers Groups, Not-So-Creepy Creatures, Adventurers Book Club
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)
Science/American History Assistant Tutor, Unsung Heroes of History, Flights of Fantasy Book Club, Muggles and Magic
Susan Grace is passionate about children and is excited to join The Learning Habitat team. Susan has her Masters's Degree in Elementary Education and School Administration,. She is TESOL and NC LETRS certified and trained in OG. Susan has taught for the Department of Defense, NY State and CMS to include all grades K-5. She specializes in language acquisition, phonics and reading remediation. Outside of the educational environment, Susan has 3 children: twins who are 14 and a 16 year old. You can usually find Susan cheering on her sons at a Lacrosse game or her daughter at a XC or track meet. Susan loves animals and has two dogs and a crested gecko, who bring her much joy. When Susan has any spare time, she loves gardening, hiking and anything crafty! Susan can’t wait to meet your special children and begin her journey at The Learning Habitat!
Growing Roots for Reading, Reader's Theater, Now I know my ABCs, How to be a Wordsmith
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
Elementary Bible History Quest
Hola, my name is Zula Rodriguez. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. My family is from Spain and I was raised in a multicultural environment. I have a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in banking and finances. My husband and I moved to the United States 27 years ago, and came to the city of Charlotte, NC, a place we fell in love with.
1st-5th Elementary Español para todos (Spanish for All- Waxhaw)
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
Hi, I am Theresa Dandona. I moved to the Waxhaw area in 2005 and I have worked in education since then. I have a Bachelor’s of Business but I quickly realized my passion was working with small children. I have multiple certificates on creative curriculum, handwriting and preschool development. I have taught 2 year olds all the way up to third graders. I can’t imagine not being in a classroom. I have three boys, 22, 19 and 12. My husband and I have been married for 26 years! We have a rescue dog and cat. Currently, I am taking care of my college son’s gecko. We love exploring new areas, but we especially love spending time in the beautiful North Carolina mountains with our boys.
Hi friends! You can call me Ms. Maureen or Ms. Mo (whichever is easier!) I am so excited to become a part of The Learning Habitat this year! I will be the Tutor over the Socio-emotional Learning program starting in the fall! Let me introduce myself…I just recently graduated from Wingate University in May with my Bachelors in Psychology with a Communications minor. Growing up I have always aspired to help children whether that would be inside or out of the classroom, and I am ecstatic for this opportunity to pursue what I have always loved. While learning how to navigate this new program this year and moving forward, I am hoping to not only educate students on their emotions and effective ways to display and cope with them, but I am also excited to be available as a helpful resource to help guide students in their emotional journey as well! I cannot wait to meet you all!
Social Emotional Learning, Calm-down Coordinator
Seedlings, Budding Naturalists, Tree Huggers, Environmental Science/ Biology, Veterinarians and the Animals they Treat, and Pathway to Success IT
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.
4/5 Math, The Art of Arts, Messy Science, World History, Latin and Poetry, Critical Thinking Games, Passports
Hi! My name is Caitlyn Davis. I grew up in the Charlotte area, but was lucky enough to have been born in Bermuda! I graduated from UNCC with a degree in Elementary Education. I enjoyed teaching in a variety of settings, including Montessori, traditional public school, and private tutoring. I am an avid animal lover and have several pets: 2 sassy cats, 3 goofy dogs, and a beautiful horse named Apollo! In my free time, I love to spend time outdoors with friends and family, travel, go horseback riding, and do yoga. I am passionate about helping children get excited about learning and finding the tools within themselves to succeed. I am beyond excited to be a part of the Learning Habitat!
Aspiring Authors, Future Veterinarians, Beginning Bookworms, Peaceful Readers
Hi, I am Sarah Dulin!
I have my Master's Degree and have been a licensed SLP since 2010. I LOVE working with kids, watching them grow and thrive with language support. Building confidence is always one of my goals. I will be their biggest fan and #1 cheerleader!
Storytime with Ms. Sarah, Speech Therapy
Learning in Motion / Healthy Habit(at)s
Janice Lavezzo graduated from Molloy University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 2002 and a Master of Science in Special Education in 2006. Her studies were in Elementary Education and Students with Disabilities. She continued her education at Queens College and completedthe Educational Administration program in 2011. She has taught for over 20 years in the New York City Public Schools. During her teaching career she taught general education and special education classes.
Some interesting facts about her, she was a competitive figure skater. After her years of competing, she taught figure skating to all ages. Also, her husband and two daughters relocated from Long Island, NY in 2021 and love living in North Carolina.
Mini Einsteins, Magnificient Mathematicians, Travel through Time and Super Scientists