I enjoy seeing my students succeed and realize they can learn and are capable of much more than they ever dreamed!
I wanted to take a moment and just thank you for all you’ve done and accomplished through Pine Meadows Academy with and for our children! This is especially apparent as things have changed recently this year and your ability to adapt quickly and still offer a full-time solution for mentoring and accountability. It has been wonderful working with you! Our children continue to grow and flourish as students in your mentorship program. My son, John, as a recent graduate and now into his first year in college told me that one of the things that has helped him excel was how he learned to set goals and incorporate that into his schedule and planner. He said a lot of students don’t use a planner and he finds this keeps him focused and successful. The use of a planner and the skills you continue to teach in goal setting and helping students keep themselves accountable are such a wonderful tool that many students lack today. By the way, John is working on his finals week next week and he will finish the year strong with all A’s at Cornerstone University. I’m so very thankful that PMA gave him the tools to succeed, keep himself accountable, and be prepared for the world on his own.
We started with Pine Meadows Academy about 8 weeks ago, and it has allowed me (mom, head of school) to release some of the more challenging tasks with my HS student. Now, he is meeting with a professional coach who is guiding him on the path to self-management and organization. It's also an opportunity for him to learn how to be responsive to a supervisor 1:1 that is not mom. Mrs. Parker has a very positive, growth-over-time approach that is perfect for learning and cementing habits. I would recommend this for any parent/teacher who needs a new set of eyes on the situation, anyone who is looking to move guidance to another reliable Catholic professional, and for any parent who sees a real need for a systems-based approach for a teen. Success is not an overnight thing, but it happens when we keep taking steps in the right direction.
Tammy Parker's accountability mentoring was a life changer for my teen son. We use a combination of local co-op classes, mom-led activities, and HomeschoolConnections.com online courses. When my son was a sophomore, he had a desire to be more independent and self directed in his learning. However, he didn't have the skills in his toolbox to be successful academically on his own and ended up so far behind in his studies it looked like he would not graduate on time. I hired Tammy to keep my son accountable at the beginning of his junior year. First, Tammy helped my son create a detailed timeline that would have him graduate on time. Then she taught him how to better use his planner to complete the timeline. I loved that Tammy not only met with my son weekly, but also met with me (yes, I needed to be held accountable too!). The fruits of those weekly meetings are a young man who is better able to prioritize work & play, who has more free time because he is more disciplined in following his plan, and who is more thoughtful about the important things in his life. I'm happy to report that my son graduated from high school on time with honors. Most importantly, he now has the skills to be successful in his adult life.
I graduated through PMA. They are an amazing organization that integrates their subjects really well (for example, we would write an essay on a book about the history period we were studying). This helped me truly learn about the world around me without dividing my school into strict 'subjects'. The tutors are also very loving and care about their students. They take into account each students' individual needs, challenges and interests to develop a positive environment. After High School, I received the highest level of academic scholarship from my college and graduated Summa Cum Laude. I definitely felt that I was prepared for college and the world beyond.
I assess a student's aptitude and needs, then develop a plan of action.
I have taught and tutored for over 25 years, as well as coached a very successful Science Olympiad team for over 10 years.
Due to my love for kids, I branched out into all areas of academics through homeschooling my own 6 children, and since then have mentored/tutored/coached over 50 other students and counting.
I have worked with a variety of ages/levels of students: High School, Middle School, Grade School, Pre-School, and College. I have worked with students who just needed a little extra help, as well as gifted AND learning challenged students (processing disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and others).
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