We believe that a good education is the basic right of every individual, and that it is important to each student's full development as a person and a citizen. We also know that no school or school system can reach all students equally; where a particular student is having a hard time in a particular area, we believe that one-to-one attention can be necessary to help that student get back on track.
We do more than expect excellence: we help students find their own paths to achieving it. We believe that a relationship of mutual respect between the student and the tutor is crucial to the student's ability to experience success. We take very seriously the task of finding areas where students can experience that success and then build on it to achieve whatever goals they may set for themselves.
Finally, we understand that the goals we might set for students are not the ones that matter most. If we believe that students are capable of more than they are expecting of themselves, we will share that belief with them and their parents, but we know that our job is to help students achieve what they want for themselves.
Alan Krome, Director
MA in Journalism, New York University, BA (Echols Scholar), focus in English and writing, University of Virginia.
Alan is a writer with 25 years' experience in university, church, and private sectors. He has helped students prepare for such standardized tests as the ACT, SAT, GRE, and GED. He specializes in teaching reading comprehension, writing, math, and foreign languages (French, Spanish, Latin), social studies and test-taking skills. Alan's non-tutoring interests include writing, cooking, and music, especially blues, jazz, and gospel.
Our Core Staff:
Our other tutors range from recent college graduates to teachers and other professionals with post-graduate degrees and many years' experience in teaching and tutoring students of all ages and levels of achievement. All of our tutors thoroughly enjoy working with children and young adults and are committed to creating positive and effective working relationships with students based on the values of respect, compassion and integrity.
Bethan, a graduate of Manual High School and Warren Wilson College, loves math, circus, and dance. A math instructor at the University of Louisville, she specializes in tutoring algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. She has helped students prepare for the math sections of the ACT, SAT, GED, and GRE. Despite her busy teaching and tutoring schedule, she finds time to train in partner acrobatics and attend contra dances.
After graduating from the University of Louisville with an English degree Will became a substitute teacher. That was two years ago and he enjoys working with children as much now as he did then. In fact, he is working toward a master's degree in elementary education. He tutors Spanish and music in addition to core subjects, and specializes in working with younger students having problems with reading. His hobbies include chess, literary studies, and playing viola and guitar.
An imminent graduate of the University of Louisville, Anthony likes the outdoors. In addition to tutoring Spanish, math, reading, and social studies with Straight Line, he has taught rock climbing in Guatemala and Montana. When not teaching or climbing vertical surfaces, Anthony likes to play chess and alto sax, though seldom simultaneously.
In May, Isabel will be graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Fordham University with a double major in French and Middle Eastern studies. She will tutor French, math, and test preparation. Isabel likes rock climbing, cooking, and North African music.