Meet Our Tutors

Meet Our Tutors

Becky Cummings


Becky has been providing a variety of educational experiences to children for over a decade.  She received her Bachelors and Masters degree from he Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut where she double majored in elementary and special education.  During college she was employed as a residential assistant, graduate assistant and spent her summers as an assistant director of a Girl Scouts’ camp.  In her graduate year of college, Becky created her own internship based on the ideas of Project Adventure, where she designed and implemented an adventure-learning program to high-risk children from the inner city. 


Once she graduated with honors from UConn she became a fourth grade teacher for the town of Wethersfield.  During her time in Wethersfield, Becky created many before and after school programs including a salsa program, yoga program, recycling program, and newspaper club.  She also went back to college to obtain her 6th year degree.  After teaching fourth and fifth grade in Wethersfield for 7 years, Becky decided to leave the classroom setting so she could start her own business and raise her family.  Becky started Boundless Movement LLC. in 2010 and has privately tutored over 60 clients ages 5-18.  She enjoys getting to know each child on a personal level so she can make learning fun and meaningful.  Becky’s hope is that her students feel passionate about learning and empowered by new knowledge!


In her free time Becky teaches Zumba classes and dances salsa.  She loves being outside hiking, biking or traveling to new places!  In 2015 she became licensed to be a foster parent with the intent to adopt...a lifelong dream.  The best part of her day is spending quality time with her two sons and daughter, Tyson 7, Calvin 3 and Faith 2.   

Christopher Fox


Christopher Fox graduated from CCSU in 2009 with his Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in History/ English Writing. Right after student teaching 1st grade at Naylor School in Hartford, CT, he was offered a position as a kindergarten teacher at that same school. He continued to teach Kindergarten for 3 years and then taught 3rd grade for 3 years. After getting his Master's Degree in Natural Sciences with a concentration in Science Education, Chris decided to change things up and obtained a position at Highcrest Elementary School in Wethersfield, CT as a kindergarten teacher. Chris also completed his 6th year degree in educational leadership from SCSU. 


Chris hopes to bring his knowledge and experience from his different teaching settings to help students continue the learning process after a busy day at school by providing an environment that encourages comfort, confidence, and ownership.  He is a firm believer in the sciences and feels it is very easy to get students engaged in learning if science is incorporated into any subject. Chris states, "students tend to become more invested and dedicated in their learning if they have a high level of self-confidence and a sense of ownership in their learning. My goal is to provide this to my students in the classroom and to the students that I will tutor."




Jennifer Martinez


Jenn graduated from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts. While there she majored in both history and sociology and minored in education. Later that year, she attended Lesley University and earned a Masters degree in Education in December 2007. During graduate school Jenn student taught in both third and fourth grade classrooms in Somerville and Hanscom AFB, MA.  Upon graduation she was offered a position as a fifth grade teacher at Hanscom Middle School, where she taught for 6.5 years.


She has a passion for teaching and keeping her students engaged and learning. Jenn has training in EmPOWER writing program, Responsive Classroom 1 & 2, and was a Summer Scholar for the National Endowment for the Humanities in both 2010 and 2011.


Jenn has been a stay at home mom to her children, Benjamin, 4.5, and Caroline,

2.5, since the summer of 2013. She recently celebrated her 6 year anniversary with

her husband, Jason. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, reading, swimming and

volleyball.



Darcy Parmelee


Darcy graduated cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and English. She was inducted into the English Honors Society and was a Student Teacher of the Year Nominee. While a student, Darcy also studied abroad in Alicante, Spain to further her knowledge of Spanish.


After student teaching in third grade at East Haddam Elementary, Darcy became a long-term substitute teacher for RSD #17. Over the next 3 years, Darcy continued to be a long-term substitute in Kindergarten, third grade (2 different classrooms) and first grade.  Teaching multiple grade levels has allowed her to gather a better understanding as how unique each student is and how different learning styles can truly be.  She loves to make learning as engaging and rewarding as possible, and present students with the opportunity to flourish. 


Darcy decided to become a stay-at-home mom after having her first son Tucker in September 2013 and welcomed another baby boy, Elliott in August 2015.  In her spare time, Darcy loves to bake, make new crafts, and spend time with her boys. She loves to try new adventures with her family and is a proud supporter of the March of dimes in honor of her son, Elliott. 




Rebecca Mondo


Rebecca recently graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Master’s degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English.  After completing her Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Connecticut in 2014, Rebecca completed her student teaching in a seventh grade Language Arts classroom at Nathan Hale-Ray Middle School in Moodus, Connecticut.


Currently Rebecca works for Connecticut Public Television as a freelance writer and a member of the Traffic Department. Rebecca is passionate about her career and writing and aspires to become a full-time teacher in the near future. After her experience in the seventh grade, Rebecca is eager to work with students of all ages. Rebecca is determined to share her love for reading and writing with all. In her free time, she loves to travel, learn about different cultures, spend time with family and be outdoors. Rebecca loves to incorporate current events into her classroom instruction.  Her mission is to make learning enjoyable and relatable to all.  


Sarah Carlson


Sarah graduated from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut with a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in School-Wide Positive Behavior Support.  Sarah also received her Bachelors in Special Education and English at the University of Connecticut.  Throughout her time at the University of Connecticut, Sarah participated in many volunteer opportunities, worked as a supported living coach for an organization that supports people with disabilities of all ages and taught swimming lessons.

After graduating, Sarah obtained a special education teaching position in Madison, where she’s worked with 6th grade students for five years. Sarah has a passion for teaching and learning!  She understands how important building effective home-school communication is for student success.

In her free time Sarah enjoys traveling, going to the beach, off-roading, and spending time with her family. She has two Plott Hounds, Remington and Raleigh and volunteers/fosters for several dog rescues.



Mindy Wilkie

Mindy Wilkie is a passionate Connecticut certified Elementary Education & Remedial Reading Teacher, Reading & Language Arts Consultant and School Administrator.  She  earned an Associate of Art’s in Liberal Arts from the University of Hartford, a Bachelor’s of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Northeastern University, a Master’s of Science in Reading from Central Connecticut State University and certification in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University.  Mindy pursued her love of teaching after working as a Recreation Therapist at both New Britain General Hospital and United Cerebral Palsy of Hartford. Subsequently, she taught kindergarten, first grade and reading in Norwich and served as a language arts consultant, supervisor of literacy and principal for students in grades PreK-6 in both Wethersfield and East Hampton for over 20 years.

With a creative spirit, a love of literacy, a supportive husband and two grown children now pursuing their own passions and careers, Mindy has returned to the classroom as a literacy specialist at Center School in East Hampton.  As a life-long learner, Mindy knows how take students from where they are and make learning accessible, relevant and fun! She loves motivating students and sharing the possibilities available to them when they believe in themselves and appreciate the world of reading.





David Piccolo

Dave Piccolo graduated from the University of New Haven in 2013 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. He completed his internship through Region 13, in Durham, at a K-2 school. He then worked in a 4th grade classroom in Ansonia to complete his cooperative teaching. Upon graduating, he moved to Virginia and taught 2nd and 3rd grade for 3 years. He and his fiancé moved back to Connecticut in June of 2017 where he is now currently working at Keeney School in Manchester Public Schools.  Dave is an avid New York Giants fan, loves playing with his black lab, Lola, and is getting married on New Year’s Eve this year!

 

Dave believes he can use his ability to connect with students to inspire and motivate them to achieve to the best of their abilities. He will work to find your child’s strengths and weaknesses and will strategically target those skills to help build confidence and harbor academic growth. He is an advocate for project-based learning and incorporating real-life scenarios for a more authentic learning experience. He will work closely with you, your child and their classroom teachers to help achieve academic progress.