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AMANDA ADELSBERGER – M.S. 
K-8th Language Arts and Math, 6th-12th

I was born in West Virginia and soon after moved to Westerville, Ohio where I was raised and attended school. After graduating from Westerville South, I went on to earn my Bachelors of Science degree from Franklin University. I continued my education with Franklin University and completed my Masters of Business Administration in 2017. I work fulltime at JPMorgan Chase in Project Management where I am currently working on developing a new platform for accounts to be managed. When I am not working, I enjoy working out at Orange Theory Fitness, traveling and spending time with my husband, Trevor and our very spoiled cat Wrigley.


ANDREA ALGE – M.S. 
Elementary and Middle School – all subjects

I have been in the childcare, education world since 2004. I was previously a director of a learning center and also I taught second grade for 13 years. For the last two years I have been a technology teacher in the Unified Arts rotation in elementary school. I enjoy working out, making and cooking meals and spending quality time with my family. I’m very excited for this opportunity to continue to help students meet their goals and learn how to love to learn! I am able to tutor all the core subjects for Elementary aged students.


MEREDITH BEMBENIC – Ph.D. 
Math and Science – Middle and High School 

I grew up in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and I currently live near Hilliard. I obtained my BS in Earth Sciences from Penn State University. I also have graduate degrees in Energy and Mineral Engineering. I have experience in higher education research and teaching, and I specialize in science, math, and language arts areas. I am excited to be part of the Learning Leaf team and to help prepare students for their futures.

 


MICHELE BOWER – B.S. 
Math and Science – Grades 8-12

I grew up in northeast Ohio, and currently live in Hilliard. I earned my B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Ohio University. I worked at Chemical Abstracts Service as a Technical Information Specialist until leaving to stay home with my two daughters. I enjoy baking, reading, Zumba and other fitness classes, and spending time with my family.

 


SHELLY CASTO – M.A.
English, Art and Social Studies – grades K-12, College Writing 

I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and live in Clintonville with my drama-teacher husband, my teenage daughter and (during the quarantine!) my college aged son. I have an undergraduate degree in art history from Oberlin College and an MA in Art Education from THE Ohio State University. I am an art museum educator in my spare time and love cooking, travel, hiking and learning about ecology. I have an adorable labradoodle named Clover who might make an appearance at our tutoring sessions.


CASSI CLARK – M.S. 
K-3rd Grade – all subjects

I am originally from the Dayton, Ohio area, and moved to Columbus to attend THE Ohio State University, where I received my B.A. in Sociology. I continued my education at Ashland University through its Early Childhood Education program, and completed my student teaching in Dublin, Ohio and in New Zealand! I have been a substitute teacher for almost three years, and love working with kids! My husband and I recently bought our first house in Marysville. In my free time, I love to run and train for half-marathons, travel, read and spend time with my husband and our pets!


FRANCIS CLARKE – B.S. 
Math and Science – Elementary, Middle and High School 

I was born in East Meadow, New York and moved to Columbus in 2017. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at The College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. I moved to Columbus so I could attend the Ohio State University, where I am perusing my master’s degree in Soil Science. Currently I work as a teaching assistant for a soil science lab. I really enjoy working and learning with students. When I have free time I enjoy playing flag football and hanging out with my two miniature dachshund.


BRANDON CORTES – M.S. 
7th-College level math

I’ve worked in education now for over 5 years, and have tutored or taught students of all ages in a diverse range of subjects from test prep to math, science, and liberal arts. I started my career working as an analyst for major lenders and went on to gain experience working with students online, one-on-one and in a classroom setting. I am bilingual in English and Spanish, and my favorite subject growing up was math.

 


BETH FRIEND – M.Ed. 
K-12 Language Arts, K-8 Social Studies, K-5 Math and Science
I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a degree in English. I earned my Master’s degree in Education and Curriculum Development from Ashland University in 2015. I live in Hilliard with my husband and three wonderful children. I am an English Teacher at Big Walnut High School. I am very passionate about education and love working one-on-one with students to help them accomplish their goals.


DONNA GALANTI – B.A
Language Arts—Grades 5-12, Creative Writing, Essay Writing, College Writing 

After serving in the U.S. Navy as a photographer, I received a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from SUNY Albany. I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was a young girl living in England. There, I attended school in a magical castle where my imagination ran wild and I wrote my first story. After a career in communications, advertising and marketing, I returned to my love of writing and launched my own resume writing service and published novels. I’m currently a freelance writer, fiction contest judge, and novelist of children’s books. I also present at schools as a guest author and teach writers at conferences and through online courses. Living in Southeastern PA, I enjoy time with my family biking, hiking, kayaking and visiting historical museums. I’m excited to work with students to help them achieve their reading comprehension and writing goals as well as strengthen their craft and confidence as a writer.


SARAH HINKELMAN – M.S. 
K-College writing and Social Studies, K-12 LA, K-8 Math 

I am a native Ohioan, born and raised in Cleveland. I received my bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in 2015 in Classics and World Religions, and my Masters degree in Anthropology at Ohio State University in 2018. Currently, I am working on earning my Ph.D. in Anthropology at OSU with a focus in archaeology. I enjoy working with others and sharing my passion for history, literature, and science so much so that I have made it the basis for my research, public outreach and education in archaeology! I love learning and am passionate about what I do. My goal as a tutor is to help students find their own passion and use that passion to succeed in school and in life. In my free time, I enjoy reading, being outdoors, spending time with my husband and our fur children, Finn and Zelda.


BENJAMIC KAPPELER
I graduated from Dublin Coffman High School in 2016. I am in my fourth year at Ohio State studying psychology and minoring in Spanish. I also work in the Department of Recreational Sports at OSU. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school. In my free time, I like to work out and hang out with my roommates, in addition to traveling with my family.

 


DOMINIC LOIACONA 
6-12th Grade Math and Science 

I am originally from northwest PA, but moved to the Columbus area in 2011 to pursue my career. Before this, I earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Gannon University, and a M.S. in Chemistry from Youngstown State University. I live in Hilliard, and work nearby at Allied Mineral Products as a Research Scientist, focusing primarily on new product development. When I’m not working or tutoring, I’m probably spending time with my wonderful wife Pam and our two crazy kids, Olivia and Sammy. I have formal experience with teaching and tutoring at YSU, working as a Teaching Assistant while earning my M.S. degree. Learning has been a lifelong journey for me, and I truly enjoy sharing that passion through tutoring, and helping students to achieve their goals.


TINA MCCLANAHAN – B.S. 
K-3 all subjects 

I am from Springfield, Ohio, but live in Hilliard now. After graduating high school I went to Clark State Community college where I received my Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I continued my education at Urbana University and then transferred to University of Toledo to receive my Bachelor’s degree in Education PreK-3. I have worked with infants to 3rd grade since 1996 in a child care setting. I currently work at Nationwide Children’s hospital where I’m a toddler teacher. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my niece, reading, and walking.


MAGGIE NG 
K-12 Science, K-Alg II Math 

I was born and raised in Dublin, Ohio and graduated from Dublin Scioto High School. I am currently a senior at Otterbein University working towards a bachelors in biology. In addition to tutoring, I also work at a retirement home and as a teachers’ assistant in a chemistry lab. When I have free time, I love spending it with my friends, or getting creative with art projects.

 


WESLEY SLUGA – B.S 
K-college Math and Science, K-5 History and LA 

I’m from Randolph, New York and I moved to Columbus in 2019. I received my bachelors degree from Cornell University in Environmental Engineering. I moved to Ohio to pursue my dream job working for the Ohio EPA as a Stormwater Engineer. It is my goal to become a Professional Engineer and return to school, possibly OSU, for a masters degree. I’ve worked as a teaching assistant and a mentor while at Cornell, as well as a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Onyahsa for 5 summers. I enjoy working with students and teaching them new concepts or skills. In my free time I love to cook, explore the greater Columbus area, and play board games.


CANDYCE SWEET – M.S. 
K-8 – all subjects

My utmost passion is helping others see in themselves what they have to offer to the world. I’ve spent many years tutoring children in grades K-8 and have come to understand different learning styles to reach even “challenging” students. Each of us has amazing potential, sometimes we just don’t know how to find it on our own. More important to me than currently finishing my Master’s Degree in Metaphysical Science is my intrinsic zest for learning. I often joke that my library card is my most touched card in my wallet! My tween children may roll their eyes, but secretly enjoy my never-ending curiosity about the world we live in. I bring that sense of wonder and curiosity into every session with a student, sometimes integrating art, music and play; be forewarned, it’s contagious!


ABBY WOLFORD – M.S.
K-12 Math and Science

I have been tutoring with Learning Leaf since 2015 and specialize in upper-level math and science. I work full-time as and Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist and Continuous Improvement Green Belt at a pharmaceutical repackaging company here in Columbus. I have a bachelor’s in Biology and a Master’s in Engineering from Penn State and am currently pursuing my MBA. My husband, Robbie, and I have lived in Hilliard since 2012 with our smart, talented, and strong daughters, Lucy and Strummer. I enjoy tutoring because I love when students have that “ah-ha” moment when they “get” a concept.