Head of SOAR Program – Sandy Reckles

Sandy graduated cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Communications. She then earned an Elementary Teaching Certificate from Houston Baptist University, and she is a Texas certified teacher in first through eighth grade. Sandy has almost two decades of experience teaching and tutoring pre-kindergarten through the ninth grade. Throughout her career, she has worked with students with special needs, including mild autism, Tourette syndrome, dyslexia, and reading and math intervention as well as gifted and talented students. Sandy is familiar with working with the Neuhaus reading and language programs as well as the Math Our Way program, and she has attended more than 360 hours of continuing education classes. One of her greatest joys is seeing the look of satisfaction on a child’s face when they have accomplished their goals and reached their full potential. She believes that every child can succeed; they may have different learning styles and some may have to work harder than others, but they can all achieve their goals. When she’s not tutoring, Sandy enjoys exercising, reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. 


Anne Diskin – Tutor

Anne graduated from Stephens College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a Texas certified teacher in preschool through third grade. Anne has had over three decades of experience teaching and tutoring students who have learning differences and who are gifted/talented. She has also been trained at the Neuhaus Education Center in reading and language programs and has attended many classes at Rice School Literacy and Culture at Rice University. She has implemented Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop for over ten years. Anne has received 25 hours of workshops every year for the past 31 years. She has worked in a private school for the past 31 years. Anne has been recognized as “Teacher of the Year” in both the preschool and elementary school. Anne provides activities that allow individual students to engage in learning. Anne is passionate about meeting each child’s individual needs and challenging them to reach their own potential. When she is not teaching, Anne enjoys being with her family and friends, traveling, and cooking.


Kelly300x400B. Kelly McDowell – Tutor

Graduate of Princeton University. B.A. in Latin American History. Letterman in Varsity Basketball. Extensive teaching and tutoring experience. Teacher of the Year, Burnet (HISD). Three years of international teaching experience (Managua, Nicaragua).  Fluent in Spanish. High School Varsity and Middle School basketball coach. Interests include all things sports, guitar and music, Latin Ballroom dancing, meteorology, yoga, outdoors, traveling, and Zen. Tutor of SOAR school readiness program, academic math, reading, and writing, and the ISEE, HSPT, ERB, and SSAT.


Brooke Stern – Tutor

Brooke graduated from Texas A&M University, earning a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, and she is a Texas certified teacher for grades 1–6. Brooke has received great joy from helping children learn and grow throughout her career. For ten years, she taught 5th and 6th grade, and since that time, she has enjoyed working with children one-on-one or in small groups. Brooke believes children thrive when engaged in learning in a smaller setting, and she loves playing a part in teaching them, leading them to believe in themselves, and discovering their gifts. Brooke is passionate about helping others, completing mission work in Mexico and Nicaragua, and mentoring women through Core Houston. In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband and children, with whom she likes to play games, bike, camp, hike, travel, and enjoy great food. Brooke also enjoys practicing yoga and learning about health and nutrition.