Jennifer Herbst – Head of SOAR Program

Jennifer graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Chemistry. She then earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University, where she tutored underrepresented students in Chemistry and Algebra and taught Introductory and Organic Chemistry. Jennifer is a member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and the American Chemical Society. Jennifer has conducted research at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Muelheim, Germany, University of Colorado, Boulder, and University of Michigan. She is proficient in German. Outside of her work with Advantage Testing, Jennifer is involved in various outreach programs aimed at introducing young children, women, and minorities to STEM. In her spare time she enjoys learning languages, reading, and DIY projects.

 

 


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.

 


Elizabeth Glover

Elizabeth graduated from Texas Woman’s University’s honor’s college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a focus in occupational therapy. She earned her Master of Education summa cum laude from Lamar University. She served in the United States Peace Corps, where she taught English and worked as a teaching mentor for two years at a boarding school for children with special needs in North Macedonia. Upon returning home, she obtained teaching certification in Early Childhood–Sixth Grade, English as a Second Language, and Special Education Early Childhood-Twelfth Grade. She has 10 years of teaching experience, primarily working with students with exceptional learning needs. Her personal philosophy is that every student deserves to be treated as an individual and should receive personalized, creative, and innovative learning opportunities. She targets specific skill acquisition to cultivate each student’s unique strengths and to address identified challenges with a data-driven approach. Her goal is to help students find the spark that turns learning into a joyful experience. She enjoys singing, baking, and exploring nature parks with her two boys.

 


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.