WHO WE ARE
Ari Kalinowski, Founder, Tutor:
I was a student with ADHD who was also just onto the spectrum. I know, first-hand, just how difficult it is to remove one’s obstructions, create habits of self-advocacy and finally hone in on the type of work that makes one feel most fulfilled. Also, I know exactly what it feels like when one has been able to do so. I graduated with an MFA from Brown University’s program in “Digital Literary Arts.” I’ve taught at Brown, shown in international festivals and published in prestigious literary magazines. This personal experience, along with many years of tutoring (often in consultation with Marcia Eckerd, PhD., a learning specialist), have helped me to refine a series of methods that give my students the opportunity to alter the trajectory of their education.
Peter Giebel, Tutor:
I am a writer and educator based in Denver, CO. I hold degrees in English from the University of Denver and Brown University, where I was a fellow and instructor. I’ve led undergraduate writing workshops, as well as acquired several thousand hours of experience tutoring students on a range of topics within the humanities and beyond. Whether emphasizing research and analysis, critical inquiry, or modular strategies for organization, my effort is always channeled into tailoring my approach to the needs of my students and ensuring they have access to the qualities that command a responsible and engaged relationship with the world.
Marcia Eckerd, Ph.D. , Consultant:
Dr. Eckerd is a licensed psychologist in practice since 1985. She specializes in neuropsychological evaluation, learning disabilities, and in working with individuals with Asperger's Disorder, High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities. In addition to her private practice, she conducts professional and school training workshops and consults with school teams working with student challenges. She is on the Professional Board of Smart Kids With LD, was appointed by the State Legislature to the CT Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council, is on the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Aspergers/Autism Association of New England, and is on the voluntary faculty in Psychiatry at Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk CT.