MEET OUR TUTORS
EdgeUp™ tutors are second to none. All of our tutors have a Master's or Ph.D. and significant teaching experience. We find that having these high standards for our tutors gives them a unique advantage in helping students succeed.
KATIE CONNOLLY originally started tutoring in 2004 and enjoyed it so much that she started EdgeUp Tutoring™ in 2010. She has taught at North Carolina State University, the Hill Center and Trinity School. Katie holds an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of English Literature from NC State University. She has over ten years of experience teaching SAT and ACT and lives in Durham with her husband and four children. When she is not tutoring high school students, she is busy homeschooling, reading books, and going on adventures with her family.
SARAH SHOCKLEY grew up in Maryland before moving to Raleigh, NC to pursue her Bachelor's Degree in Human Biology at NC State University. She is currently pursuing her PharmD at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill. Sarah began tutoring in 2013 while at NC State and found it very rewarding to help students engage with math and chemistry in different ways to reinforce difficult concepts. When she isn’t studying, Sarah enjoys music, field hockey, and running the local greenways.
TARA ANDERSON GOLD is a career educator with a passion for teaching and learning. She has a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education, a master’s in library and information science, and teaching certifications in 5th-9th grade language arts, social studies, and math. She taught middle school in Winston-Salem, NC for six years before moving to Durham to pursue her Ph.D in Education at UNC-Chapel Hill and graduate certificate in feminist studies at Duke University. When she is not tutoring you will find her reading a good book, dancing in Zumba class, or camping in the woods.
AMY THURSTON grew up just outside of Richmond, Virginia and attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and minors in Biology, Business, and Math. During her time there, she worked as a Supplemental Instructor through the Campus Learning Center to help students in various subject areas in a small group setting. Amy is currently pursing her PharmD degree from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and in her free time enjoys running, spending time with friends and family, and curling up with a good book.
AARON JONES grew up in the southeast, spending a few years each in KY, IN, and SC. He graduated with a BA in English and Humanities from Milligan College ('10). He then earned his Masters of Divinity from Duke University ('13), where he discovered a love for teaching young people. Aaron now teaches Humanities at Trinity School, an independent school in Durham, NC. He offers courses in Western Civilizations, public speaking, religious studies, and Shakespeare. In his free time, Aaron enjoys running, playing with his daughter, and working on creative writing projects.
MICAH DENNIS is a native of Chicago, Illinois. College took him to the suburbs, where he graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in International Relations. He moved back to the city and worked for two years as a math tutor in a high school on the west side and for one year as a classroom manager for an after-school program for 7th grade students. He has since moved to Durham to study at Duke Divinity School. On study breaks and weekends, he is usually in his kitchen baking or reading in a hammock.
CHRIS KARNADI has had great teachers who have inspired him to become an educator. He grew up in the Midwest and studied in Chicago for his undergraduate degree, a BA in Biblical Languages. With an eye toward teaching at a university, he began graduate study at Duke Divinity School in 2015 and is about to complete his MDiv. He has worked as a middle school tutor for math and science and a teaching assistant for university professors. While math was his first favorite subject, his university education has centered on the humanities and given him strong reading and writing skills. He writes regularly on culture and religion for popular and academic publications. Passion projects include running marathons, eating excellent food around the world, and making music with friends.
MEG DONDERO grew up in Durham and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S.Ed in Communication Science Disorders and a minor in Psychology. She is currently attending UNC-Chapel Hill for her Masters in Speech Language Pathology. While at UVA, she worked at an after-school program for young students to help promote literacy skills. She has also spent time working with high schoolers in special education. In her free time, Meg enjoys swimming, hiking, spending time with friends, and reading.
PARIYA SITHIKONG graduated from Duke University with a dual B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering at Duke University. Pariya was highly recruited as a teaching assistant for graduate classes and was rewarded with a Charles Rowe Vail Memorial outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in 2016. During summer 2018, she was a Math, Physics and Finance tutor in Bangkok, her home city. In her free time, she enjoys taking road trips, exploring new cities and taking pictures.
TRAVIS WILSON grew up in western Pennsylvania, but has spent the last 10 years in the West. Travis received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM before moving to Phoenix where he spent six years teaching Life Science, Honors Physics, and an Honors Philosophy and Literature course at Glendale Preparatory Academy. In addition to his regular classes he also headed the senior thesis project and has several years experience in tutoring preparation for various standardized tests. In addition to his work in Phoenix Travis also worked for one year in Jackson, Wyoming where he was privileged to teach Math, Earth Science, and Honors Biology. Travis moved to Durham this fall to pursue a Master's of Divinity at Duke Divinity School so that he will be better equipped to teach more people. He is excited for the opportunity to continue his work as a teacher with EdgeUp Tutoring because he loves helping students learn to develop a sense of wonder and excel at any subject. When not in a classroom Travis enjoys running, rock climbing, hiking, or just about anything that will get him outside.
CHELSEA DAY grew up in Arizona prior to moving to Chapel Hill, NC to pursue her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, with an emphasis in Cell and Developmental Biology at Arizona State University. Chelsea’s background in tutoring began in undergrad, as she tutored math for middle school students, following them in their course work through high school. When she is not tutoring or in class, she enjoys camping, hiking, cycle classes and spending time with her husband.
PAMELA ZABALA ORTIZ grew up in Massachusetts and received a B.A. in Sociology and Africana Studies from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Duke University. Pamela has several years of tutoring experience from the elementary to the high school level. A native Spanish speaker, she also spent time working at an immigration law firm, where she served as a paralegal and interpreter for Spanish-speaking clients. When she’s not tutoring or studying, she enjoys going to the movies, playing the flute, reading, and spending time with friends.