Our Teachers

Allison Heischober Growth Ed Tutor
Allison, M.A.T.

Allison is a Virginia Beach native and graduate of Cox High School. After attending James Madison University, where she earned a B.S. in Biology and an M.A.T. in Secondary Education, Allison returned to the beach to teach with VBCPS. After eight years of teaching a combination of middle school Life Science and high school Biology, Allison now serves as an Instructional Technology Specialist for two high schools.

Allison’s favorite parts of being an educator are building relationships with students, motivating them to overcome their weaknesses, and helping them develop a love of learning. In addition to teaching, Allison also sponsors the Interact Club, a high school service organization. It is through this club that she gets to connect with other students she may not teach and encourage kids to give back to their community through volunteer work.

Andrea Balsly Growth Ed Tutor
Andrea, M.Ed.

Andrea loves building relationships with the students she teaches and tutors. A native of Virginia Beach, she graduated from Kempsville High School and earned her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, from George Mason University. She decided to follow her childhood dream of becoming a teacher and went on to earn her teaching endorsement.

After teaching at the elementary level for 11 years, she was determined to continue her education even further. She realized her passion for teaching and reading and earned a Master of Education from the University of Virginia. She has held reading positions for the past two years and is now a Reading Specialist with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Andrea uses researched-based practices to support students at all levels of reading development.

Anthony Nobles Growth Ed Tutor
Anthony, M.T. & NBCT

Anthony is a Virginia Beach native who returned to the area to teach after attending the University of Virginia. He is passionate about knowing his students well – their strengths, weaknesses, and personalities. He loves pushing students to try new things and challenge their limits.

He teaches at the middle school level in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program and has experience with tutoring and remediation in secondary social studies, English, and math. Anthony is a National Board Certified Teacher and has been selected as his school’s Teacher of the Year as well as one of the top 5 Teachers of the Year for the entire district.

Betsy McLinda Growth Ed Tutor
Betsy, M.Ed.

Betsy brings 23 years of teaching experience in a variety of backgrounds, including public and private schools, elementary to high school, and inclusion to gifted. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from the University of Lynchburg. A life-long learner, she more recently completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in STEM Education, from the University of Texas. There, she was a founding faculty member of three university charter schools.. She later went on to serve as the district’s math specialist, as well as an adjunct faculty member for the Education Department at UT Tyler.

Betsy’s teaching philosophy includes tackling real world problems with concrete examples, using multiple methods to solve problems, as well as effective student communication and reflection on learning. She believes ALL children can learn and be successful in school.

Joan Tyson Growth Ed Tutor
Joan, B.S.

Joan recently retired from Virginia Beach City Public Schools after teaching for 32 years. She has taught at every grade level in elementary school, kindergarten through fifth grade. Her experiences with teaching so many different grade levels is invaluable as she understands where the students should be currently and where they should go next.

Joan is very positive and her students love her. A Virginia Beach native, she went to Bayside High School and earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Old Dominion University. Joan looks forward to working with your child, first helping to determine where they are academically and then working with them to get to the next steps and beyond.

Kathleen Limbaugh Growth Ed Tutor
Kathleen, M.A.T. & NBCT

Kathleen is excited to help meet students’ individual needs through tutoring at Growth Education.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Childhood Studies, then a Master of Arts in Teaching, all at Christopher Newport University.  The combination of her studies allowed her to understand developmental stages of children and how to teach to close academic and social-emotional gaps. 

She has been teaching with VBCPS at the elementary level for 8 years. Kathleen understands the rigor involved in the curriculum and how to help your child succeed by developing a strong base to build upon.

After teaching for four years, she continued her professional education by becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) as an Early Childhood Generalist.  NBCT is the most respected professional certification in K-12 education and is designed to recognize accomplished teachers.

Lauren Florin Growth Ed Tutor
Lauren, Ph.D.

Lauren realized early that she not only had a desire to teach but also had a gift for teaching. She earned her high school diploma from the International Baccalaureate Organization at Princess Anne High School. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, she went on to earn her Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, then her Doctorate in Early Childhood Education, all from Old Dominion University. Continuing within the O.D.U. community, Lauren has worked as an Instructor in the Child Development Center, as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and currently as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching graduate courses.

She has been homeschooling her own children for the past six years and for a few of those years has been a teacher for a homeschool program. Lauren is a consummate professional with not only outstanding academic credentials but real-life, daily experience practicing what she teaches.

Lisa Schliske Growth Ed Tutor
Lisa, M.A.T.

Lisa was born and raised in a small town in South Dakota, and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in elementary education and interdisciplinary early childhood education. She taught Kindergarten in South Dakota and first grade in Corpus Christi, Texas, before returning back home to complete her Master’s Degree in Reading at the University of South Dakota. Upon completing her graduate degree, Lisa worked for a private, one on one reading clinic in Sioux Falls where she served as an early literacy tutor, administrator, and Education Director.

In 2010, Lisa and her husband moved to his hometown of Virginia Beach. Since then, she has worked for Virginia Beach City Public Schools as a Title 1 Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist. Lisa’s family consists of her husband, Nick, two daughters- ages 9 and 6, and a Brittany named “Maggie” whom they all adore.

Sade Graham Growth Ed Tutor
Sade, Ed.S.

Sade is a Norfolk native and found a love for teaching in her adolescent years from one of her former teachers. She decided to pursue a career in education through earning a graduate degree, Masters of Elementary Education, from Old Dominion University. After teaching for five years, she returned to earn her Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision, PreK-12.

She currently teaches in Virginia Beach City Public Schools at the elementary level. After eight years of teaching, Sade understands the importance of learning opportunities outside of the classroom with one-on-one attention. Every student has strengths and weaknesses that can be addressed to become more efficient learners. She understands that every student needs individualized instruction that can help them close gaps. She is very excited to be part of the team at Growth Education.

Shaula McGovern Growth Ed Tutor
Shaula, M.Ed.

Shaula has been teaching for over 20 years. She has taught high school, summer school, and Open Campus night school. She has taught Core, Honors, and AP English curriculums at the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade levels. Shaula has experience tutoring for the SAT exam, AP Language and Composition exam, and the SOL Writing and Reading exam.

She is AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) trained, which is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. Additionally, Shaula is a NMSI (National Math & Science Initiative) trained instructor, a program that works to improve student achievement through proven programs that consistently produce measurable and lasting results.

Sheryl Harps Pearson Growth Ed Tutor
Sheryl, M.Ed.

Sheryl is thrilled to meet the educational needs of students through Growth Education. At only seven years old, she received a calling to be a teacher. Because of her dream to be a teacher, after she completed public school in Hampton, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Virginia Tech and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration Supervision.

Sheryl has been teaching in the Virginia Beach City Public School system since 1992 and is licensed to teach preschool through eighth grade. She has taught and worked with students from kindergarten through fifth grade in all subjects and with varying learning styles and abilities, including learning challenges and gifted.  Sheryl has been devoted to the achievement and social emotional needs of her students for twenty-seven years. Due to her devotion to her students, in 2018 her colleagues awarded her the honor of “Teacher of the Year,” one of the most prestigious honors for a teacher.

Veronica Herkins Growth Ed Tutor
Veronica, M.Ed.

Veronica has a natural talent for relating to children and helping them discover the ways they learn best. She attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington, obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish and has studied at the Universidad de Malaga in Spain. She has extensive tutoring experience, including elementary, as well as Spanish, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Algebra with the AVID high school program. Veronica taught at Eaton Elementary, a distinguished elementary school known for its Autism Curriculum and inclusion program.

As someone who is passionate about learning and staying on top of best practices, Veronica earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She then taught in Hawaii at an International Baccalaureate World School. While in Hawaii, she completed Yoga Teacher Training with lessons on implementing yoga in the classroom. Veronica looks forward to helping your child discover their confidence and strengths!

Meghan Manning
Meghan Manning, M.S.Ed.
Founder, Growth Education

Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Meghan earned her Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Organization. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at James Madison University, she immediately started at Old Dominion University, earning her Master of Science in Early Childhood Education.

Post graduation, she taught in Fairfax County for the Head Start program at Graham Road Elementary School, a Focus School for Fine and Language Arts. Whilst teaching at Graham Road, a school with over 95% of the students receiving free and reduced lunch, the school earned both the Virginia Board of Education VIP Excellence Award and the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award for closing the achievement gap. Because of the incredible achievements of the school, President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan came to honor the school’s achievements.

​Upon moving to London, England, Meghan worked as a private educator for several high profile families. She then worked at a private, modern preparatory school, Knightsbridge School, learning about the British curriculum and the differences in teaching between the U.S. and the U.K. Meghan then taught at Denmead School, a private pre-preparatory school that feeds into Hampton School, renowned as one of the leading academic schools in the U.K.

​After moving back to the states, Meghan took on the title of Professor, teaching courses in the Early Childhood Education program at C.U.N.Y. in New York City. When she moved back to Virginia Beach, she was fortunate to teach at Thoroughgood Elementary School, a Virginia Board of Education Excellence Award winner. At Thoroughgood, she was the PreK Night Coordinator and she was recognized as a Tagged by the Superintendent recipient.

​Meghan was offered the opportunity to work as a private educator, homeschool teaching a student full-time. With this position and also tutoring students on a weekly basis, she saw that there is a real need for customized education, from one hour a week tutoring sessions to full time homeschool education and everything in between. Growth Education is a way to fulfill those needs for children and families.

​With a passion for continuing her own learning, Meghan has completed the Struggling Reader Academy through U.V.A.’s Curry School of Education, has had coaching with Debbie Diller, and completed training on incorporating fine arts into the curriculum through both the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

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Interested in Joining Our Team?

Do you have at least 7 years of teaching experience? Do you hold an active teaching license? Do you have excellent references? Are you professional and dedicated to the success of your students? We would like to connect with you and see if you would be the right fit for our team! Please contact us at Info@GrowthEd.com or (757) 797-5540.

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