Our Teachers

Growth Education tutor Allison
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.

Growth Education tutor Andrea
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.

Growth Education tutor Anthony
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.

Growth Education tutor Fred
Fred, M.S.Ed.

Fred is an empathetic teacher who strives to help students achieve their full potential with meaningful activities and positive encouragement. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Sciences, with a minor in Special Education, then a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, both from Old Dominion University. Fred taught at the elementary level in the Virginia Beach City Public School system for 11 years. She taught in various classroom settings, including inclusion, core, and gifted. While teaching, she was selected as her school’s “Reading Teacher of the Year”, and she was also a recipient of the “Tagged by the Superintendent” award. 

In addition to teaching in public school, Fred has 14 years of experience homeschooling her twin boys. Teaching her sons at home has helped her realize the importance of individualized instruction and authentic learning experiences. When not teaching, Fred enjoys traveling with her family and experiencing different cultures. She also enjoys hiking, gardening, and exercising.

Growth Education tutor Greg
Greg, B.S.

Greg graduated from high school in Virginia Beach and attended James Madison University. After graduating, Greg worked for a leadership development nonprofit and traveled the country, consulting at 40 colleges and universities. His time spent in higher education renewed his interest in education as a profession, and Greg earned his teaching license through Old Dominion University’s Career Switcher Program.

He has taught secondary social studies at Plaza Middle School for the last 9 years. Greg is nationally board certified and was named Plaza’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. He also finished as a top 5 finalist for City Wide Teacher of the Year. At Plaza, he’s served as the Student Government Advisor, Department Chair, and Assistant Baseball Coach. His favorite aspect of teaching is the coalescence of his passions into one place. Building relationships, civic engagement, coaching, mentoring, and service learning all come together in Greg’s philosophy of education. 

Julie Growth Ed Tutor
Julie, B.S.

Julie is a Virginia Beach native and a graduate of Cape Henry Collegiate School.  Coming from a family of teachers, Julie realized that she loves working with students and followed the family business.  She attended East Carolina University, where she earned her B.S. in Elementary Education with the addition of Middle School Mathematics.  She returned to Virginia Beach to teach in VBCPS.  Julie has taught fourth and fifth grade for seven years.

Because Julie understands the expectations of a testing grade level, she can provide a careful curriculum that would help your student.  Whether it is filling in gaps or helping to remediate students, Julie will work to show your students how to enjoy their topics and relate them to real-world experiences.

Larry Growth Ed Tutor
Larry, B.S.

Larry recently retired from Virginia Beach City Public Schools after 39 years as a German teacher. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the College of William and Mary and is certified to teach both German and biology. Through the years he taught all levels of German, including AP, Foreign Language Elementary School and at the VBCPS Adult Learning Center. He also taught at and directed the Governor’s German Academy of Virginia for multiple summers. In 1988 he won the Virginia Distinguished Foreign Languages Award, and in 2001 he was selected as one of nine German teachers nationwide to receive the American Association of German Teachers Award of Excellence.

Larry truly believes that with a positive attitude, patience and lots of practice, anyone can learn a new language. He designs his instruction so that his students are actively involved and have continuous opportunities to comprehend, speak, read, and write German. He has extensive experience traveling in German-speaking countries and loves to inform, entertain, and inspire his students with anecdotes and cultural information that also helps prepare them for the world of German.

Michelle Growth Ed Tutor
Michelle, B.S.

Michelle has a passion for helping students learn and be able to use a variety of strategies to overcome any challenges they face in learning. She has been teaching for 16 years and has experience with a range of grade levels in the elementary setting.

Michelle has her Masters degree in Education and is certified to teach K-6. She also has her ESOL endorsement and spent several years as an interpreter for the deaf at an elementary school. Michelle looks forward to helping you!

Growth Education tutor Ryan
Ryan, B.S.

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. Shortly after graduation, he realized his love for teaching while working as an Algebra Readiness Tutor for VBCPS at both First Colonial and Ocean Lakes High schools. He then earned his teaching degree through the Old Dominion University Career Switchers Program. Ryan taught GED Mathematics at Commonwealth Challenge for 5 years and has a total of 14 years of full-time teaching experience. Working with at-risk youth has taught him numerous strategies for motivating, teaching, and supporting a wide range of learners.

Ryan has also been a Certified International Sports Science Academy Personal & Group Fitness Trainer for 15 years now. This has allowed him to delve deeper into how to motivate people to work toward and achieve realistic personal goals. Whether they be fitness related or educational in nature, Ryan loves the feeling of helping someone achieve their goals!

Growth Education tutor Shaula
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.

Growth Education tutor Sheryl
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.

Growth Education tutor Veronica
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, for their outstanding teaching program, 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 excellent 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 her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with lessons on implementing yoga in the classroom. She has ample experience working with students of various ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Veronica is extremely excited to be a member of the Growth Ed team and looks forward to helping your child discover their confidence and strengths.

Betsy McLinda Growth Ed Tutor
Betsy, M.S.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.

nJoan 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 eight years and for several 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.

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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.

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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