The tutors at Forgione Tutoring are degreed professionals selected for their expertise and enthusiasm for teaching. Many of our tutors have a Master’s Degree in their field of specialty, a teaching certification, and all of our tutors have years of experience teaching and tutoring. Tutors are personally trained by Heather Forgione in the company’s test preparation curriculum.
Since 2000, Heather has worked with hundreds of students, helping them feel prepared and confident with standardized tests, college application essay writing, and other academic subjects. Heather takes the SAT and ACT frequently and has scored a 2390 on the SAT and a 35 on the ACT.
In 1999, Heather graduated summa cum laude from Union College in Schenectady, NY with a BA in English and a minor in Biology. As a pre-med student and biology major for three years, she studied math and science extensively, including courses in calculus, biology, organic chemistry, and physics. Eventually, her passion for English led her to focus her studies on literature and writing. Heather completed an honors creative writing thesis and was selected to tutor in the college’s Writing Center. She graduated as Valedictorian of the Humanities Department and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
After college, Heather was drawn to teaching and mentoring students and became the director of Score At The Top Learning Center in Boca Raton, FL in 2000. There she managed the growing center, taught SAT and ACT lessons and group workshops, trained tutors, and contributed to the center’s SAT and ACT strategy workbooks. Heather’s extensive training was guided by the center’s owner, a major contributor to the College Board’s SAT prep software and test preparation books. Heather assisted with the college counseling at the learning center and at a local private high school.
With years of experience behind her, she founded Forgione Tutoring in 2007. The same year, she taught a year-long test prep course at a private school in Florida that covered math, reading, and writing test-taking strategies. In 2010, she transitioned the business to Raleigh and in 2013 hired her first staff members. The Cary location was opened in 2015 and expanded in 2017. In life outside of work, Heather dedicates her time to her husband, son, and daughter. She is excited to be a part of the community of Raleigh and looks forward to working with your son or daughter.
Taylor Garland, Program Director
Taylor manages our two centers, but spends most of his time directing and tutoring in our newly expanded Cary office. He aids in developing our test prep curriculum, writing our workshop syllabi, elevating our tutoring training, forming relationships with families, local professionals and schools, and assisting with day-to-day operations. He teaches all test prep subjects and multiple levels of math.
Taylor has been working in high schools since 2005 as a teacher and school leader. He has specialized in mathematics education, intervention, and personalized learning, and has developed expertise in college readiness, school administration, culturally-responsive pedagogy, and teacher coaching. He also helped to lead a network of innovative charter schools in a blended learning initiative revolving around real-time formative assessment.
Taylor holds a Masters in Education and a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology, and has been fascinated by the psychology of learning since he discovered it as an undergraduate. In his years as a special education teacher, he became interested in how the science of learning can inform classroom design and better meet the needs of different learners. As an Algebra teacher, he became interested in the factors that foster intrinsic motivation and positive academic identities. As a school leader, he facilitated teacher development and worked to promote equity and access for all students. In his free time, Taylor enjoys playing the piano, seeing live music, spending time with friends, being outdoors, and exploring his new home in the Triangle.
Dana S. is a licensed teacher and M.A. Teaching graduate of NC State University. She tutors the reading and writing portions of the SAT and ACT and provides academic coaching in Social Studies and Language Arts. For four years, Dana taught middle school Social Studies and is currently teaching middle school Career Exploration classes and serving as the Career Development Coordinator. In this role, she is a liaison between businesses, colleges, community organizations and the school to provide opportunities for students to explore college and career interests, to serve the community, and to develop their employability skills. She organizes events, projects, shadowing opportunities, and classroom activities to support students in developing their college and career goals. Dana grew up in South Bend, Indiana, attended Ball State University, and received a B.S. in Marketing in 2005.
Daniel graduated with a B.S. in Bioengineering from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania in 2015 and is now a PhD student in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC and NCSU. As a biomedical engineering student, he has gained a strong background in math, science, and physics through taking courses such as calculus, statistics, differential equations, physics, organic chemistry, and many other engineering-specific applied math and science courses. During 2015-2016, Daniel was a teaching assistant at UNC for undergraduate biomedical engineering design classes. He was responsible for lecturing, grading assignments, helping students, and holding office hours. This teaching experience sparked his interest in education, and he now aspires to become an engineering professor. When he is not tutoring or working in his research lab, Daniel enjoys running, BBQing, and spending time with friends and family.
During her 20 years of teaching in Pennsylvania, Marcy taught Honors English, SAT Prep, Creative Writing, Public Speaking, and Photojournalism. She was active in compiling reading lists for students, writing departmental curriculum, and teaching the essentials of dynamic writing. She enjoys working with students on an individual basis, helping them to reach their maximum potential. Marcy graduated from the University of Georgia with an English Education degree and earned a Masters in Education from Wilkes University. She tutors the SAT Writing, ACT English, SAT/ACT Reading, SAT/ACT Essay, and college application essay writing in our Cary location. Marcy regularly contributes to the company’s curriculum by helping to update some of our study and strategy guides. Born in Washington, D.C., Marcy is an avid reader, traveler, and photographer.
Maureen has over 14 years’ experience teaching and tutoring English, reading and writing. Her teaching career began in New York City, where, as a certified teacher, she taught high school English. Prior to moving to Raleigh, she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and tutored the reading, English, and essay portions of the SAT, ACT, and ISEE/SSAT for a national test prep company. She currently teaches ESL classes through Wake Tech’s Adult Education program. She is pleased to continue preparing students for the SAT and ACT in addition to providing tutoring in English and assistance with college application essay writing. A talented writer, Maureen contributes to the company’s curriculum by helping to create and write some of our study and strategy guides.
Originally from New Jersey, Maureen received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. She worked for some time in the publishing field, and received a M.A. in Creative Writing from California State University (Northridge). Later she received her teaching certificate as part of the New York City Teaching Fellow’s program. In her free time, Maureen loves hiking, doing pottery, and (of course!) reading and writing.
Since 2006, Nikki has tutored in a variety of settings that have ranged from inner-city high schools to private tutoring with students in the most rigorous preparatory schools. She is passionate about helping students cultivate their own resiliency to reach their highest potential. Nikki has experience working with students of all ages, from energetic packs of eight-year-old kids to high school seniors. While she regularly tutors English, Mathematics and American History, she is particularly adept at helping students build strategies for successfully taking the SAT and ACT. She will graduate with an Education degree from NC State in 2017. When not working with students, Nikki can be found reading or going on outdoor adventures with her fiancé. Nikki tutors in both our Raleigh and Cary offices and tutors all test subjects.
Seema is a PhD student in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC/NSCU. She graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015 and later worked as a teaching assistant at NSCU, giving lectures and conducting tutoring sessions with students. She became interested in teaching through becoming involved in various educational outreach organizations throughout high school and college. Her engineering degree has given her a strong background in math and science, and her work as a TA and as a member of these educational outreach programs has given her experience working with students of all age ranges, both individually and in groups. Seema is originally from Dallas, Texas, and in her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, art, and spending time with friends and family. She tutors ACT English, SAT/ACT Reading, SAT/ACT Math, and ACT Science, as well as Biology, Chemistry, and some math coursework in our Raleigh office.
Zach has tutored a variety of college-level math and science subjects for over two years at NCSU’s Tutorial Center, where he gained experience with private tutoring, group tutoring, and academic coaching, specializing in Calculus 1 and Chemistry. In addition, Zach has worked as a Sports Nutrition intern with the NCSU’s Athletic Department and participated in research through NCSU’s Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences. Zach will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science in May 2017 from NCSU. Zach tutors SAT/ ACT Math and ACT Science. He enjoys in his free time running and spending time with friends and family.
Cherie Warren, Administrative Assistant
Cherie handles bookkeeping duties and other administrative tasks. Originally from New Jersey, she graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management and a Global Business Concentration. Her professional work experience ranged from careers in Marketing, Human Resources, and Office and Financial Administration. Through these variety of experiences in accounting, payroll and general office duties, Cherie has gained the skills necessary to keep track of the books for small businesses. Cherie regularly substitute teaches at local schools, which also provides her the opportunity to be more directly involved in the educational life of her three children.
About Our Tutors
Our tutors have a wide range of skills and experiences. They are not selected simply based on their high school SAT or ACT scores; we realize that there’s more involved to effective teaching and mentoring than just receiving a high test score. We always welcome applications from talented and experienced educators.
Our tutors have:
- Taught or tutored for anywhere from 5 – 20 years
- Passed a background screening and reference check
- Scored over a 700 out of an 800 on an SAT screening test in the areas of their specialty
- Undergone an initial 10 – 20 hours of training on our curriculum
- Demonstrated that they are dynamic and motivating educators dedicated to helping students succeed
The skills and techniques I teach have a far-reaching and long-lasting impact on a student’s general knowledge and confidence. Incorporated into my lessons are reading, writing, and math fundamentals that provide review and enrichment. Taken into consideration are each child’s unique strengths and abilities, which are used as a foundation for further learning. It is my goal to create a fun and dynamic learning experience that can motivate any child and enhance his or her love of learning. I believe that through the combination of positive thinking and consistent practice, a student can achieve his or her goals.
– Heather Forgione, President of Forgione Tutoring