Our tutors and directors are professionals selected for their expertise and enthusiasm for teaching. All of our tutors have years of experience teaching or tutoring and undergo extensive training by Heather Forgione in the company’s test preparation curriculum and methods.
Lead Staff: tutors who have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, $60/hr
Specialist: tutor with a Masters degree and multiple specialties, $70/hr
April Koch, Cary Director, $70/hr
Heather Forgione, Executive Director and Owner, $90/hr
Since 2000, Heather has worked with thousands of students, helping them feel prepared and confident with standardized tests, college application essays, and other academic subjects. Heather takes the SAT and ACT frequently and scored a 2390 out of 2400 on the SAT and a 35 on the ACT. Heather tutors exclusively in the Merton Dr. Raleigh office.
In 1999, Heather graduated summa cum laude from Union College in 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. 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. 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 also 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 relocated her family and the business to Raleigh and in 2013 hired Forgione Tutoring’s first staff members. The Cary center was opened in 2015 and expanded in 2017. The North Raleigh center was opened in 2018. Most recently, she taught a 10-week test prep course at St. Mary’s School as part of their junior seminar. 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.
April Koch, Cary Director
April has been tutoring high school math and science since 2007. A Delaware native, she earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina before beginning her teaching career as an environmental educator. She holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, and has taught high school biology, biomedical science, and plant science. Between teaching, April has also recorded lessons for Study.com, taught SAT/ACT prep courses for Princeton Review and other test prep companies, and explored the forest with campers at Piedmont Wildlife Center. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband Arthur, three cats, and a starling. She manages our Cary office, contributes to our strategy guides and test prep curriculum, and tutors all test prep subjects.
Ani K. Lead Staff
Anirudh graduated from Dartmouth College in 2019 with a masters in Engineering Management. Ani has been tutoring since high school, when he started a community tutoring start-up with his friend. They ventured out to teaching all ranges of high school math and science subjects, along with ACT/SAT preparation. Before launching this service, Ani worked as an instructor at Mathnasium where he helped middle school students with core concepts along with their homework assignments. He scored a 34 composite on his ACT, along with a perfect 800 on the SAT Math level 2 subject test. In his masters program at Dartmouth, he served as a teaching assistant for two college level courses: Statistical methods in Engineering and Biomedical Engineering for Global Health. He was responsible for clarifying students’ questions on assignments, creating test questions, facilitating group discussions, and evaluating the students’ performances on tests. He enjoys helping students build a strong foundation with the core concepts and believes that this strong foundation will translate into academic success in standardized testing and beyond. Ani believes that an iterative mindset, a can-do attitude, and a strong desire for learning are the keys for academic improvement. In his free time, he loves to play tennis, watch sports, and read a variety of books. Ani tutors ACT/SAT Math and ACT Science at the North Raleigh center and virtually.
Alan Y., Specialist
Alan is originally from Santa Barbara, CA and began tutoring music and essay writing as a high school student. He obtained his B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011, where he enjoyed learning in a diverse and often unorthodox environment. He worked for three years as a test prep tutor in MN before relocating to Chicago, where he taught AP US/European History, AP Biology, AP Psych, and AP Economics in addition to all subjects of the SAT and ACT through C2 Education for many years. While living in Chicago, he discovered a passion for Latin American culture and later spent time volunteering in South America and Central America, where he met his wife. Alan strongly believes in a collaborative approach to tutoring in which students are encouraged to think outside the box and share their thought processes. He believes that questions are a central part of the learning experience for both the student and the tutor. Music, nutrition, and kickboxing are some of his favorite hobbies. He tutors in our Cary office.
Carrie W., Lead Staff
Carrie graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University and is finishing her M.A. thesis in American Literature with a concentration in comparative frameworks. Her history with the mentoring profession goes back as far as high school when she tutored her peers at the Wade Edwards Learning Lab for the National Honors Society. When she joined the team at Appalachian State University Tutorial Services, she quickly progressed from being a math, English, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Spanish tutor to being a lab manager within her first year of work. These experiences, along with teaching college-level Rhetoric & Composition and working for the Writing Center at Appalachian State, provide her a solid foundation in Reading and Writing pedagogy. When Carrie isn’t nerd-ing out about information and media literacy, she is studying Japanese and Dutch, reading too many books at once, learning new cooking techniques, or spending time outdoors with her partner and her dog. She tutors Reading and Writing test prep and most levels of math in our North Raleigh location and virtually.
Cate R., Lead Staff
Cate Rivers graduated Summa Cum Laude from NC State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 2019. She minored in history and Japan Studies. The valedictorian of her class in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2017. During her undergraduate career, she worked with NC State’s Academic Support Program for Student Athletes as a humanities tutor and helped students in diverse courses requiring advanced reading comprehension and composition skills such as sociology, English literature, philosophy, and anthropology. Upon graduating, she began volunteering with the Triangle Literacy Center as a tutor for high school students. She is continuing her education as a PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill. Cate works with students at both the Cary and North Raleigh locations.
Claudia C., Specialist
Claudia graduated Magna Cum Laude from University at Buffalo and obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from Canisius College in NY with a 4.0 GPA. She taught high school math in western New York for ten years. She came to North Carolina in 2005 and taught math in various capacities since then, spending four years teaching math at Panther Creek High school. Most recently, she tutored at a learning center for two years while also providing administrative support to her family’s small business. A vibrant and compassionate person, she has a love for people and animals alike.
James G., Specialist
James graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Florida, while there he tutored students in college physics. He also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida in Computer Engineering Technology. His first career was in the aerospace and telecommunications industries as a software engineer. James’ second career was as a teacher in middle school and high school. He taught math and science, which included high school physics. James is a patient, encouraging tutor who encourages students to work towards their goals and to change tactics as necessary to ensure success. He encourages people to be lifelong learners and to obtain new skills all their lives. In his free time, he enjoys reading, walking for exercise, small engine repair and the outdoors. James tutors Math and Science at the Midtown Office and online as needed.
Jeanna S. Specialist
After graduating from high school as Valedictorian, Jeanna went on to obtain a BA in History from NC State. Utilizing her passion for history and education, she has been teaching for the past 5 years at the high school level. She has taught various social studies subjects as well as college prep and readiness courses. She enjoys challenging students to develop critical thinking skills along with content knowledge for a more balanced education. Striving to become the best teacher possible, Jeanna enrolled in a graduate program at Sam Houston State University and has completed all coursework for her MA in History with a 4.0 GPA. In her off time, she reads historical nonfiction particularly focused on Colonial America and the Age of Exploration or escaping into the fictional world of Harry Potter. Jeanna uses the skills honed throughout her academic and professional careers to tutor students in reading, writing, and history at the Cary office.
Julia M., Lead Staff
Julia graduated from North Carolina State University with a Master’s Degree in Physiology and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Neuroscience. While attending UNC, she was inducted into Tri Beta, the National Biology Honors Society and worked as a tutor for high school students studying Biology, Chemistry, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and AP and IB curriculum courses. Julia tutors all test prep subjects at our midtown Raleigh office and virtually.
Laura F. Specialist
Laura taught Mathematics (grades 6-12) and Science (grades 6-9) in North Carolina Public Schools for 30 years, recently retiring from Wake Forest High School. She graduated from Skidmore College, NY in 1985 with a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science. Laura initially worked as a programmer in New York before moving to North Carolina in 1986, at which time she became interested in teaching and became certified to teach through UNC-CH. Teaching became her passion, and she found working with young people to be rewarding. She is excited about working at Forgione Tutoring and using her skills as a mathematics teacher in a tutoring setting. She works mainly in our North Raleigh office.
Marco P., Specialist
Since his childhood days in Toronto, Marco has long appreciated the written word. A voracious reader, he committed himself to the formal study of English at the University of Toronto, earning a B.A. in the field. As an undergraduate, Marco worked as a Tutor for his institution’s “Transitional Year Program”, and it was here that Marco was able to unite his passion for reading and writing with the deep fulfillment that follows from helping struggling students succeed. In 2008, Marco relocated to Tokyo, Japan to pursue his professional ambitions. As an instructor for the premiere Japanese test prep company in Tokyo, Marco taught strategy classes for multiple test formats including TOEFL, SAT, and GMAT. Over the years, Marco broadened his capabilities by conducting regular lectures at some of Japan’s finest universities and gained valuable experience designing study guides and a host of other materials. After a decade of helping students succeed in their academic endeavors, Marco relocated to Raleigh. The change prompted a return to study, and in 2019 he graduated summa cum laude from East Carolina University with a Master’s degree in English. Out of the office, Marco is an enthusiastic aquarist who keeps hundreds of fascinating species of aquatic plants and animals. He is also an avid DIYer and loves spending time building in his workshop, playing basketball, and gardening. He tutors Reading, Writing, and college application essays in our North Raleigh office and virtually.
Maureen C., Specialist
Maureen has over 18 years experience teaching and tutoring English, reading, and writing. In recent years, her repertoire has grown to include test prep Math, Algebra 1, ACT Science, and college application essays. 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. Her teaching career began in New York City, where 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. A talented writer, Maureen contributes to the company’s curriculum by helping to create and write some of our strategy guides. In her free time, Maureen loves hiking, doing pottery, and (of course!) reading and writing. Maureen tutors virtually.
Michelle B., Lead Staff
Michelle is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill pursuing degrees in Mathematics Education and Music Theory. Throughout high school, she tutored her peers in various levels of math, which lead to her first official tutoring job. As a freshman at UNC, she tutored math at Culbreth Middle School in Carrboro, where she worked both in classrooms and with individual students with ADHD and/or ASD. She worked at Sylvan Learning Center of Jacksonville for almost two years, where she tutored K-12 levels of math and reading comprehension, as well as test prep for the ACT, SAT, and ASVAB. Through her work at Sylvan, she realized that she truly loved her time tutoring and decided to pursue a career as a math teacher. Able to teach all test-prep subjects and math through Calculus III, she is excited to continue to spread her love of math to the students at Forgione Tutoring while helping them achieve their SAT, ACT, and college goals. Michelle tutors all test prep subjects in our Cary office and virtually.
Rebecca V., Specialist
Rebecca received her B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Tampa in 2014 and is currently a fourth year PhD Candidate in the Biology Department at UNC Chapel Hill. Her tutoring experience started during undergrad when she worked as a student mentor in multiple biology laboratories, helping her peers review course material and providing study tips. Since beginning her PhD studies in 2017, Rebecca has worked for five semesters as a graduate teaching assistant and lead instructor for Intro to Biology and Anatomy & Physiology laboratories. In addition to teaching, Rebecca worked as a tutor for the Academic Support for Student Athletes Program, tutoring an array of subjects from statistics to multiple science courses. Through her tutoring experience, Becca realized that she enjoys the personal instruction that tutoring allows. She is excited to help students achieve their college admissions goals and prepare them for college level courses through SAT/ACT test prep. Rebecca works in our Cary office and virtually.
Tiffany L., Specialist
Originally from Canada, Tiffany moved to the Triangle in 2014. She received her B.A. in English from Wilfrid Laurier University and received her M.A. in Education at D’Youville College in New York as well as edTPA honors for teaching. She taught at Broughton High School for five years in AP Language and Composition, English IV, and English III (Academic and Honors). As a National Board Certified teacher, she has mentored NC State students in teaching and has experience tutoring SAT and ACT preparation. She is highly versed in AP test writing in areas such as synthesis, argumentative, and rhetorical analysis. Currently, she is enrolled at NCSU for her M.A. in Administration. She is a part of Principal Fellowship Cohort 26 and active in her DKG community as President supporting women educators and education in Wake County. When Tiffany is not busy with her studies, she can be found reading a book or spending time with her husband and three cats. She tutors Reading and Writing test prep in our Merton Dr. Raleigh location.
Cherie Warren, Administrative Assistant
Cherie handles bookkeeping 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. Our tutors have:
- Taught or tutored for anywhere from 5 – 30 years
- Passed a background screening and reference check
- Scored over a 700 out of an 800 on an SAT screening test in their areas of 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