Kristin Linder Carpenter – Founder, Educational Coach, ACT tutor, and College Advisor
Having grown up in Louisiana, I spent most of my childhood in one of the worst school districts in the country. I saw how children lost motivation and perspective, and made incredibly detrimental choices when it came to their education. In the tenth grade I scored in the top .01% of students in Louisiana on the standardized test and was subsequently chosen to attend the prestigious Louisiana School of Math, Science, and the Arts. My education at LSMSA highlighted the tools and techniques that successful students use, from active reading strategies to different sets of study skills. I was accepted to Louisiana State University with a full academic scholarship after my junior year of high school. I tutored privately in college, and worked with undergraduates through law students. During college I spent a year and a half on an internship training with an Olympic selector for three-day eventing. In 2005, I participated in the North American Young Rider Championships, receiving a team bronze medal.
I knew I wanted to spend my life sharing the tools and techniques of successful students and teens, academically and in life. I graduated with a Bachelors in History and two years of Biochemistry, top 3 in my class of over 800. After college I spent three months traveling through Europe and the Balkans, and I completed a summer study semester in Germany. Upon my return to the states I moved to Arlington, VA, where I started my career in education as a private tutor. At first, I worked for a number of large tutoring firms here in Northern Virginia. However, after working under the limits and constraints of subject tutoring, I decided to make a program that does education justice. Instead of just giving children answers, I focused on teaching them how to find the answers. Instead of spending an hour quizzing them on topics, I spent an hour teaching them the strategies of studying that work with how they, as individuals, learn. Instead of treating the symptoms, I focused on finding the problems. My program was incredibly successful, especially with families that had tried many other options. In 2013 I received my Master’s from Georgetown University. More than ever, I appreciated how important it is for students to get an excellent grounding in writing, study skills, and reading while in grade school.
Since the founding of Linder Educational Coaching, I have worked closely with local doctors and psychologists to learn about executive functioning issues, which is how ADD/ADHD and many other learning disabilities express themselves. We now specialize in helping students develop executive functioning skills and manage learning disabilities. These skills are important to be both successful students and adults. We expanded business in 2015 to a commercial property to create the first after school program in the area that focuses on executive functioning issues.
We get referrals from local principals, guidance counselors, teachers and doctors. There is a demand here for a comprehensive and holistic approach to learning, and I am proud to meet the needs of families through my educational coaching program.
Carmen Rodriguez holds an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a B.A. in English from Florida State University, graduating from both institutions with honors. She has dabbled in several literary-careers: employed as a publicist for a historic, nationally-acclaimed theater; a reader for a successful New York literary agency; and a journalist. Teaching, however, has proven to be one of her greatest loves.
Her journey in education has taken her into the classrooms of New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, and, most recently, Virginia. She believes that each student’s academic journey is unique. To this end, her process-based approach, supported by the foundational development of executive function skills, encourages students to drive their learning experiences through the exploration of their own curiosities within each subject matter.
Beyond teaching, she is the author of two young adult novels—34 Pieces of You and Not Anything. Her third young-adult novel, Carry You With Me, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in 2017.
I am a Fairfax County native and have spent most of my life in either Burke or Springfield. I went to Thomas Jefferson High School (TJ), and graduated in 2010. I then went on to William and Mary and graduated in 2014 with a double major in psychology and philosophy.
Kelli Normoyle- Educational Coach
Kelli grew up in Mount Laurel, New Jersey and graduated from Lenape High School in 2007. After graduation she spent one year at the University of Maryland, College Park before transferring to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Kelli graduated with Honors in 2012, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Government, with a focus on International Affairs. She was also commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Since graduating from the Academy Kelli has traveled across the United States, and the world, with assignments in the Coast Guard. Her first assignment was as a Boarding Officer and Assistant Navigator aboard a National Security cutter out of Alameda, CA. As the Education Services officer onboard, Kelli was responsible for assisting crew members with their advanced education and professional development goals. Kelli’s next assignment was as the Commanding Officer of an 87 foot Coast Patrol Boat in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While she wasn’t sailing around the Caribbean, Kelli tutored math and science at a local high school. Through the Coast Guard and her tutoring, Kelli has learned to develop organizational skills and independence in people from wide range of backgrounds. These experiences have given her a passion for helping people discover skills and confidence they never thought possible. She is so excited to be part of the team at Linder Educational Coaching.
Sarah Behrens – Educational Coach
Sarah Behrens grew up between south Florida and Chicago. Her initial interest in the education field began when she worked alongside physical education teachers to adapt curriculum to create greater accessibility for all students. She pursued and graduated with degrees in Cross Categorical Special Education and Spanish from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Thereafter, she was employed as a Special Education Coordinator and Resource Teacher for two urban Chicagoland charter schools prior to moving to the area. Presently, Sarah works as Special Education Teacher for a private school for students with social and communication needs where development of executive functioning skills is a priority.
She also has a variety of experiences working with a range of needs and ages through volunteering in school, community, and therapeutic recreation settings. She is passionate about fostering students’ innovative thinking to learn and grow in their initiative and independence. Sarah also loves animals, all sports (especially college football season), hiking, traveling and exploring everything the DMV area has to offer!
I grew up in a small town just south of Charlotte, N.C. After high school I attended Clemson University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences.
Shortly after graduating from Clemson, I accepted a position managing Morningside Training Farm, a large three-day eventing facility, which brought me to the Northern Virginia area and eventually led me to Linder Educational Coaching.
During my time at Clemson I worked multiple jobs for barns in the area to pay for board, lessons, and competitions within the sport of eventing. Time management and organization became very important to maintain my work schedule, juggle my riding and competitions, and keep up with a demanding school schedule.
I am excited to be a part of the Linder Educational Coaching team and look forward to working with students at The Hub to develop strong workmanship and organizational skills that they will use both in school and later on in their chosen career paths.