1108 W Washington, Suite A
Marquette, Michigan

Meet The Teachers

 

lisaLisa M. Baker

(Owner/Teacher)

After many years of teaching pre-primary special education students, teaching 3 and 4 year old children, substitute teaching in the public schools, teaching 4th grade, Title I Math and Reading for a parochial school, running a large franchised tutoring center, and tutoring at our local library, I finally decided it was time to begin my own career.  I opened Rise Above Tutoring Center July 1, 2010.

I have a passion for learning, a desire to share that passion and a joy for children’s learning. What better way to spend my days than to help children learn in the way they are capable of learning, help them get caught up in a subject or subjects that they are struggling in, and most of all boost their confidence and self esteem.

I am a certified Dyslexia Consultant. I have been trained to screen for dyslexia and tutor dyslexic students along with consulting with parents of dyslexic students. I have 96 graduate hours in dyslexia training and have taken many courses on line through the Dyslexia Institute with 8 graduate credits through the University of San Diego.  I have a BS in Elementary Education grades 1-6 with a kindergarten endorsement, and am currently working on my Masters in Reading Disabilities. 

 

carrieCarrie Fiocchi

I have my BS in Secondary English Education from NMU. I have been working at professional tutoring centers for 10 years. I am trained in the Lindamood Bell Learning Processes approach to reading and have taught beginning readers as well as adults to learn how to read successfully using Verbalizing and Visualizing and the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program. I also have 6 years experience working and training with Sylvan Learning Centers. I worked as a teacher and the Director of Education. During my time with Sylvan in Marquette I learned that the best thing I can do to help my community is to listen and respond to your needs on an individual level.

Amy Pihlainen

We are happy to have Amy as one of our new teachers.  She received a 

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with minors in mathematics, science and art.  

She then went on to get a Master of Science in Science Education.  Amy taught for the

Au Train-Onota Public Schools for 7 years  She taught all subjects to a 4th/5th grade combined

classroom as well as a 7th/8th grade combined classroom.  We are delighted to have her join

our teaching staff with her love for art, math and the sciences.

Mary Vander-Ploeg

Mary has an elementary teaching degree, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Master of Science in Resource Recreation.  She spent time as the school librarian, substitute teacher for elementary school classrooms and taught technology lessons to the entire elementary school.  All of this was done in Vancouver, Washington.  We are happy to have her here in Michigan, joining our Rise Above Tutoring Staff as an elementary teacher.

 

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    “We feel so lucky to have found Rise Above Tutoring.  Our son, a fifth grader at the time, was struggling with school, especially with reading, writing and spelling. We brought him to Rise Above for testing and help.  After working with Lisa, we found out he has dyslexia. We signed him up for tutoring right away and what a difference it has made!   Not only in his school abilities, but in his self esteem and day to day life. He is a different kid!  He is learning to read, write and spell with accuracy and confidence.  Working with Lisa and Rise Above has changed his life and ours. We are so grateful. Thank you Lisa!!” ~ Kristin and Jeff