Meet the Katrina Dreamer Tutoring Team 

Katrina Martin, MA; Associate/OGA (they/them) has more than 20 years of experience as a tutor.

 

Their passion is helping students feel more confident and calm about school. Katrina’s tutoring style includes a combination of meditation and mindfulness techniques as well as practical tools that students can incorporate into their lives. Katrina is Orton-Gillingham trained at the Academy Associate Level and is continuing to work under the mentorship of a fellow. They are a member of the Orton Gillingham Academy and the International Dyslexia Association.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before running Katrina Dreamer Tutoring, LLC, Katrina worked in elementary classrooms and was the director of education at a major tutoring center. Their favorite way to teach is in small groups or one-to-one. Katrina received training in mindfulness instruction through Mindful Schools and has taught a test prep class that incorporates mindfulness at the Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP) at UC Berkeley, Lake Champlain Waldorf School, and The Berkeley School.

 

In addition to tutoring, Katrina also does intuitive coaching, mindfulness, dreamwork, and energy healing. You can find out more here.

 

Katrina has published numerous articles in magazines, newspapers, journals, and web sites, and contributed a chapter to Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled (World Soul Books, 2010). Right now they are writing a memoir and several picture books. Katrina holds a master’s degree in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from JFK University, a teaching license from the University of Colorado at Denver, and bachelor’s degrees in English and Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
 
In 2011, Katrina traveled through seven countries in Europe for six months, tracing their ancestral heritage. Along the way, they rappelled off a 70 foot cliff, soaked in Icelandic hot springs, and swam in a Norwegian fjord.

 

Katrina’s other passion is dreams. They are the Northern New York and New England regional representative for the International Association for the Study of Dreams and they have presented at four IASD conferences. In addition to recording and working with dreams regularly, Katrina co-hosts the podcast Dreaming Back to the Earth, teaches classes on dreams, and writes book reviews for DreamTime magazine. They are also an award-winning photographer. Katrina’s work has been published in Bay Area newspapers, ReVision journal, and on the cover of Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled. You can see Katrina’s work on Instagram.‚Äč

 

Professional Experience

 

  • Orton-Gillingham trained at the Academy Associate level

 

  • Elementary teaching license from University of Colorado at Denver

 

  • Mindfulness training from Mindful Schools

 

  • Master's degree in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from JFK University

 

  • English and Journalism bachelor's degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder

 

  • Meditation training from Intuitive Way

 

Where does tutoring and coaching take place? 

Sessions with Katrina occur online. Other tutors on staff are meeting students either online or in person, using proper safety precautions.  

 

How long are sessions?

Sessions are generally one hour long. However, other arrangements can be made depending on a student's circumstances.

 

What grade levels do you work with?

Our staff is trained to work with a wide variety of ages, from K–12 to college to adults. 

 

What happens during a typical tutoring session?

This all depends on what you and the student would like to accomplish on any given day. Students working with the Orton-Gillingham approach will practice reading, spelling, writing, and handwriting. Study skills students might receive instruction about note-taking or organization, check in with their daily assignments, or get homework help. Math students might receive homework help, study tips for upcoming tests, review, or additional instruction in topics that need bolstering.

Ashton Kirol teaches math and science.

 

Ashton is currently attending the University of Vermont graduate college where he is studying geology. He is researching water chemistry in Vermont lakes focusing on how nutrient cycling impacts cyanobacteria blooms. Ashton holds a BS in chemistry, an AS in environmental science, and a mathematics minor. He loves teaching science concepts and relating them to real world experiences. 

He builds confidence in problem solving by teaching approaches to organizing information and mapping out steps to reach a solution. If a student can plan how to solve a problem before doing any calculations, they become more comfortable working with the information they are given. He aims to create an understanding of scientific concepts over memorization which allows students to become more adaptive problem solvers.

 

Ashton lives in central Vermont with his wife and two children on a 70 acre homestead they built in 2013. He loves hiking, snowshoeing, and cooking. They grow produce including grapes and cherries and tap maple trees every spring. Ashton grew up in Nevada, and he is still amazed by the bountiful growing season in Vermont.

Karen Shearer, MA in Elementary Education, A/OGA, Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education-English.

 

Karen has more than 20 years of teaching experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels focusing on improving literacy skills. She is an Associate level Orton Gillingham practitioner.

 

Karen loves to help students learn the code to discover the meaning and power of words. One of her proudest moments was watching an adult student graduate high school after learning how to read through the Orton Gillingham approach. Karen is also a certified Human Behavior Consultant in association with the Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning. She co-authored a training manual for parents of children with special needs.

 

Karen lives with her teenage son and enjoys a good book, coffee shops, and libraries, as well as spending time with family and friends.