Meet some of our exceptional Online Learning Coach team members.

Sara Ralph

Sara has been teaching high school mathematics for sixteen years, four in Maine and twelve in Virginia. Sara earned both her BS in Mathematics/Secondary Teacher Certification and M. in Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Her career path has allowed her to experience many diverse learning situations and teach a wide variety of courses.

Sara has an enthusiastic outlook on education, a strong mathematics background, and a passion for teaching and learning.  She believes that with the right tools and skills all students can be successful.

Audrey Dennis

Audrey was a middle school and high school Special Education Teacher for 6 years, in both Maine and Maryland. She taught and co-taught a variety of levels of mathematics and English, as well as other subjects, in small and large group settings. As a special education teacher she was responsible for assisting in the creation and implementation of individualized education plans.

Organization and study skills are the keys to being a successful student, and Audrey believes in teaching these skills to students whether they attend a brick and mortar school or are involved in online learning.

Audrey is currently living in Virginia with her family. She is a respite care provider for military families who have children with special needs. She received her BA in Sociology with a minor in Educational Studies from the University of Southern Maine in 2003.

She has two children of her own, age 19 and 17. Her daughter attended an online private school and her son’s high school has currently gone virtual. Audrey is knowledgeable in how to navigate online education and assist children in creating systems to be successful in this environment.

Katey Smith

Katey has spent the majority of her life working with kids, from Sunday School to tutoring to classroom teaching. She graduated from Thomas College with a BS in Elementary Education at the top of her class in 2016. From there, she taught 6th grade at Union Elementary School for two years, before moving onto Benton Elementary School, where she had done her student teaching and internship.

While she loves teaching her own class, she recognizes that a majority of students learn best when coached one-on-one. Katey understands that coaching provides the opportunity to solidify the organizational skills needed to succeed in an academic setting. She believes that students need to develop a toolbox of strategies to solve problems they face academically and in life. Katey enjoys working with students of different ages and abilities, and leading them to their true potential.

Sara Rademacher

Sara has been a one-on-one tutor and learning coach since 2005. She works with students in a variety of areas including English, Writing, History, Organization, Study Skills, and SAT and ACT prep. A former Scholarship Coordinator, Sara has worked with numerous students to ensure a smooth transition between high school and college. She is also a Kaplan certified instructor for the SAT Prep classes and has taught SAT Prep for nearly 20 years.

In 2016 Sara completed the College Counseling Certificate Program offered through the University of California at San Diego. The program expanded on the skills Sara already employs working with students who are preparing for college. The curriculum included classes on college admissions counseling, financial aid as well as other counseling related topics and focused mainly on how to work with students and their families as they try to navigate the challenging college admissions process.

Sara received a BA in Economics from Saint Michael’s and a Business Certificate from the University of Maine. In addition, she studied 4 years of Chinese at Yale University followed by the equivalent of 1 year at the University of Harbin in China.

Joan Benner

Joan taught high school mathematics for 40 years at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, Maine after receiving her BA in Mathematics from the University of Maine. She taught basic math through pre-calculus. For the last four years, Joan has worked as a tutor and coach, both online and in-person, with organizational skills, study skills, time management, mathematics, and SAT/ACT Prep.

Joan enjoys passing along her knowledge of classroom management in a one-on-one coaching setting. She has experience in curriculum design, leadership as Chair of the Math Department, and coaching as leader of the Math Team. Her hobbies include hiking, knitting and jewelry design.

Kathy Cook

Kathy Cook earned her M. Ed. in Elementary Education from UMass Boston.  She is an active substitute teacher, tutor, and learning coach in Midcoast Maine where she resides. Kathy has worked one-on-one with students of all ages and learning styles to improve their reading, writing, math, organization, and study skills.   She has extensive experience with elementary and middle school children with organizational challenges, making accommodations and designing implementing IEPs.

Kathy also has insight into the K12 online platform as a parent and learning coach. She enjoys helping students navigate their academic responsibilities in a strategic manner.

Our Founders

Online Learning Coaches, LLC is the first of its kind! Partners Heath Kennie and Marci Casas are respectively a former Maine principal and the founder and owner of a tutoring service with three locations in the state of Maine. Heath and Marci recognized the difficulties that Maine families were facing with managing school. To remedy those struggles, they founded Online Learning Coaches, LLC and began providing the structure and support that most students need to experience success in academics. The staff at Online Learning Coaches, LLC understands these needs and are experts in task management and student motivation. We like to think of our Learning Coaches as the “guardian angels” of learning.

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