Meet some of our exceptional Online Learning Coaches team members.

Sara Ralph

Sara has been teaching high school mathematics for 16 years, four in Maine and 12 in Virginia. Sara earned her BS in Mathematics, Secondary Teacher Certification, and M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.

Her career path allowed her to experience 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 with the right tools and skills all students can be successful.

Sarah Whitt-Carlson 

Sarah is a certified teacher who has taught middle and high school science and social studies for six years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. She received a Master of Science in Education, Teaching, and Learning from the University of Southern Maine.

Before entering the classroom, she taught hands-on environmental science, history, and maritime skills aboard traditional wooden sailing vessels. She has her 100 ton Captain’s license. She is a US Coast Guard certified instructor.

In spring 2020, Sarah taught her Grade 7 Social Studies classes remotely. She understands the challenges of this approach to learning for students, parents, and teachers. She looks forward to helping students learn the skills they need to be independent, confident, and thriving in the digital environment.

She recognizes that mastering time management skills, effective communication, prioritizing assignments, and creating a focused work environment are as crucial for future success as the academic skills learned. Because Sarah believes all students can succeed given the proper support, coaching will be individualized. Sarah will work closely with students and families to identify strengths, challenges, draft goals, create step-by-step plans to reach those goals, and support the student along the way.

Audrey Dennis

Audrey was a middle and high school Special Education Teacher for six years in both Maine and Maryland. She received her BA in Sociology with a minor in Educational Studies from the University of Southern Maine in 2003. She taught and co-taught various levels of mathematics, English, and other subjects, in small and large group settings.

As a special education teacher, she was responsible for assisting in creating individualized education plans. Organization and study skills are the keys to being a successful student. 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 has two children of her own, age 19 and 17.

Her daughter attended an online private school. Her son’s high school has currently gone virtual. Audrey is knowledgeable in navigating online education and assisting children in creating systems to be successful in this environment.

Katey Smith

Katey has spent most 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. She taught Grade 6 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 class, she recognizes that most 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 students need to develop a toolbox of strategies to solve problems academically and in life. Katey enjoys working with students of different ages and abilities, 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 various areas, including English, Writing, History, Organization, Study Skills, 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 skills Sara already employs working with students who are preparing for college. The curriculum included classes on college admissions counseling, financial aid, and other counseling related topics focused mainly on working with students and their families as they navigate the college admissions process.

Sara received a BA in Economics from Saint Michael’s and a Business Certificate from the University of Maine. Also, she studied for four years of Chinese at Yale University. This was followed by the equivalent of one 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.

Kathy has extensive experience with elementary and middle school children with organizational challenges, making accommodations, and designing implementing IEPs. She also has insight into the K-12 online platform as a parent and learning coach. She enjoys helping students strategically navigate academic responsibilities.

Our Founder

Online Learning Coaches, LLC was started by Marci Annis the founder and owner of a bricks and mortar tutoring service with three locations in the state of Maine.

Marci recognized the difficulties that Maine families were facing with managing school in a remote and in-person learning environment. To remedy those struggles, she 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. They are experts in task management and student motivation in an online setting. We like to think of our Learning Coaches as the “guardian angels” of learning.

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