About The Connection

In October 2015, Dan Roberts launched The Connection Tutoring Center in East Memphis as an educational community partner to both Memphis families and schools.  Based on our community’s feedback, The Connection intentionally expanded in two areas: Learners’ ages and academic subjects.  The Connection offers small-group and private tutoring to K-12, college, and adult learners.  While we specialize in mathematics, our instruction is also available in science, literacy, and standardized test prep.  As a community partner, we also work with local schools and organizations to provide academic support and sponsorship.

With most of our instructors holding a Bachelors/Masters degree and teaching experience, our qualified staff help students of all ages by identifying possible learning gaps – or needs for extension – and tailoring instruction accordingly.  When students connect with us, they strengthen skills, build confidence, and erase stress.

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Founder

Dan Roberts

Dan is a native Memphian who attended public and private schools before graduating from Houston High School in 2003. Dan received his undergraduate degree in Engineering from Northwestern University and a Masters in Engineering Management from Christian Brothers University. He briefly worked for Medtronic as a product development engineer before giving into his passion for a career in teaching. He is also the director of The Connection Home School Tutorial in Collierville.

Our Team

As the Center Director, Marissa ensures that The Connection is a constructive, comfortable learning space to meet all students’ academic needs. Before joining The Connection, she graduated from St. George’s Independent School and is currently earning her Bachelor’s in both English and Political Science at the University of Memphis. Having tutored professionally since the age of fifteen, Marissa understands that education is not a “one-size-fits-all” endeavor. She loves leading an organization that can provide the time, resources, and flexibility for tailoring instruction to students’ individual needs so they can achieve academic and personal success.

 

KennonAs an instructor, Kennon works with students to understand the concepts they struggle with on homework and class assignments. His tutoring specialties include upper level math such as Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, and Calculus. Before joining The Connection, Kennon graduated from White Station High School and earned his Bachelors in both Mathematics and Physics from University of Tennessee. Kennon is a passionate tutor who believes all students deserve the best math education possible.

 

Nick tutors students in math and science, with specialties in Statistics and Chemistry.  He graduated from Houston High School and is currently studying engineering at the University of Memphis.  Nick loves to see student’s reactions when they finally understand the material.
Travis Thornton is currently a senior at White Station High School. He has a passion for mathematics and the sciences, and he plans to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. As a student himself, Travis understands the fulfillment of breaking through an educational barrier and strives to see that reaction in all of his students.
Eli specializes in mathematics, coding, and reading comprehension, especially with elementary-level students. He graduated from White Station High School and earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Memphis. Eli believes in teaching research and study skills, with an emphasis on cultivating curiosity and understanding how to learn. He hopes to not only help students conquer the new Core Standards, but prepare them to handle any future curriculum changes that will be thrown their way during their educational career.
Savannah specializes in English and elementary mathematics. She recently moved to Memphis from East Tennessee, where she graduated from Harriman High School and earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Tennessee Technological University. Savannah has accrued over six years of tutoring experience from working with after school programs and standardized test workshops. She has a passion for learning that motivates her to help each and every student she encounters overcome their educational struggles. Savannah hopes to help children realize their potential and prepare them for a successful future.
Michael enjoys helping students to improve their mathematical skills, at the same time developing valuable problem-solving techniques. He graduated with MA in Mathematics from Indiana University and earned his Mathematics PhD from Oklahoma State University. Michael is an enthusiastic tutor committed to a high quality student learning.

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