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.



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.
Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Matt brings to bear his three years of tutoring experience for The Connection Tutoring Center. Graduating from Swarthmore with a BA in biology, Matt specializes in teaching the natural sciences. He works with students of all ages and all abilities. Matt also has extensive history tutoring in standardized tests ranging from elementary private school entrance exams to the MCATS (medical school entrance exams) and everything in-between
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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