As a veteran of the corporate world with 20 years of sales and management experience, Susan chose College Nannies, Sitters + Tutors as a way to "leave it better." Matching families with the proper role model leading to a stronger family fulfills her desire. Susan is also actively involved in Make-A-Wish Foundation and has been since 1999. With Make-A-Wish she has chaired fund raising events, spoken on behalf of the organization, but her true love is meeting wish kids and their families and helping make that wish come true. Susan has participated in over 50 wishes and feels honored to be part of such a magical organization. She is also a board member of The Breathing Association and The Columbus Dance Academy. Susan is a native of Ohio, having lived in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and now enjoys traveling to the various College Nannies, Sitters + Tutors offices in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
I’m married to a wonderful man and we are very proud of our 2 boys (young men). Our eldest, Shaun, just recently moved to San Diego, CA to begin his Photography career and our youngest, Erik, is a Sophomore who is a Honors student and very involved with football and wrestling. We also have a Westie (Riley) and a Green-cheeked conure (Patron)….both males.
I have been in the staffing and recruiting industry for “too many” years to count. It’s always been a welcome challenge along with a rewarding experience. I began my career with Kelly Services (when they were better known as “Kelly Girls”). Throughout my career, it’s been a pleasure to have the opportunity to make a positive impact in someone’s life.
Nikki started teaching SAT test prep in 2006 in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2007, she moved to Florida where she continued her work as a tutor and instructor with several different schools and companies in the Pensacola area. During this time, she continued to work in SAT test prep, and she also started assisting students in grades 1-12 in basic math, algebra, geometry, grammar, writing, reading, history, social studies, study skills, and ACT, ASVAB, and GED test prep. In 2010, Nikki returned to the Pittsburgh area to be near her family, and she continued working in education as a part-time tutor and instructor. Over the past 9 years, she's worked with students in both one-on-one and classroom settings. Nikki's very excited to now be an learning center coordinator and tutor for the South Hills College Nannies and Tutors office in Pittsburgh.
I am a well-educated person, and I believe that learning is the most important thing that a person can do with his or her time. I love to read, write, and study new languages. I am an active person, and I like to spend my time outdoors as well as indoors. I work hard, and I try to be the best person that I can be. I love to cook clean, healthy meals, and I feel that teaching children to cook and getting them involved in the entire process of eating from preparation to consumption is a great way to get them invested in living a healthy life. My philosophy in life is best summarized as do the best that you can, be the best that you can, and you will inevitably succeed.
Brittany Blackham holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English writing paired with a Children's Literature certificate. She possesses varied tutoring and teaching experience. She has instructed with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project through the Young Writers Institute where she taught creative writing workshops at the University of Pittsburgh to middle school students with professors and authors. She also currently teaches art classes through the Community Arts Center of Cambria County.
As a tutor, she believes that the diversity within her teaching background aids in providing well-rounded instruction in relation to experience with various grade levels and deliberating multifaceted curriculum. She primarily teaches essay writing, creative writing and reading comprehension. As with most skills, practicing is a large component in helping students achieve comfort when sharing what they have written and/or read. She believes that every student is able to be inspired by the act of writing and through identifying with literature, and that these practices are highly beneficial to constructing a sense of self and confidence. Her primary goal is to motivate students to uncover the benefits and the value of literacy practices.
Mr. Esparza has been a student of the Classical Languages since his high school days at St. Mary's Academy in Kansas. At St. Mary's he earned two gold medals, and one silver medal for the Junior Classical League's National Latin Exam.
In college he studied further in Latin, Ancient Greek, and German at the University of Pittsburgh's Classics Department. He concluded his studies in Humanities at Kansas State University. There he also earned a Certificate of Primary Texts from the Political Science department, a program designed to foster the 'Great Books' method of education.
Mr. Esparza has been a tutor for the past four years. In his spare time he does mountain biking, writes education columns and fiction, and co-organizes the Pittsburgh Writers' Meetup Group.