A co-founder of LIFE Tutoring, Megan Marino was graduated from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education, K-12, and earned a Master's Degree in Research-Based Learning Interventions from the University of St. Joseph. While an undergrad, Megan distinguished herself as a Best Buddies Chapter President. An international nonprofit for young adults ages 18-21, Best Buddies helps learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities to form inclusive and genuine one-to-one friendships with their academically advantaged peers. This position informed and refined Megan's expertise in the identification of the learning and social-emotional needs of children and young adults. Knowledgeable in the application of the research-based interventions that target the complex needs of individual learners and ensure steady growth over time, Megan has made this approach a foundation of LIFE Tutoring. Megan is currently a special education teacher at an elementary school in central CT, and has provided outside tutoring services for the last four years. In her personal life, Megan likes to spend time at the beach with family and friends, bake cupcakes and cookies, and travel to learn how people all over the world live and enjoy life.
A co-founder of LIFE Tutoring, Julie Oberholtzer was graduated from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education, K-12, and earned a Master's Degree in Reading and Language Arts from the University of St. Joseph. As an undergraduate, Julie was a four-year, Division 1 soccer player, and finished her soccer career with the insight that 20 years of full athletic engagement and hard work imparts. As a center midfielder, Julie embraced her collaborative role as a valued member of a team. For any learner in any setting, Julie learned that each small effort makes a difference. In the classroom, Julie's research-based expertise infuses such efforts with structure and meaning, and creates opportunities for significant academic, social and emotional growth. It is this belief system that informs her work and provides the infrastructure of LIFE Tutoring. Julie presently holds a position as a Special Education Teacher at an elementary school in central CT. She has offered after-school tutoring services, Pre-K-9, for the last six years. In her personal life, Julie is an active hiker, and loves traveling, pasta, and her wrinkly, cuddly bulldog, Otis.