After-school tutoring program receives praise in Shine, an education magazine.

Vanessa Lee Abraham has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 9th grades and she has extensive experience with K-12 as a guest presenter, program developer, facilitator, and substitute teacher. She also enjoyed her work as an education support specialist coaching/tutoring young people in foster care, and other children and teenagers with special needs and behavioral issues. All her experience coupled with her passion for social and emotional learning helped her develop a multi-angled approach to tutoring, which has had great results. Vanessa has been a substitute teacher in Summit County and she has an up-to-date background check on file with the Ohio Department of Education. She is now offering her services to children ages 7-14 virtually.

What to expect:

  • A private conversation over the phone or via email will also need to take place to express your concerns about your child.
  • An introductory/get-to-know meeting with your child, you, and any other parent or caregiver you want present so the young person can see we are all on the same page and serious about supporting him or her.
  • A release form would need to be signed by you so Vanessa can communicate with his/her teachers.
  • Provide samples or send photos of classroom work, the most recent report card, and an I.E.P., if applicable, prior to the first tutoring session.
  • A suitable time will need to be negotiated to meet weekly. Plan to commit to a minimum of eight consecutive weeks.
  • With your permission and depending on your child’s needs, Vanessa will also teach techniques that will help him or her on a personal level (i.e. how to improve focus, social skills, emotional literacy, etc.).
  • You will receive a brief report on the activities done during each session via email.
  • Your child may be asked to do a homework assignment each week.


  • Vanessa’s rate is $30 per face-to-face hour. This includes planning, communication, and any materials shared to support his or her success.
  • You can pay weekly or monthly by check, payable to Smile Inside LLC or use Zelle or Venmo.

If you are interested in setting up an initial consultation or have any questions, you can contact Vanessa at vanessaleeabraham at gmail dot com.