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 currently holds a substitute teaching license 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 7-13 virtually.

What to expect:

  • Vanessa would like to have an initial meeting with you, your child, 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 private conversation over the phone or via email will also need to take place to express your concerns about your child.
  • A release form would need to be signed by you so Vanessa can communicate with the school.
  • Please bring samples or send photos of classroom work, the most recent report card, and an I.E.P., if applicable, to the initial meeting or first tutoring session.
  • A suitable time will need to be negotiated to meet weekly, preferably at a library. Plan to commit to a minimum of eight consecutive (ideally) 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 will 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 take-away materials created to support his or her success.
  • You can pay via check, payable to Smile Inside LLC or electronic deposit.

If you are interested in setting up an initial consultation or have any questions, go to the Contact tab to get in touch.