Meet Our Wahoo Team

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Chris Paschall, Ph.D., Owner

Chris is a native Central Virginian having grown up in Orange, VA. He graduated twice from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. His tutoring and teaching career began in the seventh grade when his pre-algebra classmates asked the teacher to let him teach factoring of quadratic equations. Ever since, he has tutored numerous students in math, science, and in the past ten years, SAT prep. He is passionate about education and teaching students of all ages, equipping them with tools for lifelong learning. Chris is married to his beautiful wife, Amy, and loves being “Daddy” to his three little girls – Annaleese (7), Caroline (5), and Audrey (3).

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Rebecca Harris, Executive Director

After spending the past 20 years in California, Rebecca recently relocated to Charlottesville with her husband, Dr. Bryan Harris. She earned her education degree from East Texas Baptist University and continues to invest her talents in students, parents, and teachers. She brings a wealth of experience to Wahoo Tutors, having served as tutor, teacher, preschool director, and principal in both the public and private sectors. Rebecca’s most treasured roles are as wife, mom, and “MaBoo” to her grandchildren. Some of her favorite pastimes include cooking, gardening, and decorating.

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Josh Bush, Ph.D.

Josh earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, where he taught undergraduate engineering courses for three semesters before moving to Charlottesville to do biomedical research at the University of Virginia. Working in the orthopedic research labs, he developed new injectable polymers for regenerative medicine applications. He also taught high school level calculus to home school students and has been tutoring math and science since 2012.

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George Carroll

George received his B.S. in Chemistry at St. John’s University (MN) then moved to Virginia to work as Process Chemist at GE. His career took him to Alabama and Tennessee as he worked for Siemens. He and his wife returned to Virginia to be close to family and grandchildren, residing close to Madison. As a tutor, he gets to know the student and what subject areas require attention. He believes a student must be challenged to excel while allowed to progress at his own pace so lessons are mastered before proceeding to the next step. George tutors to keep himself mentally active while giving individual help to students requiring additional preparation for SATs or just a little boost in middle and high school subjects.

Jonathan Fallen

Jonathan Fallen graduated from the College of William and Mary where he received a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in English Education. He has taught at both the middle and high school levels. He enjoys hiking, canoeing, and reading a good book.

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Madhura Girish

Madhura received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from India and a Masters in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. She has been tutoring math for the last one and a half years. Math has always been her favorite subject in school, and in addition to tutoring for Wahoo Tutors, she has taught personal friends and classmates when they found something hard to understand. She was often challenged to solve problems in which the concepts were not yet taught. She won these challenges using simple real world logic. Madhura believes math can be done by every child-if he or she is taught to break down the problem and analyze it. For leisure, she reads books, mostly on finance.

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Thomas Harrison

Tom holds a B.S. in Physics and is certified to teach physics and mathematics by the state of Virginia. He has been an SAT coach and subject tutor for the past two years and currently teaches math and science at Monticello High School. He has tutored adults as well as middle and high school students and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for his favorite subjects with his students.

 

Penelope Krell (“Penny”)

Penny holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from James Madison University and a Reading Specialist degree from East Carolina University. She taught first and second grades before she had the pleasure of rearing her two daughters for the next few years. After they began school, she taught at the Charlottesville Center for Dyslexia for six years then further expanded her teaching experience with students working toward high school diplomas and GEDs as well as tutoring primary and secondary students. Penny volunteers for the Women’s Committee at Martha Jefferson Hospital and for the hospitality committee at church. She enjoys reading, traveling, and playing golf. Being with her young granddaughter is also a very special time for her.

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Gail McKay

Gail received a B.S. and teaching certificate in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Radford College. Twenty-eight of her thirty years of teaching were spent at the kindergarten level. Since retirement, she has remained active in the teaching profession through substitute teaching (both long-term and short-term), working with the PALS program, after-school tutoring, and teaching on a regular basis with summer school. During this time, she has had the opportunity to work with many diverse classes. She enjoys working at Wahoo Tutors because it provides her the opportunity to work with children in a setting that is one-to-one. It is rewarding for her when children grasp concepts as a result of the tutoring process. She enjoys travel, college football, and is passionate about all things Mickey Mouse and chocolate!

Laura Perkins

Since the start of high school, Laura has spent many hours tutoring students through various organizations and has loved every minute of it. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Secondary English Education. She has had the opportunity to teach English as a Second Language, Honors Literature, and serve as Assistant Director of a tutoring center during which time she not only tutored but supported other tutors on staff as well. She also worked at an after-school program that served disadvantaged elementary school-aged children. This comprehensive program allowed her to concentrate on providing students with academic, emotional, physical, and social support. Most recently, she worked with high school students in a local youth group and currently works as the Communications Director at her church. Laura enjoys reading, singing, playing soccer, and working with kids of all ages. She is thankful for the opportunity to work at Wahoo Tutors. She loves being able to completely focus on the needs of one student during a tutoring session. She believes it is truly amazing to be able to give students the attention they deserve.

Denise Pilgrim

Denise earned a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from North Carolina A&T University and a Masters in Reading from the University of Virginia. She has worked in education for 41 years in many capacities: instructional assistant, classroom teacher, reading specialist, division coordinator, instructional coordinator, and tutor. She enjoys working at Wahoo Tutors because she is able to tutor one-to-one and focus on the student’s specific needs. She works on strengthening the particular skill and strategy to improve his or her academic performance in school. She sees Wahoo Tutors as a family who encourages each student to do his or her personal best. Denise enjoys exercising, life, and being the best grandmother ever!

Matt Street

Matt is a Lecturer of Spanish at University of Virginia. He earned an M.A. in Spanish from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Louisiana-Monroe. He is TESOL/TEFL certified worldwide. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Matt developed a love for Spanish literature and linguistics during his years at ULM. His academic interests are broad and include contemporary Latin America and Spanish literatures and Communicative pedagogy. Matt has traveled extensively in Central and South America spending time in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Brazil. As a teaching assistant at University of South Carolina, he taught a wide range of beginning Spanish classes such as Spanish for Advanced Beginners, Elementary Spanish I and II, and intermediate Spanish. Matthew not only has a passion for teaching Spanish, but also English as a Second Language. On the personal side, he loves to read, travel, and spend time with his family.

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