Meet Our Wahoo Team

Josh Bush

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.

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.


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 – Owner

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 45 years in many capacities: instructional assistant, classroom teacher, reading specialist, division coordinator, instructional coordinator, and tutor. Now retired, Wahoo Tutors is a continuation of her passion for education. She sees Wahoo Tutors as a family who encourages students of all ages to do their personal best by giving them the tools needed for lifelong learning.When not at Wahoo, Denise enjoys exercising (Jazzercizing ,AFRI-CArdio, Temple Fit and learning West African dance) traveling and being with family especially her grandchildren.

Anne Kinsley

Anne has a B.A. in Anthropology from William and Mary and a M.Ed. in Special Education from UVa. She is a certified special education teacher with over a quarter century of experience working with students with learning differences. Anne has taught elementary level math up through Geometry. She has also taught elementary and middle school science, from a 3rd grade level up through Earth, Life, and Physical Science. Over the years she has tutored adults in writing, grammar, and Algebra. Anne’s goal is to make whatever subject she is teaching easy to understand, fun to learn, and memorable. When not teaching, Anne can be found reading, gardening, quilting, or playing with her dogs.

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