About Our Tutors

Julie MacKissock

Lisa Waters

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I have been teaching since I was sixteen years old. My first experience was teaching the CCD classes at my local church. I’ve been a camp counselor, a tutor, a substitute teacher and a para-educator. After college, I worked in the manufacturing business as a project manager, and I was part of the leadership team that trained colleagues in many areas of professional development. For 7 years, I was a classroom teacher at a school for gifted and talented students. Currently, I am teaching 7th Grade Language Arts at Prairie Middle School. My areas of expertise are Literacy and Social Studies instruction and special education for both ends of the intellectual spectrum. I have worked with all types of kids, from medically fragile to highly gifted. There was never a doubt in my mind that I would be a teacher. I am passionate about learning, reading and writing and I think it is that passion which inspires my students to be life long learners. In my spare time, I am going to graduate school to get my MFA in Creative Writing, and I am working on finishing a novel. I like to run, cook, and read as well. I set a challenge to read 100 books every school year; as of March 2014 I have 35 more to read by July 31, 2014. I love teaching and see myself continuing to do so until I retire.
Lisa Waters holds a Colorado State Teaching license in Early Childhood Education and is currently a 1st grade teacher in Aurora. She has been a classroom teacher for 12 years and also worked as a Reading Interventionist for 2 years. She has worked with all ages from 4-17. Her passion is helping students discover the true join of learning. She doesn’t want students to just learn “how” to read but also to learn how to ENJOY reading! She works to meet each of her students individual needs and learning styles and is determined to help every student reach the stars and beyond!

Lauren Sexauer

Katie Williamson

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Lauren Sexauer has her Colorado Teaching License in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has done classroom teaching for grades ECE through 3rd grade, as well as pull-out reading intervention. She currently works at Escuela Valdez as a Teacher Leader. In her current position, she spends half her time teaching reading intervention and half her time working with teachers to help them improve their practice. Education is a lifelong passion for Lauren. She is passionate about helping students develop their love of learning as well as their critical thinking skills to build their independence.
I originally hail from Salem, Virginia, and I moved to Johnson City, Tennessee, where I spent several years of my adult life. I graduated from East Tennessee University in 2013, earning a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Special Education for both mild/moderate and severe and profound disabilities. I worked as a special education teacher for 3 years in Tennessee, grades 4-6, focusing on reading and math skill deficits. Upon moving to Denver in 2016, I accepted a high school special education position, where I have been since. The English language is a passion of mine, as I love reading, writing, and everything that goes along with it. I currently hold a professional teaching license in Colorado for Special Education Generalist 5-21, and I have worked with students of varying ability levels, including ADHD, speech and language impairments, specific learning disabilities in math and reading, and low IQs. In my downtime, you can find me on a trail in the mountains with my dog, on a patio enjoying Denver’s endless sunshine, or at a concert.