The Tutoring Center, Wyoming, MI


Tutor helping struggling child with math and science

Director – Kristi Cole   
Kristi is excited to bring The Tutoring Center, with 120+ locations, to West Michigan. Kristi grew up in Grand Haven and has always lived in Michigan.  She received a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University.  While her business career was successful she was looking for something more rewarding that would align better with raising her own children and her passion for teaching children.  This desire returned her to college at Grand Valley State University where she earned a B.A. in English/Language Arts with Elementary and Middle School Education certification. She has 20 years of experience in various roles in our area schools. Kristi has been actively involved with public and charter schools, provided private tutoring and led a community-based tutoring program. West Michigan is blessed with fabulous schools and teachers. For some children, however, there is still a gap between what they are completing in school versus what they are capable of achieving. Kristi observed this first-hand with the students she tutored. In her latest role, managing a tutoring program for Streams of Hope Community Center, the number of students requesting tutoring rapidly increased with a growing wait list. Experiencing this increased need for tutoring, inspired Kristi to look at additional options for families to help children reach their fullest potential. The Tutoring Center’s student focused model, proven methods, and rotational approach, will give students the skills and confidence needed to succeed.

Instructor - Norma Golden
Norma was born and raised in the Detroit area, typically referred to as “The Downriver Area.” She received her BS in Elementary Education at a small, private college in southeastern Kentucky, Union College. Norma then began her teaching career in Kentucky, teaching elementary school for eight years. After relocating back to Michigan, she worked as the Education Director for United Methodist Community House in Grand Rapids for eleven years. During that time, Norma attended Calvin College where she received her Special Education Certification in Learning Disabilities and completed her Master’s of Education Degree. She then went on to teach in the Grand Rapids Public Schools for over twenty years before retiring in 2018. She now devotes her time to her family, her many hobbies, and her newly adopted dog named Reign. Norma looks forward to again working with students and fellow staff members at The Tutoring Center.

Lead Instructor - Joseph Mead 
Joseph was born and raised in St. Joseph, MI about two miles from the Lake Michigan coast. He spent most of his childhood exploring, visiting national parks with his family, sword-fighting, looking for treasure on the beach, and drawing constantly. He never found any treasure, but he did find that drawing was his greatest passion and decided he wanted to be an artist and author so that he could create imaginative stories for kids. That or an astronaut. Whichever was easier. After NASA openly rejected his astronaut school application on the grounds that he thought the Star Wars saga was a historical documentary, Joseph attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. There he studied Digital Media, character/environment design, comic book design, animation, digital painting, and scientific illustration. He is now a children’s book author/illustrator, which means he gets to draw animals and pirates and dragons every day! Joseph currently lives in Wyoming, MI with his pet rabbit Luna. In his spare time he enjoys collecting Legos, building replicas of medieval armor and weapons, playing video games, and reading/researching history and legends.  His favorite book series is the Lord of the Rings, his favorite lightsaber color is blue, and he is in Ravenclaw House :)

Lead Instructor - Emily Sandborn
Emily was born and raised in Portland (half way between Grand Rapids and Lansing) and is currently living in Grand Rapids. She graduated in the spring of 2021 from Grand Valley State University with a BA in Secondary Education and English as well as being endorsed in Applied Linguistics-ESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). Emily enjoys being outside and active, so she loves hiking, going to the beach, and playing soccer. On Saturday mornings Emily can be found coaching some adorable 1-5 year old soccer. Reading is also one of her passions.  Her all-time favorites include The Great Gatsby, It's Kind of a Funny Story, and The Percy Jackson series. Emily has loved her time working at The Tutoring Center and strives to continue help all the amazing kiddos reach their potential!

Assistant Instructor - Grace Medalen 
Grace was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but has lived in Michigan for most of her life. She is currently a senior at Byron Center High School. She plays flute in the marching band. Grace loves music and has been playing the flute as well as the piano for 8 years. She is a member of the National Honor Society and works hard to maintain her 4.10 GPA. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, painting, and playing games with her family.  One of Grace's passions is traveling. Recently she hiked the Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park with her dad. One of her favorite trips was a family vacation to Greece where she hiked sixteen miles through the Samaria Gorge and had a meal prepared by a shepherd at the top of a mountain near his herd.  Grace loves working with kids and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field that allows her to continue helping kids. She also volunteers at her church where she spends time playing with younger kids. Grace enjoys math and looks forward to working with students to improve their skills.

Instructor - Angel Rozema
Hi my name is Angel.  I was born in Oregon but raised in two other states.  All that moving prepared me for life when I married a Naval Officer and we bounced around the US.  After 20 years of military life we retired to my husband’s home state of Michigan.  To keep some consistency for our four children I decided to homeschool them.  I have enjoyed spending over twenty years home educating my tribe.  Through the years I discovered some of my children struggled with learning issues such as ADHD, dyslexia, and dysgraphia.  I was able to tailor their education and teach to their strengths.  Two of my four children have gone on to graduate from college, one is graduating May 2022 from college and my youngest is a sophomore in high school (still learning at home).  I enjoy many leisure activities including but not limited to reading, gaming, and photography.  I love to travel and visit new regions; my favorite trip was to Alaska in 2019.

Assistant Instructor - Haley Duimstra
Haley was born and raised in Dorr, Michigan. She is currently transitioning from Grand Rapids Community College to Grand Valley State University, where she plans to complete a degree in Elementary Education with a focus on math and science. She loves spending time with her family including her two Goldendoodles, Phoebe and Clover. She also enjoys cooking, baking, sewing, crafting and has an extreme love for all things Disney. Since a very young age, Haley thought about becoming a teacher, but it wasn’t until mentoring kids as a high schooler that she officially made it her career goal. Because of Haley’s natural ability to be a “helper” to people, she is very excited to be given the opportunity to help kids by joining The Tutoring Center team.

Instructor - Riley Eloise Mitchell
I was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I grew up playing soccer and running cross country. I moved to East Lansing in 2015 to attend Michigan State University for college. At MSU, I studied International Relations and planned to go to law school before I took my first tutoring job and realized how much I enjoyed teaching. I moved to the Grand Rapids area this summer and have really enjoyed getting to know the West side of the state. In my free time, I’m an avid reader and writer, mom to two orange tabby cats named Harold and Charlie, and an MSU sports fan—particularly basketball and hockey. I also love to travel and have visited nine different countries so far. In the future I am hoping to go back to school to get my Master’s and teaching certification. I am really looking forward to meeting and working with all of my students!

Intern - Nick Gonzalez
Nick was born in Sarasota, Florida, and moved to Byron Center, Michigan in 2018. Nick will be a junior at Byron Center High School. He is a part of the track team and runs as a sprinter, participating in events such as the 100 and 200 meter run. Some of his hobbies include listening to music, playing video games, and spending time with his brother, Jacob. He enjoys exchanging knowledge with other individuals, allowing him to view their perspectives and learn more about them. For the future, his goal is set on pursuing the career of accounting. Since the start of his school education, Nick has always loved the subject of math and has devoted himself to use his skills as much as he can. He believes that anyone can achieve anything, so he wants to help everyone he can to reach that goal at The Tutoring Center.

Intern - Sarah Witvliet
Sarah was born in Redlands, California and moved to Michigan when she was thirteen years old. She is finishing up her junior at South Christian High School in Byron Center. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, watching movies, biking, playing games, hiking, and going to the beach. She took piano lessons for six years before she moved and played the trumpet and percussion in band class. At school she enjoys studying history and math. She loves spending time with kids and babysitting when she gets the chance. She plans to major in elementary education and is excited about beginning her college career.

Assistant Instructor - Ashley Everett
Ashley was born and raised in Grandville, Michigan. She attended Grandville Public Schools. Currently, Ashley is an integrated science and elementary education student at Grand Valley State University. Throughout her education, she has always enjoyed working and helping all students to reach their goals in school. In her free time, Ashleycan always be found with a book in hand. Her favorite genre to read is fiction. An outdoor activity she enjoys is cross country running. Her favorite race she ran was the Bayshore 10K. She is always looking to challenge herself and is currently researching the role of identity in learning science and is training for her first half marathon. Ashley looks forward to working with students at The Tutoring Center.

Owner – Ed Cole
Ed is passionate about helping children and building a stronger community.  He is from Jenison, MI and has lived most of his life in various locations around Grand Rapids.  Ed received his B.A. from Hope College and his M.B.A. from Indiana University.  After spending 18 years traveling as a management consultant, he was looking for a change of pace and a way to get involved and make a local impact. After months of research, Ed found The Tutoring Center’s student first business model, 1:1 tutoring method and Rotational Approach  To Learning™ very compelling and is excited to be able to bring it to West Michigan.  It is inspirational to help and influence a child’s life and Ed is looking forward to the opportunity.   He considers himself a life-long learner and has been involved in many youth activities.  In particular, he enjoys youth sports coaching.  He has coached his three children and many teams through AYSO soccer, Upwards and Courthouse Basketball, YMCA’s, and the West Michigan Warriors. Ed also enjoys serving on local boards of directors and has or is currently serving at American Red Cross, West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC), Streams of Hope Community Center and Cornerstone Church.  He brings his passion for helping children learn and his business experience to helping manage the operations of The Tutoring Center.

Our classrooms feature an intense learning environment that combines “The Rotational Approach to Learning” and One-To-One Instruction. Both methods were developed by Edward S.Thalheimer, Ph.D., founder of THE TUTORING CENTER. Our innovative system gives your child far more One-to-One Instruction than he or she will ever receive in a classroom full of children, or even in a small group.

You have many choices available for your child, and we want you to make the choice that's in your child's best interest. For instance, many schools provide after-school tutoring or intervention programs for students who are having difficulty in school, and maybe your child has been offered one in the past. Even though these programs are free to families, current research indicates that these programs are inefficient and time-consuming. Since they focus mostly on completing your child's homework, they can not offer you a permanent solution. While school-based tutoring may provide your child with short-term homework help, THE TUTORING CENTER's intense One-to-One Instruction and "The Rotational Approach to Learning™" actually provide your child with long-term skills that will last a lifetime.


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