At Upper Echelon Academy in Wellington, Florida, we have a rich history of meeting the unique demands of equestrians and elite athletes outside a typical school environment. Using the latest technology, we meet the educational needs of each student and work closely with schools to provide tutoring that exceeds expectations. Upper Echelon Academy has an extensive background in designing and delivering curriculum and has established a cohesive relationship with respected schools across North America.

Our education professionals have a gift for connecting with students. Our tutors are outstanding individuals with depth of experience in their fields of study; but more importantly, they are educators that foster a love of learning for their academic subject. We believe in maximizing the benefits that individualized instruction can provide through having teachers who connect with children. Our consistent base of tutors develops a rapport with the students that continues from year to year. 

 

Partners

Clementine Goutal

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Clementine obtained a Bachelor of the Arts from Brown University in Rhode Island, where she worked as a tutor and mentor with the Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment Program. As a junior equestrian, she traveled frequently and balanced her rigorous academic course load with the demanding horse show schedule. Once accepted to one of the nation’s top universities, Clementine continued competing nationally and internationally on the equestrian circuit without sacrificing her high academic standing. She works with high school and college students to strengthen writing skills, manages relationships with schools, and oversees tutor-student progress.


Kate Bomgaars

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Kate Bomgaars graduated from Carroll University with a double major in Business Marketing and Graphic Communications and a minor in Leadership. During college, Kate balanced competing in Wellington FL on the weekends and a full university course load. Kate graduated with distinction while simultaneously recording victories at Spruce Meadows, WEF, and Madison Square Garden. Having balanced academics and a competitive equestrian career, Kate helps UEA students as they venture down the same path.


Heather Amber

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Heather graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Learning and a minor in French from Maryville College. She completed a semester study abroad in Angers, France. As a licensed classroom teacher, she then taught French for four years and Kindergarten for two years at the Episcopal School of Knoxville before she left classroom teaching in order to focus on her riding. Heather has tutored students of all ages in writing, foreign language, and mathematics. A competitive dressage rider with USDF bronze and silver medals, she understands the importance of balancing academic goals with outside priorities. She enjoys combining her passion for education and her love of riding by helping young equestrians have successful educational experiences.


Nathan Rolfe

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Nate attended the University of California Berkeley and the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Since his graduation in 2009, he has been educating young equestrian athletes in Wellington, FL while following the horse show circuit with his wife, Haylie Jayne Rolfe. Nate is the Dean of Students at Upper Echelon Academy, although he also specializes in Mathematics, a range of Sciences, and Finance.

Tutors

Kristiane Kristensen

While double majoring in Economics and Political Science, Kristiane graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College with a 4.0 GPA. She started tutoring her first year of college and has worked with students in almost every subject, ranging from elementary to university level courses. In 2004, Kristiane began working at InfoBase Publishers, first as a Defense Competitive Intelligence Analyst, and later as a DACIS (Defense and Aerospace Competitive Intelligence Service) Training Manager. She continues to work remotely for InfoBase, delivering competitive intelligence in the defense and aerospace industries, while also tutoring upper-level humanities, Economics, and Finance for Upper Echelon Academy students.

Richard Levine

Richard graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. He then attended the Sloan School at MIT where he received his Master’s in Industrial Management. At Touche Ross & Co. (currently Deloitte & Touche), Richard worked as a Management Consultant, the Director of Marketing, and then the Director of Health Care Consulting before being admitted to partnership. He was also the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. M&A Practice at Deutsche Bank and continues to serve as a Principal in the Triad Advisory Group. Richard tutors Upper Echelon Academy Students in Finance, Economics, Statistics, and Accounting.

Garrett Mackey

Garrett received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Gannon University in Erie, PA. Since graduating, he has been tutoring various students in Biology and Mathematics, from high school to graduate level. Garrett has experience with learning disability support, in addition to advanced teaching methods for early education Mathematics.

Scott Brians

Scott comes to us with a master’s degree in engineering. At the university, he taught microprocessors and German language. With us, he tutors science and math, concentrating on Physics and Calculus.
Additionally, he has a business with his wife producing French and German language learning programs (Dr. Brians Languages). These programs are based upon the methods developed by the Foreign Service Institute (Department of State) to prepare government staff for living and working abroad.
Scott’s ensures the student understands the fundamentals, and becomes capable of thinking through the problem solving approach. If your student is having trouble with calculus or physics, reach out to us and we will put you in contact with him.

Marcia Anderson

Marcia Anderson received her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Classics and Biology. She then received her Masters at Florida State University in Classical Philology (Latin & Greek) with a concentration in Museum Studies, where she was awarded the Kathleen Ranking Prize for the Most Outstanding Graduate Student in the Classics.
In her second year at Florida State University, she was selected as the Trench Supervisor for the Cetamura del Chianti archaeological excavation in Radda, Italy. Her work with late Etruscan and early Roman artifacts helped land her a vital position with the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee, FL., where she developed exhibits and installation pieces. After graduating from Florida State as Valedictorian, she moved to Miami, FL to teach Latin and Roman studies at Doctors Charter School, and now as an Latin Professor at Florida Atlantic University. She is currently a Doctoral Student in Latin and Roman Studies at the University of Florida.
Marcia also enjoys playing and teaching violin, and ballet. In her native Cincinnati, OH, she studied Classical Violin and Ballet at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and the Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra, and traveled extensively to perform both at competitions and concerts.

Erika Rasso

Erika Rasso graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in English and marketing. She has worked as a writing consultant, an editor for a literary journal, and an editor for an academic journal. She has 2+ years experience tutoring writing, English, history, and test prep, as well as experience tutoring ESL students. She is currently working as a freelance editor and writer for a multitude of marketing firms, and tutors all subjects up to the college level.

Dr. Annette Brians

Dr. Annette Brians holds a Ph.D. in business and organization psychology, a Masters in political economics, a Bachelor in business administration and several language diploma in business English and French. She has worked 10 years in management consulting and executive training as well as 10 years in sales, marketing and project management. Annette has worked as an interpreter and translator for German, English and French since 1991. She is the co-founder of the language learning company Dr. Brians Languages and specializes in coaching and tutoring French.

Laurie Caballero

Laurie is originally from New Hampshire where she graduated as Valedictorian from Exeter High School. After relocating to Florida, she worked as a director for the Investment Corp of Palm Beach for 15 years, during which time she earned her bachelor’s degree in computer information systems/business from Florida Atlantic University with a 4.0 gpa. After spending two years at home with her three small children, she found her niche as a tutor working with equestrian homeschool students. She has more than 10 years of experience as an SAT/ACT instructor and is now a certified professional Florida math educator.

Carolyn Kost

Carolyn truly enjoys providing students with individualized attention. She is a certified teacher and college counselor and taught for fifteen years all levels from toddlers through graduate students. She has published Engage! Setting the course for independent secondary schools in the 21st Century and co-authored On To College (August, 2014), a guide to college admissions. Carolyn holds two master’s degrees and three certificates.

Katie Johnson

Katie graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. She went on to earn her MBA, also at Carlson, with an emphasis in Marketing and also completed pre-med requirements for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Katie has been riding since the age of 8 and understands the challenges that face elite equestrians and their educational needs outside of the traditional school setting. She has experience tutoring primary education math and reading as well as graduate level courses. Her interests include yoga, swimming, and horses of course!