A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area

Student Success Program

Carolina Friends School contracts with professional tutors and coaches to provide services to our students on our campus both during the school day and after school. Student Success staff members have had background checks and are experienced in their respective fields.

Support Offered By Student Success

Remedial Tutoring

Remedial tutoring is designed to reteach material that the student did not master in class. Remedial tutoring usually involves specialized teaching methods designed to enhance understanding and we recommend that students attend two sessions/week.

Classroom Support Tutoring

This type of tutoring is designed to bolster the student’s understanding of current classroom instruction. It may involve extra practice or specific teaching methods.

Homework Helper Tutoring

Some parents ask tutors to supervise and support their child’s homework. In this situation, the tutor is supplying academic support where needed.

Coaching

Coaching is very different from tutoring in that the purpose is not to teach specific academic content, but rather to directly teach and then support the student in managing time, planning and organizational issues. Coaches meet with students once a week to guide the student in developing goals for completing responsibilities both in and out of school. The student makes a weekly plan and reports to the coach daily on progress toward those goals.

Procedures for Engaging a Student Success Tutor or Coach

Step 1 – Complete the Student Success Application Form and submit it to Natalie Dunn at ndunn@cfsnc.org or put it in her mailbox in the Middle School.

Step 2 – Once Natalie has received your application, she will provide you with the name(s) and contact information of tutors or coaches who both have expertise in the area(s) indicated and are available to work with your child at the designated time.

Step 3 – You contact the tutors/coaches and decide whom you would like to hire and when they will meet with your child. Complete the Parent Agreement Form and return that to Natalie Dunn at ndunn@cfsnc.org or put it in her mailbox in the Middle School. Natalie will notify you and the tutor of where they will meet for their sessions.

Step 4 – Services begin! You will be billed on a monthly basis for services. Please see the Parent Handbook for more details.

Program Director

Natalie Dunn

Natalie Dunn

Natalie is a native of Eastern North Carolina and received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in Education and History. She taught elementary school in both Hyde and Wake County. After seven years of teaching she received her M.S. in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University and has served as an Elementary School Counselor in both public and charter schools.

Natalie believes that students learn best when we focus on celebrating individual talents and gifts. Building a student’s confidence is the key to creating successful learners. She has three children, two of whom currently attend the Middle School at CFS.

Meet Our Tutors and Coaches

Robert Bittle

Robert Bittle

Social Studies and History Teacher, Advisor, Student Success Coach
Dawn Carney-Meriwether

Dawn Carney-Meriwether

Lead Teacher, Student Success Coach

Thomas Carson

Student Success Tutor
Emi Charboneau

Emi Charboneau

Administrative Assistant, Student Success Coach
Natalie Dunn

Natalie Dunn

Student Success Program Director
Anita Ghajar-Selim

Anita Ghajar-Selim

Student Success Tutor
Ben Harris

Ben Harris

Student Success Tutor, Student Success Coach
Celeste Huntington

Celeste Huntington

Student Success Tutor
Eleanor Meredith

Eleanor Meredith

Student Success Tutor
Lynn Pickles

Lynn Pickles

Forest Class Teacher, Student Success Tutor
Caitlin Prillaman

Caitlin Prillaman

Student Success Tutor, Student Success Coach
Kathleen Rogers

Kathleen Rogers

Student Success Tutor
Melody Smith

Melody Smith

Spanish Teacher, Student Success Tutor
Ida Trisolini

Ida Trisolini

Language Arts Teacher, Advisor, Student Success Tutor
Lori Weiss

Lori Weiss

Student Success Tutor
Sherry Wilshire-Eshelman

Sherry Wilshire-Eshelman

Student Success Tutor
Kelly Yupanqui

Kelly Yupanqui

Spanish Teacher, Student Success Tutor