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Student Success Program

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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

  • Designed to reteach material that the student did not master in class
  • Involves specialized teaching methods designed to enhance understanding 
  • Two sessions per week recommended

Classroom Support Tutoring

  • Designed to bolster the student’s understanding of current classroom instruction
  • May involve extra practice or specific teaching methods

Homework Helper Tutoring

  • Designed to supervise and support a child’s homework 
  • Academic support provided as needed

Coaching

  • Designed to support the student in managing time, planning, and organizational issues
  • Guides students in developing goals for completing responsibilities, both in and out of school 
  • Student reports daily to the coach daily on progress toward weekly goals
  • Coaches meet with students once a week

Program Coordinator

Kersten Biehn

Kersten Biehn

Kersten has a BA from Princeton, an MA and PhD in intellectual history from Rice, additional graduate degrees in teaching from Emory and Meredith, and a graduate certification in special education from NC State. She is passionate about celebrating neurodiversity and supporting students with disabilities. Her prior experience includes teaching at charter and independent schools in North Carolina and Texas. Over the past decade, she has held a variety of leadership positions, including Principal of Teaching and Learning and Interim Head at The Lerner School. Kersten loves spending time with friends and family, swimming (she is the assistant coach for the CFS swim team!) and sports in general, visiting the mountains and the ocean, staying engaged through community service and activism, reading and learning, and writing a science fiction novel in collaboration with her brother. She is also a Carolina Friends parent.

Meet Our Tutors and Coaches

Thomas Carson

Thomas Carson

Student Success Tutor
Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher

Student Success Coach
Anita Ghajar-Selim

Anita Ghajar-Selim

Student Success Tutor
Gillian Harper

Gillian Harper

Student Success Tutor
Ben Harris

Ben Harris

Student Success Tutor, Student Success Coach
Erin Juliano

Erin Juliano

Math Teacher, Student Success Tutor
Rosemary McNiel

Rosemary McNiel

Student Success Tutor
Melissa Merres

Melissa Merres

Student Success Coach
Kathleen Rogers

Kathleen Rogers

Student Success Tutor
Brad Stackhouse

Brad Stackhouse

Fountain Class Assistant Teacher, Lower School Extended Day Lead Teacher, Student Success Tutor
Lindsay Vail

Lindsay Vail

Student Success Tutor, Student Success Coach
Lori Weiss

Lori Weiss

Math Teacher, Student Success Tutor
Sherry Wilshire-Eshelman

Sherry Wilshire-Eshelman

Student Success Tutor