MEET OUR STAFF
Grace B. Opdyke BS Spec/El Ed.
Grace is a graduate of Gwynedd Mercy College with degrees in both Special and Elementary Education. Early in her career, Mrs. Opdyke taught at a variety of levels in the archdiocesan school system. After tutoring students privately in many subject areas, Grace decided “to hang her shingle” officially as a private tutor. Early in her tutoring career, she saw the need for standardized test instruction for grade school students preparing to take the high school placement tests for area private and archdiocesan schools. Grace developed and implemented a one of a kind preparation program for the Scholastic Testing Service’s HSPT test. She also provided one on one instruction for the ISEE and SSAT exams. Her wealth of knowledge grows in both the high school and college admissions processes as she continues her research in an effort to provide clear and updated information to students and parents.
Ms. Monica Harris
MS Teaching, Learning and Curriculum/BS Elementary Education/ Emergency Spanish Cert. Contact
Mrs. Harris received her Elementary Education degree from Gwynedd Mercy College and her Masters degree from Drexel University. Monica has completed her training with the Wilson Reading System and Wilson Just Words program. Both programs allow for group and individual instruction in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. The Wilson Method can be tailored to specific needs for students in grades 1-12. Currently, Mrs. Harris has experience teaching both first and fifth grade. She also taught Spanish 1 at Cedarbrook Middle School in Cheltenham Township. She has tutored Spanish for students from fourth through twelfth grade and has also worked with adults learning the language. Mrs. Harris tutors both reading and math up to the eighth grade level, instructs our HSPT course, works privately with students preparing for the SSAT and ISEE, and is responsible for all Spanish tutoring during the school year.
Mrs. Mary Eichelman
Mrs. Eichelman currently teaches chemistry and physics at Villa Maria Academy High School where she also serves as Department Chairwoman for the Sciences. Mary has taught honors and college preparatory courses in both disciplines. Mrs. Eichelman received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and her MBA from the University of Michigan. She has been teaching at Villa Maria Academy since 2006. Mrs. Eichelman offers all levels chemistry and physics tutoring during the school year and teaches our chemistry and physics summer courses.
Miss Christi Karr
B.A. Mathematics Elementary/Secondary Math/Library Science Certification
Ms. Karr received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics as well as certification in elementary education and secondary education, mathematics, from Lycoming College. She is currently working on her master’s degree in LIS at Drexel University. She has taught in both elementary and secondary education classrooms. Currently, Ms. Karr is teaching 6th grade science and social studies in Interboro School District. Here at GBO, Ms. Karr is available for tutoring for all levels of high school math including honors Calculus, she is also one of our SAT math instructors and teaches several of our summer Math courses.
Mrs. Katie Courtney
Mrs. Courtney earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Scranton and a secondary mathematics certification while studying at Gwynedd Mercy University. Her classroom experience includes teaching in both middle and high school settings. Presently, Mrs. Courtney teaches algebra to ninth through eleventh grade students at Norristown Area High School. She tutors all levels of mathematics, including the mathematics portions of the HSPT, SAT, and ACT.
Ms. Shoemaker earned a B.A. in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College, her M.A. in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs from West Chester University, and a Pennsylvania certificate in Secondary School Counseling from West Chester University. With over fifteen years of career and college counseling experience, Ms. Shoemaker has spent much of her career guiding students through the college and financial aid application process. She has also conducted Study Skills workshops to help students succeed academically with the college preparatory curriculum. Kristin will be offering college counseling and paying for college workshops through our Blue Bell office and is currently working with our students in English, Study Skills, SAT, ACT , and HSPT preparation.
Mani Shahidsales Mr. Shahidsales earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Drexel University. He is currently an IT Architect at a leading technology company with nearly 20 years’ experience designing large-scale computer applications for clients in various industries. He mainly uses applied math to deduce meaning from unstructured data sets. Mani is qualified to tutor students in all areas of mathematics, and he is currently instructing our clients in Geometry, Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry, Calculus, Computer Programming, SAT Math and Biology. At our Blue Bell office, Mani successfully taught a full year of Probability and Statistics that was accepted for credit by the Wissahickon School District.
Mr. Woehlcke received his B.A. in English from St. Joseph’s University in 1999. He has taught English in the archdiocesan high schools for the past 14 years. John is currently teaching at Archbishop John Carroll HS in Radnor, PA where he also serves as an assistant football coach and weight room moderator. Mr. Woehlcke has been honing his craft in SAT Prep for five years, the last two for GBO. John has extensive experience helping students to develop study skills and writing strategies. He also teaches our College Essay Workshops as well as our ACT classes. He most enjoys working one on one with students in a variety of subjects including but not limited to English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Economics and Business. He presents goal oriented instruction that leaves students feeling prepared and ready to tackle the challenges presented to them.
Found Your Teacher?
Throughout the years, Grace has gained the experience and the knowledge to hire, train and support a top notch team of tutors, each committed to a principle of educational excellence and backed by the best study materials available anywhere. Here at GBO, we pride ourselves on our ability to meet your child's educational needs every step of the way!