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 Contact
Mrs. Harris received her Elementary Education degree from Gwynedd Mercy College and her Masters degree from Drexel University. Monica has 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 PK-3.
Ms. Shoemaker earned a B.S. in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College, her M.S in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs from West Chester University, and a Pennsylvania Certificate in Secondary School Counseling from West Chester University. With over 20 years of experience in secondary and college education, Ms. Shoemaker has spent much of her career teaching classes on study skills, essay writing, SAT/ACT prep, and psychology. She has conducted workshops for parents and students on applying to college, financial aid/scholarships, and making the most of a college visit. She is experienced in using Naviance, the Common Application, and completing the FAFSA and PHEAA application process. Ms. Shoemaker also has extensive experience with the US Service Academy nomination and application process. Ms. Shoemaker currently offers college counseling, English, Study Skills, and test prep sessions for the SAT and ACT.
Mani Shahidsales Contact
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!