We Are PBA Ventures

We make learning easy and fun!

Our insured team of professional tutors provide first class communication and are not only trained, but also dedicated to ongoing professional development! 

We work with a number of private, charter, and public schools in the area, and, with your permission, we'll communicate with your student's teachers and administrators.

Elizabeth Morgan

Academic Tutoring

Manager

Academic Tutoring

Elizabeth has been teaching for the past fourteen years in North Carolina. Originally from Kitty Hawk, she moved to Davidson to pursue her love of education at Woodlawn School, where she has been a Spanish teacher, middle school tennis coach, assistant girls varsity basketball coach, and one on one tutor. It was at Woodlawn School where she met Patrick Braxton-Andrew, and a fast friendship was formed. Elizabeth graduated in 2005 from Lynchburg College in Virginia where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Secondary Education. Helping people has always been a passion of hers. Elizabeth is excited to be managing PBA Ventures and maintaining the great work that Patrick started in 2016.  
 

Amanda Soesbee

Academic Tutoring

Amanda graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a BA in English and a minor in Philosophy.  Her parents and grandmothers were all teachers; Amanda followed in their footsteps and has now been teaching in North Carolina for over 20 years. She is a native of Huntersville and is currently teaching English and Journalism at her high school alma mater, North Mecklenburg. Amanda lives on a farm in Huntersville where her family raises cows and horses. She spends most of her free time outside - working in her garden or her horse's pasture, walking her two dogs, or reading in the porch swing. Amanda loves traveling, live music, trivia, coffee, and chocolate ice cream. Her favorite novelist is Stephen King, and her favorite poet is William Carlos Williams.

 Alexander graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in 2014 with a BS in Chemistry as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. He immediately went into teaching after college and has been a public school teacher for 3 years. Alexander has been tutoring professionally for almost 6 years but has been tutoring peers and classmates for as long as he can remember. Alexander resides in Charlotte with his dog and enjoys spending time with his friends when he's not teaching. He specializes in most middle and high school math and science courses.

Tony Solis

Academic Tutoring

Tony Solís is a senior at Davidson College studying Educational Studies and Public Policy. In the future, Tony hopes to teach, be a school principal and fight for progressive education policy that supports all students. Tony is easy going and likes to run, juggle and play music. 

Alexander Stocking

Academic Tutoring

Amy Strong Pasko

SAT Test Prep

Academic Tutoring

Amy is a Charlotte native and alumna of the IB program at North Meck High School. She received her BA in History from the University of South Carolina where she rode on the varsity equestrian team and spent a year studying history at the University of Warwick in the UK. On graduation she returned to her high school alma mater ten years ago to teach World History and IB International History. Amy completed her education (for now) with an MA in History from UNC-Charlotte. 

 Emma grew up in Arlington, Virginia and came to Davidson in 2015.  In high school, she tutored her classmates with limited English proficiency in math (conducting most tutoring sessions in Spanish) and sought several tutoring opportunities here in North Carolina, both professionally and as a volunteer.  As a chemistry major with an applied math concentration, Emma loves to work with middle and high school chemistry and math students, but have occasionally tutored some Spanish learners as well!  Getting to share her joy for science and math with learners of diverse experience levels has been one of her favorite experiences as a student and educator.

Emma Tayloe

Academic Tutoring

CODY MITCHELL
Professional Tutor

Gwen Setterberg

ACT/SAT Test Prep

Academic Tutoring

Gwen graduated from the University of Richmond in Virginia in 2015 with majors in Psychology and Spanish and a minor in Portuguese. She loved studying abroad in Brazil so much during college that she became a Fulbright English Teaching Fellow in Argentina after graduating to keep immersing herself in other cultures. Gwen loves tutoring Spanish and math but has a special love for SAT and ACT prep after her own preparation in high school got her all the way to a top 99% score! Gwen is currently studying Clinical and Mental Health Counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte and spends her weekends (while not in class) cooking tasty food and singing with the Charlotte Master Chorale.

Alex  Weinman

ACT/SAT Test Prep

Academic Tutoring

Alex recently graduated from Deerfield Academy, a boarding school in Massachusetts, and is currently in the class of 2023 at Davidson College. In high school, he wrote and directed three films and has a specific focus in creative writing and philosophy. He tutors ACT/SAT test prep, along with Writing (Creative, Analytical, Research), History, Math and the French Language. Outside of class, Alex writes for his New York Mets blog on Instagram, plays hockey and is working on an original feature-length film.

Benjamin Freeman

ACT/SAT Test Prep

Academic Tutoring

Benjamin is in the class of 2022 at Davidson College. He specializes in Math, Grammar, Physics, Spanish, and SAT/ACT prep. Benjamin did peer tutoring in high school and has since honed his skills as a tutor with PBA. In high school, he ran cross country and played soccer while balancing several AP classes. He understands the busy life of a high school student. At Davidson, he plans to be a Political Science and Economics double major. Benjamin understands how a valuable tutor can really influence a young student's life, he hopes he can help as much as he can with everyone he meets.

Shannon Gilroy

Academic Tutoring

SherriJo Culbreth 

ACT/SAT Test Prep

Academic Tutoring

SherriJo is a fun-loving, mathematics-nut, teacher, tutor, and mom of three boys. She has a bachelor’s of science in mathematics and a teacher’s certificate in education, along with experience in public school systems. SherriJo  homeschooled her sons from grades K-12 with her children eventually attending college with full tuition academic scholarships to several universities, and going on to earn double or triple degrees. Now that her youngest has graduated in 2018, she is prepared to help with any subject with a focus on middle school aged students and a strength in encouragement. As a current mathematics instructor and mentor,  SherriJo understands the necessity to guide students to be organized, focused, and prepared. 

Shannon is a Systems Engineering student at UNCC, class of 2020, with a Concentration in Energy and a Minor in Math. Tutoring and teaching has been a longstanding passion of hers and she loves working with students of all ages. In Shannon's free time, she loves to go hiking with her rescue pup, snowboard, kayak, or read science fiction. Her time with PBA Ventures has truly been inspiring and fulfilling.

Hanna Tischer

Academic Tutoring

Hanna is an Honors student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently majoring in Mathematics and Chemistry with a Creative Writing Minor. She graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program at North Mecklenburg High School in May 2018 and has been a member of the Davidson community since 2012. She tutors elementary and middle school as well as higher level Math, Physics, and Chemistry. 
 

Isabel Hanson

Academic Tutoring

Isabel grew up in Winston Salem, NC with two brothers and a plethora of pets. She attended Loomis Chaffee, a boarding school in Connecticut for high school, but could not stay away from the South. She is now a proud member of Davidson College's Class of 2020. Currently, Isabel is a Biology major with a minor in Health and Human Values. In her free time, she is  actively involved in several volunteer organizations and love to play sports. Isabel has a lot of experience working with kids all ages. She tutors all levels of school-curriculum math and sciences and specializes in the SAT and ACT as well.
 

Joel

ACT/SAT Test Prep

Academic Tutoring

Joel was born in Reading, PA, and 
after high school, attended Davidson College and graduated in 2012 with a BS in neuroscience. Joel went on to earn an MS in neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine in 2016 He taught high school and community college biology courses from 2016-2018 and will never stop talking about the brain as long as you continue to show interest in the topic! Joel enjoys learning obscure/forgotten skills like blacksmithing, Mongolian throat singing, and shifting without a clutch (none of which should be attempted without guidance of course).

Jayne Carlisle

Academic Tutoring

Jayne is originally from Gastonia, North Carolina and is excited to be back east and live closer to her family. Ms. Carlisle graduated from Appalachian State with a degree in Biology, minor in Chemistry. After graduating, she became a Texas Teaching Fellow and taught high school AP Chemistry in Austin, Texas for six years before creating and coordinating the STEM curriculum for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego. She is currently an upper level science teacher at Woodlawn School where she teaches AP Bio, AP Chem, Environmental, and Earth Science. She has tutored high school science and math for 15 years and has experience in public and private school systems. When she’s not working with young people, Ms. Carlisle enjoys hiking, performing in local theater, and improv.

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