Our Focus – Academic Support & Educationsl Services for all Students
We are excited to walk beside students as they meet the challenges they face with their schoolwork. We understand this journey is with the entire family, and by becoming part of their academic team, we can make life at home easier for everyone. Each day, we help students tackle both the good and bad of their daily responsibilities. In addition to traditional tutoring, we provide support for home-schooled students and students who are enrolled in virtual schools. We also offer a variety of other services to help support students in all aspects of their educational journey.
At The Learning Loft, we not only instruct our students, but we also challenge and inspire every student who recieves services. We are located in Clemmons, North Carolina and serve the surrounding areas as well as offer support virtually for students throughout the United States. We are here to help students excel academically, manage their work load, provide accountability, and build a lifelong love of learning.
Our approach helps students grow exponentially while also building confidence in their academic skills. Find out more about everything The Learning Loft offers or schedule your next tutoring session by contacting us today.
Meet Our Team
Cindy Dietrich – Middle and High School Math – As the owner and founder, she has spent her adult life as an educator. Whether in a middle school classroom, volunteering in youth ministry, or working one on one with struggling students, she has always found a place in her world to support families who need the extra help with academics. In 2020, Cindy realized there would be a significant need in the community concerning remote learning and therefore created a way to lend academic support (especially in math) by opening The Learning Loft, LLC. It has been a leap of faith, but one that has paid off for many students in the area.
Abby Bowen – Elementary Education
Wendy Broadstreet – Middle and High School English/Language Arts – I recently retired from teaching after teaching Middle School Language Arts for twenty-nine years. I am certified to teach Middle School Language Arts, High School English, and Academically Gifted. Right now I am a full-time graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. I love being able to continue my using my teaching skills by tutoring. It is a fun and rewarding experience for me.
Jeannie Evans – Elementary Reading (phonics, fluency, comprehension) and Writing –Jeannie delights in helping students learn to love reading and writing. She has taught in public and private schools as a classroom teacher and as a reading teacher and has served as a tutor privately and as a volunteer with the Read Write Spell Augustine Literacy Project. She has received Read Write Spell’s Orton-Gillingham Educator Training and specializes in helping students build strong foundations in systematic literacy instruction, reading comprehension, and writing. Jeannie and her family are all avid readers with 20+ loaded bookshelves in their house, and she is hoping this will be the year she finally exceeds her yearly book reading goal!
Sandy Johnson – Elementary Education – I have taught at the elementary level in the Miami-Dade County, Florida school district and in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools system for a total of twenty years. When I retired, I realized how much I missed working with children and being in the education field. Tutoring has given me the opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with children that need a little extra help with their academics, and also helping to build their self-confidence.
Laura LeMay – Middle School Science & Academic Coaching – Laura is a lifelong resident in Forsyth County and known throughout as a premier and veteran science teacher. She has dedicated her career to education and prides herself on making a lifelong difference in the life of students. She is actively involved in developing workshops with Cindy at The Learning Loft, LLC to help students learn about how to be successful in the classroom (beyond the curriculum) and to use their gifts and talents to excel. She has been a great addition to the team and is excited about continuing the journey.
Elizabeth Morris – Elementary Reading (phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) – Elizabeth had the opportunity to teach in
Germany, as well as several cities around the U.S., while her husband was in the military. Since moving to North Carolina she has served in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system as a reading teacher, the Reading Interventionist Coordinator for the district, and most recently as a K-2 Instructional Coach. She is trained in LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling). Elizabeth has enjoyed private tutoring as well as volunteering with refugee families new to the area in need of assistance with reading. Helping young learners discover the joy of reading is her passion!
Gretchen Nicholson – Middle School Math – Mrs. Gretchen Nicholson has worked in the N.C. Public School System for 25 years and is currently teaching at Summit School in Winston-Salem. Early in her teaching career, she worked as an exceptional children’s teacher in an inclusion model in both language arts and math classrooms. Her love and passion for working with students in the field of mathematics led her to teaching middle school math. She received her National Board Certification for teaching in 2004 and renewed the certification in 2014. Mrs. Nicholson is married and has 2 daughters. In her free time she enjoys snuggling with her spoiled dogs, taking trips with her family, reading a good book, and visiting with her sister and niece.
Linda Riggsbee – 3rd-7th Grade Math –
Shelby Rodden – High School and College Math – Shelby graduated from UNCW with two degrees – one in Mathematics and the other in Tourism Management. After spending 2 years as a crew member aboard the Disney Cruise Line, and another 2 years as the Enrichment Coordinator at Imprints Cares (a local non-profit), Shelby rerouted her career path from tourism back to math. Formerly a math teacher at Southwest Guilford High School, she now works as a full-time private tutor. Her favorite part of tutoring is watching students gain confidence in themselves and their abilities. In addition to working with students, Shelby loves traveling, coaching lacrosse and hiking with her dog!
Emily Sigler – College Admissions and Scholarship Coach – Emily spent the first 7 years of her professional career as a high school teacher. Following a job transition for her husband, she decided to pivot out of the classroom to be able to support her husband’s ministry leading Young Life in Davie County. Emily is passionate about caring for high school students and seeing them become all they are created to be, which includes guiding students through the stressful college admissions process. This program has taken off quickly and has been a joy for Emily to create. She is grateful for the encouraging and supportive community at The Learning Loft for allowing her to live into this passion.
Jenna Woodcock – Middle/High School and College Science –
Ashleigh Younts – Middle School Math – As a former 7th Grade Math teacher, Ashleigh loves instruction, especially Math! Ashleigh’s passion is to share her love of teaching and learning math to students that may be struggling or need extra support. She coached fastpitch softball for seven years to girls ages 5-18 years old. Ashleigh is a new Mama to a beautiful baby girl and is enjoying every minute of motherhood! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her baby girl, her husband and 3 dogs!