Education isn't "one size fits all"
We give our students the best possible support by understanding that every student has their own unique learning style. Our tutors are experienced educators/credentialed teachers. We teach with enthusiasm and positivity, while building confidence & self-esteem for long-term success. Meet our team!
Christi Maloney, Owner
Christi brings over 20 years of hands-on educational experience to her position as both owner and tutor at Expressive Learning. Her interest in childhood education began when her daughters entered elementary school. She began working at Vine Hill Elementary in Scotts Valley in 1998 as a teaching assistant and kindergarten aide. Her passion for teaching and understanding learning differences sparked the interest to pursue private tutoring.
While working at Vine Hill, she joined Expressive Learning 2009. Christi took ownership of the business in 2018 with an entrepreneurial drive and commitment to supporting the academic needs of students. As a local resident raised in Scotts Valley, she prioritizes relationship-building with both students and their families. Her enthusiasm for teaching is reflected in her student's excitement and accomplishments.
Carolyne Zipp, Tutor
Carolyne has been a part of the Expressive Learning team since 2011 and has had the satisfaction of watching her students learn and grow to become confident, independent learners. Her educational background includes teaching grades K-8 at various charter schools. She has extensive experience advocating in IEP assessments, supporting students & parents as an outside educator. Additionally, she homeschooled her own children.
Carolyne successfully leads our flagship writing program, which has played a key role in helping students develop the skills and fundamentals of writing. She excels at developing a strong connection with her students and takes pride in helping them create their own recipe for success. While instructing, she adds a variety of life skill elements to her lesson plans, which gives students the tools they need to succeed both in and outside the classroom.
Anna Mee, Tutor
Anna has been an elementary school teacher since 1999. She began her teaching career in the Moreland School District for a brief 5 years, and after a short time away to enjoy being a new mom, she returned to teaching at Daves Avenue Elementary School in Los Gatos. Most of her teaching experience has been with 2nd and 3rd graders. Five years ago, Anna left teaching to spend more time with her two daughters, ages 10 & 15 both attending Scotts Valley Schools.
Anna loves working with kids, which was a driving reason for her decision to join the Expressive Learning team. As a credentialed teacher, she has embraced a wide variety of teaching practices over the years and has worked with many different types of learners. She has firm belief in teaching students how to learn in a way that works best for them and gives them strategies to become life-long learners. Anna is a wonderful part of our tutoring team. Her nurturing personality and positive energy is an attribute that carries forth into the success of her students.
We are located in Scotts Valley, CA and serve Scotts Valley, San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz and surrounding areas.