Advanced Tutoring Network's Story

Founded in 2014, we, at Advanced Tutoring Network, pride ourselves on our reputation of success, both in and out of the classroom. The Network is made up of dedicated, licensed educators and professionals with significant educational experience. All of our academic tutors have experience in the school system and are actively associated with the latest trends, mandates, and expectations of academia. They work at high-achieving, reputable schools, preparing their students for state tests, SAT’s, ACT’s, AP Tests, and the ever-changing real world. Our tutors’ credentials are only out-shined by their commitment to their students’ success.

We offer private, individualized tutoring sessions to clients from ages 5 to 105. Advanced Tutoring Network’s enthusiastic educators happily create individualized education plans for each of our clients. We utilize, and teach clients how to effectively utilize, cloud-based educational technology. This collaborative method inspires clients to question and communicate – something that is widely respected in the professional world.

Our motto, Thinking Outside the Classroom, exemplifies our approach to our clients’ success. There is no correct way to learn, just as there is no correct way to teach. There is no such thing as a boring session with an Advanced Tutor. In order to be a member of the Advanced Tutoring Network, tutors must be the most knowledgeable; they must be the most innovative; and they must be the most passionate. Our clients succeed because we have built a network on a strong foundation of mastery through rigor and​ strengths-based learning.

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Meet the Team

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Chris Grouzes, MA

Founder & President

In addition to acting as President of Advanced Tutoring Network, Chris works for the Network as an executive function coach, resume-writing coach, Google specialist, writing tutor, and speaking coach. Over the past 15 years that he has spent tutoring and coaching, Chris has helped well over a hundred people find comfort and stability in their lives. He loves to communicate with people and help them to appreciate and effectively represent themselves, both in person and on paper. He also teaches English, Public Speaking, and Theatre at Penncrest High School, his alma mater. After graduating magna cum laude from Lock Haven University with a degree in Secondary Education, he went on to earn an M.A. in Communication Studies from West Chester University and has been helping people overcome social and speaking anxiety ever since: Chris is also a finalist for Pennsylvania State Teacher of the Year in 2023. He takes pride in promoting an atmosphere for his students and clients that encourages rigor and creativity combined with sincere discussion and cultural perspectives. Promoting self-advocacy, acceptance, and laughter are at the core of his personal philosophy and teaching method.

 

Chris lives in Kennett Square, PA, and, when he is not conducting classes, directing the school plays at Penncrest, teaching improvisational comedy, or tutoring, he likes being outside as often as possible. He plays adult-league softball and kickball and enjoys traveling and hiking with family and friends. If he isn’t involved in any of the above activities, you can find him relaxing with his wife and dog at his family’s campsite.

Craig Snyder grew up in Bethel Park, PA and began his study of trumpet at age ten after his parents wouldn’t let him play the drums. He holds degrees in music education from Penn State University and the American Band College at Southern Oregon University. During his teaching career he has taught both general and instrumental music at the elementary, middle, junior high and high school levels in a wide variety of socioeconomic and diverse communities. Currently, Craig is Director of Bands at Penncrest High School in the Rose Tree Media School District, where he also serves as Music Coordinator. He also works as a freelance trumpet player in the Philadelphia area. Craig is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. From 2015-2017 he served as PMEA District 12 President. In 2018, he was one of ten teachers nationally to be recognized as a finalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year award. He also is an active clinician for Rhythms International and Creative Arts Workshops.

 

In the summer of 2018, Craig founded Advanced Music Network to serve the music students and teachers in the Philadelphia area. Since then, the Network has grown to over 30 affiliated teachers who have taught thousands of lessons. The Network continues to grow and help teachers and students come together to enrich their lives through the study of music.

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Craig Snyder

Founder & Director of Advanced Music Network

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Lauren Nolen

Director of Executive Function Program

Laura Nolen was born and raised in Media, PA. From there she attended Penn State University, where she studied Psychology, Human Development & Family Studies, and English. Following her college graduation, Laura underwent clinical training in Hershey, PA and Fort Worth, TX to become a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). Child life specialists provide developmentally and psychologically appropriate interventions to increase coping and reduce trauma for children in healthcare and community settings. Laura’s passion for working with children and adolescents led her to Advanced Tutoring Network, where she began working as an Executive Function Coach in the summer of 2020. In addition to coaching, Laura now serves as an EF Intake Specialist and the Director of Executive Function Programming. 

 

Laura currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA, where she works as a CCLS at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In her free time, Laura enjoys reading, cycling, and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Clients are saying... 

"Steph has been not only a tutor but a mentor.  Nick is a completely different person than what he was 3 years ago.  School is no longer a burden and he now is able to do well in school and at the same time do Varsity Track, Work and Volunteer at the SPCA.  We are so proud of him!    

 

-Monica (Nick's mom)