CHRISTINA LAZAR

FOUNDER

Christina Lazar is an honor graduate from the College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Originally from Upstate New York, Christina has worked as a mentor, teacher, coach and advocate of children for over twenty years. With the support of her former school administration, parents of students, and colleagues, she opened The Lazar Center of Charlotte in 2007. Since then she has supported hundreds of students, ensuring that they grow equally in  confidence and academic achievement throughout their Lazar Center journey. Her favorite thing about her work is finding that unique key that allows her team to unlock each and every students' potential.

JOHNAKIN MARTIN

CENTER DIRECTOR

Johnakin joined the Lazar Center in the fall of 2016. She has a Masters in Math Education and resides in Rock Hill, SC. After years of working with students of all ages focusing on math, science and executive functioning skills, her favorite moments are when students let out an audible “Ohhh!” when they master a new skill, or solve a difficult problem. She has an outgoing and favorable personality which students of all ages gravitate toward.

Johnakin was named Director of The Lazar Center in 2019 and is engaged in student sessions every day as she supports, leads and plans for the tutors.

Johnakin Martin
JONATHAN DUNCANLess

TUTOR

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. Jonathan is a self-proclaimed lifelong learner that loves tutoring in mathematics and science. His favorite thing about working with students is seeing them foster their own passions for learning through meaningful conversations that investigate concepts at an intuitive level. Whenever possible, Jonathan takes time to enjoy the beauty of nature by going on road trips and camping. In his free time, Jonathan likes to read, write creatively, and play chess.

ROBERT O'BRIEN

Tutor

Originally from Long Island, Robert holds a Master's in Education. His teaching experience covers grades 6-12 with a strong focus in Mathematics, where his love of learning shines brightest. Robert's favorite thing about teaching is helping students master the underlying concepts behind ideas and explaining why things work the way they do.

ROBERT O'BRIEN
Shennae Wilderotter

Tutor

Shennae is a graduate of West Virginia University. She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in English for grades 5-9. She still can be found on Mountaineer game days wearing her gold and blue! Shennae has ten years teaching experience under her belt ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade, most of her teaching was done in an English classroom. One of the highlights of teaching for Shennae is helping students see that their future is full of possibilities, and that they only need the courage and determination to make those possibilities a reality!

RYAN SKINNER

TUTOR

Ryan is graduate of East Carolina University where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. Ryan was also a NC Teaching Fellow. She is passionate about education and spent 4 years in the classroom. She has experience teaching grades 2-4, as well as tutoring in all elementary grade levels. Ryan loves to work hard and play hard and that is what she instills in the children she works with!

RYAN SKINNER
MIKAYLA LEGRANDE

TUTOR

Mikayla is a graduate of High Point University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Actuarial Science and a Minor in Mathematics. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Actuarial Science at Lock Haven University. She has four younger siblings and experience tutoring in all grade levels. Her favorite part of tutoring is seeing how proud sttudents can become of themselves when they figure out a problem on their own and then are able to explain exactly what they did. She looks forward to focusing on math, science and study/organizational skills with Lazar Center students this year!

EMILY REECE

TUTOR

Emily recently graduated from Central Peidmont Community College and she is now pursuing a B.A. in Mathematics at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with the goal of becoming a high school Mathematics teacher. Emily loves seeing students have that "aha" moment and watching them grow more and more confident in their skills. She has a knack for spanish and english grammar as well, and students love her outgoing personaility and sense of humor.

EMILY REECE
JACLYN LYONS

TUTOR

Jaclyn graduated from Roger Williams University in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics. Throughout her four years at college, she was a math tutor for various courses and even got the opportunity to train new tutors her senior year. She moved to Charlotte in May 2018 and quickly began working as a Quality Assurance Analyst for Brighthouse Financial Insurance Company. Jaclyn joined the Lazar Center in January of 2019. Her favorite part about tutoring is seeing how much a student can grow, whether it’s during one session or throughout the year!

SHENICE HARRISON

TUTOR

Shenice Harrison is a published author and an honor graduate from Johnson C. Smith with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. She was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. She has over 4 years of tutoring and coaching experience. She has joined the Lazar Center team to share her love of math and science with students while showing that hard work and determination are two important keys to achieving success.

SHENICE HARRISON
JORDAN DOUGLAS

TUTOR

Jorrdan graduated from the State University of New York at Potsdam and is currently pursuing a masters at Eastern Carolina University for Reading and English as a Second Language. She lived in Port Saint Lucie Fl, where she taught six grade for three years before moving to Charlotte. She is currently in herr third year of teaching 4th grade at Greenway Park Elementary School. Her favorite part of teaching and tutoring is motivating students and watching their love for learning grow.

GRACE TROTTALess

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT