Tutor to the Top names new leader


Tutor to the Top is getting a new program director.

“We are very happy to announce that Mrs. Deborah Whaley has taken the position as Tutor to the Top program director,” Connie Wells said. Tutor to the Top provides free tutoring to students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Wells is chairwoman of the board of directors of Rones Chapel Area Community Center in Mount Olive. The center is a non-profit organization sponsoring the Tutor to the Top which serves Wayne and Duplin counties. The center aims to improve lives through education and wellness initiatives, and by offering community enrichment opportunities.

Whaley replaces Marcia Whitley who was Tutor to the Top’s program director from its start in 2016 through the spring of the 2018-19 school year.

“We are sad to say goodbye to Tutor to the Top Program Director Marcia Whitley. We are indebted to her for all her knowledge and support.” Wells said.

Through the center’s partnership with All the King’s Children Foundation, Whitley worked to establish structure, policies, and procedures in Tutor’s first years. Wells noted that Whitley’s promotion of the program and personal relationships with local schools were invaluable in reaching out to get children tutoring help when needed. Whitley cited the need to focus on the foundation’s programs in her resignation. Wells said that Whitley had also commented that meeting the intense time commitment needed for scheduling tutoring requests this spring had suffered from her growing responsibilities with All the King’s.

“We definitely understand that she must put AtKC first,” Wells said. “We look forward to seeing All the King’s Children continue to make a difference in the lives of children.”

Whaley stated she looks forward to working with Tutor to the Top. “I am very happy to take the director position for Tutor to the Top. My priorities this year will be to get all those requesting tutoring scheduled as quickly as possible and make tutoring more available through the school year,” Whaley stated.

She plans to implement a fall tutoring program and has gained official recognition of the program by Duplin and Wayne County Public School systems.

Whaley has experience managing a tutoring program, gaining her federal contractor’s license to provide services on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Wells noted that Whaley was a math tutor with Tutor to the Top during the spring 2019 session.

“She knows the program inside and out. We are very fortunate to have her lead it,” Wells said.

Whaley is a veteran teacher of 28 years with 25 of those in Wayne County Public Schools. She is middle school certified to teach language arts, math, science and gifted education. She taught seventh-grade math for most of her career, just recently switching to science three years ago.

Tutor to the Top is always in need of experienced educators and pays competitive rates. Those interested in working with Tutor to the Top can contact Whaley at dlwhaley@gmail.com or by voice or text at 919-920-6874.




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