Susan B. Klastorin, M.Ed., Director
Susan established BASIC SKILLS TUTORING, INC. (BST) in 1991 after 20 years of personal experience teaching children in regular classrooms, self-contained Special Education classrooms and in one-to-one tutoring settings. She taught 6th grade in Texas and Special Education Classes (grades 2-6) in the Issaquah and Mercer Island school districts. She holds a Master's in Special Education from the University of Washington. Her experience and expertise is in core curriculum, including the fundamentals of reading, phonics, writing and math. Susan works with numerous professionals in the Seattle area including teachers, psychologists and speech and language therapists and is familiar with schools, resources, and the programs used in many public, private and parochial schools (K-12). She designs each student program at Basic Skills Tutoring, Inc. and maintains ongoing communication with parents and schools. Susan continues to work directly with students and supervises the instruction provided by other tutors at Basic Skills Tutoring, Inc.
A transplant from the east coast, Michele had lived in Seattle for only three months before beginning at BST in the fall of 2012. Though originally from Boston, Michele spent the last five years obtaining her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a Spanish minor and graduate degree in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. While in St. Louis she worked extensively with youth as a tutor, nanny, support staff at a teen leadership camp, and in an alternative school setting. She has experience with youth from all walks of life and enjoys seeing her students overcome challenges. Michele is acclimating very nicely to Seattle and enjoys the milder summers, considering she spent last summer outside in 95 degree heat! Her favorite pastime is spending time with her dog, Ellie, a 35 lb. mutt who loves to cuddle and play at the dog park. Michele also enjoys reading, exploring parks, card games and craft projects.
Born and raised in a suburb of Seattle, Lori graduated Valedictorian from Mountlake Terrace High School and then continued her education at the University of Washington. While working her way through college, she both nannied and tutored several young children as well as helped many of her peers with their coursework. Her first two years at the university, she focused her classes in the math and English departments. In her junior year, she decided to pursue an English degree while taking as many business courses as possible with her remaining electives. An internship on the Pacific Coast Options Exchange peaked her interests in the world of finance and less than a year later, she was hired full-time to train and work on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange for an eventual trading position. After several years of working on the exchange floor, she branched out with two of her peers to form their own off-floor trading operation. This allowed a very desirable move back to the Pacific Northwest. In addition to tutoring, she continues to follow the stock market, enjoys cooking, gardening, watching football, and playing with her dog, Lucy.
Jeremy joined the BST staff in the fall of 2009 with a passion for supporting students with their academic and general life skills. After obtaining his BS in psychology and BA in philosophy from Tulane University, Jeremy moved to Seattle to volunteer for a year with a local nonprofit. He now works with elementary, middle, and high school students in a variety of subjects, including reading, writing, math, and science. He also assists students with standardized test preparation and college applications. In addition to helping students achieve their goals, Jeremy enjoys reading, being active in the outdoors, playing guitar, and cooking.
Rosa is very excited to be a part of the BST team beginning in the fall of 2011. She grew up in the small town of Statesboro, GA which some may recognize from the Allman Brothers song, “The Statesboro Blues.” Rosa was a cross-country captain in high school, graduated with a 4.0 GPA and received the STRIDE scholarship from Smith College, which is awarded to students with outstanding academic and personal qualifications. During her junior year at Smith, she lived in Cordoba, Spain where she became fluent in Spanish. Rosa graduated from Smith in May, 2011 with a double major in psychology and Spanish.
Prior to joining the staff at BST, Rosa worked as a specialty counselor at Camp Ramapo, a camp for youth with special needs. In her free time she enjoys biking, camping, reading, baking and drinking coffee!
Sheryl Warshal graduated in 1995 from Central Washington University with B.A. in Education. She is a Washington State certified teacher and holds endorsements in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education. Sheryl began her teaching career working with 10-14 year-olds at Children’s Institute for Learning Differences on Mercer Island from 1996-2000. During that time, she had the opportunity to work with and learn from experts in the field of educating students with learning and behavior disorders. From 2000-2008 Sheryl taught at the Seattle Hebrew Academy, as an elementary school teacher and Learning Center (resource room) instructor/coordinator. She also started working as a private tutor during this time. After becoming a mother, she made the decision to stay home with her children, although continued tutoring. In 2011, she returned to Children’s Institute as an Instructional Assistant, allowing her to focus on family while still following her passion for working with children, especially those struggling with learning. Sheryl lives in Seattle with her husband, son, daughter, and dog. Her greatest joy is being with her family, especially at the Oregon Coast, and spending time with friends she’s had since middle school.