the one-on-one difference

The Tutor A Team Journey: Past, Present, Future

At Tutor A Team, we’re more than just educators; we’re a family dedicated to nurturing the potential of every student. Founded in 2010, our legacy continues to evolve under the passionate leadership of Susan Campbell and Adrian Hayes.

A Bond Beyond Business

Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell and Adrian Hayes, the heart and soul behind Tutor A Team, share more than just a business partnership; they share a mother-daughter bond. Hailing from Virginia Beach, Virginia, their combined experience and dedication have been instrumental in the Hampton Roads community for decades.

a distinguished educator and student advocate

Adrian Hayes

With 25 years in education, Adrian is a National Board Certified Teacher and an accomplished education consultant. After obtaining both her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Virginia, Adrian came home to Virginia Beach to devote her career to education. Her experience spans across secondary English, special education and inclusion classrooms, and gifted education at the elementary, middle, and high school level. Recognized as a finalist for the VBCPS Citywide Teacher of the Year in 2017, Adrian’s dedication to students is evident. She has been lauded for her work in curriculum design, student advocacy, and her support for exceptional children. As a testament to her commitment, she was named a Friend of Education by the Virginia Beach Education Association in 2012.

Adrian left the classroom in 2017 to be more present for her four children’s school years and to engage more fully in business ownership. She began working with Jim Waldman of Tutor A Team to enhance program offerings and support technical development of the business.

Now as a Tutor A Team owner, Adrian handles family communications and tutor assignments, and serves as a vital liaison between families, tutors, and schools, ensuring every student’s unique needs are met.

A Pillar of Business Integrity

Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell is not just a business owner; she’s a visionary who understands the intricacies of running a successful enterprise. With a rich history of entrepreneurship, Susan has honed her skills to become a beacon of dedication, organization, and precision. Her meticulous attention to detail is evident in every facet of her work, ensuring that every client is treated with the utmost care and respect.

Over the years, Susan has cultivated a reputation for her unwavering integrity and commitment to excellence. Her hands-on approach to business operations ensures that every process is streamlined, efficient, and client-centric. Beyond the day-to-day operations, Susan’s strategic mindset has been instrumental in forging lasting partnerships with community organizations, further solidifying Tutor A Team’s presence in the Hampton Roads community.

At Tutor A Team, Susan’s role is multifaceted. While she manages the business operations with a keen eye, she also actively engages with community partners, ensuring that the company’s legacy of excellence and service continues to thrive. Her personal touch, combined with her vast business expertise, ensures that Tutor A Team remains a trusted name in educational support.

A Shared Vision for the Future

In a world that’s rapidly evolving, Susan and Adrian recognize the importance of adapting and innovating. The educational landscape is no exception. With the rise of digital platforms and the fast-paced nature of today’s learning environment, they are committed to ensuring Tutor A Team remains at the forefront of educational support. Their vision is not just about maintaining the company’s legacy but about evolving it to meet the ever-changing needs of students.

The challenges of the pandemic have reshaped the way students learn and interact. Recognizing this, Susan and Adrian are dedicated to providing resources and support to help students navigate these unprecedented times. From bolstering online tutoring capabilities to offering specialized programs addressing pandemic-related learning gaps, they are proactive in their approach.

Both Susan and Adrian believe that at the heart of every challenge lies an opportunity. Their shared vision for Tutor A Team is to seize these opportunities, ensuring every student has the tools and support they need to thrive in this new era of education.

The Tutor A Team Legacy

A Visionary Founder: Jim Waldman

Tutor A Team was the brainchild of Jim Waldman, a visionary with over 40 years in educational administration. Recognizing the profound impact of the right tutor, Jim established a platform that catered to both struggling students and those aiming to excel.

His dedication was not just to academics but to the holistic development of every student. An Army veteran, Jim took pride in collaborating with military families, ensuring their children received the best educational support.

Honoring Jim’s Legacy

The Tutor A Team community was deeply saddened by the passing of Jim Waldman in March 2023. His passion, vision, and dedication have left an indelible mark on the lives of countless students and families. As we move forward, we remain committed to upholding the values and standards set by Jim and his wife, Joan. Their legacy serves as a guiding light, reminding us of the profound impact education can have on a child’s future.

Tutoring is more than just academic support; it’s an investment in your child’s future. Forward-thinking parents recognize the profound impact of these formative school years. When the approach is right, the value it brings to a student’s journey is immeasurable.

The One-On-One Difference

The vast majority of teachers and parents agree that the best and most accommodating method to provide tutoring to a student is on a one-on-one basis at the kitchen table!

There are many alternatives available to the parent/student, but nothing has proven to work better and be more cost effective than the one-on-one approach without distractions.

Group sessions, even just two, three, or four students with one tutor, can only be truly effective for one of the students at any given time. “Mind-wandering” or lack of relevant material will be a distraction to the other students. In addition, group tutoring rarely leaves time for the tutor to work with the child in an essential area – the homework.

Finding the Right Tutor, Every Time

How does Adrian match every child with a tutor suited to his or her individual needs?
The decision is based on several factors: the age or grade level of the student, general academic school performance, outside interests, the parents’ availability to assist, and many other factors such as ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning difficulties.

These issues are generally addressed with the Tutor A Team specialist at the first in-home meeting with the parent(s). Tutor A Team offers a personalized intake interview with one of our learning specialists. At this meeting, which can be held via phone, Zoom, or in person, we strive to understand the many factors that influence a child’s academic performance. 

Our Strategy

Begin with Homework

A crucial part of our tutor’s work with your child is to tackle the current homework assignments. If we do great work in our first session but don’t immediately touch the homework, then the student goes back into the classroom without feeling confident that he/she is making progress. With many tutoring services, the student’s homework is set aside in favor of general lessons and review, especially in group settings where the personal time per student is limited. 

At Tutor A Team, we take the opposite approach.  We start by helping the student tackle current homework, and then we prepare for the work ahead. In our approach, the student returns to the very next class with the homework completed and an understanding of the material. The result of this plan is a relaxed and confident student who is then motivated to move on to the new material with the class.

This is what our happy clients are saying!

The formula used to select the best tutor for my child’s class subjects and needs is great. Professional and polite staff/tutors come to my home. My child learns in a safe and comfort environment. ... The extra support provided by our tutor is exactly what my child needs to be successful. Tutor A Team is worth their weight in gold!!read more
Amber G.
Amber G.
Great tutors unfortunately my daughter just dislikes math lol.
Cathy E.
Cathy E.
My son worked with an A+Team tutor, who was actually his former teacher, and she was very patient with him. This is a great group of people! My son has made tons of progress and enjoyed the sessions.... Thank you :)P.S. They also give world class customer service.read more
Lisa C.
Lisa C.
Great help, got me through calc2!
Ronald S.
Ronald S.
Tutor A Team is a professional organization! We have utilized their services for 2 years and the results have been excellent. Their tutors really know how to work with kids. We needed evening... appointments due to our high school student sports schedule and they worked with us consistently.read more
Kay C.
Kay C.
This tutoring service is not in the same category as other tutoring services. The tutors are professionals. Jim and Sam went above and beyond to find the right tutor for my daughter. If you want a... babysitting service, look elsewhere. If your purpose is to get your child or teenager a qualified educator to help them with their goals, Tutor A Team is the place to go.read more
John F.
John F.
I was extremely satisfied with the tutoring services provided by Tutor A Team. I was particularly impressed with the attention to detail given by Jim Waldman when initially pairing my daughter up... with her tutor. Which, was a perfect match. Chris Tucker was amazing with her....she went on to make honor roll all year, which is a first for her. Thank you Tutor A Team!read more
Nikki Ogle B.
Nikki Ogle B.
Amazing experience! My daughter Junior had a C in trigonometry before A Team and brought the grade up to an A!My freshman daughter had an F in Algebra 1 and was able to get the grade up to a C!... Tutor A Team worked around my kids busy schedule and spent the time to ensure they learned the skills needed to become more proficient in both classes!I give the a 110%!!!read more
Herman G.
Herman G.
Wonderful experience. Very professional and friendly. I requested help at the concerns of my son's teacher which I didn't see and neither did his tutor. But I hired the tutor anyways. It only... exceeded him . Thanks Jim Waldenread more
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