Tutoring and Educational Services - Our Specialists

Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates is a leader in the field of individual and/or multidisciplinary, team treatment of children, adolescents and adults.


Meet our specialists

Tamara Barabasz, M.A.Ed. is an innovative Educational Specialist with twelve years of teaching, facilitation, and teacher coaching experience. After graduating with Distinction from University of Michigan with a Bachelor's Degree in Math and Language Arts education, she later went on to acquire a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction as well as AIG Certification through Duke University. Currently serving as an Instructional Facilitator in Durham Public Schools, she supports teachers by analyzing student data and creating instructional pathways to fit the needs of the individual student. Throughout her teaching career, she has received numerous accolades, one of which was being awarded Teacher of the Year with Reading scores demonstrating the top 1% of growth nationwide. As an instructional leader, Tamara has provided professional development and coaching for teachers around Standards-Based teaching, Differentiated Instruction and writing instruction. She has brought innovative best practices to the schools where she has taught and lead, such as a school wide debate program, leadership team, and Student-lead conferences. .

She focuses her academic approach on building a rapport with students, building upon personal learning styles, and finding ways to enhance engagement while building confidence. She works diligently to provide students with a personal tool belt of strategies for success as they learn such as chunking, organization techniques, test taking strategies, and other methods to make learning and retention more manageable. Throughout the process, she uses formative assessment continuously to adapt and modify instruction around the student's changing needs. From Tamara's experience teaching teachers and students, she has acquired a vast set of skills in teaching people with learning differences how to learn and how to apply their skills to develop a love for learning.

In addition to instruction, Tamara also serves as an educational advocate for students with a variety of educational needs, both those with IEPs, 504s, or AIG-Identified students with Differentiated Education Plans. She has extensive experience with data collection and analysis and can work with families to interpret testing data, develop student goals, and identify instructional processes and programs to best match student needs based on the data.

 

Olgha B. Qaqish, M.S. is a collaborative educator and a self-directed lifelong learner, experienced working with students in all levels in science, math, engineering, and technology. Ms. Qaqish has co-authored two textbooks on mathematics: Algebra Essentials and Pre-Algebra Essentials (scheduled for release in April, 2017). She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh as well as a doctoral candidate at the department of Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University. Ms. Qaqish earned her Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a strong advocate for exploring strategies for successful academic achievement at all levels of education and customizes her educational approach to enhance the diversity of strengths of each individual student while also shoring up areas of relative weaknesses. She is a tireless advocate for her students.

 


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