Meet the NHEG Teachers and Tutors
Say hello to our NHEG Teachers and tutors, volunteer educators in the state of Ohio whose mission is to help students become more effective learners. NHEG offers training and support for its teachers/tutors. We have incredible teachers/tutors and are always looking for more. Our tutors make an incredible impact on students. We normally see a two-year educational advancement in students in 9-12 months for those that stick with our program. The most we have seen is a 4-year advancement in a little over a year for a student being tutored in Math and a 3-year advancement in Science.
All New Heights Educational Group teachers/tutors complete backgrounds checks along with signing confidentiality contracts and tutor agreements. Some of our classes cost money, while others are free of charge. Our teachers/tutors have many resources at their disposal, including a master document for every subject and grade level that contains helpful websites and resources to use in the classroom.
Heather Ruggiero dedicates her time towards making online courses and resources for students, teachers, and parents. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and a B.S. in Business Management.
Since 2004, Heather has tutored a multitude of students across various grade levels. She’s also developed curriculum, created courses, and taught in classrooms. For six years, Heather worked as a trainer for adults with disabilities. Currently, she tutors and manages her web-based business, “Better than Tutoring”.
Heather and her husband Frank currently reside in Oklahoma with their chihuahua, Jester. Her hobbies include cooking nutritious meals, reading, writing, swimming, and practicing yoga.
Vanh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Anthropology. While there, she had the opportunity to volunteer at a local church and read to a group of children in need. That was the starting point of her interest in helping children.
She comes from a large family, and as one of the oldest, she often assisted her siblings with homework, whether they needed help with math or reading, social studies or science. She also spent some time in high school teaching some of her peers how to use JAWS, a program that allows a blind person to use the computer independently.
Savleen is a 20-year-old university student currently enrolled in her third year of studies. She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. At an early age she developed a passion for teaching others and passing on her knowledge to improve her own understanding of class material.
Being the oldest of three siblings she regularly tutors her brother and sister and helps friends and peers whenever she can. In her free time, she enjoys running charity races and is currently training for a half-marathon. She also has a passion for cake decorating.
Mr. Lantz is an Adjunct Professor of Business Management and Economics for the University of Phoenix, and teaches for several other Indiana colleges, including Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana Wesleyan University. He was named the 2005 Faculty of the Year by the first graduating class of the Indianapolis Campus of the University of Phoenix. He has worked for such organizations as the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute and as a Budget Analyst for the Indiana Legislature. He prepared a socio-economic analysis of Central Indiana for Dr. Billy Graham’s 1999 Indianapolis Crusade, and served as the State Director of the Indiana Christian Coalition from 1992 – 1995.
Beginning in 2012, David began to create online courses in Entrepreneurship and other subjects. He developed his “Generation Self Employed” entrepreneurship curriculum while working with Northpoint Classes, a Christian Home School Coop located in Fishers, Indiana. An adult Sunday school teacher at his church for the last twenty five years, he has had several articles published in Christian magazines such as The Lookout and Sunday Digest. He is the author of two Christian historical novels, The Brotherhood of the Scroll and The Sword of the Scroll, as well as several other books, including Think Like Jesus, Lead Like Moses: Leadership Lessons from the Wilderness Crucible.
Mr. Lantz holds a B.A. degree in History and Political Science from Butler University (1979). He holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University (1981). He is married to his wife of 37 years, Sally, and has three children and three grandchildren.
Chad has been an animator since 1992, working on projects from The Simpson’s to most recently, The Smurfs. Beginning his career as an old fashioned hand-drawing animator (flipping pages), he has been working in the feature animation world for about 24 years, having made the switch to digital/computer animation about 13 years ago. Some of the movies he has worked on are Tarzan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Stuart Little 2, Surf’s Up, The Polar Express and The Smurfs.
He has been very much a part of our journey in homeschooling our children and has enjoyed that process of teaching. In 2007, he began teaching at an online animation school for career-minded adults and has enjoyed that experience so much that he began to envision The Animation Course for school age students.
Sheila lives in Southern California and has been a community college writing professor for over 10 years. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University and a BA in English from CSU Northridge. During her time as a graduate student, she tutored students in the university’s writing center and worked as an instructional aid for a parent participation preschool. Before her foray into education, she worked for 7 years as a managing editor for automotive magazines.
In addition to her volunteer work for NHEG as a tutor and proofreader, Sheila volunteers for 3 other organizations. She is part of a committee at her college working to support faculty rights at her campus, is the president of a small non-profit organization providing educational resources to a local elementary school and is a board member for a non-profit organization that advocates for victims of domestic violence.
Although she is a busy single mother trying to enjoy every moment with her active 10-year old boy, she finds time for her Anglophilia, her favorite pastimes of reading and writing and indulging in her love for Star Wars. And, whenever possible, Sheila and her son squeeze in travel to their favorite spots in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, camping with extended family, and trips to new places, having recently taken their first journey out of the country. They are currently working on a novel about their travels.
Peter Gordon tutors students in writing, reading, social studies, economics and math. He holds a Master’s of Arts degree in international affairs, a Master’s of Science degree in information technology project management, and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in economics and political science. In the field of social sciences, he has researched, written and co-published a book and researched and written chapters of books and numerous journal articles.
Peter has also researched and authored hundreds of proprietary analytical papers in the fields of social science, public administration, business analysis and information technology. His practical experience includes work in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, numerous federal government agencies, the World Bank, with foreign governments, in “think tanks” and for private companies both large and small. He enjoys golf and coaching recreational league soccer. Peter lives in Florida with his wife and son.