Online academic support & Test Prep
Climb. Achieve. Soar.
At Academic Ascent we believe that every student can achieve. Our number one goal is to help students get past "I can't" and ascend to "I can." We strive to empower learners to be their best and clearly see a path to future success. Whether it's individual tutoring, group workshops, or academic coaching, we provide students with strategies that build skills, perseverance, and grit. With nearly 20 years of experience working closely alongside students from elementary to college, you can trust that Academic Ascent will help your child find their voice and the confidence to reach their highest levels of learning.
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How does online tutoring and coaching work?
The convenience of online tutoring saves parents the hassle of driving to and from sessions.
From individualized tutoring & coaching to general academic support, we have something for every learner.
Remediation and homework support for all subjects at the elementary and middle school level
Online: $75/ hour
High School English, Writing, & Math
SAT Prep & College Essay Coaching
Every student deserves the chance to be their best.
Reading and spelling assessment for elementary students.
Meet the team!
Holly Keegan, founder of Academic Ascent
Core focus: 5th-9th grade, trained in Orton-Gillingham methodologies for students with dyslexia, general homework + organizational support, study skills, certified Academic Life Coach for middle and high school students
Since 2002, I've been both a classroom educator and private tutor. I taught at the Hamilton School in Providence, Rhode Island and was a founding educator at The Sally Borden School in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, two schools who are pioneers in working with students with language-based learning differences. Upon moving to northern Virginia, I taught for a decade at Oakwood School and loved their small classroom format and was exposed to even more ways to individualize instruction. I have also received certification as an Academic Life Coach and actively use these skills with my older students. In 2019 I started my private practice working with students and families to develop meaningful partnerships and illuminating the idea that with the right strategies and approach, school doesn't have to be such a struggle. Starting Academic Ascent is a dream realized!
Core focus: 1st-6th grade, trained in Orton-Gillingham methodologies for students with dyslexia, general homework support across all subjects
I am so excited to bring my skills and teaching experience to Academic Ascent! I graduated from Penn State University in 2003 with a BA in Special Education, then went on to earn my Master’s Degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities at American University. In my professional experience I taught at McLean School in Potomac, MD and Oakwood School in Annandale, VA, two schools specializing in educating students with learning differences. I have been extensively trained in Phonographix and Brainspring, both Orton-Gillingham based programs. My passion is seeing my students grow and show pride in their accomplishments! When I am not in the virtual classroom, I love playing with my happy and energetic two-year-old son and my six-year-old dog, Wiggles. I also love to travel! When I was four months old, after being adopted I made a transcontinental flight from South Korea to the US and I've loved visiting new places ever since!
Core focus: middle and high school english + writing
I always knew I’d be a teacher, but it wasn’t until I started college that I settled on a specific subject and grade level. I taught English Language Arts and creative writing to 9th and 11th graders for 13 years before I decided to go back to school and change things up a bit. Along with my Master’s Degree in Education, I also earned my literacy specialist certification. I spent the next three years as a literacy specialist in an elementary school. When I’m not teaching and learning, I’m raising my three kids, two cats, one dog, and a hedgehog! As busy as that sounds, I also make plenty of time to date my best friend, my husband of 17 years. I am excited to be a tutor with this team!
Core focus: middle and high school math, SAT prep
I have taught Math for 10 years, in multiple courses between grades 7-12 in both Virginia and New York. My Bachelor's degree is from Canisius College and my Master's is from VCU. I have a wife and three sons.
Core focus: high school english + writing, SAT prep, college essay coach
I recently received my Master's Degree in the Great Books curriculum at St. John's College. Prior to that I taught high school English in both public and private schools. I was the Associate Director of College Counseling at The Field School in Washington, DC. I have also served as the online discussion leader for courses like "Homer's Odyssey" and "Sophocles' Oedipus Rex" at Classical Academic Press. These days I fill my time in a variety of ways including college essay coaching at the Georgetown Day School and private tutoring for the verbal section of the SAT and high school level English. I’ve published op-eds, poetry, and scholarly articles.