Bright Minds Tutoring began with one bright child with dyslexia who was struggling academically, and one parent who was searching for a solution. It was a frustrating search, with more questions than answers, and more misconceptions than facts. Through that search came a passionate desire to help other families who found themselves in the same situation.


April Coggins

For the past 7 years, April Coggins has been helping ‘out of the box’ learners achieve success in the classroom. She is a Dyslexia Specialist and has been trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach for both reading and math, as well as other research-based teaching methodologies. April has an MS in Special Education with a Specialization in Learning Disabilities and a BA in English. She stays abreast of the latest research and advancements in the field and shares her expansive personal knowledge base through the free resource library. April enjoys the challenge of uncovering each child’s unique strengths and gifts. She combines those strengths with research-based strategies to help a student overcome their limitations and reach their full potential.


A New York state licensed and New York City tenured Special Education Teacher, Alicia Thacker’s career began as a Content Area Generalist teaching in Brooklyn, N.Y. for 6 years. She then taught in upstate N.Y. at The Norman Howard School, a NYSAIS accredited independent Special Education school serving students from 30 districts in 8 counties. From there, she accepted a position at East High School in partnership with The University of Rochester. Alicia has an MS in Education in Teaching Urban Adolescents with Disabilities, an MBA in Operations Management, and a BA in Fine Art.


Terri Catron is a dedicated, creative, and goal-driven professional educator with over 16 years of classroom experience. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education and an MA in Early Elementary Education. Terri specializes in helping children in K-3 develop core competencies in reading and math. She is a resourceful and committed teacher, able to quickly assess a student’s needs and differentiate instruction as necessary. Terri is passionate about helping all children achieve success and believes that one-on-one tutoring allows her to better meet that goal.


As a licensed Special Education teacher for the past 5 years, Melissa Proctor has provided math and reading intervention support to elementary and middle school students throughout New Hanover and Pender county. Melissa has supported students with learning disabilities, autism, emotional/behavioral disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and developmental delays in a variety of settings. She most recently served as an Exceptional Children Department Chair at D.C Virgo Preparatory Academy. She has also supported students at the Autism Society of North Carolina, South Topsail Elementary School, Topsail Elementary School, Edwin A. Alderman Elementary School, and the UNCW Education Lab. Melissa received a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.

Jane Tageson

Jane Tageson works with children in kindergarten through fifth grade and is an experienced, professional educator. She graduated from Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan Univ.) with a BS degree in Elementary Education, and earned a Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Reading. Jane has over 20 years of teaching experience in Christian and Catholic schools and is committed to helping children achieve academic success.