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.


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.

Ashley Cottle

Ashley Cottle is a North Carolina licensed school psychologist. She graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology and a Specialist Degree in School Psychology at Francis Marion. She has worked in the public school systems within both Wayne and New Hanover County Schools. Ashley has experience working with elementary-aged students that have disabilities, providing academic interventions, administering psycho-educational assessments, supporting students through Individualized Education Plans (IEPS), and the MTSS process used within the public schools. She is passionate about helping students be successful, increasing their confidence, and teaching them academic skills. Ashley’s goal is to collaborate with parents and make a positive impact on each student that she works with.