How We Work


The Sharpened Pencil: Scottsdale tutoring to help your kid get ahead

Our goal is to teach your child how to be successful and independent 

In this fast paced world, children are expected to tackle many tasks without the necessary tools to understand and achieve success. The importance of setting foundational skills during childhood creates success for the rest of their lives.

What makes the difference?

A successful student has the ability to:

  • Stay organized
  • Set and achieve goals
  • Create a meaningful connection between school and the world around them

Developing better students comes from teaching methods that include hands-on, real world applications. We focus on building each child’s ability to be a productive, independent learner.

Who are we?

Founding partners Patricia and Sharon have a combined total of more than 15 years of education experience. More importantly, they are parents who have lived through the struggles of marriage and single parenthood.

The Sharpened Pencil: Scottsdale tutoring to help your kid get ahead
  • Patricia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master of Elementary Education. She has taught 4th-8th graders for more than 12 years and served for seven years as a charter school principal. Patricia has spent a majority of her career specializing in teaching math strategies for student success. She has three children, two are currently in college and the third is working his way through high school.
  • Sharon has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master of Secondary Education and is an experienced language arts teacher. She has worked for eight years as a teacher of middle school and early education. She has always thought of herself as an advocate for children. As a mother of twin girls and a teenager, she constantly looks for strategies of success.