About The Eagle Center for Learning

Who We Are


The mission of the Eagle Center for Learning is to provide quality, individualized instruction to students to achieve their specific learning goals. We identify specific skills to be taught and use a variety of teaching methods tailored to an individual's learning style and strengths. We provide direct instruction for specific skills and teach strategies which can be used in a variety of learning situations.

We are also committed to providing small group instruction in reading, writing and math to support academic skills during the summer months and during the school year for families who homeschool.

Karen Martini founded the Eagle Center for Learning in September 2010 after 17 years at The Crossroads School in Paoli, Pennsylvania, where she was an Instructional Supervisor and classroom teacher. She has also privately tutored for the past 18 years.

Karen Martini

Karen's particular interest lies in teaching reading and writing at the elementary level. Her years of classroom experience have taught her teaching strategies to help improve a child's reading comprehension, word recognition and fluency. Her instruction in writing helps a student with vocabulary development, organization and fluency of content.

Karen earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education of the Exceptional from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Cabrini College. She is a certified teacher with additional training in the Project Read, Read Naturally and School Attuned programs.

Joining Karen at the Center are a complement of highly qualified educators. The tutors of the Eagle Center for Learning are committed to providing the best possible service to your family. All of our tutors are certified teachers, come highly recommended and have experience in teaching their subjects.

Your child will be assigned to work with the same tutor during each session. This allows the tutor to learn your child's strengths and needs in order to develop the best possible plan for achieving your child's individual learning goals.

Enrichment Program Educators

Dr. John Ullrich earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Maryland, followed by a two-year, post-doctoral stint at Harvard University.

He has worked in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries for over twenty years, owns over 25 patents, and has authored 20 publications in the neuroscience, inflammation and cardiovascular therapeutic areas.

Throughout his career John has been singled out for his ability to teach and mentor scientists and students alike. For the past 14 years John has honed this skill, teaching all levels of chemistry at Villanova University. This fall, Rosemont College as well as the Eagle Center for Learning will also experience John's passion for engaging young minds in the sciences.

Maureen Firrantello is an experienced teacher with a strong background in teaching students with learning disabilities. She spent 15 years teaching at The Crossroads School in Paoli. Maureen's particular interest and strength lies in teaching reading and math using multi-sensory instruction.

Stacie Timer is an experienced math and science teacher. Her teaching background includes work at the middle and high school levels in Algebra I and II, geometry, pre-calculus and computers. She is available to tutor higher level math as well as SAT and CAT test preparation. Her education includes degrees from Drexel University and Immaculata University.