Specialized tutoring for Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Summit and other Ohio counties.
Director of Home Instruction
Kimberly does an exemplary job matching our tutor qualifications to each student’s unique needs for maximum academic success. She coordinates services for families and students needing academic support, gifted needs, and advanced placement support. She is particularly sensitive to the highly specialized tutoring needs of students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).
Kimberly has a bachelor’s degree in Education and an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. She taught for the Cleveland City Schools and in upstate New York for many years. She has a professional background of over 20 years in Special Needs Advocacy and Resourcing. She brings to North Coast Education Services personal first-hand experience raising and advocating for children with profound special needs. Kimberly also has great empathy and positive educational problem-solving skills for our students and their families.
Linnea Smith is the Vice President of North Coast Education. Linnea worked for North Coast and CEI early in her career, and has worked behind the scenes on the NCES Board for the last 10 years. Linnea returned full-time to North Coast following 16 years working in management and development in the Broadway Theatre Industry.
Linnea Smith has a degree from The George Washington University in Theatre, Psychology, and English. She has also studied and implemented conflict resolution strategies.
As Carole Richards’ daughter, Linnea was raised to understand that each student is unique. A life-long exposure to different learning styles has enabled Linnea to see the distinctive needs for each student. She looks forward to helping families find the best solutions to their education needs.
Senior Vice President
Director of Marketing and Special Projects
From his business experience, John has an excellent “feel” for assessing niche markets. His marketing approach at North Coast Education Services has been both cost-effective and highly successful.
With a background in print and electronic media, John has a broad background in marketing. He was a publisher of five healthcare publications and developed and syndicated several regularly scheduled radio programs. John is the acclaimed co-author of several business books and is currently working on a book about the education system and how to fix it. He is planning a book that simplifies business management and marketing in our more complicated business and technological environment. A member of the Business Week Advisory Board, John also writes for regional and national business publications.
John is currently Board Chair of the Creative Education Institute, a former board member of the National Tutoring Association, and recent past President of Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland. He is also a board member and Vice President of the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, serves on the Executive Committee of the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, and is an advisor to the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra.
Executive Director, Founder
Carole Richards is not only the President and Executive Director, but is also the Founder of North Coast Education Services. Click here to read her biography.