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Sisters' Passion for Teaching, Training and Children Creates Education Resource in Fredericksburg, Va.

Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia recently opened its doors; an inspiration born from two Northern Virginia sisters, Christa Huntley and Elizabeth Colon of Fredericksburg, Va. Both new moms of infant daughters, they joined their passions for education and children. Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia serves most of Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania, providing an in-home tutoring service for kindergarteners through 12th graders, including a free skills assessment. The program uses a customized approach with an in-home professional tutor, diagnostic evaluation, specialized teaching curriculum and a guarantee for results. For more bigstock-Group-of-teens-after-school-16991333information on Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia, call 571-620-0245 or visit

"As new moms, we're thrilled to be actively involved in educational programs that can help kids and parents get the specialized care and attention they need to move them forward and improve on their academic careers," said Elizabeth Colon and Christa Huntley, co-owners of Above Grade of Northern Virginia in Fredericksburg, Va.

Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia's skills assessment was created by professors at the University of California, Berkeley, and is customized based on the way an individual answers the questions. It provides an excellent indicator as to where children might have missed critical skills and is available for students who need tutoring in math and English. It can be taken online at home. After a child completes the assessment, a free in-home consultation is arranged to discuss the results and recommend a specialized tutoring program.
Colon and Huntley come from diverse career backgrounds. While Colon conducted employee training in the corporate world, Huntley delved into criminology and forensic research for the government. With more and more schools dealing with budgetary constraints and large student-to-teacher ratios, both saw a need for customized, individual in-home tutoring. Colon graduated from Penn State University with dual degrees in international politics and Spanish and resides in the Fredericksburg, Va. area, with her husband and daughter. Huntley received her master's degree in forensic psychology from Marymount University and dual bachelor's degrees in criminology and psychology from Florida State University. Huntley lives in Alexandria, Va. with her husband and infant daughter.




Above Grade Level-Northern Virginia was established in 2013, founded by sisters, Elizabeth Colon and Christa Huntley who share a passion for teaching, training and children. Above Grade Level-Northern Virginia serves most of Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania and specializes in home-tutoring services for students, kindergarten through 12th grade, using assessment tools, parent and student participation, and an individualized curriculum with guaranteed results. It uses curriculums that were designed by a team of international educators, as well as assessments created by University of California, Berkeley professors. Colon and Huntley realize that with more budgetary constraints and larger student-to-teacher ratios, there is an increasing need for supplemental education in Northern Virginia. Although they come from diverse fields of employment management and forensic psychology, they merged their love for results-based learning. Both reside in Northern Virginia with their husbands and daughters. For more information, go to or call 571.620.0245 or like them on Facebook.


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Pouches Visits the Past


If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.