How It Started

The Bjorkdahl family

As an elementary teacher for over a decade, curriculum specialist, and school building leader, I understand the complexities of engaging and driving learners. As a mother of three I can relate to the blessings and challenges of teaching your own children. Knowing each child’s strengths and weaknesses and developing a plan to inspire and challenge are no simple tasks. The desire to give our children every available option to enrich their academic experiences is always in the forefront of our minds. This is where the idea of Tutor Chest began. The goal is to offer parents and educators more options, convenience, and assistance with the most important job there is, educating our children.

Tutor Chest is determined to deliver an accessible online environment that enhances learning for all students, parents, and educators. An easy to use, all-encompassing platform that connects parents with educators, provides resources, professional development opportunities, and a place to gain support and learn together.

When educators and families connect and create strong relationships, we can become true partners in children’s learning, and the possibilities become endless.

Kindest regards,
Vanessa Bjorkdahl
Founder and CEO

Meet the Team

Dr. Andrew Johnson

Dr. Andrew Johnson
Director of Professional Development

Dr. Johnson oversees the Professional Development program at Tutor Chest. He is a Professor of Education and Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He specializes in literacy instruction for students with intellectual and learning disabilities, RTI for reading and writing, strategies for the inclusive classroom, and advanced pedagogy. After teaching in the classroom for 9 years, he received a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Literacy Instruction. He is the author of 13 books and numerous book chapters and academic articles related to literacy, learning, and the human condition. He is also the host of the podcast, The Reading Instruction Show.