About Durango Academic Coaching Center

About Durango Academic Coaching Center



Sarah Tescher

Sarah Tescher

Director and Founder - Durango Academic Coaching Center

Durango Academic Coaching LLC was founded by Sarah Tescher in 2016. Sarah has lived and worked in the Durango area for over 16 years raising her two sons, Dylan and Jack. She has been an educator for over 20 years having first started teaching at Berkeley High in 1997 in World History. She has a California and Colorado Secondary Teaching Credential as well as an endorsement in ESL and a certificate in Non-Profit-Management. She has taught at Miller Middle School, Animas High (X-Block), Durango Montessori, 9R Shared School, Columbine Christian as well as after-school and summer Spanish camps. She is a founder of Durango Devo and has coached and worked with kids for 25 years. After a short stint as Chief of Operations at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado, Sarah decided to start a business which would serve the local youth in hopes of growing their passion for learning. “I believe that every student has the potential to learn and grow academically. The trick is just finding their style of learning and supporting that,” said Tescher.

Sarah Tescher and Family

The idea of creating a tutoring center came up in a breakfast conversation with Yvonna Graham (owner of Mumbling Marmot) who has been Sarah’s mentor and consultant in starting Durango Academic Coaching (DACC). DACC serves La Plata County and offers tutoring for all subject areas from 1st grade reading help to College level Math classes. DACC has many tutors from Master’s degree in Education to High School Students eager to share their favorite subject. All DACC tutors have had background and education checks and are professional and reliable. DACC believes that each student can reach their academic goals, be that higher ACT scores or learning a 2nd language. Each student learns his or her own unique way and DACC tutors are committed to discover how a student best learns and support that learning style in one-on-one or a small group setting. While the Center is designed to allow for each tutor to have their own space with tables, chairs, supplies, whiteboard, access to technology or books, wifi, and a quite space to learn, parents can choose to have their tutor meet outside of the Center.

Sarah is excited to continue to serve the community that she so loves!

Heather Otter

Heather Otter

Support Staff

It started twenty years ago when I decided to be a high school teacher. I liked teenagers. They were interesting. I had a degree in psychology. It couldn’t be too hard, said I, in all my early twenty-something naivete and save the world (or at least the public school system) power thoughts. Ok, I did neither. I did, however, glean significant life lessons from my students and colleagues that shaped the rest of my career in education. My students inspired me, frustrated me, and drove my curiosity about how to do better….from the classroom to the board room. I have three years experience as a classroom teacher, five years experience in academic programming, and ten years experience as a corporate training and development manager. My mission is to maximize students’ potential by contributing tools & resources for learning, a positive outlook, and support for achieving learning goals.

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Heather holds a bachelors degree in Psychology from Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO. and a Masters degree in Education from Leslie University, Cambridge, MA. Heather, her husband Steve, and their son Mack love to mountain bike, ski, play cards, do jigsaw puzzles, cheer the Broncos, and fuss with each other about screen-time and age-appropriate video games.

It’s been wonderful to work with the Durango community to match great tutors with terrific students since 2005! Now that I’m returning to private practice, taking only dyslexic students, I wholeheartedly recommend that anyone needing a tutor in any subject, including languages, call Sarah Tescher, Durango Academic Coaching Center. You’ll find a warm, inviting atmosphere and fabulous tutors, many of whom formerly contracted with Mumbling Marmot Tutoring.

Yvonna Graham, M.Ed.

Director, Mumbling Marmot Tutoring