About Us

Building skills for success in school and beyond.

Aries Building - Seattle, WA


ALL of our programs are customized to meet the individual needs of each student.

Using information from parents, teachers, psychologists, and the student themselves, we help students harness their strengths, inspiring confidence that enables them to face new challenges and reach their academic goals. We also focus on building positive, close relationships with each student as this trust truly facilitates the learning process.

  • Executive Skills Development
  • Homework Support
  • Subject Specific Interventions
  • One-on-One Tutoring
  • Group Sessions
  • Test Preparation
  • End-of-Course Exams
  • Applications Assistance

By customizing our plan to the strengths and struggles of each student, we can provide excellent academic support for students with learning disabilities such as ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Working Memory issues, and Processing and Retrieval disorders. For these students, we often consult with schools and psychologists directly to find the right mix of instruction and support to facilitate success.

our team


Lori Dixon

Lori Dixon:


Born and raised in Mountlake Terrace, a suburb just north of Seattle, Lori graduated Valedictorian from Mountlake Terrace High School before she attended the University of Washington, where she majored in English. During college, she worked as a math and English tutor for elementary students as well as her peers. After university, she relocated to Philadelphia to trade stock options on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange before starting her own trading firm with her husband, Buddy Smith. In 2006, Lori changed career paths, rediscovering her true passion for teaching. She spent the next eight years as a tutor for Basic Skills Tutoring, Inc. in Seattle. Lori established Next Steps Tutoring in order to continue to help students and families in the greater Seattle area. During her eight years in the field, Lori has taught children from Kindergarten through twelfth grade, covering a wide variety of subjects from beginning reading to advanced calculus. Throughout these experiences, Lori has become intimately familiar with the curriculum of local public, private, and parochial schools. She has also become familiar with various teaching techniques and methods to reach students of all ages and learning styles. In addition to tutoring, Lori enjoys cooking, gardening, camping, watching football, and playing with her mischievous mutt, Lucy.


Buddy Smith:


Buddy was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The son of a teacher, he attended Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, before studying finance and economics at La Salle University. Buddy worked in the financial services industry for ten years where he did corporate training for Susquehanna International Group, and discovered his love for teaching. After moving to Seattle with Lori in 2006, he earned a Washington State Teaching Certificate and Master’s in Teaching from the University of Washington, which means that he is up-to-date on current best practices for teaching reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. He is also experienced with the idiosyncrasies of IEPs and state testing. He started teaching K-12 students at the Somali Community Services Coalition, where he has volunteered and worked since 2009. He believes that refugee populations deserve better education services than our public schools are currently able to provide, and he helps fill that need. He has been their teacher, programs coordinator, volunteer tutor, advisor, and friend. His work with this organization is ongoing. During the school day Buddy works at Big Picture High School with 11th grade students. He loves working at Big Picture because he gets to treat each student for the individual they are. No two students in Buddy’s class are the same, therefore they each have education plans designed for their specific strengths and goals. Buddy looks forward to bringing this kind of individualized attention to Next Steps Tutoring clients.


Youn Chung:


Born in Redwood City, CA and raised in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and finally in Seoul, Korea, Youn has been a bit of global nomad all of her life. In 2006, fresh out of college with an engineering degree from Stanford University and brimming with idealism, she passionately sought to insert herself on the front lines of where US public education seemed to be failing most. It was at this time that she gained her introduction to teaching through Oakland Teaching Fellows, serving as a full-time middle school math teacher in Oakland, CA while also earning her teaching credential. While this experience was harrowingly eye-opening, witnessing the existence of such extreme educational need only further cemented her commitment to serving high risk youth. She consequently went on to serve as a math teacher for 5 more years in some of the lowest performing and most challenging schools across America, including charter schools in Washington, DC and even the county House of Corrections in Boston, MA. In the meantime, she earned her Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the Summer Principal’s Academy at Columbia University’s Teachers College before making the difficult decision to take a break and experience a new adventure in Kenya. After 18 months of living in Nairobi, Youn finds herself in yet another new city: Seattle, WA, where she is excited to be a member of the Next Steps Tutoring team and is looking forward to again helping students thrive in their educational endeavors.


Miles Schulman:


Born and raised in the shire-esque town of Hopewell, New Jersey, Miles was encouraged to start tutoring peers by his high school teachers. Miles quickly found that tutoring was not only fun and challenging, but an excellent way to deepen his understanding of academic material and broaden his knowledge of learning styles. While attending Oberlin College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Miles continued to work in education as a tutor at the Boys and Girls Club and as a kindergarten Earth Science teacher. Following graduation, Miles moved to Seattle to work for the Major Taylor Project, an after-school cycling program in the South-end. There he taught socio-economically disadvantaged youths bicycle mechanics and organized enrichment activities for middle and high school aged students. After biking over 3,500 miles in ten months during this program, he is thrilled to give his legs a rest and pedal his mind as he helps students with executive skill development, history, writing, Spanish, biology, chemistry, physics, and math through calculus. Miles loves working with students with diverse interests and learning styles, and looks forward to getting to know the students at Next Steps Tutoring.


Dandi Meng:


Dandi was born in Beijing and moved to western Washington when she was seven years old. Now a devoted Seattleite, she graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English and minors in Art History and Mathematics. Dandi is currently working on her Master’s in Library and Information Science. In addition to working at Next Steps, Dandi is also a tutor and assistant director at the University of Washington Odegaard Writing and Research Center, where she works with students studying a wide variety of college-level material. Throughout her life, she has gained experience tutoring students from preschool through college ages. Dandi has a special love for tutoring creative writing, essay writing, reading comprehension, textual analysis, and research strategies. She also enjoys teaching algebra, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus and calculus. Dandi is always up for a challenge and is always looking to expand her knowledge and skills. Some topics that are of current interest to her include experimental poetry by writers of color, twins/copies/clones, the linguistic quirks of social media, and the meteoric rise of food television in recent years. She is delighted to bring these experiences to the Next Steps Tutoring community.


Full Calendar for the 2016-17 school year coming soon…

School Year Sessions

Still accepting registrations for the 2016-17 School Year..

Sundays 10am-7pm
Monday-Thursday 3pm-8pm (earlier times available by special arrangement)

Summer Sessions


ummer sessions begin June, 2017, immediately following the last day of school.

SUMMER HOURS: Monday-Thursday, 10am-8pm


Veteran’s Day
Thanksgiving Weekend (Wednesday – Sunday)
Seattle Public Schools Winter Break
Super Bowl Sunday
President’s Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend
Custom schedules will be arranged for students during Mid-Winter Break and Spring Break.


We are currently registering for the 2016-17 school year, with limited spaces still available. Please click the online registration link below to reserve your preferred days/times, or contact us at register@nextstepstutoring.com.

Please note: School year times are reserved for the entire school year except for closures due to holidays and other school related activities.

Summer schedules vary week-to-week, depending on vacation schedules and other activities.

Our Programs

All of our programs are customized to meet the individual needs of each student.

School Year Program:

During the school year, we offer direct homework support for students K-12 in most subject areas.  Sessions can also be used for test prep and application essays as needed.  High school students who are already enrolled in our one-to-one tutoring program are also eligible to seek additional support at our Sunday Study Skills group session (limited spaces available, must register in advance).  In this extended session, students are closely monitored and supported as needed as they use the time to plan and complete long-term projects, prepare for tests, and get organized for the week ahead.


School Year Program Objectives:

  • Supporting school work for all courses
  • Advancing academic skills in core subjects
  • Teaching students how to self-advocate
  • Planning in advance for long-term projects and tests
  • Communicating with teachers and other learning professionals upon request in order to coordinate academic support efforts
  • Developing a system of organization for assignment information and other school materials
  • Preparing for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, PSAT, PLAN, ISEE, SSAT, and End-of-Course Exams
  • Completing application essays for college and private elementary and secondary schools

Summer Program:

Summer sessions are primarily used to build and maintain core skills. Research shows that, without continuous practice, many students experience summer learning loss, leaving them underprepared to face the coming school year. Our program helps students maintain learning consistency throughout the year so that they can feel confident when they return to school in the fall. Summertime is also used to prepare for standardized tests and get a jump-start on college application materials.


Summer Program Objectives:

  • Building and maintaining core skills
  • Avoiding “summer learning loss”
  • Completing summer assignments for school
  • Writing college admissions essays and other related materials
  • Developing study skills such as note-taking, hi-lighting and outlinings
  • Previewing courses for the following school year using the same text(s) that will be used in class
  • Preparing for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, PSAT, PLAN, ISEE, SSAT, and End-of-Course Exams

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