ACADEMIC COACHING TEAM

Private Tutoring for Children, Adolescents & Adults

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About Us

For decades, Polly Gilbert and her late husband, Dr. Ray Gilbert, enjoyed an exciting combination of professional teaching and clinical psychology careers plus part-time tutoring and consulting with students and adults in their church.They later formed a small family tutoring company in Dallas, sold that company, moved to Ames to live near their family, and began tutoring students here in Ames. As professional educators, parents of six adult children and seven grandchildren, occasional foster parents, Sunday School teachers, and youth service volunteers, the Gilberts enjoyed a love for and experience with children and students of all ages. Polly still seeks to continue the Gilberts' mission in life to inspire, motivate, and assist students to achieve academic success and pursue their lifelong dreams.


Polly Gilbert, M.Ed., MLS
Education Consultant

President and Co-Owner
ACT (
Academic Coaching Team of Ames)
July 2015 to Present

President/Co-Owner of TLC, Inc. of Dallas
January 1991- January 2015

Consultant and Professional Tutor
Greenhill School, Good Shepherd Episcopal, and Yavneh Academy
2008 - June, 2015

Director of Libraries
St. Mark’s School of Texas
1985 -2008

Consultant for Verbal Communications, Inc. of Dallas
1995-1998

Coordinator
SMU Summer Talented and Gifted Program
1988 -1991 (Four Summers)

Junior English Teacher, Head Librarian
J.J. Pearce High School
1975 -1985

National Championship Academic Decathlon Coach
J.J. Pearce High School
1984 and 1985

Polly Gilbert has enjoyed over 35 years’ working as a high school English Teacher & Library Director, Academic Coach, and Communications Consultant for high schools, colleges, and corporations.

Ray W. Gilbert, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Coordinator Childrens' Treatment Center
Terrell State Hospital

Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center, Dallas

35 years in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist in Dallas.

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