Meet the Team

Dawn Matera, Ed.D. – Founder & CEO

Doctor Matera strives to meet the growing need in our community for educational support services that reach a diverse population of learners.

Dawn founded A Way to Learn in 2008 after a decade of teaching special education at Eagle Hill Southport and Winston Preparatory School, schools for students with learning disabilities. With a growing need for highly specialized and individualized programs that would enrich and challenge a student both  academically and emotionally, A Way to Learn was born. A Way to Learn has served thousands of families over the past decade and strong and meaningful relationships have been made along the way.

Dawn holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, as well as a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Southern CT State University. She also co-founded the Westport Day School located in Wilton, CT, a therapeutic day school for students with anxiety and depression. 


In her free time, Dawn enjoys writing, Yoga and Reiki, is an avid reader, and loves to travel

Natallia Kohut – Owner & Executive Director

Natallia is a dedicated, results-driven educational professional experienced in the development of tailored lesson plans and curriculum designed to promote student achievement.

She has the ability to improve educational success, assisting students to reach their academic potential and improve skills and confidence in a diverse set of learners from remedial to gifted.

Samantha P. – Learning and Reading Specialist

Kimberly P. – Learning and Writing Specialist/Executive Functioning Coach


Kim is a former high school English teacher, holding a Bachelor and Master of Arts from UConn. She has a love of life-long learning, and is currently working to earn her degree in School Counseling. She has worked for AWTL for over a year with students of many backgrounds and abilities. Her focus is in Executive Functioning and English reading and writing, but she has been able to help in numerous academic subject areas, as well, including History and Spanish. Kim’s favorite part of tutoring is the one-on-one work with her students and she easily establishes a strong rapport with all students. She loves teaching, but finds tutoring so much more rewarding, as she can see the positive results directly in each of the students she works with. Personally, Kim is very organized and detail-oriented. She enjoys helping others organize their academic and professional lives. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her husband and two young boys. 

Katerina B. – Senior Executive Functioning Coach

Kat has been an executive function coach and a learning specialist at A Way to Learn for several years now. She specializes in helping students navigate transitions to and from high school, has been instrumental in building our standardized test prep and college readiness program, and often assists struggling learners with science and history. Her focus is on fostering a positive relationship with the student, while teaching organization and time management skills along with direct content instruction. While working for A Way to Learn, Kat also taught at a small therapeutic day school delivering instruction to a small group of students as well as 1:1. She taught a variety of courses, including Anthropology, Art History, and Earth Science. Kat is also a trained archaeologist with a masters degree from Yale University, and loves traveling the world to participate in excavations.