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The Study is accredited by AdvancED.
Please contact us to discuss how we can help:

Call: (907)-262-6227

  • Set course fee applies if three or more students are enrolled.
  • Group Tutor Rate applies if two students are enrolled.
  • Private Tutor Rate applies if one student is enrolled.

What is The Study?

The Study originally opened as a resource for private tutoring¬† for elementary aged students who needed extra attention in their studies. Since then, The Study has expanded it’s service to the community, offering a full-time elementary school for students in ages Preschool through 6th grade, private tutoring for students age Preschool through High School, music lessons for students age Kindergarten and up, accredited High School courses, summer school, Spanish classes, and a variety of workshops.

The Study believes in meeting students where they are, providing testing and assessments to gauge their current skill levels. This allows students the best chance at success, as they are able to work at a level that is appropriate for them and progress at a pace that is in their best interest.

Students who attend The Study gain confidence as they experience academic success, allowing them to increase their self-esteem and sense of worth and belonging among their peers.



Kerri Nelson – Owner / Private Tutor


The Study was inspired by a teacher who consistently spoke negativity over her students, basically speaking the words, you will never and you can’t. Kerri Nelson was one of her students. Kerri decided to go into teaching with a mission of assuring students that they can! After ten years of teaching at Cook Inlet Academy and encouraging students that they will and they can; she decided to provide the community with a positive place where students can come and be challenged, coached, and inspired to love learning! Since 2011, The Study has provided the community of Soldotna with an accredited Elementary School, as well as a variety of educational workshops and private tutoring services.

Kerri Nelson has been a teacher on the Kenai Peninsula for well over a decade. She spent ten years at Cook Inlet Academy teaching third and fourth grade as well as Home-Ec. She enjoys organizing fund raising events and has been in charge of organizing the Cook Inlet Academy Community Carnival. Kerri has been married for over 20 years to an incredibly supportive husband and has three children, Chloe, Ellie and Coel.



The Study Staff

Nichole Dreyer, Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher & Elementary Tutor

Nichole Dreyer, Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher & Elementary Tutor











Patti Ireland, Piano Instructor

Patti Ireland, Piano Instructor











Fabiola Peck, Spanish Instructor

Fabiola Peck, Spanish Instructor











Chloe Nelson, Teacher's Aide

Chloe Nelson, Teacher’s Aide












Not Pictured:

Trisha Gray, Administrative Assistant

Connie Wheat, Math Teacher/Tutor

Pete Villalva, Math Teacher/Tutor