Welcome to Dr. Joe’s
Learning Center

About Dr. Joe

Dr. Joseph A. Shivers earned a master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University. He also has a master’s degree from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin-Wallace University).

As an educator, Dr. Joe has served in many roles: secondary school teacher, university instructor, curriculum director, middle school principal, testing coordinator, personnel director, high school principal, superintendent, and member of the editorial board of the Harvard Educational Review and of the editorial board of American Secondary Education.

He aims to help all Dr. Joe’s Learning Center students maximize their learning potential.


College Admissions Consulting

Includes Three one-hour consultations; $75 per additional hour


Individual Standardized Test Preparation

Includes four one-hour meetings; $60 per additional hour


K-12 Tutoring

Includes one-on-one tutoring with a Dr. Joe’s Learning Center educator.

$50/hour For youngers students this could be two, 30-minute sessions.

Please fill in the Contact form for Dr. Joe’s Learning Center
staff to follow-up with you about services that address your student’s needs.


Dr. Joe is an expert in all things admissions. He understands what schools are looking for and how students can put their best foot forward. With Dr. Joe's help, I turned a jumble of essays and extracurriculars into a coherent story to share with admissions committees.

Anthony of Virginia

I sent my two sons to Dr. Shivers for ACT test prep help. Not only did his unique teaching style increase their knowledge, but his test-taking strategies were such helpful tools in giving them confidence going into the exam. He was always so positive, encouraging, and informative. Through years of experience, he truly is a master of college entrance exams. I really feel Dr. Joe Shivers is the best of the best!

Jody of Ohio

As parents, when our children fail to achieve, we would do whatever was necessary to make it easier. We were grasping at straws. When we got help from Dr. Joe, the light finally came on and our daughter showed she was more capable than she thought. His calm demeanor and encouragement was a life changer.

Cathy of Ohio

My daughter completed 3 ACT tests her junior year at her larger urban high school. Unfortunately the results were below expectations. A friend suggested we reach out to Dr. Joe Shivers. Dr. Joe came highly recommended and did not disappoint. It was clear to me after the first couple sessions that my daughter’s confidence improved tremendously and her enthusiasm to succeed was reenergized. The test prep sessions broadened into deeper strategy discussion on areas of improvement and tips on time management that she continues to practice. We are very pleased not only with the improved test scores, but the systematic approach for continued improvement that Dr. Joe provided.

David of Ohio

Dr. Shivers is an exceptional and caring educator. Harvard-educated, he motivates students to succeed and excel. He inspired our daughter to learn. Class act.

Bob of Ohio