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Frank: Science Tutor
Hello, my name is Frank and I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, a MN Teaching License for high school biology, and I am in the process of earning a Master’s of Science in Education degree. After I obtained my bachelor’s degree, I worked at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, educating the public, and taking care of plants and animals. Como was a great mix of fun and education, and I’m looking forward to bringing more education to our next generation of leaders.
I am a person who is very interested in the ecology and conservation of our planet. I love to take hikes, camp, kayak, and enjoy nature. I am a big fan of birdwatching. I also enjoy watching television shows and movies, playing guitar, drawing, watercolor painting, and reading.
Kira: Math Tutor
Hello! I recently graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Psychology, and minored in Chemistry and French. I started out at ISU studying Chemical Engineering, which I continued for 3.5 years before discovering my strong passion for the brain. Engineering was a great way for me to be exposed to math, physics, and problem-solving skills. I loved the challenge of that curriculum, but was even more excited when I made the decision to switch majors. My psychology focus was geared to pursue a research-oriented path focusing on neuro-degenerative diseases.
I am currently working as a Program Instructor for an after-school program at Oakwood Elementary. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you!
Ben: English, Math & Study Skills Tutor
Hey I’m Ben and when I was in high school, I was voted most likely to tutor your student. Just kidding, but I do have experience as an AVID tutor in Minneapolis middle and high schools. I’m currently a doctoral student in a Psy.D. Counseling Psychology program at St. Thomas. I have a Masters in psychology and currently practice as an adolescent and young adult therapist at a private practice in St. Paul. I have experience working with teenagers with anxiety, ADHD, Asperger’s, and other presenting concerns that can make learning a challenge. I am passionate about supporting and helping adolescents any way I can. My approach is to meet students where they are at so they can excel academically and build confidence in their abilities.
When I’m not busy reading academic journals I run a community bike shop where I get to teach kids how to fix bikes and build character. I love biking in the city (even in the winter), going to Twins games, and getting heavily invested in the latest binge-worthy TV show.
Eli: Science Tutor
Hi, I'm Eli. I graduated from Carleton College with an Environmental Studies degree, and have worked professionally in outdoor and experiential education settings for over five years. I love taking learning beyond the traditional classroom and exploring the diversity of learning styles, interests, and interdisciplinary connections that my students bring with them. I tutor science and math up to the high school level as well as thesis-driven writing, study skills, and navigation of the IB Programme.
After Carleton I worked with students from underserved California and New Jersey counties as a professional sailor and educator at sea, teaching youth development and STEM programming aboard ocean-going sailing ships. I carried my passion for one-on-one student engagement back home to the Twin Cities, and currently work as an interpretive naturalist and outdoor instructor for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. When I'm not teaching, I can be found playing violin, writing fiction, reading, and training to compete in ski races across the state.
Megan: Science and Organization & Study Skills Tutor
Hello there! My name is Megan and I’m currently in the midst of obtaining my Initial Teaching Licensure/Masters in 5th-12th grade Earth Science. I graduated from the University of Montana in 2013 with a degree in social work.The last two years I worked as a paraprofessional at St. Louis Park High School and helped aide and tutor students during and after school in math, science, writing, and often times just getting organized.
I have always loved working with young people and enjoy helping them find and hone their strengths while also supporting them where they are struggling to see their own potential. Combine that with my love of meteorology, astronomy, geology, and oceanography and earth science education becomes the perfect fit.
In my spare time I love to watch sports, find new music to listen to, build things be it Legos or furniture… or maybe even furniture made out of Legos! And I’ll always take the opportunity to learn new skills whether it’s how to change spark plugs in a car or how to play a new sport.
Alec: Math Tutor
Hello, My name is Alec and I am a graduate student at the University of Minnesota working towards my master's of education and secondary teaching licence. I started tutoring in high as a part of my school's math club and have continued to do so in college through multiple programs at the UofM where I recently graduated with my B.S. in mathematics and minor in statistics. In previous programs I have worked with students from middle school to college.
I live with my best friend and in my free time I love to go disc golfing, hiking, or camping when the weather is nice. When is rainy or cold out you can find me in the kitchen trying new recipes. I'm a sucker for a good sci-fi, video, or board game
Charlie: Elementary Education Tutor
Hi! My name is Charlie. For the last two years, I taught kindergarten and first grade on the South Side of Chicago as a Teach for America Corps Member. I earned a Master's of Teaching degree at Dominican University in Illinois. Currently, I am taking a break as a classroom teacher to work on a political campaign in Minneapolis. In my free time, I love watching and playing sports, playing the saxophone, reading, and writing.
Heather: Math Teacher
Hello! My name is Heather and I am a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota where I received my B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in leadership. Currently, I am continuing my education to earn a Master's of Education degree and my secondary teaching license through the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development. In previous positions, I taught math to students from 6-16 years old.
I have a cat named Jax who loves to play fetch, but if I'm not playing with him I am most likely watching Friends or Grey Anatomy on Netflix. I also love being outdoors rollerblading, camping, swimming and spending time with family. I am a really great cook but an even better baker. I make one mean apple pie that no one can resist!
Justin: Math Tutor
Hi! My name is Justin and I am a math teacher at North High School in Minneapolis. Go Polars! I currently teacher 9th grade intermediate algebra. I really enjoy presenting the subject in a way that really engages my students, especially those who have traditionally struggled with the subject. I attended Columbia University in New York City where I received a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Working in cubicles with other engineers was a bit too boring for me, so I moved out to Minnesota and went to the U for the Master’s of Math Education program. I definitely do not regret my decision to enter the filed of education. I also have experience tutoring Advanced Algebra (Algebra II), Geometry, Precalculus, AP Calculus, and Physics.
In my time outside the classroom, I really enjoy the outdoors. I will also be working part time this summer leading outdoor canoe trips and have spent many summers on the west coast and Alaska as a guide. I moved to Minneapolis almost five years ago from New Jersey / NYC. I really love this city, but will always have a little east coast flair.
Annie: English Tutor
Hello! My name is Annie and I am a second year English teacher at Connections Academy. I currently teach 6th grade and 9th grade English and have taught 12th grade and ELL students in the past. I’m a Minnesota native, but decided to adventure to the tundra to earn my B.A. in English Education at The University of North Dakota. In the near future I hope to earn my Master’s degree in either English as a Second Language or Higher Education. In my teaching experience, I have enjoyed helping my students discover their own learning styles as it opens up a whole new world of learning for them. Let’s be honest, not everyone learns in the exact same way and that is completely normal. My goal is to help students understand how they learn so they are able to understand what they are learning.
I have many random hobbies outside of teaching such as kayaking, photography, and playing sports like volleyball and soccer. Most of my free time, though, is spent hanging out with my family or friends. If I had to read a certain genre for the rest of my life, I would choose dystopian as I find the writing to be captivating and a bit unpredictable. Two fun facts about me: I went skydiving last year and also went to Europe for five weeks.
Harrison: Chemistry & Physics Tutor
Hi! My name is Harrison. I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2014 with a degree in Chemistry, and I’m currently working on a PhD in Chemical Physics at the University of Minnesota after receiving my master’s degree in 2016. I really enjoy working with crystals and lasers, as well as solving problems at the intersection of chemistry, physics, and math. I’ve had the opportunity to work with students of all ages as a teaching assistant, tutor, and while performing chemistry demonstrations all around the metro area. Teaching and working with students is what keeps me energized.
In my free time, I love spending time outdoors: camping, hiking, biking, or reading in a hammock are some of my favorite pastimes. When the weather keeps me inside, I like baking sourdough bread and trying new and challenging recipes in the kitchen.
Lindsey: Science & Study Skills Tutor
Hello! I'm Lindsey, a teacher at Park Center Senior High. For the majority of my teaching career, I've been a science teacher (Physcial Science & Biology) at the junior high or high school level. Currently, however, I am a Learning Lab teacher, specializing in teaching students organizational, social-emotional, & study skills. In addition to this skill building, I also work with the students on their homework from other classes -- everything from core classes like math & english to electives like child development & food science.
As an undergraduate, I majored in Life Science & minored in Psychology at Augsburg College, as well as earning my secondary education licensure. After beginning my teaching career & finding a need to provide more targeted reading help to my science students, I earned my Master's degree in Literacy from Saint Mary's University. I feel so fortunate to get to spend my career fostering a love of science in the next generation, as well as helping students to find the skills they need to become lifelong learners & critical thinkers. There is no better feeling than when I see a student "get it" & really start to succeed!
In my free time, I'm usually hanging out with my husband (Kyle), dogs (Brandy & Dexter), & horses (Linus & Miss Patsy Cline). I love playing sports, especially volleyball & basketball, & spending as much time as possible outside in the MN sunshine. I also have a bad case of wanderlust, leaving me constantly on the lookout for opportunities for travel & adventure.
Abbey: Math Tutor
Hello! My name is Abbey. I currently teach Algebra 8, High School Geometry, and 8th grade math support at Ramsey Middle School in Minneapolis, where I have been teaching the past 3 years. Prior to teaching middle school, I taught for 3 years at the high school level, teaching Intermediate Algebra and Geometry. I grew up in Ohio and graduated from Cleveland State University in 2001 with my Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. I moved to Minneapolis in 2003 and happily call this home now. I graduated form St. Catherine University in 2011 with my Master of Arts in Education. At Ramsey, I am an advisor for Student Council, the Junior High Math League Math Team, and the MathCounts Math Team. I am also a coach for Heart & Sole, the middle school division of Girls on the Run.
I have prior experience tutoring all levels of middle school math, as well as Intermediate Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2. I have also tutored for the ACTs.
When I am not busy at school, I love to spend time with my husband and daughter, who is in 9th grade at Southwest High School. We love to watch movies, listening to music, reading together, and hanging out with our cats, Harvey and Fred. I also like to run, do CrossFit, and KNIT!!!
Somer: Science & Math Tutor
Hello, I’m Somer! I’m a veterinary student at the University of Minnesota, and I graduated with an undergraduate degree in biology from Pitzer College in southern California. I tutored through college, focusing primarily on mathematics for students in grades 4-11. I’m now excited to offer both math and science tutoring, and am passionate about helping students realize how fun and rewarding these subjects can be. With all students I also emphasize organization, time-management, and test preparation skills that I have found to be invaluable on my own competitive academic career path.
In my free time I like to cook, go to movies, and exercise with the fitness group November Project. I also love traveling - I’ve been to nine countries so far and am always looking for opportunities to explore more of the world.
Harini: Math Tutor
My name is Harini, I am currently a mathematics PhD student at the University of Minnesota. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh. I first began tutoring in high school, where I worked after school at the Kumon Math and Reading Center where I specialized in working with pre-school age children on an individual basis to develop strong foundations in reading, writing and mathematics. At the University of Pittsburgh, I began working at the Mathematics Assistant Center (MAC) where I have tutored a wide range of mathematics courses. I was also employed by the University of Pittsburgh as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, where I ran recitations for Algebra and Trigonometry classes. Since 2014, I have been a Teaching Assistant for various mathematics classes at the University of Minnesota.
From helping my fellow classmates in the lunch room during high school, to running recitations now as a PhD student, I’ve found nothing more satisfying than teaching! Since starting my PhD program, I have mostly worked in a classroom setting but I love working with students individually and tailoring my teaching to their needs. I love showing my students how cool math can be!
In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading (particularly mysteries), dancing, and traveling when I get the opportunity!
Denise: History Tutor
Hello everyone! My name is Denise and I am a Social Studies teacher from Michigan. While attending undergrad through the University of Michigan system (Go Blue!), I worked with children of all ages, races, and socio-economic background as a camp counselor at an art camp, as a community playground director, and as a volunteer high school softball coach. After completing my BA in History and Psychology, I immediately reenrolled into an accelerated Secondary Education for Social Studies certification program. Throughout this time, I was also a substitute teacher and held long term positions in Language Arts, US History, Forensic Science, Algebra, and Government.
Since recently moving to the Twin Cities, I love utilizing every outdoor activity available to me! One of my favorite activities is kayaking the Minneapolis chain of lakes in the summer. I also enjoy watching the Twins play downtown (especially when they are playing the Detroit Tigers) and going to college football games! Most recently, I have taken advantage of winter by going snow tubing and playing broomball for the very first time! However, the one thing I love more than being outdoors is traveling! My most memorable adventure thus far has been my 3 country, 6 US states west coast road trip that consisted of stopping at every National Park along the way! Europe is my new adventure coming up this summer!
Dawna: Special Ed Tutor
Hello! My name is Dawna, I'm in my seventh year of teaching. Currently I teach Special Education at Venture Academy; my focus is 8th grade Humanities and Math. I graduated with my undergraduate degree from Bethel University with degrees in International Relations, Third World Studies, and Political Science. My Masters of Science in Education is from The University of Pennsylvania with an emphasis in Urban Education. I love getting to know students on an individual level. I love watching teens grow into adults who care about the world around them. This is a passion that I instill in my students and fuels me to do the best I can, with what I have, where I am.
In my free time I love spending time with my puppy Midnight, walking around the lakes in South Minneapolis, spending time with friends, seeing family in Northern Wisconsin, reading, drinking black coffee, and traveling.
Cora: Math Tutor
Hi! My name is Cora, and I am a math PhD student at the University of Minnesota. I completed my BA in Mathematics at Carleton College where I first began tutoring in 2011. I immediately realized that I loved helping other people enjoy math as much as I do. At the Carleton Math Skills Center, I worked with students of all backgrounds in a variety of math courses, from Pre Calculus to Differential Equations. In 2014 I became a teaching assistant for a Calculus I course at Carleton and I have continued working as a teaching assistant throughout my graduate program at the University of Minnesota. Although I mostly lead discussion sessions as a teaching assistant, I have always preferred to work one-on-one with students because it allows me to tailor my methods to each student's learning needs. Mathematics is all about finding patterns and seeing connections; I've found that working individually with students is the best way to share in the discoveries.
In my spare time, I read a lot! I read everything from mysteries to non-fiction and I am constantly opening up a new book. I also love to climb and get outside as often as possible!
Andry: English Tutor
My name is Andry DeJong, and I’ve been an English teacher at Washburn High School in Minneapolis since 2015. Before that, I graduated from Carleton College with a major in English and a concentration in French. In my free time, I enjoy reading, coloring, dancing, and going on long walks. I am also an avid traveler and am very passionate about exploring the world. In fact, I’ve been to a total of 14 countries! This passion stems from the fact that I was born and raised in India. I currently have family members living in Austria, India, the Ivory Coast, and, of course, here in the USA. I have really enjoyed living in Minneapolis these past two years, especially because teaching is honestly the best job ever. The opportunity to work with a vast array of different students has enriched my life in innumerable ways. I am truly excited for the opportunity to work one-on-one with students through this tutoring program.
Kristen: Science Tutor
Hi, my name is Kristen! I am a graduate of Augsburg College, with a Bachelors of Science in Education. I have a K-6 Minnesota teaching license, and have spent the last 3 years teaching in Minneapolis in both public and charter schools. Currently I am a stay at home mom to my infant son. I love that tutoring allows me to continue teaching through this phase of life. I enjoy getting to know my students, and helping them master the tools they need to be successful and truly enjoy learning!
I grew up in Canada, and have lived in Minnesota for 7 years. My favorite season in Minnesota is the fall, and I love to take a yearly trip to the North Shore to see all of the amazing colors. Nothing tastes better than a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning. I enjoy good books and great conversation. I love to cook tasty meals for my family, and cross restaurants off my bucket list!
Blair: Math Tutor
Hey there! My name is Blair, and I am a high school math teacher for an online school called Connections Academy. I currently teach 10th grade Geometry as well as Statistics. I also taught 8th and 9th grade Algebra for a couple of years. I believe that everyone is capable of grasping mathematical concepts; it’s just a matter of finding the right approach.
I attended the University of Wisconsin—Madison and received a degree in Secondary Education with a focus in History. I later went back to school to obtain an additional teaching license in math, and have been solving equations ever since! I am still fascinated by history and social studies, though, especially European History and the Holocaust.
In my free time I enjoy playing with my dog, Penelope, making delicious homemade pizzas, reading and planning for my next travel experience, perfecting my roundhouses at kickboxing class, writing new blog posts, and making sure my coffee cup stays full!
Denise: Math Tutor
My name is Denise, and I am a math tutor. I have taught math and engineering in South Washington County Schools in Woodbury for the last 12 years. I have a BA in Math from UW--River Falls and an MA in Education from Hamline University. I believe mastery of math is achievable for all students, and I enjoy finding a way to break down math problems so they are easier to understand.
I have two kids of my own who are in high school and a husband who I adore. I also have two dogs and two cats. All of this keeps our home a little crazy! I enjoy traveling and have managed to see 49 of the 50 states. When I am not traveling or working, I enjoy seeing plays at the Orpheum or the Guthrie and spending time with friends and family.
Brad: History Tutor
Hello! My name is Brad and I am graduate student at the University of Minnesota pursuing a Masters of Education degree in Social Studies secondary education (grades 5-12). I received my undergraduate degree in History in 2013 from Washington University in St. Louis.
I served with AmeriCorps as a College Possible Coach where I received extensive training and experience teaching and tutoring students prepare for the ACT. I have also tutored students in the ACT throughout the Twin Cities over the past year. I understand the importance of building relationships with students in order to best support them and look forward to helping your child prepare for and be confident going into the ACT.
When I am not in the classroom, you may find me running around one of our beautiful lakes, reading at one of our public libraries, or back at school where I officiate high school basketball and volleyball games!
Morgan: Language & Study Skills Tutor
Hi, I'm Morgan. I graduated from Cornell College in 2007 with a BA in French and Secondary Education. After graduation, I moved to Houston, Texas where I began teaching 5th and 6th grade French at an IB school. After two years at that school, I moved to MacArthur High School (Aldine ISD, Houston) and taught there for five years. While at MacArthur, I taught French 1-4 which included pre-AP and AP French Language and Culture and I served as the department chair for the world language department. I also completed my MA in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. In the summer of 2014, my husband and I moved back to Minnesota and I began teaching at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. I was there for two years before taking a part-time position teaching French 1 and French 3 for Stillwater Area Schools.
I have worked with students of all ages through teaching, tutoring and day camp in the past. While I am qualified and comfortable tutoring almost every subject, I have a special love for languages, history and math- especially Algebra! I also think that study skills, organization and time-management are vital skills to have and are necessary to be taught and reviewed for students of all ages.
When I'm not teaching or tutoring, I spend time with my husband, Rob, our daughter, Noelle, and our two dogs- Maggie and Lola. I love to read, sing, swim and travel; our family loves road trips!
Brian: History Tutor
Hi, my name is Fitz and since 1999 I’ve been teaching social studies in Minneapolis Public Schools. I teach AP US History to both sophomores and juniors and created curriculum for WWI & WWII elective classes. I am currently teaching IB History and US History and I am quite familiar with the AP and IB testing processes.
The University of Minnesota-Duluth awarded me a B.A. in Secondary Education Social Studies with a concentration in history and I completed my M.A. in Military History from American Military University in 2012. My master’s degree demanded intense historical research and paper writing that allowed me to develop a strong method to help students in their writing. My content knowledge is strong in US and 20th century world history. I love teaching because it’s fun to help students improve their skills.
While not teaching I coach my 11 year old son’s baseball team and watch my 13 year old daughter in her competitive dance performances. Summers are for traveling and my destinations include Boston, MA, Richmond, VA, and as far away as Berlin, Beijing, and St. Petersburg. Investigating historical locations makes good travel experiences that can be applied in the classroom.
Jenny: English Tutor
Hi! My name is Jenny and I have been teaching middle school English at Farnsworth Aerospace in Saint Paul for six years. In 2007, I graduated from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul with a degree in Communication Arts/Literature Education (grades 5-12) and a few years later completed my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading License (grades K-12) at Concordia University.
While I am competent to tutor in most high school subjects, my areas of expertise are reading and writing. I especially enjoy the editing process and have partnered with students to organize, construct, and fine tune academic essays for IB classes, AP classes, college entrance, and PhD proposals. I also have experience helping students prepare for the ACT and SAT.
When I am not teaching or tutoring, I am enjoying every moment of being a mother to my beautiful baby girl, Justice. We have lots of adventures together from taking our good dog, Jasper, to the dog park to baking homemade pie from apples we picked fresh from the orchard.
Brittany: Math Tutor
Hi my name is Brittany! I am a PhD candidate in the mathematics department at the University of Minnesota with academic research interests in data science, applied probability, and operations research, including decision analysis, stochastic processes and queuing systems.
I began tutoring mathematics while I was still in high school; I would help out in a mathematics study hall during my free periods. I continued tutoring college and high school students while studying at St. Michael's and the U of M. My favorite subject to tutor is definitely calculus! I find mathematics intuitive, so I enjoy helping students understand concepts rather than memorizing formulas. Building good time-management, organization, and study skills is key to reaching academic goals, and I like working with students to identify what strategies may work best for them to be confident and successful in school!
Outside of school, I enjoy tap dancing, scrap-booking, cooking, cross-country skiing, and Jazzercise (yep, it's still a thing)! I grew up in Vermont and got my bachelor's degree in mathematics from Saint Michael's College in 2011. I like to travel back to Vermont and to other places when I have time, and I have also grown to love living in the cities.
Patrick: History Tutor
Hello! My name is Patrick. I grew up in Texas, and I moved to Minnesota to attend Carleton College. I graduated in 2014 with a degree in political science, and I have been working on electoral campaigns in the Twin Cities area since graduating. While in college, I ran a tutoring program for middle school students, where I helped students with history, math, and writing. Through this program, I discovered my love for helping students learn individually. Each student is different, and I believe in finding a strategy that give students the organizational and research skills they need to succeed in college and beyond.
I am currently in the process of applying for graduate school to pursue a masters degree in public policy. In my free time, I like to read, bake, volunteer at my local library, and spend as much time outside before it snows. (I honestly still don't understand winter.)
Sophie: Math Tutor
Hello, my name is Sophie! I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Geo-engineering. I am currently still in school at the University of Minnesota working towards my Initial Teaching Licensure/Masters in Education for 5th – 12th grade mathematics!
Growing up I knew I loved to teach, and I pursued a variety of opportunities to do so, including working as a teaching assistant, working as a tutor, and also volunteering in several middle school classrooms. I love helping students set goals for themselves, as well as help them develop the tools and skills necessary for them to achieve or exceed their goals.
In my free time I love to play sports such as soccer and hockey, being outside at parks and lakes, playing board games and working on puzzles, singing and playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends!
Georgia: Science Tutor
Hi! My name is Georgia! I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S in Agricultural Education. I fell in love with teaching in 2007 when I worked as a teacher's assistant for 2 years at the 3rd grade level. I have taught all ages of students from 3rd grade up to the high school level. I currently am a middle school science teacher at a small St. Paul Private School, specializing in the Agrisciences, such as Food Science, Plant Science and Soil Science. I also enjoy tutoring students in Mathematics such as Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 and Geometry.
I love teaching and getting to know my students and doing the best I can to aid them in learning. When it comes to science, I believe in teaching with a hands-on, minds-on approach.
Outside of teaching, I enjoy being outdoors, dancing, horse back riding, working with plants, growing and making my own food, board games and spending time with my nieces and nephews
Madeline: English Tutor
Hi, my name is Madeline. I graduated from Sewanee: University of the South, earning honors with distinction in English Literature, a minor in Asian studies. During three summers as an undergraduate, I taught at the Great Books Summer Program conducted at Stanford University and Amherst College. Upon graduation, I worked with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in northern Japan's snowy countryside. Then, I taught intensive English for the American University of Myanmar's University Foundation Program. Now I am enjoying my time working with Minneapolis Public Schools through City of Lakes AmeriCorps.
I believe deeply in the power of learning how to think and communicate precisely, for clear thinking is the foundation for clear writing. I engage readers actively through Great Books' shared-inquiry method, and then I teach students how to write so that their ideas come to life.
My love for the humanities has extended well beyond graduation: I play the piano and violin; I study photography; I travel; I speak Japanese; I write short stories; and I continue to read, read, read. As a tutor, I will apply my recent experiences as a teacher, second-language learner, college applicant, performer, and cultural ambassador to help students identify and realize their ideas and aspirations.
Drayton: English Tutor
Hi all! My name is Drayton and I am currently student teaching in an English classroom at Washburn High School. Recently, I graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 2013 with a bachelors degree in religious studies. Currently, as I am student teaching, I am finishing my masters degree in English education. I have worked in Minneapolis Public Schools as an associate educator for the past three years and am excited for the next step in my education career. I love working with students, helping them succeed and find their voice.
I was born and raised in Minneapolis and graduated from Southwest High School. I love spending time in the Twin Cities and exploring what Minnesota has to offer! When I am not working or at school, I love to read, go to yoga, spend time with my family, and travel. On a sunny day I love to put up a hammock down near a lake and spend the afternoon with a good book and some hot coffee (oh and maybe a donut or two as well).
Emmy: Reading & Writing Tutor
Hi! I'm Emmy. I graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Geography and with minors in Studio Art, Art History, and Geospatial Technologies. After graduation I served for two years in Peace Corps Namibia where I lived and worked in a rural village on the Namibian-Angolan border.
I'm currently in graduate school at St. Kate's for my Masters in Education and K-6 teaching license. I tutor students in reading, writing, and ACT prep. I enjoy working with students to set their own individual study goals and providing tools to accomplish them. I aim to help students with time management and organization, because I believe in the life-long benefits of building these skills at a early age.
In my spare time I can be found cooking up new recipes in the kitchen, practicing yoga and tai chi, and exploring the St. Croix River Valley with my partner Nick.
Ellen: Math Tutor
Hello! My name is Ellen. I graduated from Macalester College in 2013 with a major in mathematics and a minor in economics. Currently, I work as a marketing data analyst. After college, I spent two years working as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the Schuler Scholar Program, a college access program in the Chicago area. The program’s goal is to help under-represented students gain access to and succeed at college. I had the opportunity to work with bright, motivated and wonderful students, and I really enjoyed it. I miss working with students, and I love sharing my enjoyment of math and learning with others.
In my free time, I like to read, do yoga, go running, and watch basketball. I also enjoy spending time with family, friends, and my cat.
Rosina: Math Tutor
Hello! My name is Rosina. I grew up in Whitefish Bay, WI. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA degree in Mathematics and minor in Leadership. I am currently still at the University of Minnesota studying for my initial Teaching Licensure/Masters in Math education grades 6-12.
It has always been a dream of mine to become a teacher. I have had multiple volunteering opportunities serving the math needs of middle and high school students in the Twin Cities area. I also have had various tutoring opportunities including tutoring math subjects such as Basic Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry, PreCalculus, and Calculus.
In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, whether that is going for a hike, a walk, a run, or even a bicycle ride! I also love yoga, baking, cooking healthy, and playing board games.
Ian: Math Tutor
Hi everyone! My name is Ian, and I am a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During my time there I studied Biochemistry, and completed a minor in Business. In addition, I worked with an outreach program through my honors biology courses to teach science to kids from rural Wisconsin. I believe that learning a new subject is no different than learning any other skill, and all it takes is a little determination and a good attitude. I am currently in the process of interviewing for medical school, and love to share my passion for learning with others.
While not tutoring I spend most of my time outdoors. During my 4 years at UW-Madison I sailed competitively for the university sailing team, and I have traveled all over the country and the world to compete in a wide variety of races. The longest race I’ve done was 635 miles from Newport, RI to Bermuda. When I’m not sailing myself I can usually be found coaching others on the lake, hiking, rock-climbing, or reading a book in my hammock.
Stephanie: Writing Tutor
Hi, I'm Stephanie and I graduated from the University of St. Thomas with degrees in Print Journalism and Social Work. At St. Thomas I was the Editor for the student newspaper, worked with inner-city youth interested in journalism, and led service immersion trips across the U.S. and in Guatemala. After graduation I worked for College Possible (formerly Admission Possible) at a Minneapolis high school guiding low-income, first generation students in the college admissions process, including ACT preparation, college applications, and financial aid. I currently works at a nonprofit advocacy and outreach organization in St. Paul. I tutor students in ACT preparation and writing while always keeping in mind a little encouragement can go a long way.
In her free time she can be found chasing her toddler, getting outdoors with her husband, keeping up with current events, holding a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other, and relaxing with family and friends.
Caity: Special Ed Tutor
Hello, my name is Caity. Currently, I am a special education teacher for grades 9 through 12 at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in 2011 with a BA and a major in Communication Disorders. I moved to Minneapolis that fall and began working in an inclusion classroom with preschool age children. After three years of working with children with varying disabilities, I decided to go back to school for my teaching license. I attended the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and graduated in the spring of 2015 with a Master of Education degree and a birth to 21 license in Autism Spectrum Disorders. I specialize in working with students of all ages on skills including organization, work completion, time management, breaking down skills being learned, and concept retention techniques. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with your family!
My free time right now is spent planning our wedding with my fiancé, being with my pets, and spending time with close friends. We enjoy being couch potatoes and watching football every week together as well as compensating for that by riding our bikes and going to the gym together whenever possible.
Manju: Master’s student and future teacher
My name is Manju and I love learning! I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, where I learned to value diversity and community. I realized early on that working with others brings me joy, and I have chosen to pursue teaching to continue teaching and learning with others in subjects like math and reading. A big part of reaching academic goals is building skills in organization, time management, and study habits. For me, learning how to strengthen these skills helped me be successful even when classes were challenging, and I enjoy helping students identify strategies that work well for them.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Math, Psychology, and a minor in Spanish. During college, I had a chance to study abroad in Ecuador, where I learned from a culture tightly focused on family--and became a member of two host families! I am currently studying to earn a Master’s in Education and license to teach math in grades 5-12. When not studying or tutoring, you’ll find me hanging out with family and friends, biking, hiking, playing soccer, visiting art museums, doing a little art of my own, reading, writing snail mail, and enjoying community events around the Twin Cities!
Rachel: Spanish Tutor
Hi, I am Rachel! My love of teaching and tutoring started in high school and college, where I tutored students in Earth Science and Spanish, taught swim lessons and volleyball, and was a teaching assistant for introductory geology. Since graduating from Carleton College in 2014 with a BA in Geology and a minor in Spanish in 2014, I have spent the past two years teaching and assistant teaching in South America and Maine. My teaching and tutoring experiences are as varied as my interests and include high school courses in Spanish, Natural Science, Algebra I through Precalculus, and World Literature and Composition. My love of Minnesota, the outdoors, and family and friends has brought me back to Minneapolis. I’m excited to get to know my students and their families, and to work with students to increase their skills and confidence!
In my free time, I can be found cooking with some great tunes, playing volleyball, relaxing by a lake, reading, hiking, or planning my next adventure.
Alicia: Math & Science Tutor
Hi all! I am a recent graduate of Northwestern University, where I began my professional tutoring through a 100% student run tutoring company, NU Tutors. While at NU, I earned my BA in both Biological Sciences and Psychology whole simultaneously completing their rigorous honors math program. There, I quickly realized how much I love teaching, tutoring, and generally just helping others learn. I was able to work with all ages and abilities in math, science, and with standardized test prep. I have moved back to Minnesota to attend medical school at the UofM, pursuing an MD, with hopes of some day become a 'teaching physician'. Throughout medical school, as throughout my undergraduate career, I hope to be able to help students in the local area prepare for and exceed in their academic endeavors.
Outside of my academics and helping others with theirs, I have a love for fitness and am an Olympic-style weightlifting competitor. I truly believe physical health sets a foundation for success in all other aspects of daily life, including academic success!
Alyssa: Math Tutor
Hello there! My name is Alyssa and I am a math teacher at Columbia Heights High School. I start my 5th year of teaching in the fall of 2016. Prior to teaching at Columbia Heights, I spent three years at Perham High School teaching and coaching volleyball. Classes that I teach include: Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, and ESL math.
My passion is helping young adults persevere through difficult situations and having them realize what they are capable of in the process. I understand that students typically “hate” math or deem themselves “terrible” at it. I however like to think that if a student can learn to persevere and learn from a difficult situation, they can take that life skill and apply it to outside situations in their role as an athlete or in their future career.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2012 with a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A.S. in Teaching Secondary Mathematics. During my time in college I was able to travel to Slovenia and do part of my student teaching at Danila Kumar International School, an International Baccalaureate School. My hobbies include traveling, photography, snowboarding, writing, being physically active (yoga and running to name a few), and spending time with my nephew.
Jennifer: Latin Tutor
Salve! As the daughter of two life-long teachers, and the sister of 4 teachers, I believe I was “born to teach.” I love learning and teaching languages, and have always been amazed at the power of words to shape and change our understanding.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2001, I began teaching Latin and Language Arts at a small K-12 school in St. Paul. After 3 years, I moved into the high school, teaching Language Arts and Public Speaking to juniors and seniors, while continuing to teach 1st and 2nd year Latin in the middle school.
Throughout my years as a classroom teacher, and in various summer school programs, I have had the opportunity to work with a great variety of students, including students with special needs and ESL students. The best part of being an educator is helping students find joy in learning.
Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our extended family. My other interests include making music, cooking, biking, camping, and of course, reading.
Meredith: Math Tutor
Hi my name is Meredith I am a Math teacher at St. Louis Park High School and I am currently seeking my Master's in Math Education through the University of Minnesota. In May of 2015 I graduated with a BA in Mathematics and a Minor in Scientific and Technical Communications from the U. During my Undergraduate Career I volunteered in Math classrooms at North Minneapolis High School and at a Volunteers of America Charter school. I have also spent some time at Roosevelt High School, Wayzata High School, and Wayzata Central Middle School working in math classrooms with a variety of learners and subject matter. Starting in January I began teaching Geometry at St. Louis Park High School.
Outside of school I enjoy Rock Climbing, Biking, Cosplay, and Playing Euphonium with the UMN Alumni Band.
Alex: English & Math Tutor
Hello, my name is Alex, and I'm a social studies and writing teacher at a small, alternative middle and high school in Brooklyn Center. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 with a degree in secondary social studies education. In the past, I have tutored students in math, English, U.S. history, and other social studies subjects. I also have a lot of experience working with students with diagnosed mental health disorders. I'm enthusiastic about helping students learn the skills they need to advocate for themselves, stay organized, and take responsibility for their own education.
In my free time, I love to spend time outdoors, including biking, hiking, and downhill skiing. I also love to read and travel!
Natalie: Math and Science Tutor
Hi there! My name is Natalie Perrine and I am a graduate student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities earning my Masters of Education in Science and Mathematics. I have a B.S in Physics and a minor in math from the University of Minnesota and I've spent years tutoring and assisting in the classroom at all levels of education. I love working with kids and I'm passionate about helping them to understand difficult concepts and develop skills to effectively navigate academics. I am planning on teaching High school science or math. I love athletics and am hoping to pursue coaching high school track and hockey in the future. Right now I am focusing on being the best educator I can be. I've previously tutored in science, math, ACT, and Spanish. I'd love to continue helping students feel confident in their ability to achiece, especially in the difficult subjects where nerves often get the best of students.
Tommy: Math Tutor
My name is Tommy, and I'm a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, where I completed a master's degree in industrial engineering this past spring and will begin a Ph.D. in applied economics in the fall. Throughout my collegiate career I've worked a variety of students, from middle-schoolers to college-goers. Before beginning my graduate work, I served in Minnesota Math Corps as a tutor at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus in St. Paul.
Outside of academics, I like music, theatre, cooking, and crocheting; I also have a Russian tortoise.
Maria: Organizational Studies Tutor
Hello! I'm Maria, and I've always been passionate about working with youth. I graduated from the University of MN with a B.A. in English & Spanish, and have been working in middle and high schools in the Twin Cities for almost 9 years. I currently work as an Intervention Specialist for Como Park Senior High School, where I tutor 9th and 10th graders in multiple subjects, including algebra, geometry, English, history, reading and writing, and Spanish. I also run mentoring programs, peer tutoring programs and a volunteer program at the high school, where I connect students with helpful and caring adults and peers.
I am an avid reader, and also a collector or comic books and graphic novels. I love to bicycle, play guitar and ukulele, and am learning how to hula hoop in my spare time.
Kristi: Math Tutor and Aspiring Teacher
Hi! My name is Kristi and I am currently a student at the U of M studying to earn my teaching license and masters in Mathematics Education. I graduated from the U of M with an undergraduate degree in Statistics and a minor in Spanish Studies and I hope to one day teach AP Stats.
In my free time I love to read fantasy books, watch movies, and even play the occasional video game. I also enjoy taking my dog, Ranger, out on long walks with my fiancée.
Dustin: Chemistry Teacher
Hi, my name is Dustin! I am a Chemistry and Physical Science teacher at Irondale High School. I love Science, but I also enjoy Math and Spanish. I grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and attended the University of Minnesota for Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish. I followed with a teaching degree in both Chemistry and Life Science, and a Masters in Education. While in college, I studied abroad in New Zealand, where I was able to take some awesome courses in Marine Science!
Outside of teaching and learning new things, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my dog Spyro, exploring area festivals, and staying active. In the summer, I have a blast water skiing with the Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team putting on family friendly ski shows and entertaining thousands!
Olivia: Language Arts Tutor
Hello, I am Olivia! I graduated with a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2011. Currently, I am pursuing my masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Eastern Illinois University with an expected graduation date of May of 2018. I have experience working with children with varying disabilities including autism, sensory processing disorder, language processing disorder, ADHD, and executive dysfunction.
When I am not working or studying endlessly, I enjoy cooking, walking my dog, and exploring! I moved to Minneapolis in September after living in Chicago for 5 years and I am excited to see what Minnesota has to offer!
I look forward to meeting all of my students and their families!
Allison: Graduate Student and Math Tutor
Hi, my name is Allison and I am currently a graduate student at the University of Minnesota in the Masters of Education/Initial Teacher Licensure program. I graduated this past May from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Mathematics-Education and a minor in Spanish Studies. I spent my final semester abroad (last spring) studying in Toledo, Spain and volunteering as a classroom aide 8 hours per week in a Spanish secondary school. Leading up to my study abroad, I worked at Mathnasium for a year and a half as well as volunteered in a few schools across the metro area. I have primarily worked with math and Spanish as subjects but have also tutored ACT prep and some physics.
I have always had a passion for math and teaching so tutoring has always been a great fit for me. I believe that every student can love math and love learning as long as they give it a good effort and have someone teaching them to learn rather than teaching them a subject. I believe that math is one of the most important subjects a student can learn because it helps to explain how the world works.
In my free time I enjoy road biking, running, being outdoors, and cheering the Green Bay Packers on to victory!
Alex: Math Education Graduate Student
Hi! My name is Alex and I am a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota, College of Science and Engineering with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Child Psychology. I am currently attending grad school and I am pursuing both a Master of Math Education and a teacher’s license.
On top of being a full time student I have spent 3 years being a 3M lab researcher and a University of Minnesota Community Advisor! I’ve also been spending my time in various local schools helping and observing some different math teachers over the last two years in addition to tutoring high school students in after school programs designed to help cover ACT math skills.
In what free time I have, I enjoy a vast array of physical activities which includes but is not limited to rock climbing, cross country running, skiing, snowboarding, tennis, ballroom dancing, fencing, karate, and volleyball. I also enjoy reading, cooking, video & board games, getting to know other people, camping, and volunteering (I am an Eagle Scout after all).
Mark: Licensed HS/MS Science Teacher
I grew up in Redwood Falls Minnesota and loved school. I found myself involved in every aspect that I could including athletics, theater, and other various activities. I then went to the University of Minnesota and got my Bachelor in Science in chemistry, a minor in biochemistry, and studied abroad in Toledo, Spain. I secretly miss being a college student and still enjoy learning as much as ever. At University of Minnesota, I also got my teaching license in high school chemistry and middle school science. For the past five years I have been working at Park High School in Cottage Grove, MN.
I have been tutoring with Homeworks for over 6 years now. I tutor all levels of science (even college levels), all levels of math up to calculus, Spanish, and have worked with students in almost any class from middle school and high school. Some other classes include: AP World History, AP US History, English, and AP Psychology. I enjoy learning and want to help others enjoy it as well. I also work with how to organization and study skills.
My hobbies include playing video games, reading, and music. I enjoy live music venues and exploring the twin cities. I have a big sweet tooth with Reese's peanut butter cups. I have a very easygoing personality and enjoy getting to know new people.
Amanda: Language Arts Teacher and Trainer in Organizational Study Skills
Amanda earned her B.A. degree in English education from St. Olaf College and started tutoring shortly after graduating. She loves the kind of learning that occurs in a one-on-one environment. Being a unique thinker herself, she enjoys discovering the one-of-a-kind brainpower that each of her students possess. Currently, Amanda teaches 10th grade Language Arts at an online public school that serves students all over the state.
In addition to her work with students, Amanda has a background in music, dance, and theater. Despite focusing her energies on English in college, she also has a deep passion for history. In her free time, you can find her biking around a lake, going swing and salsa dancing, or scribbling her own bits of free verse.
Christina: Graduate Student in Education
Hello, my name is Christina and I am a science teacher at Irondale High School in New Brighton. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Biology Degree in 2012 and quickly began my M.Ed in Science Education, earning my license for 5-12 science. I have been tutoring since 2012 with Homeworks and love working with a variety of students! I love tutoring biology, math, reading, history and study skills! When not tutoring I enjoy being active, running, yoga, rollerblading, kayaking or whatever comes my way!
Geoff: Middle School Science Teacher
Geoff is a 2005 graduate from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in History and a minor in Environmental Studies. After college he ski bummed out west in Utah for a few years, working variously as a ski instructor and as a wilderness therapy guide taking troubled teens out into the deserts of Utah for months at a time without any matches, backpacks, or tents! He has also worked as a backpacking guide in northern New Mexico. He spent a year as a paraprofessional in a junior high here in the Twin Cities and then a year with the AmeriCorps in a suburb of Seattle, WA as an AVID Academic Coach and in-school math and science tutor for a middle school. He spent two years in Bemidji, MN where he worked with elementary students at the Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji. While there he was also in school full time taking science courses at Bemidji State University in preparation for his teacher's license. Geoff then spent a year at the University of Minnesota where he earned his high school biology and general middle school science teaching licenses. He is now in his second year as a Jr. high science teacher and is looking forward to receiving his Masters in Education soon. His passions include teaching, camping, canoeing, skiing, environmentalism, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and learning.
Raph: High School Math/Science Teacher
Raphael (Raph) teaches Geometry, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry at a small high-school in St. Paul where he was born and raised. In addition to his classroom teaching, he has been a private tutor for Homeworks for the past 6+ years. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Physics and is currently completing working toward his M.Ed. His interests outside of the classroom include rock climbing, camping, sports (all), and spending time with his wife and 3 small children.
Dave: Math Tutor
My name is Dave Carlson, and I have lived in St. Paul for the last 4 years while teaching math at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. I grew up in Lindstrom, MN but received my Bachelor's degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and my Master's degree from Hamline University.
Throughout my teaching experience, I have worked with a diverse student population, a large number of whom have special needs. I really enjoy helping students find ways to break math problems down into manageable pieces and discover an interest in math that they didn't know existed.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends around the Twin Cities, playing tennis, watching Netflix, and going to concerts. I love discovering new music and expanding my collection!
Jacquelyn: Educator, Tutor and Trainer in Organizational Study Skills
Hello! My name is Jacquelyn and I am currently teaching for my second year at Washburn High School in South Minneapolis. I am a special education teacher that works specifically with student whom have learning and behavioral disabilities. We focus on good study habits and organizational skills, along with self-advocacy in my classes.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with my teaching degree in Elementary and Special Education. I have become passionate about helping students that struggle in school and exploring alternative routes to help them learn and feel successful about themselves by meeting their needs where they are at.
This is my eighth year as a teacher, which includes teaching at a K-8 for a year, and a High School for four years out in San Diego. Before moving out there, I taught at a middle school here in Minneapolis. This is going on my second year with Homeworks for Students. I enjoy the relationships I have developed with the students along with watching the progress they are making!
In my spare time I enjoy playing volleyball, softball, downhill skiing, and enjoying family time with my nine nieces and nephews - all under the age of ten! I always enjoy cheering for the Vikings and Twins as well.
Chris: Ph.D Student and Graduate Assistant
Greetings! My name is Chris and I am currently a Ph.D student and graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota studying Social Studies in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. Prior to being a Ph.D student, I taught high school social studies for six years, specializing in US History, Psychology and Current Events. From 2010-2012, I had the opportunity to spend two years working at an international school in Asuncion, Paraguay, which, in addition to being a wonderful professional experience, gave me the opportunity to travel many places in South America. I'm comfortable tutoring any of the social sciences and am well-versed in test preparation and analytical writing.
In my spare time I enjoy listening to, watching and playing music. I also try to take advantage of the gorgeous trails and parks the Twin Cities has to offer.
Christy: Strategyworks Trainer
Hello, I’m Christy! I’m currently working as the Assistant Dean of Campus Engagement at Bethel University. Prior to stepping into this role, I served as the Director of the Academic Support and Disability Services department at colleges in Pennsylvania and California. I have a BA in Psychology and Communication from Bethel University and a MA in Higher Education from Geneva College. One of my greatest passions is to see students succeed in their life endeavors.
In my role as the Director of Academic Support and Disability Services, I spent a lot of time working one-on-one with students as an Academic Coach. I seek to understand each student’s strengths, weaknesses, learning style, and personal aspirations. This helps me determine the most appropriate tools needed for each student to experience success and thrive in their academic environment.
Outside of my engaging work with college students at Bethel or tutoring through Homeworks, you will likely find me enjoying life’s simple pleasures. I love meeting new people, training for road bike tours, hiking or kayaking when the weather permits, visiting local coffee shops, reading a variety of books, and sharing conversation with dear friends and family.
Katie: Special Education Teacher
My name is Katie. I graduated from Bethel University in 2011 with a degree in early childhood and elementary education. I have had many experiences with students including: tutoring at an inner-city elementary school in St. Paul, implementing age appropriate lessons in a child center, and teaching in classrooms ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. I taught second grade for two years in the Spring Lake Park School District.
In January 2013, I went back to Bethel University to earn a Masters in Special Education focusing specifically on the areas of Autisms Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Behavioral Disorder, Developmental Cognitive Disorder and Learning Disorder. I learned innovative and unique ways to help students with special needs while in the classroom and to assist students in developing social skills with their classmates. When I am not teaching I enjoy being outside, baking cupcakes, organizing, decorating and reading a variety of books.
Michelle: K-12 Reading Specialist
My name is Michelle Dzik. I received a BA in English from The University of St. Thomas, and returned to St. Thomas a few years later to earn my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Realizing that many secondary students need reading instruction, I returned to school several years ago to acquire a license as a K-12 Reading Specialist from Hamline University. I have been teaching in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale district since 1993, and I currently work at Tartan High School as an AP Language and Composition teacher and Reading Specialist. Tutoring at Homeworks is very rewarding, as I have the opportunity to work with students individually, helping them with reading, writing, and preparing for the ACT. When I am not working I am spending time with my family, which includes my husband, two teenage boys, and two dogs. My hobbies include reading, cooking, and exercising.
Katie: PhD in American History, tutor and trainer of Organizational Study Skills
Hi, I'm Katie. I grew up in Northfield, Minnesota and, despite being raised by physicists, turned out to be the family's lone humanities major. I attended Carleton College and received my B.A. in History with a concentration in Education and Educational Studies. At Carleton I also had my first foray into teaching; during my time there I worked as both a physics tutor and ballroom dance instructor. I received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Minnesota. At the University I had the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant, leading discussion sections, mentoring students, and offering feedback and assistance on history papers large and small. Working one-on-one with students to help them develop their own processes for writing, reading, research, and organization was the highlight of my time as a TA and it continues to be my favorite part of being a Homeworks and Strategyworks tutor.
After finishing my doctorate, I have been working as a freelance historian and write for the online MNopedia project. When I'm not tutoring or doing historical research, I love to read (everything from natural history to mystery novels), bake, and knit a nearly endless succession of socks, mittens, and blankets.
Elizabeth - English Teacher and Reading Specialist
My name is Elizabeth and I’m in my 7th year teaching for Minneapolis Public Schools. In my time as a teacher, I have taught 10th, 11th, and 12th graders in a variety of courses. My expertise lies primarily in teaching American Literature, Shakespeare, and writing (either creative or academic). I have taught both AP Literature and AP Language courses.
I received both my B.A. in English Literature and my Master’s in Education from the University of Minnesota. After a few years of teaching, I went back to school at Bethel University where I worked towards my Reading License, which is pending portfolio review.
When I’m not teaching or grading essays, I enjoy being outdoors and having adventures. On a summer night, you can find me at an outdoor concert or reading a book on my patio with my dog, Margaret Atwood.
Rachelle: PhD in Science Education and Trainer in Organizational Study Skills
Rachelle has been working with Homeworks for over 9 years. During this time she completed student teaching, taught at an urban-suburban high school north of Minneapolis, moved to Paraguay to teach, returned to the US to teach, completed her PhD in Science Education, worked at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and recently started a position as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the STEMteach initial licensure program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. This position has her working with graduate students looking to receive their secondary STEM licenses in a new 12-month program. Rachelle tutors everything from science to ACT/SAT prep. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, spending time with friends, going to music concerts, observing music subcultures, and mentoring homeless youth.
Kari: Masters Degree in Science Education and Trainer in Organizational Study Skills
Seven years ago, I took leave from teaching to enter a new stage in my life. My husband and I were having our first baby and I was looking for a way to pursue my love of teaching while being home with our new daughter. Shortly thereafter I found the perfect solution when I began tutoring for Homeworks for Students. Since then, I have had the privilege of helping students with math, science, ACT and SAT prep, organizational skills, and a little bit of just about every other subject. Today, I am a busy stay-at-home mother of four children ages 7, 5, 3, and 1, and I get to tutor amazing students. My life is the perfect balance of being home to raise our children and enjoying the satisfaction of helping my students to succeed. I love developing great relationships with students, and am blessed to see learning and personal successes daily in both my students and my children. In my spare time (haha) I love reading, running, and a good BodyPump class at the YMCA.
Molly: High School Language Arts Teacher and Trainer in Organizational Study Skills
This is my second year teaching English at Washburn High School. I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN with a Bachelors in Liberal Arts. I majored in Communication Arts/Literature Education and minored in Coaching.
My teaching career started far away from my Minneapolis hometown in the beautiful city of Valencia, Venezuela. When I graduated in 2010, I knew I wanted to travel and teach out of the country for a year or two. Immediately after graduating, I attended an International Educators Job Fair and a few months later I was off to South America! In Valencia, Venezuela I taught grade 6 English, Reading, and Social Studies. During my two years there, I also coached Girls Varsity Soccer, Volleyball, and Junior Varsity Basketball. In addition to my love for athletics, in the 2011-2012 school year I was the Student Council Advisor and Director the the school play, High School Musical. Yes, that is correct, I know everyone song and dance to High School Musical!
Though leaving to teach abroad was difficult, I knew I would be back in Minneapolis some day. I am very passionate about teaching English. I thrive for the moments when the light bulb goes on and that "ah-ha" occurs. Being a slow reader throughout my middle school and high school years I embrace to the difficulties that come with reading comprehension and can relate to those challenges. I am always experimenting with new ideas and creative lessons to incorporate into my teaching in hopes to inspire my students the way they are constantly inspiring me!
Liz: Graduate Student, Masters of Education
Hi! I'm Liz, a current masters of education and initial teaching license student at the University of Minnesota. After I graduate I hope to teach social studies in a middle school classroom. I grew up in the Twin Cities and studied International Relations at Carleton College. I spent the past six years living in San Francisco where I worked with various youth-oriented non-profit organizations. I most recently co-taught 3rd grade at a private school.
I love working with young people (I've coached, taught, tutored, and even been a camp counselor for 13+ years!), which is why I decided that I wanted to tutor in addition to working on my master's degree. I particularly enjoy helping elementary and middle school students develop the confidence that will allow them to shine both inside and outside the classroom. I'm excited to get started with students at Homeworks!
When I'm not working with students, I love running, biking, playing volleyball, and trying out new recipes. (Recipes with more chocolate, the better!)
Brandon: Licensed Secondary Ed and Master's of Education
Minnesota born and raised, Brandon completed his undergraduate degree of Math Education and Coaching at the University of Minnesota in the spring of 2014. He is enrolled in the University's Masters of Education program to obtain his teaching license, which he completed spring of 2015, and starts teaching at Spring Lake Park High School starting in the fall of 2015.
A big fan of Minnesota sports teams, Brandon is also into staying as active as possible. A big fan of sand volleyball and rollerblading. He enjoys coaching youth sports as well to help them develop. With the future plans to teach and coach wherever life takes him, he's up for experiencing new opportunities along the way.
Brandon tutors in math, ACT prep, and organizational skills for us at Homeworks. Brandon joined us at Homeworks after serving others through the YMCA Twin Cities and a tutoring at a few different charter schools. He enjoys supporting students as they gain confidence in their own work to help them learn and grow.
Cortney: High School Math Teacher
Hello! My name is Cortney and I grew up in Southeast Minnesota. I graduated from Winona State University with a double major in Math and Math Education. I have also received my master’s degree in Math Education from Northern Arizona University. I have been a high school math teacher for 4 + years. I have taught just about every math subject from Algebra to Calculus and enjoy every level of math and what it has to offer! Other than teaching and helping others learn, I enjoy mountain biking and kayaking as well as spending time with my husband and two small dogs.
Amy: Licensed Professional/ACT Prep Whiz
My name is Amy. I am currently in my fourth year of teaching English Language Arts at Tartan High School. Last year I also added AVID to my course schedule where I get to help students prepare for college. For the past eight years, I have been privileged to be an ACT tutor for Homeworks for Students. I got my feet wet with the ACT in my time as an AmeriCorps volunteer with College Possible (formerly Admission Possible), a non-profit organization geared toward helping low-income students gain admission to college.
Since joining the Homeworks team, I have gotten the chance to hone my craft with the ACT to help students achieve their best score through a combination of strategy and overall knowledge of the test. I have truly enjoyed getting to know the students I tutor as individuals, and I enjoy the challenge of crafting strategies to best fit their needs. When I'm not teaching or tutoring, I can be found playing and coaching volleyball; in the kitchen trying out new recipes; or at the gym practicing yoga or running (that is, when I actually have the time!). More than anything, I truly love working with students. Though challenging at times, I cannot imagine doing anything else.
Eva: Science Teacher, Masters Degree in Science Education
Hello! My name is Eva. I graduated cum laude from Saint Olaf College in 2006 with a BA in Lyric Theater. After working in the twin cities for three years doing theater at night and an office job during the day, I returned to school to become a science teacher. I earned my M.Ed. in Science Education from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in December of 2013. Since beginning teaching in the fall of 2012, I've taught biology (regular and IB), anatomy/physiology, and environmental science at the high school level.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy knitting, reading, learning as much as possible, and cuddling with my dogs (Arya and Nyx).
Kaitie: High School Math Teacher
My name is Kaitie and I am currently a high school math teacher. I have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Studio art from Gustavus. After graduating from Gustavus, I taught English in Hong Kong for a summer, interned at UnitedHealthcare and then worked as a business analyst at Target.
I have always been interested in education and found myself always working with students of all ages. I have tutored students in elementary schools, high schools, and colleges. I particularly love tutoring math and writing since I am working towards being a math teacher and tutored writing in college. In both math and writing, I enjoy encouraging students to talk through their thought processes and ideas to help push students to better understand the content.
When not working with students or going to class myself, I can be found at the ceramic studio, on a bike ride around the lakes in Minneapolis, or in the kitchen baking up a something with chocolate in it!
Michelle: BS in Human Development and Family Studies, BA in English, and Trainer in Organizational Study Skills
I teach English at South High School in Minneapolis. I am a ninth grade teacher on our Interdisciplinary Open Team, so I team with social studies, science and math. My tutoring expertise includes teaching reading and writing skills, as well as study habits, organizational skills, test taking strategies and ACT/SAT prep. Plus I have quite a bit of knowledge in other subjects.
I have two children of my own, two more children that I live with part time, and four pets--a busy house! I enjoy reading and traveling. I even travel with my students. We travel to Jarrabacoa in the Dominican Republic for service learning.
Dani: High School Math Teacher
My name is Dani and I teach Algebra 2 and Geometry at Park Center IB High School in Brooklyn Park. I grew up here in the Twin Cities, attending Centennial High School before moving to Iowa for college. I went to Wartburg College and graduated with a BA in Math Education. I've recently started working towards a Master's degree and this year I earned a Technology and Leadership Certificate from Hamline University and became a Certified Google Educator.
After graduating from college, I served in the Peace Corps for two years in the West African nation of Burkina Faso. While there, I taught Math and Physics/Chemistry in a rural village called Yaho. Burkina Faso is a French speaking country, so I had to dust off my high school French skills before teaching!
Over the last two years I've worked mostly with at-risk students and have spent a lot of time trying to help build a solid foundation in math. I am very good at guiding students to break down problems into manageable pieces with a lot of patience and encouragement, skills that transfer well into tutoring!
In my free time, I enjoy cycling (at the time of writing this, I recently returned from my second RAGBRAI, a 450 mile, 7 day tour across Iowa), skiing, reading, sudoku, and planning my next vacation.
Mike: High School Teacher
Mike (B.S. Mathematics, University of Minnesota Institute of Technology, cum laude) has been a classroom teacher for 19 years, serving as the Math/Science Department Chair at Christ's Household of Faith School in St. Paul. Mike has served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota State High School Mathematics League, spending 6 years heading the problem writing team for the MSHSML, and 7 years as the Head Coach of the Minnesota All-State Math Team. He is a 2015 inductee into the MSHSML Hall of Fame. Mike has conducted numerous workshops around the world concerning how to challenge and engage math students from the struggling to the gifted, the writing and implementation of mathematically-rich problems, and proper pedagogical use of educational technology. He has extensive experience in individual tutoring in all areas of secondary mathematics and sciences, as well as SAT/ACT/AP prep and assorted other subjects.
Lexi: Language Arts Tutor
Hi! My name is Lexi and I am in my sixth year of teaching middle and high school English. I am originally from Massachusetts and earned my Masters in Education from Northeastern University in Boston. A desire for adventure and experiencing a new world brought me to Minnesota and I fell in love with the Midwest.
I’m excited to be tutoring as I love working with students as they set and achieve their own academic goals. I’m passionate about helping my students advocate for themselves and find systems that help them be successful life-long learners. I enjoy working with students on language arts and writing skills, and also I like to help students build strong study skills they can use in any subject.
In addition to my passion for teaching, I love the outdoors, animals, and spending time with my family. I often spend time out walking around the beautiful lakes and exploring all Minnesota has to offer!
Todd: Aeronautical Engineer
Todd has worked as a tutor in both volunteer and professional capacities with students of all ability levels for over seventeen years. With degrees from Caltech and MIT as well as ten years' experience as an aerospace engineer, he strives to help students understand the real-world applications of the material they learn in the classroom. After the recent birth of his first child, Todd jumped at the opportunity to tutor his son from the ground up and now serves as a full-time parent.
Todd is also an enthusiastic cross-country runner and triathlete. He enjoys traveling, cooking, and gaming with friends. Todd lives with his wife and son in their home in Minneapolis.
Khadija: Tutor in Math and Science
"Hi, my name is Khadija. I'm currently a student at the University of Minnesota in the College of Science and Engineering, studying Mathematics and Business. I tutor mostly in math and science. I began tutoring about seven years ago and realized immediately how much I enjoy teaching. I have worked with a diverse range of students over the years in various settings and seen each student benefit in his or her own way from tutoring. I love to see students progress and to see them be proud of the work they do!
When I'm not in class/tutoring, I love all things outdoors; cycling, hiking, and gardening to name a few!"
Annalee: Master's in Hispanic Linguistics
Hello! My name is Annalee, and I have been tutoring on-and-off with Homeworks since 2013. I finished my Master's in Hispanic Linguistics in May 2015, and I earned my BA in Spanish and Critical Studies of Race & Ethnicity from St. Catherine University in 2009. In the time between my degrees, I lived in Argentina for 1.5 years, worked at a Minneapolis Public middle school for 2 years, and spent many summers working in a wilderness therapy program for adjudicated Minnesota teenagers.
My favorite subject to tutor is Spanish, but I also love helping students get themselves on track with their academics through organization and goal-setting.
In my spare time, I love spending time outdoors, traveling to new places, practicing yoga, and spending as much time at the Minnesota State Fair as possible.
Kristin: Licensed Spanish and ELL educator
My name is Kristin, and I am a licensed Spanish and English Language Learning (ELL) educator. I graduated from Luther College where I received a B.A. in Spanish after spending a semester in Lima, Peru studying at La Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. Before pursuing a full time teaching position, I worked with Putney Student Travel and National Geographic Student Expeditions as the Director of Peru Programming. During the summers I continue to lead community service programs to Peru and Costa Rica. Currently, I teach high school Spanish in St.Paul but also have teaching experience in Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Nevada. When I'm not in the classroom or planning a new adventure abroad, I enjoy taking pictures, producing videos, listening to and making music, running, and exploring the countryside.
Andrew: Graduate Student and Trainer in Organizational Study Skills
My name is Andrew. My tutoring interests are wide with a focus on mathematics and science. I was an AVID tutor at Southwest High School for two years and have been enjoying both public and private tutoring ever since. Over the years, I have developed my own approach to tutoring that has been effective for my students and I look forward to my continual development. In my off time, I enjoy playing volleyball, walking around Minnesota lakes, and watching films.
I graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in Chemistry, and currently, I am focused on my tutoring and raising my daughter.