Meet the Tutors

Tech Tutors are Michigan Tech students with a wide range of expertise. Here is a little bit about them...

Sierra Williams

President

Major: Applied Ecology and Environmental Science

Year: Fourth

Hi, I'm Sierra! I am very passionate about studying the natural world and how it works, as well as for working in outreach through my job and participating in student orgs. During my free time, I enjoy experimental cooking, playing ultimate frisbee, dancing, and doing anything outside whether that be jumping in a lake somewhere or ice skating. Through tutoring, I hope to help kids gain a passion for learning the way I have through reading and science.

Tessa Mlinar

Vice President

Major: Biological Sciences with Biochemistry Minor

Year: Fifth

Hi, I'm Tessa! I am currently a fifth-year biological sciences student working towards attending medical school after graduation. I began tutoring because I want to make learning fun for students and encourage them to try their best in school. Outside of school and tutoring, I enjoy walking my dog and spending time with friends!

Avery Cassel

Director of K-12 Outreach

Major: Environmental Engineering

Year: Third

Hi I’m Avery! Outside of school I love to hike, bike, backpack, and cook with my friends and family. I became a tutor because I enjoy helping students work through problems and the seeing confidence they gain when they figure it out.

Mitchell Connon

Director of Volunteer Recruitment

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Year: Fourth

Hi I’m Mitchell Connon and I love Biology, Math and Skiing.

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Armando Motz

Director of Media

Major: Exercise Science with Spanish Minor

Year: Second

Hi, I'm Armando! I'm a second-year exercise science student who is also minoring in Spanish. I love everything football and basketball, and I also love spending time outdoors! My favorite subjects are math, history, Spanish, and science.

Ryleigh Parsons

Director of Media

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with Chemistry Focus

Year: Second

Hi, my name is Ryleigh! I'm a Sophomore at Michigan Tech and I am majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Chemistry Focus. I am from the Metro Detroit area in a little town called Novi, I love playing sports specifically volleyball and soccer, baking/cooking - especially cakes, and just hanging out with my friends and family. I wanted to become a tutor because I always liked having someone to help me when I didn't understand something and I want to help others do the same!

Alayna Starll

Tutor

Major: Biomedical Engineering with an Electrical Engineering Minor

Year: Third

Hi I'm Alayna! I am a third year student at Michigan Tech. My favorite subject is math because I love the process of breaking down huge problems into smaller easier to solve problems! Although math is pretty fun, I love to spend time with my friends, bake delicious deserts, and be outdoors! I have been tutoring students for the past five years and it still amazes me to see the joy and excitement when an idea/topic finally clicks in their head.

Lauryn Roberts

Tutor

Major: Environmental Engineering

Year: Fifth

Hi, I'm Lauryn! I am a fifth-year environmental engineering student at Michigan Tech and am very passionate about protecting our natural world with sustainable practices and technology. When not at school or work, I love to read, hike (actually do almost any outdoor activity), travel, and bake. I signed up to be a Tech tutor because I love helping others, learning, and giving back to a community that has been a great home for the past 4 years.

Sophia Bancker

Tutor

Major: Medical Laboratory Science

Year: Second

Hi, I'm Sophia! In addition to my major, I am minoring in International Spanish and Public Health. I am passionate about these subjects and enjoy helping others find what they love and making it a little easier to get there! Outside of academics, I really enjoy being outdoors and exploring, playing piano, and being on the cheer team :)

Maia Newkirk

Tutor

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Year: Second

Hi! My name is Maia Newkirk, and I'm a Chemical Engineering major, double minoring in pre-health and Spanish at MTU. After my time here, I plan to go to medical school to become a surgeon. Outside of class I'm also a cheerleader and an EMT for Michigan Tech EMS. I love to tutor because helping people find the lightbulb-moment where a idea/subject clicks is so inspiring and exciting.

Elizabeth Donoghue

Tutor

Major: Electrical Engineering

Year: Third

Hi, I'm Elizabeth! I am currently a third-year electrical engineering student with a minor in law & society. I have a passion for problem-solving and a love for history, but outside of academics, I enjoy hiking and ice skating. I decided to become a tutor to share my love of learning with others and to inspire students to love it as well.

Sophia Brylinski

Tutor

Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Year: Second

Hi, I'm Sophia! I am a second year materials science and engineering student at Michigan Tech. I enjoy tutoring because I like to help students gain confidence in their studies. Some of my hobbies include swimming, reading, and baking.

Autumn Weidman

Tutor

Major: Biological Sciences

Year: Third

Hi, I'm Autumn! I'm a third-year biology major that loves music and reading everything. I like tutoring because I want to help students be successful and build solid study habits now.

Adam Tharp

Tutor

Major: Human Biology

Year: Third

I'm Adam and I'm a third year Human Biology major! I love anatomy and biology, and I'm hoping to attend medical school! I enjoy outdoors stuff (hiking, camping, etc.) and I'm really excited to teach and help students learn!

Alexis Celis

Tutor

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year: Second

Hi my name is Alexis, I like fishing, gaming and completing a Rubik's cube. My favorite class is chemistry since it's challenging and it's satisfying to figure something out in that class. I like to tutor since helping others is what an engineer is made to do, and helping future scholars is always beneficial for everyone.

Elizabeth Keysor

Tutor

Major: Statistics

Year: Master's Student

Hi, I'm Elizabeth! I am a second year master's student in statistics, and I hope to work in education in the future. I have been a tutor for four years now, and I very much enjoy working with students to help them develop better understanding of concepts. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, and hanging out with friends.

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Andrew Bretz

Tutor

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Fourth

Hi I'm Andrew! I am a Mechanical Engineering student at Michigan Tech and I am looking towards the auto industry after I graduate in the spring. I want to work in the auto industry because I have always been interested in cars. Some of my hobbies outside of cars and school are hiking, photography, and kayaking. I tutored math and science when I was in high school and I was a TA for the first-year engineering courses here at Tech for two semesters. I've enjoyed these positions because seeing a student have that "light bulb moment" when I'm tutoring is very fulfilling and inspiring.

Riley Smith

Tutor

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year: Third

Hello! My name is Riley, and I'm a Chemical Engineering major, minoring in pre-health at MTU. After my time at Michigan Tech, I plan to attend medical school. Outside of class I am involved in research and enjoy kayaking on the Portage. I tutored throughout high school and really enjoyed it so I'm excited to continue helping other students.

Daniel Middleton

Tutor

Major: Human Biology

Year: First

Hi, I'm Daniel! I'm a first-year Human Biology major with a minor in Pre-Health working towards attending medical school after I graduate. Biology has always been my favorite subject since I find the process of proving theorems beautiful, but I love all the other sciences almost as much :) I also enjoy climbing, table tennis, reading, playing cards, and anything that takes me outside.

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Lexi Dembroski

Tutor

Major: Accounting

Year: First

Hi, I’m Lexi! I am a first-year accounting student with a minor in Spanish. After my time at MTU, I plan to go to law school to concentrate on estate planning or business law. My top priority in life has always been to get an education, and I love to share my passion for learning with others! I tutored students at all levels throughout my time in high school, and I am so excited to have the same opportunity here at Tech. Outside of school, I love baking desserts, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Abraham Raskind

Tutor

Major: Biomedical Engineer

Year: Fourth

Hi, my name is Abe, I'm a 4th year biomedical engineering major with a minor in pre health professions. Chemistry and biology are my favorite subjects. After graduating I want to do some research and volunteering in Ann Arbor, and outside of school I like log rolling now, hiking, baking, and stuff like that ye.

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