Meet the Tutors

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

Avery Cassel

President

Major: Environmental Engineering

Year: Fourth

Hi, I'm Avery! I joined Tech Tutors as a way to build a connection between myself and the community. As a tutor I have enjoyed helping students discover their learning styles and develop good study habits. During my free time I love being outdoors: camping, hiking, biking, and skiing! I also love to cook, read, and play games with my friends.

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Ryleigh Parsons

Vice President

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with Chemistry Focus

Year: Third

Hi, my name is Ryleigh! I'm a Junior. I am from the Grand Rapids area. 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!

Maeli Coveyou

Director of K-12 Outreach

Major: Human Biology

Year: Second

Hi, my names Maeli! I am a second year human biology major minoring in pre-health. My education is something that I value greatly and I love the feeling of succeeding when passing a class or even a test. I started tutoring because I wanted to help others feel that same way and learn that school can not only be interesting, but also rewarding at the same time. In my free time I enjoy, volunteering, golfing, working out, or just hanging with my friends. I also love playing with my dogs or cats when I'm at home as well! My favorite subject is obviously science as that is my field of study, but I also enjoy english and math.

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Armando Motz

Director of Tutor Recruitment

Major: Exercise Science with Spanish Minor

Year: Third

Hi, I'm Armando! I'm a third-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.

Olivia Buss

Director of Media

Major: Human Biology

Year: Second

Hi, I'm Olivia! I am a second year human biology major and my favorite subject to tutor is math! Outside of school I love to be outdoors and hunt, fish, or go for a hike. I also love to cook, work out, and travel to new places. 

Sierra Williams

Tutor

Major: Environmental

Year: Masters

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.

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Charis Bronson

Tutor

Major: Applied Ecology & Environmental Science with a Biotechnology focus

Year: Second

Hey there, I'm Charis! I'm all the way from Oregon and my favorite subjects are chemistry and biology. In my free time, I'm usually trail running, watching Star Wars, or skiing. In addition to being a student here at Michigan Tech, I am also an Air Force cadet! I plan to go to flight school and be a pilot for the Air Force after I graduate. I wanted to be a tutor because I love to share my enthusiasm for science, encourage curiosity, and help students in detailed learning.

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Jasmine Brown

Tutor

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Third

Hi! My name is Jasmine and I joined Tech Tutors as a way to explore the world of teaching. I'm a third-year mechanical engineering student who loves helping their friends and family with their math homework, so tutoring seemed like a great next step! I think the best part about tutoring is being able to help someone understand their material, even if it's just a little bit more than they did before. We've all had trouble understanding a subject, so if I can help in any way, I'm happy too! In my free time I enjoy crocheting, baking, and hanging out with my friends. I also love cats and have three adorable ones back home.

Daniel Middleton

Tutor

Major: Human Biology

Year: Second

Hi! My name's Daniel, and I'm a 2nd year Medical Lab Science major with a minor in Pre-Health. After my time at Tech I plan on attending medical school, but right now I enjoy biology, origami, working with K-12 kids, table tennis, working as an RA, and anything that takes me outside!

Sophia Bancker

Tutor

Major: Medical Laboratory Science

Year: Fourth

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: Chemical Engineering

Year: Third

Hi! My name is Maia, and I'm a Chemical Engineering major, minoring in Spanish. After my time here, I plan to go to medical school. Outside of class I like hiking and cooking. I enjoy tutoring since I love to share my passion for education and learning with others.

Elizabeth Donoghue

Tutor

Major: Electrical Engineering

Year: Fourth

Hi, I'm Elizabeth! I am currently a fourth-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.

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Adam Fenjiro

Tutor

Major: Computer Science

Year: Second

Hi! My name is Adam Fenjiro,  I am a second-year student-athlete from Morocco. I am double majoring in Computer Science and Management Information Systems. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you need help in French, mathematics, or computer science!

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Kai Jackson

Tutor

Major: Biomedical Engineering with a Spanish Minor

Year: Third

Hi, my name is Kai. I am a second Biomedical Engineering major with a minor in Spanish. I enjoy hiking, reading, and sewing. Academically I find any biological science interesting, and I enjoy math because it can be very similar to a puzzle! I am excited to be a tutor because I love helping people find new ways to figure something out that may have been difficult for them on their own.

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Riley Smith

Tutor

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year: Fourth

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.

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Kylie Strom

Tutor

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Biology Focus)

Year: Second

Hi, I'm Kylie! I'm a transfer student from Illinois. Math and biology are my favorite subjects, but I understand how frustrating they can be. I tutored throughout high school and really enjoy the process of finding a way of learning and explaining that works for each student. Outside of class, I draw, play video games and puzzle games, and keep my cat Moose out of trouble.

Jenna Disser

Tutor

Major: Biological Sciences

Year: Masters

Hello everyone, my name is Jenna Disser and I am a masters student in the Biological Sciences department. I received my bachelors in Medical Laboratory Science from MTU in the Spring of 2022. I am very fascinated with human biology and love to share that passion with others through teaching. Outside of school, I and enjoy skiing, reading, and hanging out with my german shepherd, Bailey.

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Betty Jo Swajanen

Tutor

Major: Exercise Science

Minors: Psychology and Pre-Health

Year: Third

Hi, my name is Betty Jo, and I'm a third year exercise science major with minors in psychology and pre-health professions. I'm a part of the Huskies Pep Band (I play trombone!), and when I'm not at sporting events with them, I enjoy hiking, learning how to play the ukulele, and reading.

Kenny Gonzalez

Tutor

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Year: Third

Hello, my name is Kenneth Gonzalez, I am a 3rd year Biomedical Engineering major and a Spanish minor. I am a Resident Assistant and a Tour Guide at Michigan Tech. I love to help and inspire a sense of confidence and belonging in people through my jobs, activities, and actions. I became a tech tutor to assist students in any academic difficulties they may have and hopefully make it a fun learning experience for everyone. I enjoy playing video games, going on long runs, and rock/wall climbing.

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