Meet the Tutors

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

Lydia Savatsky

President

Major: Mathematics with Business Analytics Concentration

Year: Fourth

Hi, I'm Lydia! Some of my hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, and snowshoeing! I actually teach snowboarding at Mont Ripley! :) My favorite subject is math because I love solving complex problems and finding patterns within a solution. I enjoy tutoring because it is really fulfilling to see students engaged and excited to learn. I especially love when students gain confidence in their abilities!

Tessa Mlinar

Vice President

Major: Biological Sciences with Biochemistry Minor

Year: Fourth

Hi, I'm Tessa! I am currently a fourth 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 biking, hula hooping, and spending time with friends!

Zoe Reep

Director of K-12 Outreach

Major: Mathematics and Psychology

Year: Third

Hi, I'm Zoe! I am a third year student at Michigan Tech. I originally came to Tech to be an engineer, but over time realized that I desire to teach kids and encourage them to be curious, confident, and creative more than anything. Now I am a Mathematics and Psychology double major with the goal of taking some sort of path into education. I have been running cross country for Michigan Tech for the past couple years, but I also enjoy hiking, biking, backpacking, geocaching, and just being outside! I have a terrible addiction to jigsaw puzzles (I can work on them for hours!) and I love cooking!

Mitchell Connon

Director of Volunteer Recruitment

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Year: Third

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

Kaylee Meyers

Director of Media

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Year: Fourth

Hi, I'm Kaylee! I love any outdoor activities such as trail running, cross country skiing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, etc. After graduation, I want to go to graduate school so I can get a PhD in biomedical engineering to work on biomaterials related research and teach as a university professor.

Alayna Starll

Tutor

Major: Biomedical Engineering with an Electrical Engineering Minor

Year: Second

Hi I'm Alayna! I am a second 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.

Sarah Anderson

Tutor

Major: Accounting and Finance with Economics and Data Analytics

Year: Fourth

Hi, I'm Sarah! I am a fourth year Accounting student with plans to start studying for the CPA exams next year. I decided to become a tutor because I believe that a quality education is one of the most important thing in a person's life, and I enjoy helping kids learn that school can be fun! Outside of school and extracurriculars, I enjoy spending my free time exploring the Keweenaw by going on hikes, biking, and watching the sunset with friends!

Armando Motz

Tutor

Major: Exercise Science with Spanish Minor

Year: First

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

Lauryn Roberts

Tutor

Major: Environmental Engineering

Year: Fourth

Hi, I'm Lauryn! I am a fourth-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.

Sawyer Northrop

Tutor

Major: General Engineering

Year: First

Hi, I'm Sawyer! I'm a first-year General Engineering Major, pursuing a dual major in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. I enjoy trail running, cross country and downhill skiing, and hiking around the Keweenaw. I have experience tutoring anywhere from 1 session to recurring sessions over a period of several months, with an emphasis on Physics subjects.

Cayla Woods

Tutor

Major: Environmental Engineering

Year: Fifth

Hi, I'm Cayla! I am a fifth-year environmental engineering student at Michigan Tech. The reason I decided to become a tutor is that I like inspiring kids and teaching them that math is fun! In my free time, I like to SCUBA dive, hike with my dog and explore the Keweenaw with my friends.

Ketan Karkare

Tutor

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Second

Hi, I'm Ketan! I am a masters student currently pursuing masters in the field of mechanical engineering. I really like learning new things and always believe that you can learn something new every day and every minute. I also like reading books usually war books and historic events. I love playing badminton and cricket. I always wanted to be a tutor, because I believe education is more about interacting with the people and the students and learning and sharing knowledge and new ideas and things I love sharing my experience and the knowledge because I believe all you need is an education to be able to make right decisions in life

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 :)

Max Reaume

Tutor

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Year: Fourth

Hey there, I'm Max. I like mountain biking, climbing, riding my motorcycle, and skiing.

Haley VanWyk

Tutor

Major: Biological Sciences with German Minor

Year: Fifth

Hi! I'm Haley! I love hiking, snowboarding, and spending as much time as possible around animals! I want to work with zoo programs that handle biology education camps geared towards elementary age kids once I graduate! My favorite subject is Biology/Zoology! This will be my first time as a Tech tutor, but I have taught at biology farm camps in the past and absolutely loved it! I love teaching kids new things while introducing them to animals they have never before had chances to encounter!

Avery Cassel

Tutor

Major: Environmental Engineering

Year: Second

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.

Maia Newkirk

Tutor

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Year: First

Hi! My name is Maia Newkirk, and I'm a Biomedical 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 craniofacial reconstructive surgeon. Outside of class I'm also a cheerleader and in Circle K. I love to tutor because helping people find the lightbulb-moment where a idea/subject clicks is so inspiring and exciting.

Miranda Meyers

Tutor

Major: Electrical Engineering

Year: First

My name is Miranda Meyers, I have been an avid cross country and track runner since seventh grade and am currently on the varsity cross country team at Michigan Tech. My favorite kinds of music are 80s and modern rock. I want to be a tutor because I want to help kids and make sure they feel supported.

Laryn Kenwabikise

Tutor

Major: Biological Sciences

Year: Fourth

Hi, I'm Laryn! I am a fourth-year Biological Sciences and Pre-Professional Health student. I enjoy hiking with my pug Jack, rock hunting on Lake Superior, and reading. I wanted to become a tutor because is an excellent opportunity to inspire students on both a personal and academic level. I enjoy helping students do their best and have some fun along the way!

Ryleigh Parsons

Tutor

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Year: First

Hi, my name is Ryleigh! I'm a Freshman at Michigan Tech and I am majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Chem 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!

Tim Raymond

Tutor

Major: Psychology

Year: Fourth

Hi! I'm Tim! I love hiking, billiards, martial arts, and science! My end goal is to become a research professor and that's where my passion for tutoring stems!

Elizabeth Donoghue

Tutor

Major: Electrical Engineering

Year: Second

Hi, I'm Elizabeth! I am currently a second-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: First

Hi, I'm Sophia! I am a first 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.

Noel Barwick

Tutor

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year: Second

Hi, I'm Noel! I'm from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I decided to be a Tech Tutor due to my previous tutoring experience and the fact that I just enjoy helping others. In my free time, I like to explore the Keweenaw, knit, and hang out with friends.

Kaitlyn Wehner

Tutor

Major: Civil Engineering

Year: Third

Hello, my name is Kaitlyn and I'm a third-year Civil Engineering student. I wanted to become a tutor because I love teaching others and watching them grow. I also believe that education is extremely important and can be fun! In my free time, you can probably find me flying airplanes, mountain biking, or doing anything outdoors.

Garek Dyszel

Tutor

Major: Electrical Engineering

Year: Fourth

Hi, I'm Garek! I like to solve integral calculus problems when I have free time. Also, I build synthesizers. In my picture, I'm playing with the Noise Toaster, a synthesizer I built a while ago. I'll admit, I'm pretty obsessed with figuring out how stuff works. I asked enough questions about synths and computers that I somehow ended up in electrical engineering. As a side benefit, I'm pretty good at math now! When I graduate, I'm going to get a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, where I'm going to figure out how we can use polymers as puny, super-efficient fiber optic cables.
I'm always looking for ways to explain things in the simplest way possible because I don't think learning should be as hard as it seems.

Adam Tharp

Tutor

Major: Human Biology

Year: Second

I'm Adam and I'm a second 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: First

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: Fourth

My name is Elizabeth Keysor, and I started my master's in statistics this fall at Michigan Tech. I have been tutoring since I was in high school, and I really enjoy working with the students; I hope to become a teacher someday. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing (ballet and swing), writing, and baking!

Ninad Mohale

Tutor

Major: Material Science and Engineering PhD

Year: Fourth

Hi, I'm Ninad! I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Material Science with a background (and a masters degree) in mechanical engineering. I'm here because I love to learn new things, and the best way to learn something is to teach it! I speak 5 languages and play 3 musical instruments. Outside of research, I enjoy photography, picking up new skills and solving sudoku.

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.

Mikalah Klippenstein

Tutor

Major: Electrical Engineering

Year: Third

Hello! My name is Mikalah Klippenstein. I am a third-year Electrical Engineering student minoring in Physics. I am from a small town in northwest Missouri where I attended elementary and high school in a K-12 building. I love helping teach elementary, middle, and high school students and wanted to become a Tech Tutor to lend a hand during these challenging times. I am especially passionate about mathematics and sciences as an engineering school student, but I also love social studies and music. I spend much of my free time playing piano, flute, and piccolo.

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