Meet Our Tutors

  • Akua Agyei ’15image

    Majors: Finance & French

    Academic Interests:

    French culture and society, sustainable economic development in emerging markets, youth enterprise, abstract impressionist paintings, and digital design

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Umoja, Tusitala, American Marketing Association, Harmony Book Club, French Table, Davis UWC Scholar, Groner Scholar, Peer Teacher for Financial Accounting, First Connection Coordinator, Student Representative for Modern Languages and Literature SAAC 2014-15

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I believe “confidence is the companion of success,” so my goal is to increase students’ repository of writing skills to ensure that they leave each session more confident in their writing abilities. 

  • imageCass Balzer ’16

    LEAD TUTOR

    Majors: English, Sociology and Anthropology

    Academic Interests:
    20th Century Art, Modern and Post-modern Literature, Queer/Feminist Theory, Existentialist Philosophy, Social Movements

    Leadership and Involvement:
    Women’s choir, chamber choir, concert band, WMXM radio, clarinet, Honors Fellow, Richter Scholarship, Patterson Academic Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Lake Forest Symphony “25 Under 25”

    Tutoring Philosophy:
    Writing is a skill that every student must cultivate in order to succeed.  Though this development may seem formidable, practice and collaboration are incredibly helpful on the road to literary prowess. I tutor because I love to write, and I hope to exchange methods and ideas with my peers.

  • Diana Conde Moure ’15image

    Majors: International Relations and Politics

    Academic Interests:

    French, Arabic, Portuguese, and Italian languages, the Roman Noir, Magical Realist Literature, Contemporary European Art, Political Geography, the Human Rights movement, International Economic Development, the unanswered questions that trouble the human mind.

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Member of ISO, Kemper Scholarship finalist, UWC Scholar, Dean’s List, Spanish Department tutor, volunteer for “Un Techo para mi País Costa Rica”, Student Senator for Cleveland Young during Spring 2012.

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I want to help my clients think of writing as the organized natural expression of the mind.

     

  • Elizabeth Bulley ’15

    LEAD TUTOR
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    Majors:
    Elementary Education and English

    Academic Interests:
    Renaissance History, Shakespeare. Anything related to Education, Writing, Literature

    Leadership and Involvement:
    Alpha Phi, Circle K, Volunteering with North Chicago School Programs, Honors Fellow, Richter Scholar, First-Year Writing Contest Honorable Mention 2011-12              

    Tutoring Philosophy: 
    Tutoring should not just be about working with a student on one assignment. For me, it is about helping peers gain confidence in their writing abilities.

  • Erin Sully ’16

    TRAINING ASSISTANT

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    Majors: Communication and Politics

    Academic Interests:
    Representation and representativeness in government and media, role of media in social movements

    Leadership and Involvement:
    Volleyball, Ally Program, Academic Honesty Judicial Board, 2013 Richter Scholar, Honors Fellow, Spring Volleyball Captain

    Tutoring Philosophy:
    I tutor because I want my clients to share their ideas in the most effective way possible. Every part of writing can help express important thoughts.

  • Hannah Speck ’15image

    Major: English 

    Academic Interests:
    French language, women’s and feminist studies, 20th century literature, dramatic literature

    Leadership and Involvement:
    TRU, theater, Women’s Chorus, dirt-biking, Honors Fellow, Richter Scholar, Carnegie Writing Scholarship

    Tutoring Philosophy:
    I hope to help build client’s skills and confidence with regards to writing. 

  • Helen O’Brien ’17image

    Majors: French & Film Studies

    Academic Interests:

    Dramatic films and how to critique them, the French language and dramatic films in the French language (in a French film, anything strange that could happen probably happens)

    Life Goals: 

    Later on in life, I want to be a film critic or a casting director. Or a cat. Whichever happens first.

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Honors Fellow

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I want to help others express their opinions as clear as they possibly can; I’m interested in learning what they have to say and I want other readers to be interested as well. 

     

  • Katie Wright ’16image

    Majors: Music/Philosphy

    Academic Interests:
    Middle Eastern politics, political theory, linguistics, music theory, and philosophy

    Leadership and Involvement:
    First-Year Writing Contest 2012-2013, Richter Scholarship 2012-2013, Patterson Academic Scholarship, choir and piano

    Tutoring Philosophy:
    Tutoring is, for me, an extremely rewarding experience. I love seeing a client’s face light up when he or she learns something new, and I feel that working as a tutor has allowed me to have many similar epiphanies. However, my favorite aspect of tutoring is probably being able to help clients realize things that they already know; there seems to be a misconception that tutors “fix” clients’ writing when, in reality, we simply expand upon strengths that are already there.

  • Kayla Whitney ’16image

    Majors: Communication & Art History

    Academic Interests:

    Aesthetics, Deconstructionism, and art as the quality of communication

    Life Goals: 

    I am passionate about the importance of art and communication. To exhibit both of these disciplines, I hope to coordinate events that showcase artists who work in a variety of media. Simply put, I want to be a “curator of communication.”

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Relay for Life Co-Chair, Presidential Scholarship, Patterson Academic Scholarship, Dean’s List

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    After a tutoring session, I hope the client feels his or her thoughts have value. I hope they become excited about the opportunities that come with writing. One of my professors told me that writing was like leading the reader through a museum—you are able to present your ideas as if they were art. Since then, I have loved writing and hope to share my enthusiasm with others.

  • KC Stralka ’16

    TRAINING ASSISTANT

    imageMajors: Politics & Finance

    Academic Interests: American History (The American Revolution), Philosophy (Ethical theory and practice), Politics (American Foreign Relations)

    Leadership and Involvement: Basketball, Club Golf, Honors Fellows, Patterson Academic Scholarship, Dean’s List, Academic All-Midwest Conference

    Tutoring Philosophy:
    I hope to tutor in a way that makes writing more accessible to clients.  I want to make clients feel more confident in their ability to write.

    Tutoring Strengths:
    I struggled with my writing because I was not confident.  Once I took a step back and looked at the process, I realized that writing was not as intimidating as it seemed.  My past fears are my greatest strength because they allow me to empathize with the client.

  • Matt Spehlmann ’16

    Major: Econ/Math/Spanish

    imageAcademic Interests: Everything from RNA polymers to integer notation in music theory

    Leadership and Involvement: Habitat for Humanity, Men’s Lacrosse, Lake Forest Running Club, Lifeguard, Honors Fellow, Dean’s List, Habitat for Humanity Exec. Board, Men’s Lacrosse Captain Squad, Snowboard Instructor with a local snow sports club 

    Tutoring Philosophy:
    I tutor because I enjoy exploring others’ opinions on various subjects. I want clients to walk away from sessions with a deeper knowledge/understanding of the subject at hand.

  • Micha LeNeave ’15image

    Majors: Sociology and Athropology

    Academic Interests:

    Child rearing anthropology, medical anthropology, social stratification

    Leadership & Involvement:

    Delta Gamma, Poms, Richter Scholar, Presidential Scholarship, Honors Fellow

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I want clients to leave with new knowledge. In writing, every new skill counts.

  • Sarah Chiren ’16image

    Majors: Neuroscience and Religion

    Academic Interests:

    Cell signaling in cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, criminal law, Middle Eastern politics, counter-cultural religions, Russian literature (especially Dostoevsky and Tolstoy)

    Life Goals:

    I want to be a surgeon and specialize in oncology, but when I was younger, I wanted to be a blacksmith.

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Secular Student Alliance, Pride secretary, Synapse exec. board, Nu Rho Psi, Eukaryon, Richter Scholar, Dean’s List

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    When I began high school, writing essays was incredibly difficult for me. My English teacher guided me through the writing process until I understood how to express my thoughts cohesively. I gained confidence in my writing and learned the value and importance of expression in any discipline. I want my clients to find that same confidence in not only the essays they bring to the Center, but in their writing skills in general. 

  • Spencer Michaud ’16image

    Majors: English & History

    Academic Interests:

    Modernist Fiction and Poetry, Imperialism, Leftism, 20th Century Art, Linguistics, Critical Theory, American History, Latin American Literature, Continental Philosophy

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Honors Fellow, Deerpath Academic Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    My goal is to help others express things with words.