Meet our staff

Great tutors in Chicago can help make great students. We recruit bright, young, and enthusiastic individuals as instructors.  Almost all of EE tutors have earned or are currently working toward a Masters or PhD. EE staff have provided thousands of hours of tutoring to students attending a wide range of educational institutions. All our tutors have experience, all have been thoroughly interviewed, and all have been assessed for top performance. Get to know one of our tutors, and you will see the difference they can make. Check out our tutors’ profiles below and hear what people are saying.

EE Tutor Profiles

(in alphabetical order by last name)​

Omar Abdul-Rahim, Tutor: In 2016, Omar earned a degree in biology from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. During his time at DePauw, he worked as a teaching assistant as well as a student ambassador. He also enjoyed participating in both intramural basketball as well as local philanthropy. In his spare time, Omar enjoys reading, playing basketball, and taking long bike rides with a relaxing playlist. Primarily interested in science and language arts, Omar is very excited to help tutor in biology, algebra, chemistry, reading and writing.
Natasha photo fix Natasha Antropova, Tutor: Natasha got her undergraduate degree in applied mathematics, engineering, and physics from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Her love for math and physics along with their applications to medicine brought her to the University of Chicago, where she has started her Ph.D. career in medical physics. She is hoping to impact human health by improving breast cancer’s diagnosis using computerized methods. Natasha has previously tutored middle school and undergraduate students in various subjects. She is looking forward to share her knowledge of math and physics through Educational Endeavors! In addition to tutoring, Natasha likes yoga, running, spending time outside, and traveling.
  shokoufeh2 Shokoufeh Asalzadeh, Tutor: Shokoufeh is a graduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in applied physics in Iran and came to Chicago in 2014 to continue her education. In addition to her own studies, Shokoufeh works as a teaching assistant for undergraduate classes in engineering and physics at IIT and has experience teaching physics and math to high school students, as well. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, learning about new cultures, and reading.
Brigitte Baker, Tutor: Brigitte graduated from Augustana College in 2007 and went on to join Teach For America in Denver, CO.  After two years teaching middle school English, she moved back to Chicago to attend graduate school at DePaul and teach 9th grade English. Throughout the following years, she gained experience as a Dean of Instruction at an elementary school in New York and as an Assistant Principal at a charter middle school on the south side of Chicago.  She has a passion for humanities as well as a thorough understanding of ACT/SAT exams, Common Core State Standards, and middle and high school English curricula.  In her free time Brigitte enjoys trying new restaurants, bike-riding with her husband, and taking their dog, Bella, to the park.
Nicholas Balzano, Tutor: Nicholas grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and attended Illinois State University, where he earned a bachelors degree in education and LBS1 certification. He has experience working with students in 3rd through 12th grade and currently teaches at an elementary school on the south side of Chicago. Nicholas is passionate about helping students and believes in activating prior knowledge to enhance their learning. In his free time, Nicholas likes to read, be outdoors, and spend time with his friends and family. He is excited to work with Educational Endeavors and continue helping students succeed academically.
Educational Endeavors Rebecca Beachy, Tutor: Born and raised on a farm in Colorado, Rebecca is an artist, writer, art historian, and educator. She earned an MFA in studio arts and an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she taught art history and sculpture. Her work has been shown in Edinbugh, Scotland; Dallas, Texas; Boulder, Colorado and various Chicago spaces including Gallery 400, SHOP (Southside Hub of Production), Roxaboxen and Eel Space, and her writing has been published in the literary journal Puerto del Sol. Rebecca has also worked as a taxidermist apprentice for the Chicago Academy of Scientists at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. She enjoys tutoring all ages, with a specialty in art and writing.
  April Bell, Tutor: A Chicago native, April recently graduated from the University of Chicago with a BS in biology, and is starting on her PhD this fall at Northwestern University’s downtown campus. While an undergraduate, April worked as a teaching assistant, helping non-biology majors through biology classes. She enjoys helping make the sciences more accessible to those without scientific backgrounds and is excited to help her students succeed, whether they need help with homework or with acing standardized tests. When not in the lab or tutoring, April enjoys cooking, rugby and trying new restaurants.
berksonphoto2 David Berkson, Tutor: David earned his B.A. in history with a concentration in secondary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Currently a high school social studies teacher in Glenview, he has taught world and U.S. history as well as Urban Studies. David has worked with students from the elementary to collegiate level in various subject areas and looks forward to helping students at EE to improve their reading, writing, and test taking skills.
Alexandria Bobe, Tutor: Alex is a recent PhD graduate from The University of Chicago Molecular Metabolism & Nutrition program. She’s an NYC native and completed her bachelor’s in biology/pre-med at New York’s College of Mount Saint Vincent in 2011. Alex enjoys creating a positive impact and connecting on an individual level via peer mentorship and volunteer leadership positions. She focuses on diversity and inclusion, science education, and patient impact. Alex’s guilty pleasure is Marvel superhero TV shows. She also enjoys meditation, yoga, and exploring new places, especially abroad. Alex is looking forward to incorporating her growth mindset to actively problem-solve with students, address their academic needs, and help propel them toward success.
Jenny Burn, Tutor: Hailing from the UK, Jenny gained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Warwick and then went on to earn her postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) at St. Mary’s College, London. Following several years of teaching in a large, vibrant inner ­London school, Jenny took the exciting step of continuing her teaching journey at the British School here in Chicago. After six years teaching elementary aged students, Jenny took a break from full-time classroom teaching to focus on raising a family. She is excited to channel her educational experience into tutoring young students ­– supporting their needs, encouraging a love for learning and helping them reach their potential.
11131121_890997337624923_846220763_o Kimberly Chin, Tutor: Kim came to the midwest from New York in 2011 to attend the University of Chicago, where she earned a BA in classical studies and an MA in humanities. She started studying Latin in middle school and Greek in high school and enjoyed continuing both throughout college. She’s excited to share her love of Latin and Greek with students as a tutor with Educational Endeavors. In her free time, Kim enjoys knitting and playing the piano as well as practicing partner acrobatics, aerial silks, and contortion with the student circus at UChicago.
Shoshanna Coalson, Tutor: Shoshanna is a Chicago area native who recently earned her BA in English with a minor in human rights from the University of Chicago. During her undergraduate years, Shoshanna held several informal teaching positions including administering college readiness workshops, providing individual college counseling, and tutoring high school students on health and wellness. She is excited to join the Educational Endeavors team and continue helping students to meet their full potential. In her free time, Shoshanna enjoys crafting and trying many of Chicago’s amazing restaurants.


Ben Cook, Tutor: Ben earned his BA cum laude in sociology with a minor in French from Northeastern Illinois University in 2013 and is now working towards an MS in infectious disease and immunology research from Loyola University.  Ben’s medical experience includes working as an EMT-B, a health information technician, and a field medical service technician for the US Marine Corps. Before returning to full time education, Ben honed his ability to improve patients’ cognitive and executive functioning skills as a case manager and treatment team leader in brain injury rehabilitation. He looks forward to tutoring EE students in algebra, trigonometry, chemistry, biology, genetics, sociology, and French.
Educational Endeavors Ali Carella, Tutor: Ali holds a PhD in education: literacy, language & culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has formerly taught language arts, ELL, and other subjects in middle and high school. She worked as a research assistant with Early Reading First at UIC, building family literacy supports throughout Chicago. Her research interests include literacy practices and literacy use of unaccompanied, undocumented immigrants. She is proficient in Spanish and tutors all subjects, but specializes in writing, literacy and ELL.
Andrew Cutler, Tutor: Andrew graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2012 with a BA in both English Language & Literature and Theatre & Performance Studies.  For the past several years, he has tutored a variety of subjects including all areas of the SAT and ACT; high school level math, science and history; Spanish (he’s fluent); and college-level English and writing.  Working as a tutor has allowed him to work with students from many age groups and backgrounds.  In addition to tutoring, Andrew founded First Floor Theater here in Chicago and works as an actor and acting instructor in the city. His additional interests include camping, reading virtually anything he can get his hands on, and following the Chicago Bulls.
dayana-delgado-staff-pic-crop2 Dayana Delgado, Tutor: Dayana is a PhD student in genetic epidemiology at the University of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate studies in molecular and cellular biology with a minor in chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and earned a Masters in public health from Washington University in St. Louis. After she graduates, Dayana hopes to continue her research into the role of genetics in cancer and aging. During her free time, Dayana trains for marathons, creates art with mixed media, and enjoys cooking delicious ethnic recipes! Dayana’s tutoring expertise is in biology, chemistry, Spanish, physics, and algebra. She is extremely excited to help students achieve academic success!
Version 2 Tracy Dobie, Tutor: Tracy is a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University where she conducts research on student engagement and teacher professional development in mathematics education. Tracy received her PhD in learning sciences (with a focus on mathematics education) from Northwestern University and her BA in psychology from Princeton University. She has tutored extensively and previously served as Mathematics Coordinator at an educational therapy office for students who had been diagnosed with learning disabilities. Tracy is passionate about helping to build students’ confidence in math (especially in grades K-8) and finding ways to help students feel more motivated and engaged in mathematics. When she is not thinking about education, Tracy enjoys traveling, dancing, practicing yoga, and playing beach volleyball.
Educational Endeavors Kerry Dolan, Tutor: Kerry holds a BA in journalism (with minors in French, politics and sociology) from Ithaca College and her MA in teaching (French). Kerry spent two years with Teach for America after graduating college and was trained teaching pre-K in Long Beach, California. Once she obtained placement, she taught high school French I and II on the south side of Chicago for two years. After her contract was up, she pursued a fellowship to teach English in Paris, which brought her to France for seven months. Kerry’s areas of expertise are French, English, social studies, organizational skills, and test-taking and study skills.
Clarkie Doster, Tutor: Clarkie graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, TN in 2009 and received her MSEd from Northwestern University in 2016. She enjoys tutoring multiple subjects and strategies to students of all ages, though she has a special place in her heart for all things related to literature and writing. As an English teacher (and human being), Clarkie is passionate about helping students discover their capabilities as they master new skills and develop their own interests. She has worked in the corporate and nonprofit worlds, with both children and adults, and in places as far as Cambodia and as close as the coffee shop around the corner. Clarkie serves on the Associate Board for Allow Good, enjoys adventures big and small, and can often be found in Uptown with her husband and their yellow lab, Flo.
Joseph Foy, Tutor: Joe received his bachelor’s degree in engineering and master’s degree in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences from the University of Michigan in 2015. He is now pursuing a PhD in medical physics at the University of Chicago. Eventually, he hopes to become a clinical medical physicist researching cancer-related outcomes. Joe has always had a passion for teaching since he started tutoring in high school and loves helping children of all ages develop their math and science skills. He likes breaking difficult concepts down in a digestible manner without making the material too draining. When not working in the lab, Joe enjoys reading, playing street hockey, and relaxing on the beach.
Educational Endeavors Sean Francis, Tutor: A native of Utah who came here to pursue a PhD at the University of Chicago and fell for the city, Sean Francis is a professor of Humanities at Columbia College.  His grammar and punctuation are impeccable, his vocabulary and knowledge of literature vast, and his writing on art appears in the Chicago Tribune.  He is also fluent in Spanish—and wants everyone to be.
Erin Bosack Garcia, Program Manager & Tutor: Erin has been teaching high school students since 2004, most of that time in Glenview where she taught World Literature and Humanities among other English courses. Erin has served as a tutor and Ideal Student Workshop instructor since joining Educational Endeavors in 2007, and since 2014 she has enjoyed her full-time position as the Program Manager at EE. Erin loves helping students discover what learning styles work best for them and guiding them to find connections between literature and their own lives. She holds a BA in English from The Ohio State University and an MA in teaching from National-Louis University.
JGeneral Pic small Jessica General, Tutor: Jessica is a Primary and Intermediate Special Education Teacher. She holds a master’s degree in education with a Learning Behavior Specialist Certification from National-Louis University. Jessica has experience working with students from pre-K through 8th grade. She is passionate about meeting students’ individualized literacy and math needs through differentiated learning activities. She loves to create hands-on and engaging lessons that incorporate students’ interests and address their areas of need. Jessica is nurturing, considerate, flexible, and patient. She is very excited to be part of Educational Endeavors and to support students both academically and developmentally. In her free time, Jessica is an avid yoga enthusiast and loves reading and going on bike rides.
Educational Endeavors Christine Gonzalez, Tutor: Christine graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in mathematics and minors in secondary education, Asian American studies, and Spanish.  She holds a Type 09 Secondary (6-12) Teaching certificate and is endorsed in mathematics and Spanish.  For the past four years, Christine has taught algebra, geometry, advanced algebra with trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and advanced placement statistics at Lane Tech College Prep High School.  While working with Educational Endeavors, she has tutored students in areas of math, science, and ACT/SAT prep.
Jenny Goodstein lighter pic Jenny Goodstein, Tutor: Jenny earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northeastern Illinois University and master’s degree in reading education from Concordia University.  She taught for six years in Chicago Public Schools and is currently taking time off to stay at home with her baby.  Educational Endeavors is a wonderful opportunity for Jenny to continue to be involved in education while still being able to spend her days with her daughter.  In her free time, Jenny enjoys reading, trying new restaurants around the city, and volunteering for various animal shelters.
courtney hentz adjusted pic5 Courtney Hentz, Tutor: Courtney majored in biology with a minor in chemistry at the University of Cincinnati. She remained a dedicated Bearcat and went on to earn her medical doctorate degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She now lives in Chicago, completing her residency in oncology at the Loyola University Medical Center. Teaching and tutoring have always been passions for Courtney, and throughout high school and college she tutored students in many areas of math and science. She is excited to be a part of Educational Endeavors and looks forward to helping students excel in their classes and develop methods for understanding complex material. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys running, traveling, playing intramural sports, and exploring this great city’s many neighborhoods.
alex hoffman pic Alex Hoffman, Tutor: Alex recently graduated from the University of California Los Angeles and is currently pursuing her PhD in molecular metabolism and nutrition at the University of Chicago. After receiving her PhD Alex hopes to go into science communication and work to make science more accessible to those with non-scientific backgrounds. She enjoys getting to know her tutees and how they learn while working with them to achieve their academic goals.
Nicole Nicole Holsted, Tutor: Nicole earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas in 2012 and followed her passion for education to Chicago. Here Nicole graduated with her master’s degree in urban education from National-Louis University and since then has been teaching various subjects to 3rd, 4th & 5th graders in an elementary school on Chicago’s west side. Nicole is caring, patient and optimistic. In her free time she enjoys reading, running many miles, playing tennis and being outside. She is excited to continue teaching and helping students at Educational Endeavors!
Sirius Decisions187 Danbury Road Wilton, CT 06897 Justin Honigstein, Tutor: Justin, a Connecticut native, graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in business management and Spanish in 2014. After working for a year at a research and advisory firm in CT, he moved to Chicago to pursue a career as a musician.  He has experience tutoring high school  math and science and provides after-school homework help for elementary age children. In his spare time, he loves to sing and write music, as well as practice the guitar. Justin enjoys learning new languages, especially if that involves traveling! He is excited for the opportunity to continue tutoring with Educational Endeavors.
bjewell staff photo adjust Bobby Jewell, Tutor: Bobby is a Chicago native.   He earned his Bachelors degree in agriculture and consumer economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign with minors in informatics and international development economics.  Currently he works as an analyst for a mortgage lender. Bobby’s tutoring subjects include algebra, trigonometry, calculus, economics and statistics. In his free time, Bobby enjoys traveling, computer programming, exploring aquaponics and playing rugby.
EmilyLemickphoto4 Emily Lemick, Tutor: Emily is a Chicagoland native with eight years of teaching experience in Chicago schools. She is both a licensed Special Education teacher and a Reading Specialist. Emily earned her undergraduate degree in special education and child development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She recently earned her Masters in instructional leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Literacy, Language, and Culture program. Emily is particularly interested in literacy research and supporting diverse learners’ growth in reading. In her spare time, Emily enjoys working out and reading and is an avid Chicago sports fan.
Educational Endeavors Courtney Mares, Tutor: Courtney has taught reading, writing, language arts, and social studies to middle school students for over ten years. She spent her first three years teaching the Title I reading program to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Courtney then transitioned to North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka where she worked in middle school advising, teaching and coaching. During this time, Courtney completed her MEd in curriculum development with a reading endorsement at DePaul University. She is now a language arts and social studies teacher for fifth and sixth grade students at a public school in Chicago.
 Rachel Markle Rachel Markle, Tutor: Rachel earned her BA in French from Loyola University Chicago. During college she studied for a semester in Nantes, France and spent some time teaching English to college students abroad. For the past several years she has tutored in subjects ranging from ESL, French, and Spanish to math, biology, and test prep. Rachel primarily conducts her tutoring on the near north side and northern suburbs of Chicago. She specializes in language tutoring and looks forward to helping students of all ages at Educational Endeavors.
 Kayla Mendel photo Kayla Mendel, Tutor: Kayla graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in 2015, earning a Bachelor of Science in physics. She left the California sunshine to pursue a PhD degree at the University of Chicago in medical physics. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in cancer research, as well as continue to help students in math and science education. Kayla understands that math and science do not come easily to many people and works hard to break down challenging concepts into smaller pieces that are easier to understand. She is excited to join Educational Endeavors as a tutor because she loves working with students to help them succeed. When she is not in class or tutoring, Kayla loves cooking, watching movies, making arts and crafts, and traveling.
laura miggins photo adjust2 Laura Miggins, Tutor: Laura graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in child development followed by her master’s degree in education from DePaul University in 2008. Since graduating Laura has gained extensive experience teaching preschool.  Currently, Laura is the Lead Fun Club teacher at the Menomonee Club. In addition to working with little ones, Laura enjoys tutoring middle school mathematics, algebra, and geometry.
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emailpic Michelle Morrison, Tutor: Michelle is currently studying at Northwestern University to obtain her master’s in elementary education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in Spanish at the University of Illinois and worked for several years in the accounting industry until deciding to go into teaching. She is working towards attaining middle school endorsements in math, science, Spanish and social studies, as well as an ESL endorsement. Michelle has several years of experience tutoring middle school students and is excited to continue working with students through EE!
Maureen Murray, Tutor: Maureen earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Northwestern University and her master’s degree in teaching from The University of Chicago.  She has taught grades 6-8 in Chicago Public Schools for the last four years.  Endorsed in reading, mathematics, and social science, Maureen is open and excited to support students in all content areas.  Maureen is passionate about empowering students to connect their own lives and interests to their academic pursuits.  In addition, she works to support students to take ownership of their academic lives through reflection, planning, and organization.
Erin Nakayama crop Erin Nakayama, Tutor: Erin earned her B.S. in Economics from Duke University. During that time she also lived abroad in Paris, studying for a semester at the Sorbonne.After graduation, Erin worked as a financial analyst before deciding to pursue a career in teaching. She studied mathematics and psychology at the Harvard Extension School before moving to Ann Arbor to earn her M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Michigan. Now in Chicago, Erin teaches Math and Science, as well as study skills and organization, to high school students on the west side. In her spare time, she plays tennis, bikes, and enjoys cooking and baking.
Erica Nayvelt, Tutor: Erica holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s from the American College of Education in curriculum and instruction. She has a Type 03 Elementary (K-9) Teaching certificate and is endorsed in middle school teaching, mathematics, social science, ESL and algebra. Currently, Erica is the Math Coordinator at Mariano Azuela School and the 8th grade Algebra 1 teacher.  She has also taught 5th – 7th grade in the past. Erica enjoys teaching math, reading and test prep in individual and small group settings for EE students. She believes in setting high expectations for all students.
 img_0405semi Travis O’Rear, Tutor: Travis’s academic background spans both the social and hard sciences. He completed a BA in sociology at Rice University, an MA in sociology at Loyola University Chicago, and a pre-medical post-baccalaureate program at Northwestern. Travis has two years’ experience tutoring students in rigorous science courses at Northwestern as well as prepping students for the MCAT. Having earned exemplary scores on the SAT, GRE, and MCAT, Travis is an expert in standardized test-taking. He has written over 400 practice questions for Next Step’s MCAT review books, so he can help students get inside the heads of the test-writers. In his free time, Travis performs stand-up at open mics and in improv comedy shows at Second City.
ro-perkins Ro Perkins, Tutor: Ro, a Boston native, moved to Chicago directly after his 2014 graduation from the University of Notre Dame. In college, he studied physics and economics and was actively involved in tutoring local South Bend students, ranging from second graders through seniors in high school. He is thrilled to get back to tutoring with Educational Endeavors! In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports with friends, traveling, learning to play the piano, and reading.
 Mark Headshot Mark Piebenga, Tutor: Mark hails originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. After undergrad at Kalamazoo College, he moved to Chicago and has spent much of the last decade and a half working in education and improv theater. For the last three years he was an assistant teacher in the Lower School at Francis W. Parker. An adjunct faculty member at the Second City Training Center since 2004, he also ran the after school drama programming at Rowe Elementary from 2011-2015. He has taught in a wide variety of after school programs, including EE workshops and After School Matters. He was also a Member and Leader in the AmeriCorps Project YES! program at Northwestern Settlement House.
carlos photo adjust w border Carlos Pittella-Leite, Tutor: Carlos is a Brazilian educator, researcher and poet.  He loves learning and teaching anything.  Carlos first studied journalism, then got a Master’s in grammar, and a PhD in literature, deciphering old manuscripts of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.  He worked as an ecologist, translator and teacher, and was the Curriculum Chair of the GCE Chicago Lab School until 2014.  In Brazil and at GCE, Carlos integrated both Humanities and STEM, creating curriculum and teaching across subjects.  From 2014 to 2015, Carlos traveled around the world, visiting 20 countries.  He loves math, logic and languages, and speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, and a bit of Kiswahili and Nepali.
 AllisonQ crop  Allison Quinones, Tutor: Allison is an Illinois native who grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and attended Loyola University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Obtaining a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2015, Allison currently works as an elementary school social worker at a therapeutic day school in Humboldt Park. Allison is passionate about helping children and has experience working with students from pre-school through 10th grade. She works from a strengths-based perspective, using the student’s own abilities, talents, and resources to help him or her learn. In her free time, Allison likes to read, spend time outside, and go on runs with her dog. She is excited to work with Educational Endeavors and to continue helping students succeed academically.
Caitlin Reusche, Tutor: Caitlin holds an MAT from the University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program. She moved to Chicago in 2011 after living briefly in Denver, Colorado. Since then, she has become a certified Montessori early childhood educator and was a founding teacher at a charter school on Chicago’s south side. Currently, Caitlin teaches 3- to 6-year-olds at one of Chicago’s four public Montessori schools. She loves teaching children how to read and finding creative ways to meet their academic needs. In her spare time Caitlin enjoys hiking, biking, and running.
 omoleye-image-centered Omoleye Roberts, Tutor: Omoleye grew up in southeastern Minnesota and graduated from high school in three years, then moved to Massachusetts where she earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After working as an engineer, she attended medical school and obtained her M.D. from University of Pennsylvania. She moved to Chicago for orthopaedic surgery residency and is happy to be back in the Midwest! Omoleye hopes to help encourage and motivate students interested in STEM fields in particular. In her free time she enjoys crafting, being outdoors, biking, and playing with her new kitten, Paprika.
neilrochlani_pic small border Neil Rochlani, Tutor: Neil  is the former CFO of a health care startup and obtained his MBA from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in economics from Carnegie Mellon University.  He currently consults with small businesses on their financial administration needs.  In addition to helping companies, Neil enjoys seeing students learn and has a strong interest in making a difference for the individuals he tutors.  He believes that effective teaching involves creating a personal connection to best understand how a student grasps new concepts.  He has been tutoring with both adults and teenagers since 1998.
Michael Rose, Tutor: Michael graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor of arts in writing in 2007 and received his teaching English as a foreign language certificate in 2009. Prior to becoming a tutor, Michael spent time living and teaching in Busan, South Korea. Most recently he spent a year in Edinburgh, Scotland earning his master’s degree in education. Michael has taught and tutored students of all ages in a wide variety of subjects including English, math, history and test prep.  In addition to teaching, he enjoys writing and traveling and has spent time backpacking through South America and Asia.
Jesse Rutschman, Tutor: As an enrollment coordinator and advisor with TRIO Student Support Services at Northeastern Illinois University and a former GEAR UP instructor, Jesse has lots of experience getting students ready for college and helping them succeed once they arrive on campus. He works with students one-on-one and in small group settings to  develop the executive functioning skills and mindsets that will help them thrive in college. Jesse has also taught science and language arts to middle school students in several Chicago schools and is available to tutor in science, Spanish and ACT-prep. He holds a BA in psychology from Earlham College and an MA in teaching from National-Louis University.
Emily Schwartz 2 Emily Schwartz, Tutor: Emily earned her bachelor of arts in history from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2004 and moved to Chicago to teach as a Teach for America corps member. Emily earned an MA in teaching from Dominican University in 2006.  She taught elementary school for eight years in Chicago Public  Schools, and in 2009 she conducted an action research project in her classroom on differentiating math instruction as part of the Teachers Network Leadership Institute fellowship. In 2010 Emily became a founding member of Chicago’s Teach Plus teaching policy fellowship. Emily is currently taking time off from the classroom to stay home with her one-year-old son. She is excited that this gives her an opportunity to be a part of Educational Endeavors and continue to help Chicago students meet their full potential.
Kerry Shanahan profile piccrop2 Kerry Shanahan, Tutor: Kerry is a 3rd grade teacher originally from the western suburbs of Chicago.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in urban education with LBS1 certification through National-Louis University.  Kerry has experience working with students from pre-K through 8th grade.  She loves to foster independent learning skills and has been publicly recognized for her ability to differentiate instruction and curriculum to meet students’ needs.  Kerry is patient, flexible, and very willing to share her passion for learning.  She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Educational Endeavors to help support students throughout the city.
shiva-ee-photo Shiva Shirvanifar, Tutor: Shiva received her Pharm.D. degree (Doctor of Pharmacy) from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL. Prior to that she earned her bachelor’s in biology from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. She is now working as a part-time pharmacist in retail pharmacy. Because she loves working with students, Shiva has been involved in teaching activities since she was an undergraduate student. She has also volunteered to help eliminate diabetes and obesity and to advocate for heart health and immunizations. In her free time, Shiva likes to travel, shop, and walk alongside the lake.
 nader-pic Nader Shoaibi, Tutor: Nader completed his BS in chemical engineering in Iran and in 2009 decided to come to the United States to study philosophy. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UC – Berkeley and is now pursuing a PhD in the philosophy graduate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Nader has extensive experience teaching various subjects including math and ESL. When not contemplating philosophical questions,  Nader is a pretty avid squash player.
Inderroop Singh, Tutor: Inderroop grew up in Los Angeles, California and got his undergraduate degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the UCLA in 2010. He became enveloped in the world of science during his time in college and got particularly interested in diabetes research. Currently he is pursuing a Ph.D in molecular metabolism and nutrition at the University of Chicago, where he hopes to discover new ways to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity. Inderroop’s experience with young adults includes teaching various undergraduate classes at the University of Chicago and working with at-risk youth in Los Angeles. When not teaching or doing research, Inderroop enjoys boxing and playing basketball at the gym. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge of math and biology at Educational Endeavors!
Laura Somberg, Tutor: Laura recently earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in history from Union College in Schenectady, New York.  While at Union, she was president of COCOA House, a tutoring program for elementary school children in Schenectady.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, rock climbing, playing guitar, and drinking lots of coffee.  She is very excited to work with Educational Endeavors to help students with subjects including English, history, psychology, reading comprehension, elementary level math, and study skills.
pete sullivan photo adjust Peter Sullivan, Tutor: Peter earned a degree in psychology at Santa Clara University in 2007.  He is currently in the pharmacognosy graduate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is doing research in biochemistry.  Prior to working at Educational Endeavors, Peter had several years of tutoring experience teaching English to Spanish-speakers and Spanish to English-speakers.  His subjects for tutoring include algebra, trigonometry, calculus, chemistry, biology, and Spanish.
Katie Travers, Tutor: After growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in French with a minor in English literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As an undergraduate, Katie was fortunate to spend time studying at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris in Paris, France. She has experience tutoring French and English as well as working with English language learners. A writer at heart, Katie finds few things more fulfilling than sharing her passion with her students, as she coaches them to become better readers, writers and linguists. In her time away from teaching and writing, Katie loves reading, traveling, hiking, practicing her Italian, and creating visual art.
Katie_bw_photo Katie VanderHeide, Tutor: Katie is originally from Michigan where she earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary science education. Her passion for youth education brought her to Chicago five years ago to work at a non-profit coordinating after school science programs. She now works at the same organization as a database administrator. Katie is excited to be a part of the EE team working with students to help them achieve their full potential. Her areas of expertise include biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, and geometry.
Samuel Vanoer, Tutor: Sam is a graduate of Marquette University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and writing-intensive English. Before moving back to Chicago, he taught English for two years at Greenfield High School where he specialized in freshman and sophomore English, creative writing, and reading comprehension. Sam loves teaching English because there are so many life lessons to learn and discussions to be had, and he is excited to continue working with students through Educational Endeavors. In his free time, you’ll find Sam walking his Bernese Mountain Dog, cheering on Marquette basketball, or playing soccer.
MannyVcrop2 Manny Vazquez, Tutor: Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Manny grew up speaking English, Spanish, and French. He earned a double degree in molecular genetics and chemistry from the University of Rochester. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Chicago in the department of human genetics and is working with EE to continue his passion for teaching and tutoring. He brings his multilingual experience in math, science, and beyond when he works with students, allowing him to take a holistic approach when helping with challenging academic subjects.
  Ashley Vena, Tutor: Ashley is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, where she is conducting clinical psychopharmacology research in an effort to understand the development and progression of substance use disorders. After receiving her BS in behavioral neuroscience from Lehigh University, she obtained a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. Ashley is a self-proclaimed “science nerd” and is passionate about engaging others in science. She is very excited to be a tutor with Educational Endeavors as she hones the skills necessary to be an effective academic professor. During her free time, Ashley enjoys rock climbing (both indoor and outdoor), hiking, cooking, and hanging out with her dogs, Beanie and Loki.
Garry vogel photo adjust Garry Vogel, Tutor: Garry earned his BS in biology from Cornell University and an MS in cell biology from the University of Chicago. He continued his education though the Institute of Chemical Education at UC – Berkeley as well as the AP Biology Institute at Stanford. Garry also has experience teaching physics and ACT prep with GCE Chicago High School.  In his free time, Garry volunteers at the Jazz Institute and the Theater of the Deaf. He has been tutoring with Educational Endeavors since 2009.
Bethany profile pic Bethany Walter, Tutor: Bethany graduated from North Central College of Naperville with a BA in mathematics.  She spent five years teaching 6th grade in her hometown of Aurora before moving to Chicago.  She currently teaches algebra and geometry for Perspectives Charter Schools of Chicago.  Bethany believes all students can learn mathematics and has tutored students from elementary school to high school through the years.  She loves to develop activities and projects that allow students to interact with math in meaningful ways.
Educational Endeavors Stephen Weber, Tutor: Stephen joined the management team of EE in the fall of 2005 and now serves as Director. He holds an MBA in international business administration (2003) and an MA in English and creative writing (1995) from the University of Illinois – Chicago. He has also earned a BA in English (1992) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Besides his financial expertise, Stephen has extensive experience tutoring students in various subjects and facilitates executive functioning workshops and high school entrance exam sessions for clients of Educational Endeavors. Stephen also serves as Treasurer of the Board with Camp of Dreams.
Gwendolyn Wiegold, Tutor: The daughter of two editors, Gwendolyn had an appreciation of writing and communication instilled in her from a young age. She grew up dictating stories to her parents, until one day her mother lost her patience, put down her pen, and informed Gwendolyn that it was high time she learned to read so that she could write the stories herself. The rest is history. Gwendolyn recently graduated from the University of Chicago, where she got her BA majoring in theater and performance studies and minoring in English and creative writing. While Gwendolyn is the managing director of a young theater company, she also has a great love for tutoring English. She is eager to share her passions for grammar, reading, writing, and editing with more students through Educational Endeavors. In her spare time, Gwen can be found either horseback riding, drinking coffee, writing poetry, or walking dogs.
 fullsizerender-2-1 Naomi Wilfred, Tutor: Born and raised in Boston, Naomi has come to love Chicago since moving here in 2011. She completed her bachelor’s at the University of Kansas and her master’s at Loyola University and has been a CPS teacher since 2014. Her philosophy of teaching is one that aims to create inclusive and safe spaces for growth. She aims to incorporate life skills within her teaching to build well-rounded individuals and learners. She specializes in working with diverse learners and teaching executive functioning. She is excited to get involved with Educational Endeavors and cannot wait to meet more young and eager students!
John Wilkie, Tutor: John grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. After graduating from Fenwick High School and later Purdue University with a degree in physics, John taught physics and physical science in the suburb of Berwyn at J. Sterling Morton West High School for three years.  He now teaches chemistry and physics in the suburb of Lincolnshire at Adlai E. Stevenson High School.  During his extra time, John works with Educational Endeavors helping students apply their skills more efficiently in the areas of math and science.
Jackie Jaclyn Woodruff, Tutor: Jackie graduated from Duke with a BS in psychology in 2011 and is currently pursuing an MS in education at Northwestern University after which she will be certified to teach secondary school math. She has six years of tutoring experience but has in one way or another spent most of her life helping others succeed. Though Jackie primarily focuses on the ACT, having earned a 36 herself, she similarly enjoys teaching most every level of math, science, and writing. She also works as a life coach and often uses those skills to further engage and motivate her students.
Marcus Marcus Woods, Tutor: Marcus earned both his BA and MS in structural engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently working as a structural engineer with a private firm in Chicago. Marcus is a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program where he provides math and science tutoring to middle school CPS students. He enjoys sharing his love of math and science and their real world applications with the students who enlist his services.
Educational Endeavors David Work, Tutor: David is an undergraduate at the Illinois Institute of Technology majoring in political science with a minor in architecture and specialization in urban planning. He earned his associate’s degree with honors from Harold Washington College, Chicago in the spring of 2010 and was awarded a Presidential Scholarship at IIT. David has extensive experience as a volunteer and professional tutor in subjects ranging from math, English, Spanish, writing, philosophy and drafting to beginning guitar and bass. A resident of Chicago for over seven years, David lives on the north side with his wife, a Chicago public school teacher, and enjoys building models in his spare time.
Miguel Zamudio, Tutor: A recent graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, Miguel earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science with a minor in studio art. While at NEIU, he worked as a tutor for TRIO Student Support Services where he tutored students in their math, computer science, and writing courses. Additionally, Miguel conducted weekly test prep workshops for the math sections of the ACT and TAP tests, guiding students through an original curriculum to help improve scores. Miguel’s time at TRIO gave him experience working with students from multiple backgrounds, including recent high school graduates as well as non-traditional students who were returning to school for the first time in years.  He is excited to continue supporting students through Educational Endeavors!
lindsay zoeller photo adjust Lindsay Zoeller, Tutor: Lindsay is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received a BS in psychology and a juris doctorate. In 2012 she obtained a Type 09 (6-12) teaching certificate from National-Louis University with an endorsement in social studies. Lindsay enjoys guiding students toward their goals and inspiring a love of learning that extends beyond the classroom. In her free time, she also likes to ride her bike, practice yoga, and read anything that crosses her path.