Meet Our Tutors

STEM Learning Resources tutors are available at four different campuses and are able to assist you with a variety of courses in math, science, and engineering. If you would like to work with a specific tutor listed here, please contact the coordinator for the corresponding campus for availability.

Dani Smull
Redwood Coordinator
danielle.smull@slcc.edu
801-957-4138

Santosh Kiran Balijepalli
Jordan, West Valley and South City Coordinator
Santoshkiran.balijepalli@slcc.edu
801-957-2770

Alyssa McCoy

Alyssa McCoy

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Chemistry, Organic Chem

Non-STEM Interests:

Oil Painting and barre class

Tutoring Philosophy:

To connect with each student on some level, no matter what.

Fun Facts:

I can pretty much beat anyone at Slither.io, I have a house rabbit, I'm a huge Pearl Jam fan, I have incredible friends, I'll never climb the Grand Teton again, I do tiny oil paintings of animals, I fall asleep listening to Sam Harris Podcasts.

Amanda Jackson

Amanda Jackson

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Anatomy, Physiology

Current Classes:

Pre-Requisities for Nursing

Degree Sought:

AAS

Home Campus:

SLCC

Non-STEM Interests:

Art

Tutoring Philosophy:

To help students get to a point where they feel confident about the material they're learning and finding creative ways to help them learn.

Fun Facts:

I have been learning photography for a couple of years, and really enjoy taking photos.

Andrew Holm

Andrew Holm

Primary Tutoring Center:

Jordan

Subjects Taught:

Math, Some Biology, Some Chemistry

Current Classes:

Biology

Degree Sought:

B.A. Biology

Home Campus:

University of Utah

Non-STEM Interests:

History or Literature

Tutoring Philosophy:

To create a comfortable learning environment and encourage confidence that a student can do this “on their own.”

Fun Facts:

I am fascinated by living things and have 2 aquariums, 2 dogs, and about 15 houseplants. I also love tabletop gaming (MtG, D&D.)

Andy Munguia

Andy Munguia

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology

Current Classes:

Nursing, Biology

Degree Sought:

BSN

Home Campus:

SLCC

Non-STEM Interests:

Economics

Tutoring Philosophy:

Make it a habit, be realistic, put the time in.

Fun Facts:

I'm a level 6 Google Guide and a rock climber.

Angel Rodriguez

Angel Rodriguez

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Aubry Lines

Aubry Lines

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Physics, Engineering, Math

Current Classes:

Physics, thero, stat mech, complex variables

Degree Sought:

Physics PHD

Home Campus:

University of Utah

Non-STEM Interests:

social justice

Tutoring Philosophy:

Don't say you can't until you've tried.

Fun Facts:

I mountain bike. I want to research quantum computing.

Beringo Netongo

Beringo Netongo

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Blake Nielsen

Blake Nielsen

Primary Tutoring Center:

Taylorsville Redwood Library

Subjects Taught:

Math, Statistics

Bob Mayo

Bob Mayo

Primary Tutoring Center:

Taylorsville Redwood Library

Subjects Taught:

Math, Physics

Current Classes:

Life

Non-STEM Interests:

Philosophy

Tutoring Philosophy:

You can.

Fun Facts:

I ride a Harley Davidson

Cam Kopaunik

Cam Kopaunik

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Mathematics, Physics

Current Classes:

Physics

Degree Sought:

Currently, Associates in Physics. Headed towards a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and considering Optical.

Home Campus:

Last semester at SLCC

Non-STEM Interests:

Religious studies, creative writing, photography, video production

Tutoring Philosophy:

See how they think, adapt how I teach. Make jokes to make it fun.

Fun Facts:

I have my own YouTube channel; I'm writing a fictious non-fiction book. My philosophy is, "If you're not having fun, then you're not doing it right," (which is why all of my tests have comies and doodles on them). I do photography, ballroom dancing, and hit the gym. I have many international friends, and I duct-taped a rock to my ceiling about my bed. This allows me to have the privilege to say that I literally sleep under a rock.

Chance Miller

Chance Miller

Primary Tutoring Center:

South City

Subjects Taught:

Mathematics, Chemistry, physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Numerical Computing

Current Classes:

Writing, Mathematics, and Atmospheric Science

Degree Sought:

Graduated 2018 with a B.S. in Chemistry

Home Campus:

I am not currently attending an educational institution, but hope to be accepted into Ph.D for Atmospheric Science or Mathematics in the next year.

Non-STEM Interests:

Creative writing

Tutoring Philosophy:

To treat everyone, no matter their age, country of origin, or personal characteristics, as I would like to be treated and as an equal.

Fun Facts:

I have a paper published in the Royal Society of Chemistry modeling fuel cell membranes.

Christian Riley

Christian Riley

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Physics, Mathematics

Current Classes:

Physics and Material Science

Degree Sought:

Bachelors in Physics

Home Campus:

SLCC

Non-STEM Interests:

Architecture was my original degree I was going for, so on my free time I still love to design things and build my designs.

Tutoring Philosophy:

I strive to help the student as much as I can and my goal is to make sure I don’t leave their side without them being confident about how they went about the problem or problems.  

Fun Facts:

I love the outdoors. My favorite hobbies are photography, mountain biking and rock climbing.

Dane Lacey

Dane Lacey

Primary Tutoring Center:

South City

Subjects Taught:

Math

Current Classes:

Math

Degree Sought:

Ph.D in Math

Home Campus:

University of Utah

Non-STEM Interests:

Philosophy

Tutoring Philosophy:

Always ask "why?"

Fun Facts:

I have 3 kids. One is a cocker spaniel, one is an Australian shepherd, and the other is a tortoiseshell cat.

Gia Lonardo

Gia Lonardo

Primary Tutoring Center:

South City

Subjects Taught:

Math, Statistics

Harry Watters

Harry Watters

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Biology (intro, cell, genetics, ecology, evolution), Chemistry (1210, ochem 1 &2, Biochem), basic Math

Current Classes:

Gap year Graduated

Degree Sought:

Prepping for grad school

Non-STEM Interests:

History, philosophy, religion

Tutoring Philosophy:

Teaching with patience, help students build confidence by engaging them in the problem solving and learning process. Teach with examples and analogies grounded in the real world.

Fun Facts:

Studied abroad in Mexico, fluent in Spanish. Enjoys hiking, reading, arguing about philosophy, and playing dungeons and dragons.

Hayden Matthews

Hayden Matthews

Primary Tutoring Center:

South City

Subjects Taught:

Math

Home Campus:

I recently graduated from the University of Utah

Non-STEM Interests:

English, Film, Literature

Tutoring Philosophy:

Break the problem into simpler steps. Learn those building blocks first.

Fun Facts:

I graduated.

Irina Slaughter

Irina Slaughter

Primary Tutoring Center:

South City

Subjects Taught:

Math, Statistics

Current Classes:

Math and Economics

Degree Sought:

B.S. Mathematics, B.A. Economics

Home Campus:

University of Utah

Non-STEM Interests:

Economics, Philosophy

Tutoring Philosophy:

Math is an acquired taste

Fun Facts:

I am originally from Ukraine.

Jacquie Spoon

Jacquie Spoon

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Exercise Science, Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology

Jennifer Hunt

Jennifer Hunt

Primary Tutoring Center:

Taylorsville Redwood Library

Subjects Taught:

Math and Statistics

Current Classes:

Mathematics Secondary Education

Degree Sought:

Bachelors

Non-STEM Interests:

I love Music and Art

Tutoring Philosophy:

If you are willing to give yourself a chance, make a goal and work hard towards it, and really want to accomplish it- you will!

Fun Facts:

I can play a Bassoon. Married with three children. Love to play card games.

John Steiner

John Steiner

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Chem and O-Chem, Math, Biology, some physics

Current Classes:

Everything tied to science fiction

Non-STEM Interests:

Mythology, history

Tutoring Philosophy:

Keep explanations as close to gym coach simple as possible

Fun Facts:

I write fiction

Jon Matheson

Jon Matheson

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Engineering, Physics, Mathematics

Current Classes:

Mechanical Engineering

Degree Sought:

Mechanical Engineering B.S.

Home Campus:

University of Utah

Non-STEM Interests:

Humanities

Tutoring Philosophy:

Things get much easier once a conceptual understanding is obtained.

Fun Facts:

I interned at NASA, Spring 2018

Jordan Reelitz

Jordan Reelitz

Primary Tutoring Center:

South City

Subjects Taught:

Math, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics

Current Classes:

Spectroscopy, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Quantum Mechanics

Degree Sought:

Eventually, a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry

Home Campus:

University of Utah

Non-STEM Interests:

Philosophy, Etymology

Tutoring Philosophy:

A good way to learn math is to do math; a better way is to explain it to someone.

Fun Facts:

My cat is my best friend.

Juliana Morrison

Juliana Morrison

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Chemistry

Julianna Armstrong

Julianna Armstrong

Primary Tutoring Center:

South City

Subjects Taught:

Mathematics

Current Classes:

Mathematics

Degree Sought:

For now, an A.S. in Mathematics

Home Campus:

SLCC

Non-STEM Interests:

Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Architecture, Interior Design, Foods, etc.

Tutoring Philosophy:

Patience, using the resources given and texts or handouts from the professor, ask questions of the student rather than explain

Fun Facts:

I've won a scholarship pageant. I have a sister who is exactly (the same birthday) a year younger than me.

Karie Christopher

Karie Christopher

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Mathematics

Current Classes:

Mathematics

Degree Sought:

Masters of Mathematics

Home Campus:

Utah State University

Non-STEM Interests:

History

Tutoring Philosophy:

Help students find answers through their own pursuits

Fun Facts:

I've travelled to over 26 countries

Keith Araneo-Yowell

Keith Araneo-Yowell

Primary Tutoring Center:

Taylorsville Redwood Library

Subjects Taught:

Math, Statistics

Keith Savage

Keith Savage

Primary Tutoring Center:

Taylorsville Redwood Library

Subjects Taught:

Math, Statistics

Current Classes:

Statistics

Degree Sought:

Statistics M.S.

Home Campus:

SLCC

Non-STEM Interests:

Foreign Affairs

Tutoring Philosophy:

Tutors are guides to learning

Fun Facts:

I've spent 3 years abroad between being a missionary in the Philippines, and English teacher in Nepal, and studying Arabic in Jordan and Egypt.

Kyle Heath

Kyle Heath

Primary Tutoring Center:

South City

Subjects Taught:

Math and Statistics

Current Classes:

CSIS

Degree Sought:

B.A. in Computer Science

Home Campus:

SLCC

Non-STEM Interests:

History, Geography

Tutoring Philosophy:

To be an extension of your own efforts

Fun Facts:

I love hiking, camping and backing alone in Utah, especially Logan Canyon and the Uintas.

Lex Evans

Lex Evans

Primary Tutoring Center:

Taylorsville Redwood Library
Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Math, Physics

Current Classes:

Math, Logic

Degree Sought:

B.S. Mathematics, future M.S. Mathematics

Home Campus:

University of Utah

Non-STEM Interests:

Philosophy

Tutoring Philosophy:

The best way to learn is to struggle with new concepts, and play with different ideas. Emperiment! Being "Spoonfed: from tutors isn't helpful in the long run.

Fun Facts:

I play piano and viola, but I'm a few years out of practice at the moment!

Linh Do

Linh Do

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Math

Current Classes:

Chemical Engineering

Degree Sought:

Bachelor

Home Campus:

SLCC

Non-STEM Interests:

Drawing

Tutoring Philosophy:

Help them do another problem themselves and understand the problem.

Fun Facts:

Slow, but accurate. Creative and flexible.

Lourdes Peralta

Lourdes Peralta

Primary Tutoring Center:

Jordan

Subjects Taught:

Biology, Chemistry, Math

Degree Sought:

Already graduated with my Bachelors.

Home Campus:

I graduated from the University of Utah.

Non-STEM Interests:

Psychology, sociology and politics.

Tutoring Philosophy:

Staying positive.

Fun Facts:

I just adopted a stray cat. His name is Darwin after Charles Darwin.

Lydia Olschewski

Lydia Olschewski

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center
Taylorsville Redwood Library

Subjects Taught:

Math, Chemistry

Degree Sought:

Just finished A.S. Pre-engineering

Non-STEM Interests:

Music!

Tutoring Philosophy:

Don't tutor and drive!

Fun Facts:

Received A.S. degree prior to High School diploma

Michael Leue

Michael Leue

Primary Tutoring Center:

Jordan

Subjects Taught:

Math, Chemistry, Physics

Current Classes:

Math

Degree Sought:

Math Doctorate (Statistics Focus)

Home Campus:

University of Utah

Non-STEM Interests:

Languages

Tutoring Philosophy:

The discovery and exploration of mistakes constitutes effective tutoring.

Fun Facts:

I love strategy games of all kinds!

Mohamed Dalmar

Mohamed Dalmar

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Kumke

Current Classes:

Electrical Engineering

Degree Sought:

Bachelors

Home Campus:

SLCC

Non-STEM Interests:

History

Fun Facts:

I am a first generation refugee from Kenya and I love doing math and learning new things that have to do with engineering.

Nicholas Chocas

Nicholas Chocas

Primary Tutoring Center:

Jordan

Subjects Taught:

Math (Including Statistics)

Current Classes:

I continue to learn (self-paced) about all things seemingly random and I am trying to learn more about the history of math.

Degree Sought:

I hope to someday acquire a master's in some math subject (probably stats since I have about 12 credits). I will not however be asking Uncle Sam to provide me with any assistance on that. With certainty, that would be the end of Nick Chocas - nothing random about that.

Home Campus:

I am doing some independent study and I am working on a couple of financial education courses.

Non-STEM Interests:

I love all languages and learning them especially Spanish, French and Russian. I love a good foreign film too. Under the Same Moon will bring the burliest person to tears.

Tutoring Philosophy:

I love my students to get excited about math and learning. Motivating the learning is a good technique.

Fun Facts:

Science-Fiction and the Never Ending Movie...that's what's interesting about Nick Chocas.

Rich Peterson

Rich Peterson

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Math, Physics, Electronics, Some Statistics, Elementary Chemistry

Current Classes:

Number theory, Group theory

Degree Sought:

I have a masters and a bachelors in math.

Non-STEM Interests:

History

Tutoring Philosophy:

Humility. Try to keep learning how to tutor. Keep caring about students.

Fun Facts:

I like The Beatles, I don't like the Eagles. I think everyone should read "Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven" by Mark Twain.

Robert Pyles

Robert Pyles

Primary Tutoring Center:

Jordan

Subjects Taught:

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology 1010

Current Classes:

Teaching

Degree Sought:

Teaching

Home Campus:

WGU

Non-STEM Interests:

Anyone can learn anything given the right motivation, connection, effort, and time.

Tutoring Philosophy:

I love all just about all science topics.  I love the outdoors.  I have done martial arts for over 12 years.

Ron Speirs

Ron Speirs

Primary Tutoring Center:

South City
Taylorsville Redwood Library

Subjects Taught:

Math through College Algebra and Trigonometry

Current Classes:

Nothing at the college. Privately: Music, Amateur radio

Non-STEM Interests:

Music

Tutoring Philosophy:

To get the student to think, reason, and remember

Fun Facts:

I have several radio transmitters. I arrange and compose music.

Shaun McKellar

Shaun McKellar

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Electrical Engineering and Physics

Skylor Brown

Skylor Brown

Primary Tutoring Center:

Jordan
Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Math and Physics 1

Current Classes:

Not in school currently.

Degree Sought:

I have an associate’s in math and I’m working to get my bachelor’s in math.

Home Campus:

I plan on going to the University of Utah in the fall of 2019.

Non-STEM Interests:

History would be my favorite non-STEM subject. I like listening to history podcasts such as Hardcore History or Revolutions.

Tutoring Philosophy:

I try to create a nonjudgmental and welcoming environment while tutoring. Anxiety is a big hinderance to learning and I try my best to help a student overcome their anxiety related to the subject they come in for.

Fun Facts:

I have two dogs, Pepper and Biscuit. Pepper is a Dachshund mix that I adopted from the pound and Biscuit is a Shih Tzu/Heeler mix. I also like to play video games as well. My favorite games of all time are the Mass Effect trilogy (even with the controversial ending).

Stu Pentz

Stu Pentz

Primary Tutoring Center:

Jordan

Subjects Taught:

Math thru Calculus I. [MATH 1210], Physics [2210], Statistics

Current Classes:

For personal interest, I am auditing Electrical Circuit Analysis [EE1270] in order to update my skills with current technology.

Degree Sought:

I am not currently working toward a degree. I have a BSEE [1970] and an MBA [1981]. Since retirement 1999 I have taken 50 credits in subjects of personal interest, mostly technical, and I have audited 149 credits, mostly math and science

Home Campus:

I have attended SLCC since 1999.

Non-STEM Interests:

Family History

Tutoring Philosophy:

Tutor, don’t teach. You can get all the teaching you want from live lectures and videos. Encourage study skills. Learning is lifelong and rewarding.

Fun Facts:

I have a good sense of humor

Suzanne Riding

Suzanne Riding

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center
Taylorsville Redwood Library

Subjects Taught:

Math and Chemistry

Current Classes:

Math

Degree Sought:

M.S. in Mathematics

Home Campus:

University of Utah

Non-STEM Interests:

Writing and Rhetoric

Tutoring Philosophy:

I hope to influence and encourage independent learning. "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." -Lao Tzu

Fun Facts:

I have an overweight hedgehog named Bernard. Please, do not worry. He is currently on a restricted diet, and is steadily slimming down.

Suzette Hansen

Suzette Hansen

Primary Tutoring Center:

Dumke STEM Center
Jordan

Subjects Taught:

Anatomy/ Physiology

Current Classes:

Pre-Health Science

Degree Sought:

Bachelors of Nursing

Home Campus:

SLCC

Non-STEM Interests:

World War History

Tutoring Philosophy:

Every student has a different learning style and pace. And every person we meet is unique. Even when the subject(s) may be hard to grasp at first, I believe everyone is capable of learning and succeeding. And I will do everything I can to help each student feel this and experience the results of their efforts

Fun Facts:

When I was 7, I broke my nose 3 times in a matter of 6 months. Needless to say, I was a clumsy child:)

Tana Larrabee

Tana Larrabee

Primary Tutoring Center:

Jordan

Subjects Taught:

Mathematics

Current Classes:

Mathematics Education

Degree Sought:

Mathematics Education, BS. I would like to teach high school or jr. high students!

Home Campus:

Utah Valley University

Non-STEM Interests:

I loved my Introduction to Humanities at SLCC, and I love to draw!

Tutoring Philosophy:

Everyone can learn and master any subject, but we might not all learn the same way.

Fun Facts:

 I am a Licensed Massage Therapist. I graduated from Myotherapy College of Utah in 2009, so math was not my first choice in life, but I’m so glad I’m here now. I’ve always been fond of helping people!  I also love to snowboard and hula-hoop.

Thanh Nguyen

Thanh Nguyen

Primary Tutoring Center:

Taylorsville Redwood Library
Dumke STEM Center

Subjects Taught:

Mathematics

Current Classes:

How to live

Degree Sought:

Try to get PHD (some day)

Home Campus:

The University of Utah

Non-STEM Interests:

Drawing

Tutoring Philosophy:

Thinking = learning