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 and South City Coordinator
Santoshkiran.balijepalli@slcc.edu
801-957-2770

Fernando Araujo

Fernando Araujo

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math, Physics, & Chemistry

I Can Tutor In:

English, Spanish

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Music, teaching, business

My Tutoring Philosophy:

If I can get to where I am currently through studying and dedication, so can you.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I am a neat freak when it comes to writing equations for all my STEM classes, it makes me feel more organized with my work and helps me learn more efficiently. If you were ever tutored by me in the past you would probably know by now.

Connie Smith Barnes

Connie Smith Barnes

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

She, Her, Hers

Subjects I Tutor:

Math, Statistics, & Chemistry

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Political Science

My Tutoring Philosophy:

My goal is to build confidence, not frustration.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I love geology and all the subjects and applications that geology includes. I love to exercise and be in the mountains. I have eight children.

Skylor Brown

Skylor Brown

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math & Physics

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

History

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I try to help students make connections with real world experiences to make math a more tangible subject.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I've lived in Utah my whole life.

Jacob Burton

Jacob Burton

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math & Physics

I Can Tutor In:

English, Spanish

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Music, creative writing

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I give simple guidance so others can find their way.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I like to dabble in the creative arts. Whether it's wood, metal, music or stories, I've tried it all.

Adam Camp

Adam Camp

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Social psychology and addiction

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I reinforce subject knowledge and bring out confidence in the students I tutor.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I hit a home run in Little League

Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

She, Her, Hers

Subjects I Tutor:

Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, & Microbiology

I Can Tutor In:

English and French

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

History of Western Europe, British literature, music theory, history

My Tutoring Philosophy:

As a tutor, I believe that evaluating and adaptation are essential to a student's success. Because each student is an individual, I've found that flexibility and patience on the part of the tutor usually yield positive results, and I really enjoy helping students take ownership of their knowledge and studies.

A Fun Fact About Me:

Bird-watching, reading sci-fi and historical fiction, and white-water rafting/kayaking are among my favorite hobbies.

Faith Grimes

Faith Grimes

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

She, Her, Hers

Subjects I Tutor:

Biology & Chemistry

I Can Tutor In:

English, French

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

History, literature, anthropology, languages

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I'm a believer in finding connections between the things we learn. True understanding comes not from separate pieces of knowledge, but seeing the ways they relate to each other.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I can play three musical instruments (piano, harp, and guitar) and have sung in choirs for almost 20 years, but I still can't read music to save my life.

Nathan Hammond

Nathan Hammond

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math

I Can Tutor In:

English, Spanish

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

N/A

My Tutoring Philosophy:

Start with what they know and use that to help them solve the problem. Guide them where/when necessary

A Fun Fact About Me:

I am absolutely crazy for tacos!

Kyle Heath

Kyle Heath

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math & Statistics

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

History, geography

My Tutoring Philosophy:

My role as a tutor is to help every student to be an extension of their own efforts.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I love hiking, camping and backing alone in Utah (especially Logan Canyon and the Uintas), road trips around the state and along the Pacific Northwest, and reading a good book.

Drew Holm

Drew Holm

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math, Statistics, Chemistry , & Biology

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

History, literature

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I am here to create a comfortable learning environment and encourage confidence that a student can do this on their own.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I love science fiction.

Jennifer Hunt

Jennifer Hunt

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

She, Her, Hers

Subjects I Tutor:

Math & Statistics

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Art and music, especially musical theatre

My Tutoring Philosophy:

If you believe you can achieve- then you will.
Keep going no matter how tough it gets.
One day you will look back and be grateful you persevered and conquered.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I can play the bassoon.

Johnny Irving

Johnny Irving

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

No preference

Subjects I Tutor:

Math, Physics, & Engineering

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Psychology, philosophy and religion, history, mindfulness & meditation.

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I like to have an idea of where we're headed on a particular subject and to be able to ask questions in a way that leads the student to think about what I'm asking so they can at least make an attempt to answer. It's much better to try to think your way through a problem than to just be told how to do it.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I've snowboarded every year since I started in fifth grade and I plan to do it every year until I die!

Iman Karavan

Iman Karavan

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Biology, Chemistry, Math, Anatomy, & Physiology

I Can Tutor In:

English, Persian

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Hiking, camping, and visits to local zoo

My Tutoring Philosophy:

Patience, respect and perseverance is a must when I am tutoring.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I know card tricks!

Carl King

Carl King

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math & Physics

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Music, history

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I don't believe in teaching particular methods; math is not generally a subject that is well learned by memorizing steps. Instead I want to encourage fundamental understanding so that the steps become natural and inevitable instead of arbitrary.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I love to dance.

Cam Kopaunik

Cam Kopaunik

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math & Physics

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Philosophy, religion, photography, video production

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I believe in making the material intuitive, and fun. You can memorize formulas all semester- or you can learn why they are the formulas. That makes it so you understand it better, and can even derive the equation if you have forgotten. I also believe in having fun with assignments to take the edge off of the stress.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I have a YouTube channel.

Aubry Lines

Aubry Lines

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

She, Her, Hers

Subjects I Tutor:

Math, Physics, & Engineering

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Art, diversity, gender studies, history, dance, parks, philosophy, social justice

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I believe that, just because you don't learn the way a professor teaches, doesn't mean that you are unable to learn. Much of "success" is dependent on privilege. Furthermore, I try to unravel the stigma that comes with learning math and I don't like to use "smart" versus "dumb" language.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I love to adventure, especially mountain biking.
I am a first-generation college student, McNair Scholar, and SLCC TRIO STEM Alumni, and Ihave my B.S. in physics.

Beringo Masumbe

Beringo Masumbe

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

She, Her, Hers

Subjects I Tutor:

Math & Physics

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Dance, photography

My Tutoring Philosophy:

We learn together.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I love watching anime.

Hayden Matthews

Hayden Matthews

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Design, narrative storytelling, film, and anthropology

My Tutoring Philosophy:

My philosophy is to start with where the student is making mistakes, and to help them learn how to correct them in the future.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I'm actually quite proficient at programming.

Bob Mayo

Bob Mayo

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math, Statistics, & Physics

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Philosophy, politics

My Tutoring Philosophy:

Anyone can learn math.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I like to travel; I ride a Harley Davidson.

Blake Nielsen

Blake Nielsen

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math & Statistics

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

History, literature, economics

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I believe students learn through consistent problem-solving and application.

A Fun Fact About Me:

Some of my favorite activities include hiking, kayaking, and traveling to state and national parks.

Lydia Olschewski

Lydia Olschewski

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

She, Her, Hers

Subjects I Tutor:

Math & Chemistry

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Music, knitting, and yoga

My Tutoring Philosophy:

Don't tutor and drive!

A Fun Fact About Me:

I've never been on an airplane before.

Bao Chau Pham

Bao Chau Pham

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math

I Can Tutor In:

English, Vietnamese

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Philosophy, sociology

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I want to help students to be confident in their math skills.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I always lock my car twice when arriving home. Not sure why.

Suzanne Riding

Suzanne Riding

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

She, Her, Hers

Subjects I Tutor:

Math & Chemistry

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Writing and Rhetoric

My Tutoring Philosophy:

Learning is rooted in the questions of students that arise through experiencing the world. It is active, not passive. The learner is a problem solver and thinker who makes meaning through his or her individual experience in the physical and cultural context.

A Fun Fact About Me:

My favorite past-time is taking my dog out for walks on the many walking and hiking trails around the Salt Lake Valley. If you have a favorite trail let me know!

Christian Riley

Christian Riley

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math, Physics, & Engineering

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Everybody learns differently; I like to figure out what works for each student.

My Tutoring Philosophy:

If I am not in class or working, I am most likely outside enjoying the wilderness.

A Fun Fact About Me:

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Cyrus Safai

Cyrus Safai

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math, Physics, & Engineering

I Can Tutor In:

English, Farsi

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Sports, Movies, Outdoors, Video Games

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I adapt to each student's needs and tutor them with patience.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I interned at NASA during summer 2019.

Talmage Sanders

Talmage Sanders

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, & Microbiology

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Writing courses, language

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I am here as a support to guide you on a path to attaining and understanding course knowledge. If I am not sure of how to guide you, we will use resources together to find our answers!

A Fun Fact About Me:

I've been fortunate to visit six different countries in my travel and I really enjoy experiencing new cultures and areas.

Austin Schembri

Austin Schembri

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Chemistry, Math, & Physics

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Music above all

My Tutoring Philosophy:

Anyone can learn anything with enough care, hard work, and motivation--and everyone can do hard things.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I've been told I look like the character Linguini from the animated Pixar film Ratatouille...for some reason I also dream of being a chef someday.

Sarah Shelton

Sarah Shelton

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

She, Her, Hers

Subjects I Tutor:

Math & Statistics

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Arts, culture, social change, history

My Tutoring Philosophy:

My tutoring philosophy is to listen and be kind. I want to give people a smooth experience where I can pickup on when they are feeling more independent.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I want to make prosthetics out of recycled plastic and clean up the shores of our neighboring continents.

Irina Slaughter

Irina Slaughter

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

She, Her, Hers

Subjects I Tutor:

Math & Statistics

I Can Tutor In:

English, Ukrainian, Russian

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Economics, philosophy

My Tutoring Philosophy:

Mathematics is an acquired taste.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I am originally from Ukraine.

John Steiner

John Steiner

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math, Chemistry, Biology, & Physics

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

History, mythology, philosophy, martial arts

My Tutoring Philosophy:

I imagine how a gym coach would explain something, using plain language and imagery familiar to the student's everyday life.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I am a published author and now an actor.

Syrus Vahdati

Syrus Vahdati

Responsibilities:

Preferred Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Subjects I Tutor:

Math & Chemistry

I Can Tutor In:

English

Non-STEM Subjects I am Interested In:

Piano, cooking, entomology, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese

My Tutoring Philosophy:

The less a tutor talks and the more a student does, the better.

A Fun Fact About Me:

I like wasps, the piano, clarinet, and boxing (not sparring, just with a boxing bag).