Tricia R. has worked with various community organizations designing and incorporating workshops geared toward music/rhythm, conflict resolution skills, creative expression, and language arts. She was a middle school substitute teacher in Elgin School District U-46. She draws upon 20+ years of experience in classroom teaching, as well as facilitating instructional presentations and educational programming with an emphasis on Experiential Education. Tricia holds a degree in Education, and certifications in Library Science, Team-building, Youth Management Techniques, and Music Education. In addition to teaching and stockpiling curriculum, she enjoys photography, painting barn quilts and playing the fiddle.
Dr. Ingrid U.
Ingrid Ulbrich is a passionate and tenacious educator who believes in the unlimited potential of all students to enjoy and succeed in STEM. In addition to helping students learn math and science, she helps them take ownership of their learning and strengthen their learning skills. Ingrid’s enthusiasm for STEM and learning shines through in all of her interactions with students.
Ingrid is a graduate of Niwot High School, MIT (B.S., Environmental Engineering) and the University of Colorado – Boulder (Ph.D., Atmospheric and Analytical Chemistry). She has 20 years of experience tutoring in STEM subjects, including 10+ years of teaching college chemistry.
When she’s not working with students, Ingrid probably has a spatula, musical score, book, or knitting needles in her hands. And maybe a cat in her lap, too!
Eric has been a science teacher in Stamford, CT for over seven years. Earning his bachelor’s degree in meteorology, Eric has a strong science background. In college, Eric was an Academic Resource Mentor, where he was able to sharpen his skills helping others with their homework, study skills, and time management. To this day, Eric shares his love for science with his students and recognizes that the content may be difficult to understand. He utilizes many techniques within his classroom to assure that his students can comprehend the material. With completing his master’s in science education in 2016 and his master’s in educational leadership in 2023, Eric is well equipped with up-to-date and current skills that will help a student who is in need. Eric is eager to make as many children literate in the field of science as he can.
Kelly, a master tutor, has a M.A. in Elementary Education (K-9) and 20 years of teaching experience. She studied communications and marketing during her undergraduate years and obtained a B.A. in Business and a minor in Journalism from NIU. Currently Kelly is teaching 5th grade in a top performing district and has also taught 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade at the same school. She believes in creating a strong bond with her students and guiding them through the learning process at their own pace and giving them support as needed. Kelly will never regret the day she transitioned from the banking industry to elementary education. She is grateful she followed her heart and made the change. Kelly believes there is nothing more rewarding than teaching a child and watching them succeed with a smile.
Rachel is a former teacher and nanny with a passion for helping students succeed. With a master’s degree from DePaul University, and a 4.0 GPA, Rachel loves to learn and share her knowledge. She gets to know her students’ background and interests before starting her lessons, as to make the information at hand pertinent to each child. With kindness and enthusiasm, Rachel strives to make learning a fun and comfortable experience for both the student and their families. Communication is her strong suit, as she enjoys sharing milestones and challenges with parents to ensure student success. In her spare time, Rachel travels the world with her husband, Cole. The pair resides in the Northwest suburbs with their two cats, and in her spare time, Rachel runs a successful photography studio out of her home office. Get in touch with Rachel today- she can not wait to get to know you!
Red grew up in Buck County, Pennsylvania as one of eight siblings. From a very early age, Red was either helping or being helped with schoolwork. This was Red’s introduction to tutoring.
Always curious about the world around them, Red studied Earth Science and Policy and received a Bachelor of Science at Penn State University, gaining expertise and confidence in many areas of math, chemistry, geology — as well as written and verbal communications.
Red has always enjoyed learning and teaching, especially after they saw other students around them struggling — so they decided to do something about that.
During Red’s four years working at the Penn State Learning Center, they tutored hundreds of fellow students. They also served as a student representative to the Penn State Faculty Senate, where they often presented student interests to the university.
In addition, Red worked for six months at a living-and-learning organic farm and conservancy in Puerto Rico, where they introduced children to STEM-related conservation and work as part of an afterschool program.
They are currently completing their master’s degree in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Red enjoys helping the next generation of writers, scientists, engineers, and other vibrant peopleachieve their academic and professional dreams.
Istafa is a certified member of the Ontario College of Teachers. He attended Brock University, where he completed the Concurrent Teacher Education (Bachelor of Science (Honours) / Bachelor of Education) program. As a result, he has teaching qualifications for Intermediate/Senior Biology and Chemistry. Istafa has had in-class teaching experience with Grade 9 and 10 Science, Grade 11 Chemistry, and Grade 11 and 12 Biology. He has also been an environmental educator with various environmental organizations over the last decade. Istafa also attended Niagara College, where he completed a post-graduate certificate in Environmental Management and Assessment. Due to these experiences, he has worked with students from Kindergarten to University/College level courses. Istafa also has prior experience tutoring both secondary and post-secondary level students. Outside of the classroom, Istafa is an avid hiker, runner, musician and artist, playing instruments such as the Guitar, Ukulele, and Mandolin.