Our Tutors


Ana Rodriguez-Knutsen

Ana Rodriguez-Knutsen graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality. She enjoys cultivating

Aniyah Mohammed

Aniyah Mohammed graduated from the University of Washington studying Psychology, Communication, and Arabic. She plans to pursue graduate work in school psychology

Anna Qadri

Anna Qadri received her BS in Social Sciences with a major in psychology from Karachi, Pakistan. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in School Counseling from Seattle

Ayden Bolin

Ayden Bolin graduated from the University of Puget Sound in May of 2020 with a BS in Biology and additional minor coursework in Anthropology and Sociology.

Azucena Orozco

Azucena Orozco is entering her second year at South Seattle College. She is pursuing a degree in Kinesiology and hopes to work with athletes in the future. In her free time,

Amy Fenning

IAmy recently moved back to the Seattle area from Tennessee. She has a background in ESL teaching and international program management at local colleges and higher

Azka Qasim

Azka Qasim is entering her senior year at University of Washington. Her major is Education, Communities and Organizations. She has been working as a math tutor

Barry Dorsey

I am a retired Elementary School Principal who substitutes in Seattle Schools, primary in grades K-2. I have 40 years of experience in classrooms. I am an avid storyteller who

Basha H. Nachman

Basha is a recent graduate of Goucher College with a B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a double minor in Professional Writing and Dance.

Becky Nicholas

My name is Becky Nicholas. This is my third year with UTSS. I love being a reading tutor at John Muir! I have lived in Washington my whole life, and in Seattle for 20 years.

Brenda Walker

After working as an electrician for 25 years, Brenda decided to give back to the community by volunteering to assist teachers and run the Global Reading Challenge at John Muir

Carol Jahn

This will be my 6th year of tutoring at John Muir Elementary. I started tutoring at my son’s schools, then kept on since I found it so rewarding, even and especially with the

Christal Lee

Christal Lee is very excited to be working with students again after a hiatus from teaching mostly science and a little math for 8 years in Federal Way Public Schools.

Danuta Sztuka

Danuta is a pre-service school counselor in Seattle Pacific University’s Master of Education Program. As a mom to two teens, she has seen the difference that can be made in the

David Wishnick

David Wishnick is from Skokie, IL and graduated from Madison, Wisconsin with a B.S in Chemical Engineering and moved to Seattle, WA in 2005. Since then, he earned his MBA

Devlin Dinish

Seattle, WA central district native. Graduate from the Academy of Art University has done work with youth for over 6 years from Art programs to community outreach programs.

Dhani Srinivasan

Dhani Srinivasan graduated from Ballard High School in the SPS district in June 2020. She will be attending Pomona College in Fall 2021. She is passionate about educational justice

Ellen Perleberg

Ellen Perleberg (she/her) graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Linguistics and Near Eastern Studies and minors in Spanish and Jewish Studies.

Erik Hammen

This year will be my second year tutoring elementary school students. I love working with kids on reading, writing, language, and thinking! I also have two children who were students

Felicia Strange

For the past ten years I have worked with students in Seattle Public School, grades K-2, to help them develop strong reading skills in addition to what they are learning in class.

Hailey Brumley

My name is Hailey Brumley and I am so excited to be a tutor for you this year! I attend the University of Washington and study Education, Communities, and Organizations.

Jacey Herman

I graduated from the University of Washington in 2019 with a Bachelors in Sociology. This is my 3rd year in the Seattle School District. I have worked at John Muir and Madrona Elementary

Jenna Shames

Jenna Shames has been working with kids for over 10 years. She loves helping kids find a way to connect what they love with education. She was born and raised in the Seattle

Jessica Lohafer

Jessica Lohafer received her MFA in poetry from Western Washington University. From 2008 to 2011, she worked as the Program Director and Teaching Artist for Poetry in Public Education

Lena Snyder

Lena graduated from the University of Washington In June 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. She has been a UTSS tutor at Northgate Elementary since 2018.

Mike Preiner

Mike has a background in technology, and has founded and sold two software and analytics companies. He has a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University.

Molly Baryo

My name is Molly Baryo and I love being a tutor for UTSS. I have an Associates in Chemistry, a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and am working towards my pharmacy technician

Nancy Renn

A.A degree in early childhood education; B.S. degree in psychology. Lead teacher church preschool. UW Psychiatry Dept., administrator. Mother. Twelve years

Ngan Dang

This is Ngan Dang and she recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.S. Physiology degree. She worked as a UTSS math tutor when she was a Freshman

Peter Wu

Peter Wu has been teaching and tutoring middle school math for the past three years. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Education, and loves math, technology

Richard West

Richard West is from Fort Worth, Texas, and studied Linguistics and related topics at Grinnell College and Ohio University. He taught English in Thailand for a while

Rebekah Nachman

Rebekah is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College with degrees in both Psychology and Theater. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her two puppies (Zuko and Zayde),

Sarah Zavaleta

Sarah grew up in Mount Vernon, WA with her parents and two younger sisters. She attended Pacific Lutheran University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology,

Straton Spyropoulos

I am very happy to be joining Mercer International Middle School as a tutor! I have been tutoring since I was in high school. I love it, and find it very rewarding. Outside of tutoring,

Serena Swegle

Serena Swegle has worked for UTSS for two years at both Pathfinder K-8 and Chief Sealth International High School. Prior to working for UTSS, she was an IA at Seattle World School.

Tricia Villanueva

Tricia graduated from the University of Washington in December 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology. She has been a UTSS tutor at Northgate Elementary since 2019.

Tetiana Vozniuk

I am Tetiana Vozniuk, a senior at the University of Washington studying Education. I have previously worked tutoring first graders, however, once graduated I plan to teach high school

Yitong Zhong

Yitong Zhong is a senior undergraduate student pursuing a degree in education at the University of Washington. She is passionate about supporting child education and wants

Zabia Colovos

Zabia Colovos (they/them) graduated from Occidental College (‘14) with a degree in Religious Studies and Critical Race and Sexuality Theory. They are a Black queer

Zhiyu “Z” Maile

Zhiyu “Z” Maile is entering her second year at University of Washington. She is studying
Anthropology, a degree she hopes will further her passions for travel, photography,