Meet our Subject Tutors

Fall 2019

To make an appointment, drop by Howarth 109, call 253.879.3404, or request an appointment online.

 

ACCOUNTING & FINANCE

 

 Danielle Rodriguez

Danielle Rodriguez

Hello! My name is Danielle, I am from Sacramento, CA, and I'm a senior majoring in Business and Economics.  When I am not studying I enjoy hiking, taking pictures, and hanging out around campus drinking a Duke. I look forward to working with you in the CWLT!

 

Hours: M 5-6 p.m. & 6-7 p.m. (Drop-In), Tu 9-11 a.m. & 4-6 p.m., Th 4-6 p.m. & 7-9 p.m.

 

Arabic

 
 Lura Morton

Lura Morton

Hi! My name is Lura Morton and I'm from the grand potato state of Idaho (actually the gem state). I am a comparative politics and religious studies double-major. I am passionate about the Middle East, the Arabic language, and diplomacy. When I'm not fan-girling about Middle East studies, you can find me on the soccer field with the rest of the fabulous Puget Sound women's soccer team. I look forward to seeing you in the CWLT!

 

Hours TBA

BIOLOGY

 
 Matthew Imanaka

Matthew Imanaka

Hello! My name is Matthew Imanaka. I'm from Kailua, Hawaii, and I'm majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minoring in Math. Outside of school, I can be found rowing with the Puget Sound men's crew team, biking at Point Defiance, or cooking. I'm passionate about anything food related and would love to hear about your food stories and recipes!  If you have any questions about Biology (or just want to hear about my sourdough starters), feel free to come by and visit!

 

Hours: Sun 6-7 p.m. (Drop-In), 7-8 p.m., W 11 a.m.-Noon, Th 8-9 p.m., Fr Noon-2 p.m.

Erin Stewart

Erin Stewart

Hi! My name is Erin and I'm a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Environmental Policy and Decision Making. I'm from Seattle, Washington, and spent my last semester abroad in Tanzania. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, playing Scrabble, and finding the flattest running routes around campus. Come see me if you want to talk about trophic cascades or the Northern Cascades!

 

Hours: M 7-9 p.m., W 7-9 p.m., Th 1-2 p.m. (Drop-In), 2-3 p.m.

 

 CHEMISTRY

Noah Bader-Fourney

Noah Bader-Fourney, Academic Consultant

Hello! I'm Noah, and hey, I know chemistry can be intimidating. I look forward to working with you and helping with any chemistry challenges that you may have. As for me, I am a junior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Spanish. I have lived most of my life between Boise and Australia; and if I’m not in Harned (my second home), you can find me splitting my time between whitewater kayaking and cycling. A few of my favorite things include airplanes, really strong coffee, and traveling. So, come visit me, I’d love to meet you!

 

Hours: S 6-8 p.m., M 2-3 p.m. (Drop-In), TNoon-2 p.m. & 8-9 p.m., Th 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Katie Grainger

Katie Grainger

Hey! My name is Katie Grainger, and I’m a Biochemistry major with Math and Music minors. I love Chemistry, especially OChem, and plan on becoming a research scientist. When I’m not living in Harned, I’m practicing in the music building, looking at memes, or taking my car, Babe, out for a drive. Feel free to drop by or make an appointment. I can’t wait to meet you!

 

Hours: Sun 1-2 p.m. (Drop-In) & 2-4 p.m., W 2-4 p.m., Th 1-3 p.m. & 6-8 p.m.

   
Maiya Pacleb

Maiya Pacleb

Hey there! My name is Maiya Pacleb, and I'm from this gorgeous state of Washington! I am a Pre-Med Biochemistry major, with an emphasis in Bioethics, and Math minor. If I'm not studying, you can catch me chugging coffee and petting some pups around campus (if I can't find dogs, I am definitely watching dog videos). I can also be found on the soccer field with my talented buddies on the Women's soccer team! I'm always laughing and smiling, so if you need a pick me up and help with some Chemistry, don't hesitate to come on by! I'm looking forward to meeting you soon!

 

Hours: M 7-9pm, Tu 9-10am (Drop-In), 10-11am, Th 9-11am

   

Chinese

 
 Christy Chen

Christy Chen

Hello~ I’m Christy, a senior, double majoring in Chinese and Japanese! I’m from San Francisco, CA, and I love traveling and eating. (If you need food recommendations for SF don’t hesitate to hit me up!) In the summer of 2019 I'll be abroad in Taiwan, and in the fall I'll be in Japan. In my free time I dance and make costumes and props for cosplay. I can’t wait to get to know you all and feel free to come ask me anything​ about Chinese language or Chinese culture and study abroad!

 

Abroad fall 2019

Marleen Pan

Marleen Pan

Hi! I’m Marleen and I’m a junior majoring in English and minoring in Chinese. I love to write fiction whenever I have free time, but I also really love learning different languages. I’m also super interested in Asian pop culture and I'm always open to chat about it or get recommendations. I’m looking forward to working with you!  

 

Hours: Sun 1-3pm, Tu 12-1pm & 1-2pm (Drop-In), W 7-9pm, Th 5-7pm

Writing Advisor in Spring 2020

CLASSICS

 

 

Andre Therrien

André Therrien

Bonjour, χαἰρετε, salvete, اهلا

 

My name is André-Philippe Therrien, but just call me André. I am a junior, enjoying my major in Classics and taking some Arabic and French classes on the side. I am French Canadian, born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, so French is my mother tongue! When I am not studying for classes, I spend time with my wife, reading the Bible in its original languages, or trying out vegan restaurants. I also love to bike and read. I particularly enjoy the Tacoma summer. I'm looking forward to helping y'all out with your language-learning troubles and to make the learning easier. 

 

À bientôt! ἔρρωσθε, valete, مع السلامة​

 

Hours: Sun 2-6pm, M 4-5pm and 5-6pm (French Drop-In), Tu 3-4pm & 4-5pm (Classics Drop-In), Th 11am-1pm

   

Computer science 

 Lia Chin-Purcell

Lia Chin-Purcell

Hi there! My name is Lia and I’m a senior from Saint Paul, Minnesota. I’m studying Computer Science with minors in Math and African American studies, but I also love hanging out outdoors and checking out local glass art. If I’m not stewing over code in the math lounge or the CWLT, I enjoy messing around with clay in the ceramics building and hanging out with my plants. This is my second year tutoring Computer Science at the CWLT and I’m stoked to work with everyone. Please don’t hesitate to come by and ask any questions. Looking forward to seeing you around at the CWLT!​

 

Hours: M 4-6pm (Thompson Drop-In), Tu 2-4pm, Th 4-6pm

 

Economics

 
Brian Kim

Brian Kim

Hey there, nice to meet ya! My name is Brian and I'm a junior from Denver, CO. I'm double majoring in Philosophy and Economics along with a minor in SOAN. You can catch me around campus often having an existential crisis with a cuppa joe, feel free to join in! I'm a pretty big academic omnivore so feel welcome to come chat with me about anything, whether or not it's economics related. I'm passionate about music, the outdoors, and figuring out how to satisfy my addiction to cooking in the dorm buildings. I look forward to drawing some exquisite graphs and calculating optimal decisions with you!

  

Hours: M 4-5pm & 5-6pm (Drop-In), Tu 7-9pm, Th 7-9pm

 

Exercise Science

 
RJ Quirante

RJ Quirante

Hi! My name is RJ and I am from Vancouver, WA. I am a senior majoring in Exercise Science and I am really looking forward to meeting and helping you with any challenges you may have. I do spend a lot of time studying, but I also spend a lot of time being active (as expected of an Exercise Science major). I play baseball at UPS, I’m passionate about weightlifting, and I occasionally sing and play my guitar. I’m really excited to see you in the CWLT!

 

Hours: Sun 4-5 (Drop-In) & 5-6pm, M 12-2pm, Th 7-9pm

 

   

French

 
Namiko Service

Namiko Service

Hi! My name is Namiko Service. I’m in my fourth year studying Sociology

& Anthropology with a minor in French. I’ve been studying French throughout my time at UPS and I just spent a semester abroad in Dijon. I love reading, cooking, and getting to know new people. Learning a new language is incredibly rewarding, but it can also be really difficult. Whether you want to practice verb tenses or have a conversation, I’m here to help and I look forward to meeting you!

 

Hours: M 10am-12pm, W 2-4pm, Th 4-5pm (Drop-In) & 5-6pm 

Andre Therrien

André Therrien
Bonjour, χαἰρετε, salvete, اهلا

 

My name is André-Philippe Therrien, but just call me André. I am a junior, enjoying my major in Classics and taking some Arabic and French classes on the side. I am French Canadian, born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, so French is my mother tongue! When I am not studying for classes, I spend time with my wife, reading the Bible in its original languages, or trying out vegan restaurants. I also love to bike and read. I particularly enjoy the Tacoma summer. I'm looking forward to helping y'all out with your language-learning troubles and to make the learning easier. 

 

À bientôt! ἔρρωσθε, valete, مع السلامة​

 

Hours: Sun 2-6pm, M 4-5pm and 5-6pm (French Drop-In), Tu 3-4pm & 4-5pm (Classics Drop-In), Th 11am-1pm

 German

 
 Maria Leuzinger

Maria Leuzinger

Hey there!  

I’m a senior majoring in German, with a Religion minor. I grew up in Austin, Texas, though now feel that Tacoma is my true home. In my free time I enjoy swing dancing and 80’s dad music (though not together). I recently returned from a year in Munich and hopefully can convince you all to do the same! German grammar is very tricky, but I am so excited to be a tutor at the CWLT this year and help y’all in any way I can.  

 

Fun facts: I was homeschooled for ten years, can say the alphabet backwards, and got my first tattoo with a French friend from Tinder.   

 

Less-fun Facts: I was once held for four hours at the Slovenia/Croatia border, can’t whistle, and always need help reaching the top shelf! 

 

Hours: M 12-2pm, Tu 4-5pm & 5-6pm (Drop-In), 9-11am

Japanese

 
Ryota Nishino

Ryota Nishino

Hello, my name is Ryota! I am a senior in the Business Leadership Program, with minors in Communication Studies and Japanese. I am from Seattle, WA just an hour north of Tacoma and went to Roosevelt High School. At UPS, I play on the baseball team, and enjoy playing and watching other sports like soccer and basketball. I am very interested in marketing and hope to work in that area after graduating. I look forward to working with you in the CWLT!

 

Hours: Sun 4-5 & 5-6pm (drop-in), M 7-9pm, W 10am-12pm

   
 

 Mathematics

 
Maggie Berrens

Maggie Berrens

Hi! I am a junior, double majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico (and yes that is where Breaking Bad is filmed and based). When I'm not in class or tutoring, you can find me studying in Thompson, having a personal dance party in Diversions, hitting up Point D, or contemplating my favorite mathematical theorems. Whether you need help on homework, test preparation, or just want to share your passion for math or chemistry, please do not hesitate to stop by!

  

Hours: Sun 2-3pm & 3-4pm (GRE) W 6-8pm, Th 2-3pm (Math Drop-In) & 3-4pm

Quintin Lenti

Quintin Lenti

Hey, I'm Quintin (he/him pronouns). I am a Math major, with Education Studies and Music minors. I consider myself a math recreationalist. I search through the dirt of algebra for patterns and ways to make ideas clear through a shift of perspective. As a tutor specifically, I live to make mathematics contextual, historical, and creative: practically everything that no one asked for math to be. Outside of math, I enjoy playing jazz piano and crafting puns (please be warned!). Visit for any math-related help you need, or if you just want to learn some cool math concepts!

 

Hours: M 2-4pm, Tu 12-2pm, 7-8pm (Drop-In), & 8-9pm

Physics

 
Kobi Hall

Kobi Hall

Hi! My name is Kobi, and I look forward to being a physics subject tutor this year. I’m from Oakland, California. I am a Junior majoring in Physics and minoring in Mathematics. Physics and mathematics used to be incredibly challenging for me, but during my time at Puget Sound they have become my favorite subjects. I’m always down to talk about wacky theories and concepts (tensor math is some of the coolest stuff out there!). If I can’t convince you to major in Physics, I hope to at least share my own fascination with the subject. You can usually find me in the physics resource room studying or chatting with other physics students. Outside of physics, my hobbies include photography and exploring new and unique music. I look forward to seeing you at the CWLT!​

 

Hours: M 3-5pm, Tu 3-4pm (Drop-In), 4-5pm & 7-9pm

Kiana Walter

Kiana Walter

Hi! My name is Kiana Walter and I'm from Mountain View, CA, and I'm a junior double majoring in Physics and Math. When I'm not in Thompson, I can be found dancing with RDG, or drinking coffee in Opp. I know that physics can seem daunting but with time it can be really awesome! I look forward to seeing you in the CWLT!

 

Hours: Sun 3-5pm, W 7-9pm, Th 6-7pm, 7-8pm (Drop-In)

   

Psychology Statistics

 

 Wesley Wells

Wesley Wells

Hi there! My name is Wesley and I am a senior from Oregon studying Psychology and Religious studies. I am passionate about making health and wellness accessible to all and helping people live their best lives! In my spare time, you'll find me​ living my best life either practicing yoga, rewatching Les Mis, advocating for oat milk, or sunbathing even though it's 50 degrees out. I am looking forward to working with you!

 

M 9-11am, 9-11am, Th 10am-12pm

Spanish

 
Leslie Machabee

Leslie Machabee

¡Hola! My name is Leslie Machabee, and I’m from Henderson, Nevada. I’m a senior studying Economics, Spanish, and Mathematics. Outside of my studies, you can find me rowing with the crew team on the beautiful American Lake, sipping an almond milk latte, or FaceTiming my dog, Willow. She’s very talkative, and I swear she looks just like me! Please stop by to chat about your Spanish homework, talk about the challenges and rewards of learning a second language, or say hi to my dog on FaceTime!

 

HoursTu 3-5pm, W 1-3pm, Th 10-11am, 11am-12pm (Drop-In)

Evelyn Martin

Evelyn Martin

Hey there! My name is Evelyn, and I'm a sophomore from University Place, WA. I'm a prospective Economics major and Spanish minor. Outside of class, I enjoy going to the gym, thrift shopping, and playing the viola at the School of Music here at UPS. As the daughter of a Peruvian immigrant, I have been fortunate to utilize Spanish from an early age and would love to share my passion for the Spanish language and culture with you all. It would be awesome to chat about whatever you may need extra insight on, so please stop by! 

 

Hours: Sun 1-2pm & 2-3pm (Drop-In), M 1-3pm, F 1-3pm

Lia Van Steeter

Lia Van Steeter

Hi there! I’m Lia, a junior from Corvallis, Oregon studying International Political Economy and Spanish. I am passionate about Latin America, Southeast Asia, and transitional justice work, and I am super excited to work with Spanish students this year! When I’m not in class or at the CWLT, I play for the UPS tennis team, do yoga, and get lost exploring beautiful Washington (and the beautiful Met Market). Stop by to work on Spanish homework, nerd out about international politics, or just chat. I look forward to meeting you!

 

Hours: M 7-8pm (Drop-In) & 8-9pm, W 9-11am, F 9-11am

 

Statistics

 
 Daniel De Jesus

Daniel De Jesus

Hey I'm Daniel, a senior from just down in Olympia majoring in Economics with a minor in Math, but my main squeeze is really Statistics. Whether you're looking for help with stats in Bio, Econ, or in a good old fashioned Statistics class, I'm your man. I get that not everyone likes stats, but I'm confident (at the p < .05 level of course) that I can help change that and get you on your way towards analyzing whatever you want. Looking forward to meeting you!

 

Hours: 12-1pm & 1-2pm (Drop-In), Tu 2-4pm, Th 3-5

 

Gabi Ramer-Denisoff

Gabi Ramer Denisoff

Hello! My name is Gabi and I am a senior from Davis, California. I am studying Molecular Cellular Biology with a passion for statistics. When I'm not in class, you can find me in Oppenheimer drinking coffee, walking around campus giving tours, or finding any reason I can to study outside. I may not be majoring in Math but there is a significant correlation between my love for statistics and wanting to talk about all things statistics. So please come by, whether it be to talk about a homework assignment or discuss statistics in terms of how your favorite sports team is looking this season, I am excited to meet you!

 

Hours: Tu 7-9pm, W 6-7pm (Drop-In) & 7-8pm, Th 9-11am

 
 

 

CWLT Tutoring Drop-in hours

No appointment necessary; groups are welcome. Come once with a question, or come every week to study and talk things out with your peers - just be sure to come!

  • Accounting/Finance: M 6-7pm.
  • Biology:  Sun 6-7pm, Th 1-2pm.
  • Chemistry: Sun 1-2pm, M 2-3pm,Tu 9-10am.
  • Chinese: Tu 1-2pm.
  • Classics: Tu 4-5pm.
  • Computer Science: M 4-6pm (Thompson).
  • Economics: M 5-6pm.
  • Exercise science: Sun 4-5pm.
  • French: M 4-5pm, Th 4-5pm.
  • German: Tu 5-6pm.
  • Japanese: Sun 5-6pm.
  • Math: Tu 7-8pm, Th 2-3pm.
  • Physics: Tu 3-4pm, Th 6-7pm.
  • Spanish: Sun 2-3pm, M 7-8pm, Th 11am-12pm.
  • Statistics: M 1-2pm, W 6-7pm.