Meet our Subject Tutors

Fall 2018

To make an appointment, drop by Howarth 109, call 253.879.3404, or complete this form.

 

ACCOUNTING & FINANCE

 

 Connor Barfield

Connor Barfield

Hello! My name is Connor and I'm a senior majoring in BLP / International Political Economy. Originally from Kailua, Hawaii, I love being outdoors and going to the beach. When I'm not studying I enjoy going to the gym, playing basketball, listening to some good country music, and eating really delicious food. I'm also passionate about investing and weightlifting, so swing by if you ever want to discuss stocks or a cool lifting technique you have! I look forward to working with you in the CWLT!

 

Hours: Sun 3-4 & 4-5pm (drop-in hour), T 2-4pm, Th 3-5pm

Jack Gries

Jack Gries

My name is Jack Gries and I am a 4th year student studying business and economics. I am originally from Sublimity, Oregon, a small rural community outside of Salem, Oregon, but I plan to move to New York after graduation. At UPS, I play on the baseball team and I am the President of 4 Horsemen Investments. In my spare time, I enjoy sightseeing, hiking, playing sports, traveling, studying and eating cheesecake.

 

Hours: M 2-4pm, W 1-3pm, Th 5-6 (drop-in hour) & 6-7pm

 

BIOLOGY

 
 Emily Parlan

Emily Parlan

Hello! My name is Emily Parlan, I’m from Bend, OR, and I’m a senior studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Business. When I’m not studying in Thompson, you can catch me reading (for fun!), drinking coffee, or admiring the salad bar at the Met. Please stop by if you have any questions about biology or if you just want to chat – I’m looking forward to getting to know you!

 

Hours: S 4-5 & 5-6pm (drop-in), T 9-11am, Th 3-5pm

Jacob Shaffer

Jacob Shaffer

Hello, my name is Jacob and I am super excited to be a biology peer tutor for the 2018-2019 year! I am majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with minors in Music and Math. I can generally be found studying around Thompson, practicing my saxophone in the Music Building, or walking my adorable puppy Kepler around Tacoma. I am very passionate about biology as a whole, so if you ever have any questions about courses or just want to talk about something that excites you in biology (or hear one of my many microbial fun facts), please don’t hesitate to reach out!

 

Hours: Sun 1-3pm, M 6-7 (drop-in hour) & 7-8pm, Fr 11-1pm

 

 CHEMISTRY

Noah Bader-Fourney

Noah Bader-Fourney

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 sophomore 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 2-3 (drop-in hour) & 3-4pm, W 9-10am & 11am-noon, Th 4-6pm

Ivin Yu

Ivin Yu

Hello! My name is Ivin, I use he/him pronouns, and I'm from Los Angeles, California. I am a senior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with an emphasis in Bioethics, with the goal of pursuing a career in medicine. When I'm not focusing on academics, I volunteer at St Joseph's Medical Center every weekend and serve as the Public Relations Chair of my fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. Fun fact: I love to sing (I've been in choir for about 15 years), and I love Disney, so I'm always ready for Disney sing-alongs. Hope to see you around campus or at the CWLT to help you with some chemistry!

 

Hours: Sun 4-6pm, T 7-8 & 8-9pm (drop-in), F noon-2pm

 

Brynn Witter

Hey there! My name is Brynn, I’m from Long Beach, California, and I study biochemistry and math. One time a professor called me “a permanent resident of Harned,” but if I’m not there, I’m probably hanging out in one of the on-campus cafes, climbing at the gym, or taking a stroll around the neighborhood in search of friendly cats. I'd love to see you in the center sometime - whether you want to tackle some tough concepts from general, organic, physical, analytical, or biochemistry, 

or you just want to chat about your life, I am here for you! (she/her/hers)

 

Hours: Sun noon-2pm, M noon-2pm, Th 6-7 & 7-8pm (drop-in hour)

Alex Guzman

Alex Guzman

Hello! My name is Alex, and I am a junior Chemistry major (math minor) from Minneapolis who loves chatting about chem. I have taken chemistry courses in general chemistry, analytical chemistry, and organic chemistry, and I became particularly interested in how chemistry relates to sustainable processes through my research investigating aspects of Green Chemistry. Outside of the molecular world, I am involved in La Sobremesa (Spanish conversation and yerba mate club), and I play guitar (I will refrain from plugging my Soundcloud – I promise). I look forward seeing you drop by!  ​

 

Hours: M 1-3pm, W 7-8 (drop-in hour) & 8-9pm, Th 1-3pm

   

Chinese

 
 Christy Chen

Christy Chen

Hellooooo~ I’m Christy, a junior, 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 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!

 

Hours: M 7-8 (drop-in hour) & 8-9pm, T 2-4pm, Th 9-11am

CLASSICS

 
Annie Lamar

Annie Lamar

Hello! My name is Annie Lamar. I am from Orange County, California and am a Classical Languages major with a Mathematics and Computer Science double minor. When I'm not studying or tutoring, I can be find fueling my tea addiction at tea shops around Tacoma or exploring used bookstores. I also enjoy backpacking, trail running, and reading Harry Potter in ancient Greek! I look forward to working with you in the Center!

 

Hours: M 1-2 & 6-7pm, T noon-2 & 2-3pm (Classics drop-in hour), Th 9am-noon, 1-3pm

   

 

 Lia Chin-Purcell

Lia Chin-Purcell

Hi there! My name is Lia and I’m a junior 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 first 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, T 3-5pm, W 6-7 (drop-in hour) & 7-8pm

 

Economics

 
Alia Kabir

Alia Kabir

Hi! My name is Alia and I’m a senior from Oakland, CA, majoring in Economics and Math. I spend most of my spare time petting dogs around campus, drinking coffee, and attempting to climb wet Washington rocks. Stop by if you want to talk about papers or if you’re in search of a climbing partner!

  

Hours: M 6-7 (drop-in hour) & 7-8pm, W 2-3 & 6-7pm, Th 3-6pm

 

Exercise Science

 
Madison Orton

Madi Orton

Hi! I’m a senior from the beautiful state of Oregon, and I’m studying Exercise Science with a minor in Spanish and Bioethics Emphasis. On campus, I am involved with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Greek life, but most often I spend hours studying in the front room of the lib. As someone born and raised in the PNW, when I’m not around campus you can find me running, hiking, and going for adventures around Tacoma with my superhero service dog, Vision, rain or shine. Whether you need help understanding all the anatomical terms, writing a lab report, or just want to chat about how fascinating the human body is, please don’t hesitate to stop by; I am so excited to work with you in the CWLT as an Exercise Science tutor!

 

Hours: M 4-5 & 5-6pm (drop-in hour), W 1-3pm, F 1-3pm  

 

Caleb Van Boven

Caleb Van Boven

Hi! I’m Caleb Van Boven and I am a senior from Boulder, CO pursuing an Exercise Science major.  On campus, I’m involved as a member of the swim team and Greek life, but most often you’ll find me studying around Thompson. When I’m not busy, I’m likely playing basketball or out hiking around Point Defiance. I’m honored and excited to work with you all as an Exercise Science Subject tutor!

 

Hours: M 9-11am, W 9-noon, Th 7-8 (drop-in hour) & 8-9pm, F noon-2pm

French

 
Ashley Coyne

Ashley Coyne

Hello! My name is Ashley, and I am a senior majoring in French and SOAN from Walnut Creek, California. I spent last spring semester abroad in Morocco putting my French to use and picking up some Arabic and am looking forward to working as one of your French tutors this year! You can normally find me reading at one of my favorite local coffee shops while sipping on a cup of that elixir of life we all know and love. When my face isn’t stuck in a book, I also enjoy baking, running, hiking, knitting, and playing flute. Please stop by any time to exchange puns and/or work on French speaking and writing skills! I look forward to meeting you!​

 

Hours: Sun 4-6pm, M 3-5pm, T 6-7 (drop-in hour) & 7-8pm 

Meadow Poplawsky

Meadow Poplawsky

Hi! My name is Meadow and I’m a senior majoring in International Political Economy and minoring in French and Global Development Studies. You can usually find me in the music building, library, or drinking tea in one of our campus cafes. When I’m not around campus, I love to hike, bike, discover new music, and hang out with my friends! Come say hi if you have any questions about French, I’d love to meet you!

 

Hours: M 4-6pm, W 6-7 (drop-in hour) & 7-8pm, Th 2-4pm 

 German

 
 

Katarina Moffett

Hi! I am a senior from Portland, Oregon and I am a German major and an Exercise Science and Business double minor! I’m very excited to be working at the CWLT as the German tutor! My passions include playing volleyball, as I am also on the team here at UPS, and just hanging out and taking it easy. Please stop by for any help in German, or if you just want to stop and chat for a bit! I hope to be able to help in any way you need!

 

Hours: M noon-2pm, T 9-10am, W 1-2 (drop-in hour) & 2-3pm, Th 9-10am

 

 

Japanese

 
Aya Goto-Hirsig

Aya Goto-Hirsig

Hey there! I’m Aya Goto, and I’m from Berkeley, California. I am double majoring in Japanese and International Relations. I love travel, the outdoors, playing the guitar, drawing, and windsurfing. I spent my gap year volunteering on organic farms all over Japan, and would love to swap stories with you while we study Japanese. Whether to chat, learn a new concept or review for a test, feel free to stop on by! Look forward to meeting you all :)

 

Hours: M 2-3 & 3-4pm (drop-in), T 1-3pm, W 11am-noon

   
 

 Mathematics

 

Maggie Berrens

Hi! I am a sophomore, 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 1-2 (drop-in hour) & 2-3pm, M 4-6pm, W 6-8pm

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 9-11am, T 7-8 (drop-in hour) & 8-9pm, Th 2-4pm

Physics

 
Noah Johnson

Noah Johnson

Hello all, my name is Noah Johnson and I am currently a junior working as a Writing Advisor and Physics Tutor. I am a math physics double major, but my interests extend to writing, computer science, and Japanese. I’m fascinated by the way our world works and how we can explain it with the concepts of physics or describe it through articulate writing. As such, I’d love to help you with physics, writing, or possibly both! When I’m not in class or working, most of my time gets eaten up by studying and rowing, but I also enjoy reading - Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick in particular - drawing, and skiing. Some of my other interests include movies, ice cream, and actually seeing the sun. This is my first year in the CWLT so I’d love to meet you and hear about your passions! Whether you need help organizing ideas, have a recently developed curiosity for physics, or can’t figure out where to start, I am excited to work with you!

 

Hours: Sun 11am-noon & noon-1pm (drop-in hour), M 10-11am, 5-7pm, W 3-4 & 7-9pm, Th 5-7pm

Patrick Zimmerman

Patrick Zimmerman

Hiya! My name is Patrick Zimmerman, and I use they/them and he/him pronouns. I’m a Senior physics and math double major here at UPS. I’m also heavily involved in the School of Music as a vocalist—you can find me performing with Garden Level, our only tenor/bass acappella group on campus, or performing with the UPS opera theatre. Some of my other passions include gardening, baking, drawing, playing piano, sitting in the sun, and petting any dogs or cats I can find within a five-mile radius. I’ve always had a strong sense of curiosity that has lent itself well to the wide, wild world of physics, and I’m excited to share that curiosity and whatever knowledge I’ve gleaned up to this point in my academic career with you! I find that physics can often be confounding both conceptually and mathematically, yet I am always eager to do what I can to demystify. If you have any questions, whether they be mathematical, conceptual, philosophical, or anything else under the sun, feel free to stop by the CWLT and say hi. 

 

Hours: Sun noon-2pm, T 3-5pm, Th 7-8 & 8-9pm (drop-in hour) 

   

Psychology Statistics

 

Cole Tomkins

Cole Tomkins

Hi! I’m Cole, I use they/them pronouns, and I’m a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Math and Chinese. I’m originally from England (the accent comes and goes) but I’m truly a Chicagoan at heart. When I’m not geeking out about stats I like to knit, play guitar, build random contraptions, and meticulously organize things. If you have questions about statistics, or need help staying organized, feel free to stop by and say hi!

 

Hours: T noon-2pm & 6-8pm, Th 6-8pm

Spanish

 
Leslie Machabee

Leslie Machabee

¡Hola! My name is Leslie Machabee, and I’m from Henderson, Nevada. I’m a junior 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!

 

Hours: S 2-4 T 7-8 & 8-9pm (drop-in hour), Fr 10am-noon

 Malcolm Major

Malcolm Major

Hello fellow Logger! I am from Telluride, Colorado and am majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish. I love to ski, hike, slackline, or just about anything that will get me outdoors. I spent a gap year living in Madrid, Spain and been a huge fan of Spanish and Spain ever since. So, if you're looking for help with any level Spanish, just want to talk through a tough assignment or something unrelated I would love to see you in the center! 

 

Hours: M 7-9pm, Th 5-6 (drop-in hour) & 6-7pm, F noon-2pm

Statistics

 
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Jadyn Kerns-Funk

Hi everyone! My name is Jadyn and I am a double major in mathematics and economics. I am from Portland, Oregon and my hobbies include eating, bowling, and crafting. I have always enjoyed statistics greatly and I am very excited for my first year as a CWLT tutor sharing that with you all! I would love to help anyone with questions from statistic courses or inquiries about all of the other various applications of statistics in the real world! Go stats! Please come in and chat!

 

Hours: M noon-2pm, W 1-3 & 3-4pm (drop-in hour), F noon-1pm

 

Cole Tomkins

Hi! I’m Cole, I use they/them pronouns, and I’m a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Math and Chinese. I’m originally from England (the accent comes and goes) but I’m truly a Chicagoan at heart. When I’m not geeking out about stats I like to knit, play guitar, build random contraptions, and meticulously organize things. If you have questions about statistics, or need help staying organized, feel free to stop by and say hi!

 

Hours: T noon-2pm & 6-8pm, Th 6-8pm

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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: Sun 4-5 p.m.
  • Biology: Sun 5-6 p.m. & M 6-7 p.m.
  • Chemistry: Sun 2-3 p.m., T 8-9 p.m., W 7-8 p.m., Th 6-7 p.m.
  • Chinese: Th 1-2 p.m.
  • Classics: T 2-3 p.m.
  • Computer Science: W 6-7 p.m.
  • Economics: M 6-7 p.m.
  • Exercise science: M 5-6 p.m., Th 7-8 p.m.
  • French: T 6-7 p.m., W 6-7 p.m.
  • German: W 1-2 p.m.
  • Japanese: M 3-4 p.m.
  • Math: S 1-2 p.m., T 7-8 p.m.
  • Physics: S noon-1 p.m.T 8-9 p.m.
  • Spanish: Sun 3-4 p.m., T 8-9 p.m., Th 5-6 p.m.
  • Statistics: W 3-4 p.m., Th 7-8 p.m.