Andrea Kay is the president and founder of Kay Tutoring. A Minnesota native, she has a Master’s in Education from the University of Minnesota, attended Yale for her B.A. in History and graduated cum laude from The Blake School. Andrea is a credentialed social studies teacher and has experience working as a classroom teacher as well as in one-on-one settings. Starting out as a volunteer, Andrea discovered her passion for education and tutoring in 2000. Her professional tutoring career began in 2006, when she began providing formal academic and test prep tutoring.
Andrea specializes in helping kids meet their overall goals with respect to school, college essay writing, and test prep. While she is incredibly invested in helping her students achieve academic success, Andrea strives to make personal connections with all of her students via their interests, realizing that each student is more than just a letter grade or a test score.
Andrea is skilled at helping college applicants prep for interviews and write stand-out admissions essays having worked with students on their applications for many years. She has a unique and qualified perspective having seen the other side of the college application process as an Interviewer for Yale University. She is able to bring this wealth of experience to the table every time she takes a student through the college application process.
Fun facts: Andrea played NCAA Division I Varsity Basketball at Yale, ran Kay Tutoring from San Francisco for 6 years before moving back to Minnesota in 2012 and re-opening in Minnetonka, and was an avid dog volunteer for over 5 years at the San Francisco SPCA.
Sarah is the newly appointed Director of Kay Tutoring. Sarah is a credentialed English teacher and has experience with students both in the classroom as well as one-on-one. Originally from Minnetonka, Sarah attended The Blake School and graduated cum laude. After Blake, Sarah matriculated to Boston College and earned her B.A. in English and Secondary Education. Upon graduating, she received her license in Secondary English in the state of Massachusetts. She later returned to BC and became a “double eagle” when she acquired a Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. While earning her Master’s, Sarah taught English full-time at a private college preparatory high school, Saint Joseph Prep, in Boston for three years. Now, Sarah is excited to return to the Midwest and work in the community she grew up in.
Sarah is dedicated to taking the mystery out of the essay writing process. She wrote her Master’s Comprehensive Exam (an extensive research paper) on best practices in writing, and helped spearhead the curriculum for Saint Joseph Prep’s new English Writing course. Throughout her years of teaching she has witnessed many students struggling as they stare at a blank page while their cursor blinks back at them; however, Sarah has been able to show these students that writing, much like math, has a formula and a process that is extremely coachable. Passionate, not only about writing for English class, Sarah has extensive experience helping students write compelling, authentic college essays that reveal students’ unique personality, values and strengths. At Saint Joseph Prep, Sarah taught the College Essay as part of her 11th grade English curriculum, and in the summer of 2015 Sarah began spearheading the College Essay program for Kay Tutoring. In addition to college essay writing, Sarah excels in putting together summer workshops and private one-on-one tutoring programs to either remediate or enrich students writing skills.
Fun Facts: Sarah is fluent in Spanish and spent a college semester abroad living in Quito, Ecuador, started as sweeper for the Blake women’s varsity soccer team all four years at Blake, and guided many extended wilderness adventure trips at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, including a month long white water canoe trip on the Kopka river in Ontario.
Aaron teaches the English/Reading/Science/Writing portion of the ACT and the Reading/Writing & Language portions of the SAT. Aaron also tutors history, including AP Human Geography and AP European History. Aaron also recently earned his Master’s in History from Boston University. Though he lives on the East coast, he works with Kay Tutoring clients via online sessions.
Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota with his B.A. in History. He is passionate about not only teaching his students the material necessary to improve their scores on the ACT and their grades in their history classes, but also keeping them laughing as they progress through our rigorous test prep/tutoring program! One of Aaron’s greatest strengths is his ability to relate to his students. Aaron is intimately familiar with the important process of excelling both in school and on standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT and the AP exams through personal and professional experience. After graduating from college, Aaron worked as an ACT coach and college counselor for Americorps-College Possible, a program that allowed him to serve our community and gain a unique perspective on the test prep experience.
Overall, Aaron is incredibly personable, funny, outgoing, and fastidious – and he uses all of these qualities to make ACT prep and academic tutoring more engaging for students than you might ever have thought possible!
Alan tutors French and Spanish. He grew up in Portland, Maine and Minnetonka, Minnesota, attending Minnetonka High School and the Perpich Center for Arts Education. He graduated from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, where he focused on French and completed his teacher training. French study at CAVILAM in Vichy, France was a cornerstone moment of language learning for Alan. He also completed research on alternative education projects in Mexico City and Oaxaca, Mexico during his undergraduate experience.
Since graduation, Alan has worked with diverse students in a variety of contexts. He completed his student teaching at L’École française du Maine (the French School of Maine) where he taught academic subjects in French and English, using the French national curriculum. Afterward, he worked with beginning and intermediate level adult students of French and Spanish at the Language Exchange in Portland, Maine. He has co-taught Spanish to beginning adults in a community education setting with native speakers and has translated Spanish-language poetry to English. He led a weekly Spanish conversation group in Portland for over a year, coordinating events and working to create community around the language.
Alan is excited to share his passion for foreign languages with students at Kay Tutoring!
In addition to his tutoring work, Alan is the Communications Coordinator at the Alliance Française Minneapolis-Saint Paul. He volunteers for and works as a Field Organizer for a number of local city council campaigns. He also volunteers regularly with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
Anna is a licensed 1-6 elementary teacher as well as a licensed K-12 reading teacher. Anna earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Luther College and her Master's degree in Educational Literacy from Hamline University in St. Paul. Anna has been working as an educator for a decade, mainly in classrooms for students in grades 3-6. She loves working with all elementary ages and subjects. More specifically, Anna specializes in Early Reading and working with struggling readers and writers. Most recently, Anna transitioned into a new role for the 2016-2017 school year: she is now a Literacy Specialist working with Minneapolis Public Schools, and she coaches classroom teachers while supporting students in a variety of classroom setting.
Although Anna specializes in reading instruction, having worked as a classroom teacher for many years she is no stranger to elementary math curriulum–she is particularly familiar with Everyday Math, Singapore Math and Saxon Math curriculums and has a number of tricks up her sleeve to support students that are struggling or in need of enrichment. In addition, Anna is well versed in working on executive functioning issues and helping kids to develop strong study skills and organizational habits.
Anna loves to be creative and think "outside the box,” and she uses her creativity to excite and engage her students. Anna is a Minnesota Reading Association Member and an International Literacy Association Member. Fun fact: Anna enjoys reading, musical theater and going to the farmer’s market with her husband.
Annabel is a tutor for English and Reading ACT prep as well as academic English for grades 6-12. Annabel has always been passionate about learning and teaching English as well as test prep. As such, she earned a 36, a perfect score, on the English and Reading sections of the ACT. She hails from Eagan, Minnesota, and she graduated with honors from Eastview High School in Apple Valley. She is currently pursuing her B.A. in English Literature and will graduate in the spring of 2017. Upon her graduation, she will complete the Initial Licensure in English Education + Master’s in Education teaching program through the University of Minnesota. Annabel worked as a volunteer tutor for the Minnesota Internship Center, where she gained valuable knowledge about the varying needs of students and their potential given all the best tools and guidance.
Five years after a highly successful Business Day with Andrea Kay as her partner, Brigitte graduated cum laude from Blake. She attended Stanford for her undergraduate studies, graduating with honors in Public Policy. After college, she worked as a management consultant and a nonprofit consultant in North America, Europe, and Africa. She then attended the University of California, San Diego for her doctorate in political science and then worked for the Varieties of Democracy Project at the University of Gothenburg for one year before assuming her current position as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
What might be of particular interest to Kay Tutoring clients is that Brigitte parlayed her Senior Project at Blake into a career: volunteering in Malawi as an 18 year old turned into a decade of research in Malawi, and Brigitte now advises government agencies, aid organizations, and grassroots nonprofits across the country. Having worked as a TA and professor at four universities across the world, her role at Kay Tutoring is to ensure that tutoring services prepare students holistically for the demands of today's college life. She conveys her observations as a college professor so that Kay Tutoring can work towards college readiness in addition to college acceptance.
Carolyn is a central-Wisconsin native who moved to Minnesota to attend St. Olaf College where she graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Women’s Studies. A lifelong writer, she attended Hamline University for graduate school and earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. Passionate about writing, Carolyn has had two novels published, and she has dedicated her professional life to coaching students. After teaching every level of writing and communications at the post-secondary level, Carolyn switched her attention to high school and opened White Bear Lake High School’s Writing Center where she works exclusively with high school students. Carolyn is dedicated to the writing process, working individually with students through every step and tailoring her coaching and support to help each writer reach his or her highest writing potential.
Outside of her professional world of words, Carolyn also spends time on her own writing and loves to curl up with a good book. A long distance runner who has completed over twenty half marathons and marathons and is venturing into the sport of ultramarathoning, Carolyn also spends a great deal of her free time hitting the pavement in her running shoes.
Catherine, a member of Wayzata’s graduating class of 2017, is our Chinese language (Mandarin) tutor. During her early childhood, Catherine and her family lived in China for over 3 years, so Chinese is Catherine’s first language. Upon returning to Minnesota, Catherine attended the Minnesota Minghua Chinese School for 10 years (graduating from their program in 2014). As a 10th grader, she demonstrated her Chinese expertise in speaking, listening, reading and writing by earning a 5 on the AP Chinese Language and Culture exam.
Growing up in what Catherine describes as a relatively traditional Chinese household, Catherine values the language as an extension and expression of her culture. She loves tutoring students in Chinese, no matter their level, because she loves supporting them as they strive to understand the nuances of a language that she is extremely passionate about. Catherine’s favorite part of the studying Chinese is speaking because it’s the most direct way of communicating with someone–when speaking you can hear a person’s tone, which is an extremely important component of Chinese. While conversational Chinese comes naturally to Catherine, Catherine is adept at helping students develop their Chinese reading and writing skills as well.
Besides studying Chinese, Catherine’s hobbies include volunteering at the Humane Society, the City Hall of Maple Grove, and the City Hall of Plymouth. She is an active member of the Wayzata Speech Team and the Earth Club. Catherine will be attending college in the fall where she will study political science and international relations.
Born and raised in Illinois, Chris moved to Minnesota in 2001 to attend St. Olaf College. Following undergrad, he spent six years teaching high school social studies, four at Minnehaha Academy Upper School in Minneapolis and two internationally at the American School of Asuncion in Paraguay.
In addition to his B.A. in History and Social Studies Education, Chris holds an M.Ed in Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota. He is currently a Ph.D student in the University of Minnesota's Social Studies Education program, where he teaches social studies methods to pre-licensure teacher candidates and supervises them in their field placements. He also researches how students develop political identities and learn to engage with disagreeing viewpoints.
Chris enjoys working with students on any social studies subject (history, geography, civics/government, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and philosophy) while helping students find meaningful connections between the material and their lives. He believes in customizing his tutoring to each client to help them meet their goals.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys making music, biking, and occasionally embarrassing himself in front of a crowd at comedy open mic nights. He will also happily talk your ear off about a wide variety of nerdy pursuits, if given the opportunity.
Dawson is a graduating senior at the University of Minnesota in the physics department. After graduation, his plan is to enter a Ph.D. program in physics that would begin in the fall of 2018. Dawson tutors physics for all levels (including AP Physics 1, 2 and C), as well as math for all levels after 6th grade (including AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC).
Dawson has always had an affinity for math, which ultimately brought him to the study of physics. Through UMTYMP, he started the calculus sequence at the University of Minnesota when he was in 10th grade. With respect to standardized testing: Dawson has a significant record of success. He obtained scores in the 99th percentile on both the ACT and SAT, and he was additionally awarded a National Merit Scholarship for his performance on the PSAT. He also has firsthand experience with the SAT II Subject Tests in both Physics and Math II. When he arrived at college, he initially declared himself a biomedical engineering major but fell in love with the subject of physics over the course of the first year.
As a tutor, Dawson strives to adapt to your personal learning style. He believes that the beauty of technical subjects is that there is typically more than one method to approach a problem, and there is always more than one way to visualize or grasp a concept. His goal is to facilitate connection-making between various concepts, which ultimately leads to a stronger understanding of the material.
Elizabeth tutors ACT prep in English and reading. She grew up in Missouri and moved to Minnesota in 2010 to attend Carleton College. She graduated cum laude, majoring in English Literature and minoring in Latin American Studies. During her time at Carleton, she discovered her love of working with students as a volunteer tutor for a college access program within the Northfield Public Schools system. She also worked in a dual immersion classroom where students spoke in both English and Spanish. In addition, over the summer Elizabeth interned at 826michigan, a non-profit creative writing and tutoring center in Detroit.
After her time at Carleton, she spent a year as an AmeriCorps member working with a college access program for Latino high schoolers.
Elizabeth is passionate about pursuing journalism: outside of tutoring, she writes for Round Earth Media as well as local magazines, including St. Louis Park Magazine and White Bear Lake Magazine.
Gabriela is our Lead ACT Math/Science Tutor. In addition to ACT math and science, she tutors the following subjects: math for grades 6-12 (including AP Calculus AB and BC, IB Math and the Math 1 and Math 2 SAT Subject Tests) as well as through all levels of math in higher education. She also tutors Spanish through AP/IB levels.
Gabriela loves to teach math. Her passion is teaching math in a way that makes sense. Gabriela teaches students to problem solve instead of just memorizing steps. She loves seeing students’ eyes brighten after understanding a new math concept.
In addition to helping students with all levels of math from arithmetic to calculus, Gabriela is a top-notch Spanish tutor. Gabriela continues to use her Spanish in her travels, especially in Guatemala and Spain, where she has pursued many different types of charity and educational work.
With respect to her ACT tutoring, Gabriela is passionate about helping students realize how quickly and effectively they can raise their scores. One inspiration behind Gabriela’s tutoring was a theoretical neuroscience course that she took while pursuing her undergraduate degree at the U.
In her free time, Gabriela enjoys skiing in the winter and hiking during the summer. Of course, above all, Gabriela enjoys learning new things!
Grace is a Minnesota native who graduated cum laude from The Blake School. She then headed west to California, where she graduated summa cum laude from Scripps College as a double English and Politics & International Relations major. She also minored in French. Throughout her time at Scripps, she worked as a mentor at a non-profit, helping students through the college application process with a focus on editing application and scholarship essays.
After graduating, Grace moved to France, where she worked as an English Teaching Assistant at two middle schools. Grace is passionate about literature and writing; she is dedicating to helping students grow as thinkers and writers, from the big picture of the paper to the last period. At Kay Tutoring, Grace works as a college essay coach, academic coach and an academic tutor.
Hailee is originally from Mahomet, IL and attended Millikin University in Decatur, IL for her undergraduate education, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in both Mathematics and Spanish. She currently lives in Minneapolis, MN and is attending the University of Minnesota to get her M.S. in Mathematics with a minor in biomedical engineering and math teaching licensure component.
Hailee has a thorough background of teaching and participating in mathematics at many levels. In high school she took AP Calculus BC and passed the AP exam with a score of 5. She was also an active participant in the World Youth in Science and Engineering and the Math Team, placing at the regional level several times, both individually and as a team. While in college Hailee worked as a tutor in the Math Center at Millikin, helping clients with everything from college algebra to multivariable calculus. She also taught the 400-level abstract algebra course during her senior year. She currently works as a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota, having led discussion sections for Precalculus, Calculus I and II, and Calculus for Biology. In addition to teaching experience, Hailee has also done in-depth research in various levels of mathematics, resulting in several award-winning conference posters, presentations at national mathematics conferences, and various publications. In 2015 she was awarded an Honorable Mention recognition for the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship for her work on commutative ring theory.
Hailee has also been able to provide mathematics homework help to her various siblings (she is one of six kids) who reside in Northern California. In her free time, she enjoys rooting for the Vikings, being entertained by her pet rats, and asking to pet any dogs she passes while walking.
Hosni graduated from the University of Minnesota, double majoring in Physics (engineering emphasis) and Astrophysics with a minor in Mathematics. His technical experiences largely originate from experimental research he conducted at the University of Minnesota, which include the study of dark matter distributions and developing a Michelson interferometer to study vibrations of a steel bar. Hosni loves physics for the intellectual challenges it provides and for its ability to explain the world around us with beautiful, descriptive elegance.
Hosni graduated from Minnetonka High School with a 3.94 GPA, taking AP Calculus AB and BC as well as Physics B and C amongst many (10, to be precise) other AP courses.
Hosni tutors physics at Kay Tutoring. He loves to help students succeed, while serving as an overall guide for their academic pursuits.
Hosni currently works as an electrical engineer at Safran Test Cells, an aerospace company that designs facilities to test commercial jet engines. In his free time, at NWICC, a religious community center, Hosni teaches an astronomy class for teenagers and tutors students falling behind in their classes.
Kelly earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Catherine University, graduating summa cum laude. After completing her B.A, she earned her Master of Arts in English Literature and Language while working as a graduate assistant at Winona State University. After graduation, Kelly was an adjunct English professor for Winona State. In addition, Kelly taught reading courses for the Institute of Reading Development with students ranging in age from kindergarten up to adult learners. She also taught speed reading and study skills courses at the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota-Duluth, as well as St. Cloud University. In addition to her work now at Kay Tutoring, Kelly is an academic advisor at Rasmussen College.
When Kelly is not working, she enjoys spending time with her three daughters as well as with her three grandsons. Kelly also loves to meet new people and experience different cultures; thus, traveling tops her list of favorite things to do. Her international travels have taken her to Australia, Turkey, and India in recent years. Kelly also enjoys dining out with friends, the theatre, and simply cozying up with a good book, getting lost in another world!
Jackie is a freelance journalist, published author, writing teacher and coach, and an entrepreneur with experience in multi-modal communications strategies. Jackie brings more than twenty years of professional writing experience to Kay Tutoring, along with three years of experience teaching composition and creative writing courses at the University of Minnesota. Jackie's professional writing spans genres from business to travel, history to medicine. She has authored or edited more than one dozen books and penned hundreds of articles for trade publishers, small businesses, state agencies, higher education, and non-profits.
Jackie believes creating narratives enhances a student's ability to think critically. She asks her students to tap into their nascent creativity and trust the messy and sometimes frustrating revision process. "Writing is craft," she says. "Writing becomes art only when one becomes a master at the craft."
A narrative stylist and master storyteller, Jackie earned an MFA in Literary Nonfiction from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a BA in Individualized Studies focused on Business and Professional Writing from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul. Her favorite writers include fellow St. Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald, the inimitable W.G. Sebald, and poet Mary Oliver. She is currently at work on a memoir.
Jasper is a graduate student in the Mathematics PhD program at the University of Minnesota. He has been tutoring Calculus, Physics, and other advanced mathematics for nearly five years and has over a year of classroom experience as a teaching assistant at the U of M. After being nominated by his students, Jasper won the Council of Graduate Students' Teaching Award.
In his own graduate work, Jasper values problem solving, logical thinking, and an in-depth understanding of each concept. Jasper is a visual learner himself, and so he couples these mathematical values with pictures and diagrams to explain the origin of each equation or formula. From this understanding, students find it easier to recall equations, recognize when to apply a given method, and also begin connecting mathematics with their daily lives.
Jasper was raised in upstate New York, where he attended Bard College and earned a B.A. in Mathematics. At Bard he also studied pedagogy, worked in the office of admissions, and played Ultimate frisbee.
Joe grew up in New Brighton and attended Winona State University as a Mathematics and Mathematics: Secondary Education double major. As an educator, Joe is excited about sharing his passion for mathematics with other students. Joe’s educational goal is to develop the critical thinking and problem solving abilities that students will need to excel in whatever career they choose. He strongly believes in the educational philosophy of Experimentalism: learning by doing. Joe believes that students learn best when content is connected to their own experiences and strives to develop those connections in all of his educational endeavors.
Joe has four years of mathematics and statistics tutoring experience through the WSU Tutoring Services: he has tutored subjects ranging from Algebra to introductory Real Analysis. Joe cites tutoring as one of the most fulfilling experiences he has had in his educational career. Joe also has over 200 hours working with middle and high school age students in individual, group, and classroom settings. As a visual learner, his favorite subject to tutor and teach is Calculus, as he loves that deep intuition can be developed by thinking about Calculus-related topics visually. Of course, Joe loves to tutor math at all levels, including ACT/PSAT/SAT math, SAT Subject Tests in Math I and Math II, and AP Calculus AB/BC.
In his free time, Joe enjoys learning about mathematics and its applications, watching movies and TV shows, and spending time with family and friends.
Josh is a certified social studies teacher with B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a M.Ed. in Social Studies education. Josh has extensive experience with all grades, pre-k through 12th grade, most recently working with Blake Lower School’s team of teachers. Josh currently works with students on social studies and overall study skills.
Josh firmly believes that all students are, by nature, learners and capable of high achievement. His mission is to help students realize that no matter their circumstances, they are capable of great things. Watching students gradually become confident and capable learners is his favorite part of the job.
Outside of education, Josh is an avid Minnesota sports fan who loves to coach basketball. In the sports realm, Josh works as tournament director for the Minnesota Basketball Association and as game day operations assistant for The Blake School.
Josh holds a PhD from the University of Arizona in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English.
Josh is an experienced writing teacher, interview and resume coach, and mentor. He is prepared to help students with any type of English paper, including AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition as well as commensurate IB courses, college essays, research and position papers, resumes and CVs, and public speaking.
Josh grew up in Scottsbluff-Gering, Nebraska. He was a highly involved student, co-captain of the speech and debate team, and captain of the Mock Trial team. He was also a managing editor for the yearbook, stage manager for the school musical, and a columnist for the school newspaper. After high school, Josh went on the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in English – Writing and Linguistics. After college, Josh earned his Master’s and PhD at the University of Arizona. During his 8 years there, Josh taught a wide variety of courses, including courses on literature, rhetorical analysis and research, professional and technical communication, and new media. Additionally, Josh gained experience developing both in-person and online courses for both university and corporate learners. Outside of the classroom, Josh worked as an administrator in the U. of Arizona Writing Program, which gave him the opportunity to work with admissions and transfer offices all over the world.
Fun facts: Josh is an avid scholar and player of computer games. So much so that PhD dissertation was actually a study of communication strategies in the computer game industry. He is also a dog lover, with two rescue dogs of his own.
Julie grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, where she attended the nation’s oldest public school, Boston Latin School, graduating with a 3.85 GPA. Julie moved to Minnesota to attend St. Olaf College, where she graduated with a 3.7 GPA, a B.A. in English and a Minnesota state teaching license in Communication Arts and Literature. She currently works at Prior Lake High School, teaching World Literature to sophomores and American Literature to juniors. In the summer of 2016, Julie and colleagues worked together to create the English department’s grammar curriculum and to implement its instruction across all grades.
As a teacher, Julie enjoys not only the daily opportunities to help students find connections to the literature they are analyzing but also the daily opportunities to help students become more clear and cohesive in their writing. She is excited to bring this to her ACT tutoring as well as her general English tutoring through giving students the practical knowledge needed to succeed on their tests and helping them to see the relevance to their academic writing. She also understands that most students aren’t exactly excited about ACT prep, so she ensures her lessons are fast-paced and engaging.
Outside of teaching, Julie enjoys biking to find new places to explore, taking classes to engage with her community and to learn new skills, and, of course, finding new books to read and enjoy. Julie has also spent time coaching rowing, judging and coaching speech and debate and serving as a committee member in the E-STEM committee for the Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools.
Kirsten teaches the English/Reading/Writing portion of the ACT. She also tutors English at all levels, including the AP and IB levels. Kirsten is passionate about helping students see the real world applications of what they learn on the ACT and in their respective English classes. She is caring, outgoing, funny and quick-witted, and she uses these qualities to help distract you from the occasional tedious nature of test prep!
After attending high school in the southwest suburbs of Minneapolis, Kirsten attended the University of Minnesota for her B.A. in Literature with additional focus on Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. She went on to obtain her Master’s in Education from the University of Minnesota in Literacy Education in 2013.
Kirsten currently teaches English at Waconia High School in Waconia, Minnesota. Her course load includes English 9, English 10, Speech, and Academic Literacy. Kirsten’s courses are designed to guide students to achieve self-directed mastery of information literacy, media literacy, and technology literacy. She co-created the curriculum for Academic Literacy over the summer of 2015, giving her extensive experience in the planning, implementation, and tracking of growth that bolsters students’ reading skills.
Fun facts: outside of teaching, Kirsten is a writer whose nonfiction has appeared in the StarTribune and local literary magazines. While working for a publishing company, she edited over fifty children’s books on topics ranging from proper pet care to conspiracy theories surrounding Bigfoot. Kirsten also loves soccer; she played Varsity soccer in high school, C1 traveling soccer for Minnetonka, and continues to carve out time to play for a Minneapolis City League.
Mallory is a graduate of The University of St. Thomas where she obtained her degree in English, Secondary Education, and Communications/ Journalism. Having graduated from UST with a 3.97 GPA and summa cum laude honors, Mallory is as dedicated to her own education as she is to the education of her students. Curiously, she also graduated from her Central Wisconsin high school with a 3.97 GPA. She was an active member of T.E.A.C.H. club while in college and presented her literary research at graduate-level English conferences. After college, Mallory completed her student teaching at The Academy of Holy Angels. She is currently teaching at the Hill Murray School. In addition, she is currently continuing her education at UST’s Graduate School. Mallory is a licensed 5-12 teacher who is available to tutor for ACT/SAT English, AP Literature & Composition as well as AP Language & Composition, and English for grades 4-12.
Mallory believes that the most valuable asset one can obtain in life is a quality education. Education is what creates successful, mindful, intelligent, and proactive citizens. It is for this reason that she has dedicated her life to the vocation of teaching so as to equip future generations with the tools necessary to build a better world for everyone. Mallory adores tutoring because working one-on-one with students allows for maximum growth with measurable results. She is up-to-date on the latest teaching practices to ensure her tutees are engaged and active participants in their own learning.
Manju is a licensed 5-12 math teacher and will be teaching in the math department at Park Center Senior High in the fall. She was the 2017 recipient of Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Fellowship, a national fellowship that supports math and science teachers in their first five years of teaching. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Psychology with a Spanish minor from the University of Minnesota, and is currently finishing her Master's in Education there as well. Manju has been tutoring since high school, where she balanced student life with playing soccer and being an active member of NHS, Spanish NHS, and Art NHS. She studied hard and earned National Merit Scholarship for her performance on the PSAT.
Manju is interested in studying how teacher practices and student motivation affect student learning. She believes math is a collaborative subject and loves working with others to expand their thinking strategies, improve efficiency, and find multiple solutions to the same problem. Manju focuses on using each student’s strengths to overcome challenges and gain confidence in math. With time, effort, and guidance, she believes all students can achieve their academic goals.
Fun facts: Manju considers herself a lifelong learner, and she enjoys going to events in the community, viewing and creating artwork, and spending time with her family in Chicago. She received the President's Student Leadership and Service Award 2016, and was one of 43 undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota to be recognized by the university’s president for her student leadership. She studied abroad in Ecuador where she took classes and volunteered in high school English classes. Manju loves to be outside, and she particularly loves getting to know the city of Minneapolis via walking and biking.
From Michigan originally, Melissa moved to the Twin Cities to work on her PhD in history at the University of Minnesota after earning her BA in history from Smith College. Her field is Modern German history, and she recently spent a year living and researching in Berlin as a Fulbright Scholar. She has taught several courses at the University of Minnesota as an instructor and teaching assistant.
She discovered tutoring and working with high school students in 2014 and found herself drawn to this age group. She loves giving students the tools to understand complex ideas and interpret the world around them. In addition to social studies, Melissa has experience tutoring and coaching students in ACT, SAT, writing, including college essay writing, research and study skills. She is particularly helpful for students in AP history courses, since she served as a Scorer for the AP European History exam in 2014 and 2016. She has a special interest in helping students with homework anxiety and perfectionism, but enjoys working with all students and loves seeing her students gain confidence.
Molly grew up in Delano, MN and was the valedictorian of her class at Delano High School. She then attended Gustavus Adolphus College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and graduated summa cum laude. During her time at Gustavus, she served as a teaching assistant for biology laboratory courses and loved the opportunity to provide instruction through hands on learning experiences. Molly completed the next stage of her education at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating first in her class.
Once she completed her education, she then spent four years working at a local practice as a small animal veterinarian. During this time, her passion for education was reinforced because she was always teaching her clients animal health information that was relevant to their pets. After working as a vet, Molly then took a position with the United States Department of Agriculture in Kentucky, where she enforced animal welfare laws and food safety. After a couple of years in Kentucky, she is thrilled to have moved back to Minnesota, where she plans to use her passion for education and pursue a career teaching high school science. Molly is a lifelong science enthusiast and is eager to share her excitement with students. She finds it exhilarating to expose students to the inner workings of their surroundings since science is always all around us! In her spare time, Molly enjoys hiking, reading, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her two cats, Yuki and Kyo.
Rebecca teaches English/Essay Writing as well as the English/Reading portion of the ACT. She enjoys helping students discover the world and make connections to the human experience through literature.
Born and raised in west central Wisconsin, Rebecca attended the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where, in addition to her studies, she worked as a writing tutor at the University Writing Center and volunteered with several community programs. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in Secondary English Education.
After graduating, Rebecca taught high school English. She also coached competitive speaking and JV girls' basketball. Recently, deciding to explore other interests outside the classroom, she now works as an editor and author for a company that publishes nonfiction literature for children. Rebecca is thrilled to complement this work by working with students at Kay Tutoring and helping them reach their academic goals. She finds discussing texts and exploring literary concepts with fresh and exuberant minds to be an encouraging look into the future.
In her free time, Rebecca experiments with different art forms, particularly drawing and writing poetry. She also enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.
Sarah is an experienced teacher, with 20 years of service in education. She earned her B.A. in History, summa cum laude, from Carleton College, and her M.Ed. in Social Studies Education from the University of Minnesota. She taught social studies at Wayzata High School for 17 years, including AP European History for 15 of those years. She is very familiar with the design of the course and the scoring of the exam, as she spent six years serving as an Essay Reader for the AP European History Examination. She has also worked with the College Board to train educators to teach AP European History. She has taught a variety of other social studies courses including World History, World Religions, US History, Psychology, AP Psychology, Women’s History, Anthropology, and Current Issues.
Sarah is also a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor, having completed a 300-hour training program to teach mindfulness in schools. Sarah has worked with over a dozen Minnesota school districts to teach mindfulness, wellness, and stress-management to teachers and students, in addition to working with students and faculty at the University of Minnesota campuses. She currently trains teachers and speaks at conferences nationwide on the topic of mindfulness in education.
Sarah has extensive experience teaching history, study skills, time management, reading and writing strategies, and stress-reduction techniques to adolescents. She is passionate about history and passionate about helping young people succeed in school and life. She approaches tutoring with the whole student in mind, focusing on academic as well as social and emotional needs. Fun Fact: Sarah is an accomplished writer -- her work has appeared in several published anthologies, as well as on the Huffington Post (where she writes about education and mindfulness). She was even featured in O, the Oprah Magazine in 2016! When she’s not teaching, you’ll find her reading, writing, dancing, or hanging out with her two children, two puppies, and husband.
A veteran high school teacher who recently celebrated her 20th year teaching math at The Blake School, Susan is excited bring her wealth of teaching experience and passion for mathematics to Kay Tutoring.
Back when Susan was in high school herself, she was a National Merit scholar. She then went on to earn her B.A. in Math from Kenyon College and her Master of Science in Mathematics from University of Virginia. Now, having taught both AP Calculus and AP Statistics courses, Susan is extremely familiar with the rigors of standardized tests and takes pride in helping students devise their personal strategies for success on these high stakes exams. Along with her experience teaching AP courses, Susan has taught a full range of high school math courses, including various levels of Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus, and Statistics. Additionally, she has even designed her own curriculum for an elective course in Game Theory.
Susan is thrilled to have the chance to work with students in a one-on-one or small group setting, and she is a adept at adapting curriculum to the needs of each individual learner. She loves working with students to improve their understanding of math concepts, and encourages them to relish in the beauty and power of the subject.
In her free time, Susan enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, exploring local parks, and tackling the daily crossword puzzle.
Todd is a credentialed science teacher with a B.S. in Zoology from Texas A&M University and an M.Ed. from the University of Phoenix. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience in a wide variety of subjects and has a great love of learning. His passion for learning has led him into a new career as a software developer for the University of Minnesota.
Todd grew up in Houston, TX and lived in Tokyo, Japan for 10 years, where he taught AP Biology and Algebra for the Department of Defense school system. He then spent six years in Honolulu, HI teaching at prestigious private schools.
Todd loves working with students and helping them achieve success in their academic careers while also improving their life skills. His specialties include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Web Development, Algebra, Geometry, and Precalculus, and he makes it a point to accelerate students’ progress by tailoring lessons to their learning styles and experiences.