Andrea Kay McFarland 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 and Kay Tutoring specialize in helping kids meet their overall goals with respect to school, test prep and college application and essay writing. 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 over 12 years now. 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 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 six years before moving back to Minnesota in 2012 and re-opening in Minnetonka, and was an avid dog volunteer for over five years at the San Francisco SPCA. She named Kay Tutoring after her maiden name, "Kay." Andrea lives with her husband, daughter and dog in Plymouth, Minnesota.
Brian Thomas is the Director of Kay Tutoring. Brian holds a B.A in Humanities as well as a Post Baccalaureate Social Studies RX teaching certificate from Michigan State University. A teacher by trade, Brian has spent over six years teaching and working at both the middle and high school levels. Brian has a deep passion for all things history and government related; teaching those subjects in a classroom made for some of the most rewarding experiences he has had. Brian also has several years of experience working in a tutoring center. Prior to moving to Minnesota, he was the Director of Education at Sylvan Learning Center in Metro-Detroit where he was tasked with maintaining the educational integrity of all student programs as well as supervising all the teaching staff.
Brian brings a truly unique balance of knowledge and experience to Kay Tutoring. He has a deep understanding of the complex workings of our education system as well as the expertise in managing a tutoring center. As a former teacher,Brian understands the long and detailed process of preparing for college. He is dedicated to helping the students of Kay Tutoring accomplish the goals set before them and achieve great success at both the high school and university level.
Outside of work, Brian is a man of many hobbies. An avid baseball and basketball fan, Brian is a die-hard Detroit Tigers and Detroit Pistons fan as well as a loyal Michigan State Spartan! Both Brian and his wife Beau love traveling the world. Being able to experience all the wonderful culture and food around the world is a deep passion that they both share.
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!
Alex grew up in western Montana. Majoring in Philosophy and International Relations and minoring in English, he graduated cum laude from American University in Washington, DC. Inspired by his college English professors and senior thesis advisor, Alex moved to the Mississippi Delta after he graduated to teach high school English in Ruleville, MS. In Mississippi, his students taught him how fiction and poetry could be used as instruments of social justice and political change. Alex then moved to Minneapolis where he took a position at KIPP Northstar Academy. At KIPP, he taught in a 5th grade English Language Arts classroom, worked as a literacy coach and reading specialist, and designed and implemented an original curriculum for the school’s first gifted and talented program. He also coached the KIPP slam poetry team.
At Kay Tutoring, Alex is excited to work with students one-on-one in order to help them rise to meet their potential as students, writers and test-takers. Alex is passionate about the craft of writing, and he is especially interested in helping students find their authentic voice through the writing process. He believes a piece of writing “works” when a student can both break the rules and admire the rules. Alex wants his students to feel empowered to bring their own truths to the page.
Outside of teaching, Alex writes fiction and is currently working on a collection of short stories. He’ll soon be enrolling in an MFA program in creative writing. Always hungry for new book recommendations, he reads voraciously. When Alex doesn’t have a book in front of him, he’s probably playing basketball, running, or chopping lumber at Home Depot.
Alex grew up in Woodbury, Minnesota. Currently a senior at the University of Minnesota, he will be graduating in May 2019 with a degree in math and a minor in computer science. In his time at the U of M, he has fallen in love with the logical structures and beauty which underlie all of mathematics. He is passionate about showing students that math is not just a technical skill, but a creative one as well. At the U, Alex has been on the Dean’s List for nearly his entire tenure there. He has served as an undergraduate grader in the mathematics department, providing individualized feedback to improve students’ performance and understanding in Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra and Coding Theory.
Alex has taught in a variety of contexts, beginning with swim lessons before doing science enrichment at Southwest’s summer program, and volunteering in an adult ESL course in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. Last year, as an Academic Coach, he led a classroom of 5th graders through math and social-emotional learning at an after-school program in eastside St. Paul. He enjoys individual tutoring because it allows him to focus on the exact gaps in a student’s understanding.
Alex attended Great River School for high school, where he completed the IB Diploma, played ultimate frisbee, started a programming club, and was a lead in a musical.
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.
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 as well as a Ph.D from the University of Minnesota's Social Studies Education program. He recently completed a Visiting Assistant Professor position at the University of Georgia and is currently an Assistant Professor at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. Chris 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.
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.
Eric tutors chemistry and ACT Science Test Prep at Kay Tutoring. Eric grew up In Edina and graduated from Edina High School. He also attended Augsburg University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry while also tutoring chemistry labs. Currently finishing a Master’s in Education at Augsburg University, Eric is generally tutoring when he’s not working on his coursework. After graduate school, Eric plans to teach high school chemistry.
Even in high school, Eric loved helping other students better understand scientific concepts. As an educator Eric loves to help students see problems from different perspectives, and he is driven by observing the “lightbulb” moments of realization. He also believes that teaching students to be better learners is that most important skill to pass on.
When he has time between school and work, Eric loves to go to the movies or play a board game. As a native Minnesotan, he loves to get out to the Minnesota lakes during the summer as much as possible, and watch the Vikings on Sundays with his family.
Gabriela is our Lead ACT Math/Science Tutor. Gabriela tutors ACT and SAT math, academic math for grades 4-12 (including AP Calculus AB and BC, IB Math and the Math 1 and Math 2 SAT Subject Tests). She also tutors Spanish through Spanish IV
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.
Jesse graduated with his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Before that, Jesse double majored in mathematics and physics at Luther College and had a 3.97 GPA. Jesse was also a member of the National Math and Physics Honor Societies. Jesse graduated from Winona Senior High, taking an incredibly rigorous course schedule.
Jesse tutors students in Test Prep (ACT - math and science, SAT - math), Math through BC Calculus, and Physics, including all AP levels, with Kay Tutoring. Jesse was a TA throughout graduate school, working with all different levels of students. Jesse has also worked for over 3 years as a tutor in everything from ACT prep to college level calculus and physics to elementary-age mathematics. Jesse has an incredible knack for breaking down complex concepts in a way that students can identify with, using real world analogies to make science and math exciting! Jesse works full-time as a tutor and has plans to stay in education permanently. Jesse believes part of his passion for children comes from having six younger siblings. He believes that the energy and creativity of children of all ages is revitalizing. Jesse has spent 3 summers working at various summer camps with a wide variety of youth, including working at family camps, working as an overnight counselor for a youth camp of children on the autism spectrum, to working as an outdoor youth adventure counselor in Big Sky Montana.
In his free time, Jesse is an avid ultimate frisbee player. He captained a team for 2 years at Luther and still plays in a league. Jesse also is very active, including lifting, swimming, running, and rowing. Fun facts: in high school, Jesse did tons of activities, including playing trumpet in the jazz band, orchestra (including the all-state orchestra) and band, being a member of the knowledge bowl team, swim team and on the board for National Honor Society. Lastly, he is a huge sports fan (Twins, Lynx, Wolves), and takes great pride in being a Minnesotan and Packers fan! Go Pack Go!
Jim has been a language lover as far back as he can remember. He carried his joy for “playing around with the English language” through 28 years of teaching English at his alma mater Benet Academy, a co-educational, private, college-preparatory high school in Lisle, Illinois. When he moved to Minnesota to get married, he spent three more years in the classroom before landing at Data Recognition Corporation, a test development company in Maple Grove. There he worked as a Test Development Specialist in the English Language Arts department, where he wrote multiple-choice questions and essay prompts for standardized tests for nearly seven years. Currently, Jim serves as a substitute teacher in eight different West Metro districts.
A lifelong learner, Jim, after receiving his Master’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, spent many summers attending writing and teaching workshops at schools all over the country, including Cornell University of New York, the University of New Hampshire, and Carleton College. He has traveled to Europe 17 different times, often leading his high school students to and through cities such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, and Athens.
Fun Facts: An avid runner and sports enthusiast, he competed in both cross country and track in high school and college; he also captained his teams in both sports during his senior years. Later, he became a long distance runner and biking competitor. Among his many avocations, Jim was a member of an Irish folk band, Fiddlers’ Green, in which he was a vocalist and played both the keyboard and harmonica for over twenty years prior to his move to Minnesota. He and his wife Allison cherish the time they are able to spend with their two grown sons, Bryan and Tom; they also enjoy the antics of their two pet parrots, Wrigley and Lucy.
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.
Julie teaches mathematics: ACT/PSAT/SAT Test Prep Math, SAT Subject Test Math I and Math II, and academic math. She specializes in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and statistics.
Julie has been a high school math teacher in the Anoka-Hennepin school district for the past 25 years. She is a graduate of both St. Olaf College, with a degree in Mathematics, and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with an education degree. She got her masters degree in K-12 Instructional Technology from Jones International University. She loves teaching and working with students, and specializes in diagnosing “holes” in student’s understandings. She has found that once those “holes” are filled, the student is able to progress very well, and it is a wonderful feeling when she sees that happen!
Overall, Julie believes in teaching with humor, relevance and a belief in the tenet that no question is a stupid one, including, “Why do we have to do this?”
Logan tutors social studies and general academic coaching (study skills) at Kay Tutoring. Logan graduated from Crown College with a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education with Departmental Honors. While earning his degrees, Logan worked in the Study Lab as a tutor for all history-centered classes, which involved teaching World Civilization study groups and proctoring all related tests. During his college career, he earned his social studies teaching license in the State of Minnesota, which included student teaching at both the high school and middle schools levels. Throughout this process, Logan developed a deep passion for his students and for history.
Logan strongly believes in holistic education—a system of teaching to the whole student rather than requiring just recitation of information. This method is structured in order to grow a love for learning which will continue on throughout a student's life. Within this methodology, individualized strategies are not only important but are vital to the development of each and every person.
In his free time, Logan likes reading books, visiting museums, and gaming. He currently works and lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota where he affectionately puts up with a large cat named Minerva. Fun facts - In high school, Logan received his Eagle Scout Award, was an accomplished member of the speech and debate team and participated in LEGO Robotics at the state tournament.
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.
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.
Nathan tutors all levels of English, including, AP Language & Composition and AP Literature & Composition, the SAT Subject Test in Literature and ACT/SAT/PSAT Test Prep in the verbal sections.
Nathan is a Minnesota native, growing up just down the road in Delano. He earned his B.A. in English literature with a writing focus from Gustavus Adolphus College before entering into a career as a print journalist. After working for several local papers, he made his way to Washington, D.C. where he wrote for a political blog and gained a penchant for traveling and learning about other parts of the U.S. as well as global cultures.
His curiosity led him back and forth across the U.S. before he gained admittance to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where he studied literature and earned his MSc in American literature and cultures. Since then, he has lived and worked in Guatemala, Alaska, Cleveland, and San Francisco, working as an adjunct composition and rhetoric instructor. With a desire to teach English full-time, he has returned to Minnesota to pursue his teaching license and enter into secondary education. Although Nathan has loads of teaching and tutoring experience, he looks forward to continuing to hone his teaching skills and to create more meaningful connections with his students than is possible under the adjunct system.
Nathan tutors all levels of English, including, AP Language & Composition and AP Literature & Composition, the SAT Subject Test in Literature and ACT and SAT/PSAT Test Prep in the verbal sections.
Rachel is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and graduated with magna cum laude distinction. While attending Gustavus, Rachel developed a passion for biology and served as a teaching assistant for Human Anatomy & Physiology and a case-based Principles of Biology course. She also worked closely with professors as an undergraduate research assistant in an insect physiology laboratory studying overwintering processes of various organisms. In addition to her coursework at Gustavus, she earned distinctions as a member of the National Biological Honors Society and the National Greek Honors Society.
As an experienced biology student and science enthusiast, Rachel enjoys assisting students with the transition into college-level coursework. She aims to make science interesting to all students and emphasizes the importance of visual learning in biology through videos, diagrams, and flowcharts connecting biological concepts.
Rachel is also currently employed at Children’s Hospital of Minnesota, where works as a Clinical Support Associate until entering a dual Physician Assistant/Master of Public Health program in the near future. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys hitting the gym (and the books!), cooking, hiking, and supporting local musicians in Minneapolis.
Roger tutors all levels of psychology, including AP Psychology, at Kay Tutoring. Roger has his Ph.D in Psychology, and he is also a non-clinically licensed academic and research psychologist, a Licensed Social Worker, and a Certified Criminal Justice Specialist. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at both Augsburg University and Concordia University. Roger teaches courses to undergraduates in basic Psychology, Child Development, and Group therapy practice. He has tutored high school and undergraduate students in Psychology and English literature, composition, and SAT/ACT test-taking skills. He has also taught graduate level students Group Therapy, Psychology of Small Groups, and Treatment Planning. Roger has a wealth of experience working with high school and college students to learn effective ways of studying and recalling information they have studied—he understands these fundamental skills at their core and looks forward to working with you or your child to improve not only your grade in your psychology class but also your ability to study efficiently!
Roger is originally from Boston and has three adult children and two grandchildren who still reside there. He is an accomplished art photographer, enjoys riding his motorcycle through the countryside during the summer months, and discussing the Boston Red Sox with anyone who will put up with him.
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.
Shannon is both a college essay tutor and an ACT English & reading tutor. Shannon is passionate about grammar, reading, and writing. Writing academically and creatively fills Shannon with excitement, and she enjoys sharing her passion with students. Shannon has extensive experience helping students write compelling, authentic college essays that reveal students’ unique personality, values, and strengths.
After graduating from high school from Benilde St. Margaret’s, Shannon attended St. Olaf College, where she majored in theatre and nearly had a double major in English. After graduating from St. Olaf, she served as a High School Coach with College Possible, where she helped students through the college application and financial aid process. This included a great deal of direct test preparation and college essay and application instruction. In 2017, she returned to St. Olaf as an Assistant Dean of Admissions, where she helps families navigate the college admissions process, reads applications, and travels to meet prospective students all across the country. She is also looking forward to leading the Senior Fellows Program this year: a program for students who are interested in college admissions careers.
Shannon enjoys theatre directing, running and traveling in her free time. In college, she studied Spanish in Ecuador, history in Italy, and creative writing in England at the University of East Anglia. Most recently, she combined these passions by running the Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromso Norway.
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.