Meet the Coaches and Tutors

Meet the amazing undergraduate and graduate students who work at the StAAR Center! Our team is here to help you be successful during your time at Tufts,

Academic Mentors

Academic Mentors can help you get on track and stay on track with your academics. Schedule an appointment through TutorFinder to chat about things like study strategies, note-taking, and time management tips!

Christopher Academic Mentor

Christopher Brew
Christopher Brew is a 2nd-year student in The Fletcher School’s Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy program. Currently, he is a researcher on security, conflict, and politics in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel for the World Peace Foundation and the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies. Christopher holds a bachelor's in political science and International Relations from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and speaks English and French.

 

 

 

Avis Academic MentorAvis Carrero
Avis is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and serves as an academic mentor at the StAAR Center—and will be available throughout the semester to guide students through their various academic challenges. Avis is passionate about social equity and racial justice across engineering, and his research work is centered on this unexplored intersection.

 

 

Stephanie Academic MentorStephanie Engel
Stephanie is a doctoral candidate in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. She works as an Academic Mentor for StAAR and specializes in time management and establishing sustainable work/life balances. Stephanie is happy to assist both undergraduate and graduate students at Tufts and can work one-on-one remotely. 

 

 

 

Nicola Academic MentorNicola Fry
Nicola (She/Her/Hers) is a first year in the MALD program at the Fletcher School. She received her BA in Sociology & Asian studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, California during which time she was a varsity athlete on the soccer and lacrosse teams. After graduating she spent two years in Kaohsiung, Taiwan teaching English as a foreign language with the Fulbright Program. She is excited to continue to mentor, coach and build strong connections with students at the StAAR center.

 

 

 

Christine Academic MentorChristine Kim
Christine (she/her/hers) is a doctorate student in the occupational therapy department and serves as an Academic Mentor at the StAAR Center. She loves working with students and looks forward to supporting them in their academic goals!

 

 

 

Geetika Academic MentorGeetika Mukkamala
Geetika is a first-year doctoral student with the Tufts Department of Occupational Therapy and serves as an Academic Mentor at the StAAR Center. She is available to help students hone their academic skills like planning ahead or finding organizational systems. Geetika particularly loves problem-solving with students when they find themselves feeling demotivated or dealing with a challenging situation.

 

 

 

Liz Academic MentorLiz Parant
Liz is a master’s student at the Fletcher School and serves as an Academic Mentor at the StAAR Center. She is pleased to help students develop their academic abilities this year. Liz especially loves working with students on academic planning and their work-life balance.

 

 

Hailey Academic MentorHailey Pister
Hailey is a second-year doctoral student in the occupational therapy department and serves as an academic mentor with the StAAR center. She is ready and available to meet with students to support them in their academic skills and achieving their unique goals! Hailey specifically loves working with students around time management and study strategies.

 

 

Anastasia Academic MentorAnastasia Rastokina
Anastasia completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in Biology and minor in French. Now she is in her 5th year of her PhD degree in Biology DNA replication. She has been a TA for several Biology classes and is an Academic Mentor at the StAAR center for the college of Natural sciences. She hosts workshops but also meets with students one for academic skills.

 

 

 

Cody Academic MentorCody Sharma
Cody is a second-year master's student in history. While it's his first year as an Academic Mentor in the StAAR center, he has worked with students during his undergrad years as a peer mentor and during several years as a high school teacher. 

 

 

Nadia Academic MentorNadia Satvrou
Nadia is a Chemistry PhD Student in the Mace Lab and serves as an Academic Mentor at the StAAR Center. She is available to students this year to help them develop their academic skills. In particular, Nadia loves working with students on their study strategies for STEM courses!

 

 

 

 

Brittany Academic MentorBrittany Spengler
Brittany is a second-year student in the School Psychology program and serves as an Academic Mentor at the StAAR Center. She loves working one-on-one with students to help them develop study and organizational skills and is looking forward to getting to know the Tufts community through her work.

 

 

 

Stefan Academic MentorStefan Tschauko
Stefan is a PhD Candidate at The Fletcher School and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. He researches how branding and brand management impacts the performance of international organizations. His secret to productivity, work-life balance, and academic success may be best encapsulated by the principle he calls “BPMS”—the “Big Picture Morning Solitude" 

 

 

Subject Tutors

To sign up to meet with one of our awesome subject tutors, head to TutorFinder!

Max TutorMax Allison
Max is a Biology tutor in the StAAR center, tutoring students in Bio13, Bio14, and Bio46. Max studies Biology and History, works in a molecular genetics lab on campus, and fences for the Tuft's Fencing Club. He is excited to work with students to reinforce key concepts, prepare for exams, and handle their course load.

 

 

Scott Subject TutorScott Blatte

Scott is an Economics tutor for the StAAR Center. He tutors for EC 5, 11, 12, 13, and 60. Scott loves helping students with conceptual questions, exam practice, and study strategies!

 

 

Jessica Subject TutorJessica Ding
Jessica is a chemistry tutor in the StAAR Center. She can help students in Chem 1, Chem 2, Chem 11, Chem 12, Chem 51, Chem 171, and Chem 172. Jessica loves to talk to students about smart study strategies and believes that no chemistry problem is too tough to solve.

 

 

 

 

Bronwyn Tutor

Bronwyn Fulton
Bronwyn (she/her) and is a senior at Tufts! At the StAAR Center, she works as a tutor for Spanish classes 1 through 22. Learning a language is super exciting, and Bronwyn looks forward to meeting you where you are on your language journey! Outside of the StAAR center, she is a Tisch Scholar and also teaches a kickboxing class with TSR Fitness.

 

 

 

 

Amrita Subject TutorAmrita Iyer
Amrita is a biology tutor in the StAAR Center. She helps to tutor Bio 13/14, 46 and 152 and loves to learn new ways to solve problems. Outside of tutoring, she is also a tour guide, a member of Tufts Pulse, and an undergraduate research assistant in a molecular biology lab. 

 

 

 

Claire Subject TutorClaire Ji
Yujie (Claire) Ji is a Spanish tutor who helps students with any questions and concerns relating to Spanish 1-22. She is excited about sharing her passion in Spanish with students and working with them to tackle challenges in the language learning process.

 

 

Ben Subject TutorBen Kass-Mullet
Ben is a chemistry tutor in the StAAR center this fall. A rising senior, Ben is majoring in Chemistry and French, and has delved particularly deep into the field of organic chemistry. He will be tutoring Chem 1,2,11,12,51, and 31, and is looking forward to helping students succeed by understanding why things happen a certain way, rather than just memorizing the result. 

Carolina Subject TutorCarolina Lopes
Carolina is a chemistry tutor for the StAAR center. She can help students with Chemistry 1, 2, 11, and 12. Carolina loves helping students with practice problems and sum up sheets.

 

 

 

Alison Subject TutorAlison Manca
Alison is French Tutor with the STAAR Center. She can help any student in French levels 1-22. Alison enjoys using French music and media to improve comprehension.

 

 

 

 

Becca Subject TutorBecca Miller
Becca is a Computer Science tutor at the StAAR Center, where she’s working for her third year now. Specifically, she tutors for CS 11 and 15, and she loves helping tutees build strong coding habits and analytical thinking skills. She’s also always happy to chat about project tips, CS extracurriculars, or life in general.

 

 

Will Subject TutorWill Mueller
Will is a senior at Tufts and a Calculus tutor at the StAAR Center. He works with students who are taking Math 32 and Math 34. He absolutely loves helping students develop plans to succeed in class and is the #1 fan for Paul's Online Math Notes as a practice guide!

 

 

 

Chase Subject TutorChase Thalheimer
Chase is an Arabic tutor in the StAAR Center. He can help any student in Arabic 1-4, whether they are struggling in class, preparing for an exam, or would like to practice speaking. Outside of the classroom, you can find Chase playing volleyball on the Residential Quad, studying on Tisch roof, or singing Arabic karaoke with his friends from class!

 

 

 

Elizabeth Subject TutorElizabeth Webber
Elizabeth is a biology tutor in the StAAR Center. She tutors students in Bio 13, 14, 41, and 152. She is a biopsychology major on the pre-med track. She has been a StAAR tutor for the past two years and is excited to continue working with bio students this year!

 

On-Call Tutors

To sign up to meet with one of our awesome on-call tutors, head to TutorFinder!

Tutor

Courses Tutored

Yousef Abdo

Arabic 1-4

Olivia Smith

ASL 1, 2

Katelyn Young

ASL 124-126

Jaelyn Chang

Bio 13, 14

Keyarah Grullon

Bio 13, 14, 41

Karen Ma

Bio 13, 14, 41

Jaymie Pietropinto

Bio 13, 14, 41

Radhika Sharma

Bio 13, 14, 41, 46;

Avi Belbase

Bio 13, 41, 46

Mary St. John

Biology 13, 14

Emily Neel

Chem 1, 2

Adam Krafcik

Chem 1, 2, 11, 12

Colin Wu

Chem 1, 2, 51

Rodrigo Campos

Comp 11, 15

Jacob Seidman

Comp 11, 15

Anna Wang

Comp 11, 15

Gus Robinson

Economics 5, 11, 13

Chris Spyropoulos

Economics 5, 11, 13, 60

Junxing Gu

Economics 5, 13

Michael Barone

ES 2, 5, 9

Caitlin Walsh

French 1, 2, 3, 4, 21, 22

Ella Do

French 1-22

Aliénor Rice

German 1-4, 21

Hannah Pearl

Hebrew 1-22

David Wingens

Hebrew 1-22

Zoe Salvator-Cutter

Italian 1, 2, 3, 4, 21, 22

Shannon Cloherty

Latin 1, 2, 3

Varshini Ramanathan

Math 32, 34, 42

Luke Titan

Math 32, 34, 42

Ryan Pratt

Math 32, 34, 42, 51, 70

Andrew Wood

Math 32, 34, 42, 51, 70

Michael Turner

Math 32, 34, 42, 51, 70

Liliko Uchida

Physics 1, 2, 11, 12

Brandon Sun

Physics 11, 12

Maycon Cesar Santos

Portuguese

Eric Grin

Russian