Tutoring Staff

Meet our tutors! They can assist students in a variety of disciplines, including:

Supplemental Instruction


I am a senior CAP Honors student and my major is chemistry. I am the SI Leader for organic chemistry and am looking forward to a great semester of helping students with the course! I hope to attend medical school and one day become a psychiatrist. Some of the things I enjoy are thrift shopping, spending time with family and friends, watching Netflix, and learning about anything and everything. I love to stay busy and help others in any way I can!

Quote: “Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.” – Robert A. Heinlein


Hello! My name is Jacob Hughes. I am a sophomore Capital Scholars Honor student majoring in Chemistry with a Pre-Medical concentration. I am the SI Leader for CHE 141 and look forward to providing a comfortable and effective learning environment for my students. After graduation I hope to attend medical school in the University of Illinois R-Med (rural medicine) program, and practice medicine as a cardiologist. In my free time, I enjoy golfing with my father and going to Illini football and basketball games. In addition to the SI program, I am involved as a CAP peer-tutor and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.


I’m Jarrett Lindsay, a junior chemistry major and the physics SI leader. Besides chemistry and physics, I enjoy writing, particularly young adult fiction, I play piano, and I’m an amateur powerlifter. I also play dodgeball every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the student life building (SLB), which you should definitely check out – newcomers are always welcome, and it’s a great way to relax (especially after a long week of physics).

My biggest goal this year is to help you survive physics. Here’s hoping for a great year!


My name is Tonda Chasteen and I am the SI leader for the BIO 141. I am a sophomore at UIS pursuing a biology degree with a minor in secondary teacher education. After graduation, I plan to use my degree to gain a position as a high school science teacher. I enjoy binge watching Netflix, reading (I spend way too much money at Barnes and Noble), and hanging out with friends and family. On campus, I am a member of the Necessary Steps Living Learning Community and Alpha Lambda Delta. I am looking forward to another great year at UIS and I hope everyone else has an amazing semester!

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I am a Senior Economics Major and Economics Peer Tutor, and I enjoy helping students learn material they previously struggled with. I enjoy reading and have many academic interests, but geek out over space. When not in class or at the Hub I spend most of time on campus at TRAC.

Quote: “I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.” Dr. Richard Feynman


I am a Senior CAP Honors student and my major is Accounting with a minor in Criminal Justice. I will be working as the Learning Hub’s Accounting Tutor this fall! I love to stay involved on campus in any way I can. I’m currently working at the Learning Hub and as a student worker in the Office of Undergraduate Education. I was involved in the Capital Scholars Honors Program as a peer mentor for two years and am the Secretary for the Student Accounting Society, as well as the student representative for the CAP Steering Committee. In my almost non existent free time I volunteer for an organization call Elizabeth Ann Seton that assists underprivileged women and mothers in the central Illinois region get back on their feet. I’m really excited to start this new position as a Tutor and hope to share some of my skills with you as you progress through your accounting classes!

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I am a junior Mathematics major who loves to help others. I am also a member of the UIS softball team, which is amazing! I enjoy spending time with friends, participating in outdoor activities, and playing nearly any sport. As the oldest child in my family with two younger brothers I have become pretty responsible. I am a determined, independent, and hard worker. My goal while working at the Learning Hub is to help as many students as possible because I want everyone to live up to their full potential.

Quote: “Believe in yourself.”


I am a sophomore who is pursuing a computer science degree with a minor in math. I enjoy long walks on the beach and puppies. I am a member of the UIS baseball team. I am from Detroit, Michigan. I have an older sister and two dogs.

Quote: “It is what it is.” -Willie


Hello Everyone.  I am a computer science major here at UIS. I received my bachelor’s degree in computer science from JNTU, India. I would love to help students learn Math up here. I was a part of National Service Schemes and many other organizations, whose motive is to assist someone in need. I love watching cricket and NBA. I also play volleyball, cricket and basketball. I enjoy reading books, attending concerts and spending time with my family and friends.

Quote: “You may not WIN immediately, but definitely.”

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Hello! I am a senior Biology major at UIS. After I graduate, my goal is to attend vet school in the hopes of someday becoming a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist. Last year, I worked at the Hub as the BIO 141 and BIO 241 SI Leader. This year, I will be working at the Hub as the Science Peer Tutor. I am very excited to be working for the Hub again and to help my fellow students.

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I am currently pursuing my Master of Arts in History and have a Bachelor of Arts in History, Spanish, and Communication and Rhetorical Studies. I am working as a Writing Teaching Assistant with The Learning Hub, and I have always loved writing and the creative process. To me, writing is an extremely complex process in which we look to not only explore new and interesting topics, but we also look to create new ways to understand those topics. The written word, unlike the spoken word, lives on even after the author is gone which is what makes it so special. Some of my hobbies include golf, tennis, and traveling. I have had the privilege to travel many places in Europe including three months in Alicante, Spain and if I could travel anywhere in the world I would go to Tokyo, Japan.

Quote: “Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing when to say it.”


My name is Carlleen and I am a Professional Writing and English Tutor with The Learning Hub.

I earned my B.S. in English from MacMurray College in 2008 and my M.A. from UIS in Communication in 2014. As a professional Writing and English Tutor, I help undergraduate and graduate students with all types of English and Composition projects.  I love my job and I love The Learning Hub!

In my free time, I enjoy reading, golfing, bicycling, photography and Capital City Crush softball.


I am a graduate student working on my Master’s in Communication. My Bachelor’s degree is also in Communication. I specialize in working with English as a Second Language students. I love meeting new people and learning about different places and cultures. My graduate project is developing a program to help integrate International and Domestic students on campus. We all have so much to teach each other and it is my goal to help us realize this untapped potential for learning.

I have four kids at home. As a family we do Tae Kwon Do and I am a 4th degree black belt. In my free time I love to read. I love historical fiction, romance and fantasy, but I am open to any suggestions of good books. My favorite book series is The Sword of Truth. I am looking forward to a year full of learning and helping students.

Quote: “The more you read, the more things you know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  ~Dr. Seuss


I’m a senior here at UIS pursuing an English degree with a minor in Communication and African-American studies. I like being involved on campus and in my free time you can find me volunteering, working with student organizations, or getting lost in my Tumblr account. With a passion for language and literature, I look forward to working with you on your essays, projects, or assignments here in The Learning Hub.

Quote: “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” – Angela Davis


Michael B.

I am a junior and my major is English. As an incoming transfer student, I plan to take UIS by storm. I am excited and inspired to be at a new university helping students achieve their academic goals. Aside from tutoring these students, I want to show them that it takes more courage to ask for help than to suffer alone. As an English major, I recognize that writing is an art form. I believe it is impossible to create something great without a little struggle, a little guidance, and a little conversation.

Quote: “You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.” – Maya Angelou

Michael L.

Go Prairie Stars! My name’s Michael and I’m starting my third year as a Writing Peer Tutor with The Learning HUB. I’m also a student-athlete; I specialize in creative writing and essays, logic in argumentative writing, social science research methodology, sentence variety, and rhetoric/style. I also have experience with EndNote X7, IBM SPSS 23, and ArcGIS 10.3.

Michael Lotspeich is a senior Capital Scholar student at the University of Illinois Springfield studying sociology, political science, and geographic information systems. He holds an A.A. in English, A.S. in Agriculture from Illinois Valley Community College, and completed research with The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences. His research portfolio focuses on the arc of education in rural communities, from policy participation to sociological implications on rural community vitality and youth development. The insights garnered are based on the foundational purpose of land-grant institutions to promote the development of Illinois’ agrarian communities.

Quote: “Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.”


I am seriously looking forward in being your writing tutor this semester! Not only will it be an extremely rewarding experience for me, but also, a magnificent opportunity to learn volumes! I also love to hear the stories of people when I meet them. Allow me to tell you mine:

Patrick G. Anderson Avilés was born and raised in Honduras, Central America. After getting a B.A. in Journalism and a M. A. in Geography from Louisiana State University, he returned to Central America, where he taught high school for several years. During his stint as a Social Studies teacher, Patrick was awarded a Scholarship for an M. Ed. which he completed in 2004. Following his childhood dreams, he then pursued aviation and flew as a turbo-prop Captain “island hopping” in the Western Caribbean. Residing now in Chatham IL, Patrick enjoys cooking, reading, and spending quality time with family. Laying down an intricate World Beat groove on his drum set is also one of his favorite pastimes. Patrick is professionally fluent in English, Spanish, and able to converse in très basique French.


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Academic/Study Skills


Hello, my name is Erin Tomasino and I am a graduate student in the Human Development Counseling program here at UIS. My goal is to someday become a School Counselor here in the Springfield area. I received my Undergraduate Degree from Eastern Illinois University in Psychology and Criminology. Some of my hobbies include spending time with family and friends, traveling, and going to concerts. I am very excited to be a part of The Learning Hub team and look forward to the opportunity to work with you to enhance your academic skills.

Quote: “Be the change you wish you to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi


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