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Tutoring Center Director

Dr. Patricia Johnson is director of the Tutoring Center. A faculty member in the Department of TRIO and Academic Services, she also teaches a 3-credit course entitled, Critical Thinking and Reading. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education, a Master of Education degree in reading, and a Doctor of Education degree in curriculum and instruction and has tutored students from second grade through college. She is an avid skier, loves the outdoors and enjoys working with diverse groups of people.

Meet the Peer Tutors

Karina Cuevas Mora

Hello! My name is Karina Cuevas Mora and I am majoring in Biology with a Pre-medicine concentration and Chemistry minor. I’m currently a junior and tutor General Biology, Genetics, Human Anatomy, Zoology, Botany, General Physics I, Calculus I, General Chemistry I. I also tutor introductory biology courses. If you can’t find a tutor for a class that I am currently taking I would be happy to try and help you with what I can! My tutoring hours are Tuesday 1-4, Thursday 11-12 & 2-5, and Friday 10-11. Please bring materials you think will be needed like your textbook!

Karina Mora

Dylan Czartoryski

Hello! My name is Dylan Czartoryski. I am a Graphic Design major here at Cal U. I tutor Computer Science Design courses, as well as English Comp. I and II.  In addition, I tutor Personal Productivity Software.  I'll be at the tutoring center Monday and Wednesday from 12pm-3pm as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 5pm-6pm. You can reach me at cza4393@calu.edu if you have any extra questions. Feel free to stop by!

Dylan Czartoryski

Chelsea Gilliland

Hello, my name is Chelsea Gilliland. I am a senior majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology. I am available to tutor for most ENS and BIO courses including: Zoology, Botany, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology, Ichthyology, Ornithology, Wildlife Techniques, Fisheries Management, Conservation Biology, Dendrology and Forest Ecology, Plant Taxonomy, Population Dynamics, and Aquaculture. You can find me in the tutoring center on Wednesdays and Thursdays (12 - 4 p.m.).  Please shoot me an email (gil6975@calu.edu) with the course you would like assistance with so I can also bring my own materials to best help you. Additionally, please bring all of your class notes, text books, etc! Thank you and have a wonderful semester!!! 

A photo of tutor Chelsea Gilliland.

Mikaylah Glenn

Hello! I am Mikaylah Glenn. I am a sophomore at Cal U. I am a Chemistry major and a member of the Cal U Women's basketball team. The subjects I tutor include: Gen Chem. I & II, Calc I & II, Current Health Issues, and Theater I. My hours at the tutoring center are Tuesday & Thursday (12-3 p.m.), and Thursday (6 - 8 p.m.).

Mikaylah Glenn


Haley Henderson

Hi.  My name is Haley Henderson and I am a senior Business Administration student with my concentration being in accounting. I am hoping to go on to obtain my CPA designation. My tutoring hours are Mondays, 10-2 and Wednesday 10-1 and 3-4. I am here to help students with their financial and managerial accounting classes!

Haley Henderson

Steven Hensel

My name is Steve Hensel and I will be tutoring Geology and Earth Science courses. I am a senior Geology major with a minor in Environmental Science, and I am also a member of the Pittsburgh Geological Society (PGS) and the Geological Society of America (GSA). My hours at the tutoring center (Manderino 430) are Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm until 7pm, please feel free to schedule an appointment with me or email me if you have questions (Hen1884@calu.edu).

Steven Hensel

Dorothy Johnson

Hello everyone!  My name is Dorothy Johnson.  I am a junior here at Cal U, majoring in Liberal Studies and minoring in Biology.  I tutor Spanish, math up to pre-calculus and introductory Geology, Historical Geology, and Earth Science classes.  My hours are 9am-10am and 11am-12pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and 2pm-4pm on Thursday.

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Alex Kuchar

My name is Alex Kuchar. I’m a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology, and minoring in Music here at Cal U. Currently I am involved with Kappa Kappa Psi, the University Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and the current President of the Computer Club. I am available to tutor Circuits I, Circuits II, College Algebra, Pre-calculus, Calculus I, Digital Electronics Design, Intro to Microprocessors, Microprocessor Interfacing, and C Programming I. I am available Monday through Friday at 3pm-4pm and Tuesday 8am-11am in the Tutoring Center located in Manderino 430. 

Alex Kuchar

Stephen Lebrato

Hello, I’m Stephen Lebrato and I am currently a senior majoring in Technology Management.   In addition to being a peer tutor, I’m also the President of Phi Sigma Pi National Co-ed Honors Fraternity.  I’m currently tutoring Industrial Cost Estimating and Production Analysis, but I’m certainly willing to assist students who need help with other ITE courses.  I will be at the tutoring center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-8pm to help anyone who needs assistance.  If you feel that you need assistance, please email me at LEB7021@calu.edu with your name, subject matter, and the date of your appointment so that I can better prepare for our session.  

Stephen Lebrato

Matthew Mannino

Hello!  My name is Matthew Mannino.  I am a senior currently studying Mechatronics Engineering with an Associates Degree in Robotics Engineering.  If you need help with anything related to those fields, I am readily availible to help.  I am available at the tutoring center in Manderino 430 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m to 111:00 a.m.  My email is man2303@calu.edu if you need to contact me with any information.  I hope to see you!

Matthew Mannino

Heather Mason

Hello, my name is Heather Mason and I am a sophomore here at Cal U. I major in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, and have a concentration in Pre-medicine. The subjects I tutor are Cellular and Molecular biology, Botany, College Algebra, General Chemistry I, English I & II, and General Physics I. I am not just willing to help you understand the subjects you’re having trouble with; I am also willing to help you develop better organization and time management skills. Being in these academically demanding classes is a lot of work; developing these skills is the key to success. I will be in Manderino 430 every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11-12 AM and 3-4PM as well as Thursdays from 9-11 AM. Stop in and make an appointment and I will be happy to assist you! If you have any other questions and my hours do not work for you, my email is mas2042@calu.edu. Hope to see you soon! 

Heather Mason

Angela Novak

Hi my name is Angela Novak. This year I am a sophomore and majoring in Justice Studies with a concentration in Forensic Science and a minor in Leadership. After I graduate Cal U with a BS, I will pursue a professional education in mortuary science. I am able to tutor you in all Criminal Justice classes, except senior classes. I will also be able to tutor  Introduction to Leadership and most leadership courses. If I haven't taken the course you need help in, I can still help you study, take notes, and get organized!

My hours are Wednesday and Friday (10am-12pm) and Thursday (12pm-4pm). Stop in to Manderino 430 to see me or contact me at NOV0091@calu.edu. Hope to see you soon!

Angela Novak

Kara Novotny

Hello!  My name is Kara Novotny and I am a junior here at Cal-U majoring in the field of Communication Disorders (CMD).  After finishing my undergraduate and master’s degree, I plan to pursue a career as a speech language pathologist.  Currently, I am a part of the Cal-U women's soccer team.  I am offering help in the following courses in the CMD major: Phonetics, Articulation, Speech and Language Development, Intro to Audiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Survey to Speech Pathology, Intro to Clinical Procedures, Assessment of Speech and Language, Speech Pathology 2, and Sign Language and Braille 1.  If there is another course in the CMD major that I have not mentioned, feel free to contact me and maybe I could help if I already took the course.  I am in the Tutoring Center in Manderino 430 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-1pm and Fridays from 11am to 1pm.  

Kara Novotny

Azeeza Reed

Hello everyone! My name is Azeeza Reed and I am a senior, with a major in Accounting, and a minor in Political Science. I am also a mentor, and part of the CEO Entrepreneurship Club on campus. I tutor Financial, Managerial, and Accounting II at the Manderino Library, 4th floor. My schedule is Tuesdays 11-2pm, Wednesdays 10-11am  and 1-3pm, and Thursdays 12-2pm. Come in, and stop by if you really are having trouble grasping the course, and I will try to the best of my ability to help. See you then!

Azeeza Reed

Angel Reid

Hello!  My name is Angel Reid and I am a junior dual majoring in Education, Pre K-4th and Special Education K-8th.  I am a peer mentor and a brother in Alpha Phi Omega for which I am the Vice President of Membership and the Pledge Trainer.  I enjoy hanging out with my friends and working on various types of community service with my fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.  I also enjoy reading, music, and watching movies.  I am available to tutor special education classes, EDU 150 Intro to Livetext, MAT 120 Elementary Topics in Math I, Elementary Education classes, and HSC 250 Health and Phys Ed Methods Pre-K - 4th  .  I can also tutor Child Psych courses PSY 216 and PSY 217.  I am available to tutor on Tuesday from 4 pm to 6 pm, Wednesday from 2 pm to 4 pm, and Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm.  In addition to tutoring specific subjects I can also help with general study and organizational skills that can be used across various classes.  Stop by Manderino 430 to sign up for an appointment or call the tutoring center at 724-938-4469.  Please email me at rei5072@calu.edu with your name, the date of your appointment, and the subject you require tutoring in when making an appointment.  This allows me to be better prepared for our tutoring session.  

Angel Reid

David Shaffer

Hello everyone! My name is David Shaffer, and I am a senior Biology major with a Premedicine concentration and a Chemistry minor.  I am currently a senior and tutor Botany, Zoology, General Chemistry I & II, Cell Biology, and Organic Chemistry I.  I am well versed in all things science, and would be happy to help you.  My tutoring hours are Monday (9-11); Tuesday (3-6); Wednesday (9-11); and Thursday (3-4).

David Shaffer

Fahtimae Shamsi

Hello, my name is Fahtimae. I am currently a Biology major with a Chemistry minor. I tutor General Chemistry I and II, and Organic Chemistry I and II. My hours are from 2 – 4pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 11 – 3pm on Tuesdays. 

Fahtimae Shamsi

K-cee Smith

Hey, everyone! My name is K-cee and I’m currently a sophomore majoring in Psychology. My future goal is to obtain a doctorate and work as a psychiatrist with a concentration in abnormal psychology. I am willing to tutor all undergraduate psychology classes including Descriptive and Inferential Statistics as well as help with time management, organizational, test-taking, and studying skills. Stop in the tutoring center in Manderino 430 on Tuesdays from 11am to 3pm and 4pm to 8pm and I will be happy to help you out! If you have any questions feel free to email me at smi6472@calu.edu. I hope to see you soon!

K-cee Smith

John Stibich

Hello everyone!! My name is John Stibich and I am currently a Junior here at Cal U with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. I am available on Mondays from 1-4, Wednesdays from 1-3, and Thursdays from 5-8. I will be tutoring mostly Descriptive and Inferential Statistics, but I am also able to help with most psychology and sociology classes. If you have any questions for me my email is sti5185@calu.edu. I'm looking forward to seeing you this semester!

John Stibich

Chris Warner

My name is Christopher Warner. I am a second semester junior majoring in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and minoring in Leadership and Business Administration. Outside of my studies, I am the treasurer for the Japanese Animation Club (CUPJAC) and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta where I do volunteer work around campus and in the community. 

I am available for tutoring in Cisco CCNA 1-4 on Tuesday, 8AM-11AM; Wednesday, 10AM-12PM; and Thursday, 12PM-3PM. Cisco CCNA is a very difficult class offered here on campus for Information Technology majors because of the certification opportunity after the completion of Cisco CCNA 4. I want to be here to aid those who need the extra help in this challenging and demanding subject!

Chris Warner

Hayley Whittaker

Hello! My name is Hayley Whittaker and I am currently a senior majoring in Mathematics and Physics. I am treasurer and sectional conference chair for Alpha Phi Omega-Lambda Omega chapter, VP for SPS, and a member in MAA. I tutor math up to Calculus IV, Technology for Math, Physics and College Physics I-III, Linear Algebra I-II. My hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 - 4 p.m., Tuesdays from 6- 8 p.m., and Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. and Fridays from 1-2. Feel free to stop in at the tutoring center; I will be more than happy to assist you with your studies!

Hayley Whittaker

Shelby Zikeli

Hello! My name is Shelby Zikeli and I am currently a junior here at CalU. I am a Biology major  and eventually hope to earn my Ph.D. and work in the field. Currently I am available to tutor; General Botany, General Zoology, Ecology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Genetics. If you feel that you need a tutor in these courses I will help you as best I can. Please email me prior to your appointment (zik6992@calu.edu) so that I may bring my materials with me. My available hours are; Monday, Wednesday, Friday (10-11am, 2-3pm) and Tuesday, Thursday (11-12pm).  Feel free to stop in Manderino 430 to make an appointment.

Shelby Zikeli

Tutoring Schedule

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Tutoring Hours

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays:

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For More Information

Stop by 430 Manderino or call 724-938-4230

Helpful Links

Reading Clinic

Math Lab

Writing Center

Academic Advising