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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

Tia Bigos

Hello! My name is Tia Bigos I am currently a sophomore here at Cal U and I major in Psychology.  My goal is to earn my Ph.D. and work on the clinical side of psychology.  I currently tutor English I and II, History, and General Psychology.  If you feel that you need help in any of these subjects I will help you to the best of my ability!  My hours in the Tutoring Center are Monday and Wednesday (10 -11am) and Tuesday and Thursday (11am-2pm).  Feel free to stop in Manderino 430 to make an appointment!  Please email me at  (Big7939@calu.edu) with any questions.

Tia Bigos

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 as well as Typography, Intro to Graphic Design, and Printmaking.  I'll be at the tutoring center Monday and Wednesday from 11 am-12 pm as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 pm and Thursday 10-12 pm  You can reach me at cza4393@calu.edu if you have any extra questions. Feel free to stop by!

Dylan Czartoryski

Mikaylah Glenn

Hello! I am Mikaylah Glenn. I am a junior at Cal U. I am a Chemistry major and a Forensic Science minor. Also, I am a member of the Cal U Women's basketball National Championship team. The subjects I tutor include: Gen Chem. I & II, Inorganic Chemistry, Intro to Experimental Chemistry, and Current Health Issues. My hours at the Tutoring Center are Monday and Wednesday 12-3 and Tuesday 2-4.

Mikaylah Glenn


Shyanne Hilliard

Hello, my name is Shyanne Hilliard! I am the Political Science/Logic and Philosophy tutor, but I will try my best to help in all related areas. My hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-3. I am a sophomore and also a peer mentor. I enjoy reading, writing, playing World of Warcraft and helping others. If you need help with anything inside of the classroom or out, come and see me or send me an email at Hil5851@calu.edu.

Shyanne Hilliard

Dorothy Johnson

Hello everyone!  My name is Dorothy Johnson.  I am a junior here at Cal U, majoring in Liberal Studies.  I tutor Spanish, Math up to Pre-Calculus, Instruction and Assessment in Pre-K, and Teaching Science K-4.  My hours are 9am-11am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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Alex Kuchar

My name is Alex Kuchar. I’m a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology here at Cal U. I am a member of the University Concert Band, Marching 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 10am - 11am Monday through Friday, Monday from 1pm - 3pm, Friday from 9am-10am in the Tutoring Center located in Manderino 430. 

Alex Kuchar

Jessica Laguerre

My name is Jessica Laguerre.  I am currently a senior at CalU dual majoring in International Studies and Sociology with a minor in Women’s Issues. I tutor a variety of courses in Sociology, French, as well as some of the core courses in the International Studies. My hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 3-4, Tuesdays 8-11, and Thursdays 9-11 & 12-1. My email address is lag9613@calu.edu, please feel free to reach out to me if you have a question about my availability or for more information regarding specific courses. 

Jessica Laguerre

Tiffany Lingenfelter

Hello everyone!  My name is Tiffany Lingenfelter and I am a senior here at Cal U.  My major is psychology and I am hoping to pursue a degree in School Psychology.  I am in the Tutoring Center on Monday and Wednesday from 12-4.  I am available to tutor Descriptive and Inferential Statistics as well as Psych Testing.  However, I can also help with other psychology classes, specifically those that apply to school psych.  If you have any questions feel free to email me at lin3163@calu.edu. I look forward to seeing you this semester! 

Tiffany Lingenfelter

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 available to help.  I am available at the Tutoring Center in Manderino 430 on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  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 junior 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 General Chemistry I and II, and Organic chemistry. I have also taken many of the intro biology classes so I can help with them as well. 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 and Wednesday from 8-11am as well as Tuesdays from 9-11 am. Stop in to 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

Samantha Miller

Hello, my name is Samantha Miller and I am a senior in the Athletic Training Program. Next year I hope to attend graduate school and continue expanding my education while working with an athletic team full time. I can tutor students in any of the classes required for Athletic Training majors as well as assist you with classes like Current Health Issues, Sociology, and Physiology. My tutoring hours in Manderino 430 are Monday: 9-10 & 1-4, Tuesday 9-10, Wednesday 9-10, and Thursday 6 pm to 8 pm. Also if any freshman need help with applying to the AT program I'd be more than happy to assist you. Please feel free to schedule an appointment with me or email me if you have any questions.

Samantha Miller

Angela Novak

Hi, there! My name is Angela Novak. This year I am a Junior and dual majoring in Forensic Anthropology and 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, and one day I plan to run for coroner of Westmoreland County. I am able to tutor you in all Criminal Justice classes, except senior classes. I will also be able to tutor in any leadership courses, and select forensic anthropology 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 Monday and Wednesday (12pm-3pm) and Tuesday and Thursday (10am-11am). 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 senior 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 (CMD only), Survey to Speech Pathology, Intro to Clinical Procedures, Assessment of Speech and Language, Speech Pathology 2, Sign Language and Braille 1 and 2, and Common Organic Disorders  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 11 am to 1pm and Fridays from 11am to 3pm.  

Kara Novotny

Keri Potter

I am majoring in Economics, minoring in Statistics, and a member of the University Marching Band. I tutor Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Business Statistics. My hours are Monday 10-1 and Thursday 2-3. I look forward to meeting you and helping you improve your understanding of economics and statistics.

Keri Potter

Azeeza Reed

My name is Azeeza Reed. I am a senior, with a major in Accounting, and a minor in Political Science. I am also a mentor, and Vice President of the CEO club on campus. I tutor Financial, Accounting II, Intermediate Accounting I and II, in the Manderino Library, 4th floor. My schedule is Mondays and Wednesdays at 9-10am and 12-3pm. Please feel free to stop by if you are really having trouble grasping the course, and I will try my best to help. See you then!

Azeeza Reed

Angel Reid

Hello!  My name is Angel Reid and I am a senior dual majoring in Education, Pre K-4th and Special Education Pre K-8th.  I am a peer mentor and a brother in Alpha Phi Omega.  I enjoy hanging out with my friends and working on various types of community service projects with my fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.  I also enjoy reading, music, and watching movies.  I am available to tutor Special Education classes, Intro to Livetext,  Elementary Topics in Math I, Elementary Education classes and 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 Monday and Wednesday from 8 am to Noon. In addition to tutoring specific courses 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

Rebecca Robich

Hello! My name is Becca Robich. I am a senior majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology. I am available to tutor most BIO and ENS courses, including General Zoology, General Botany, Ecology, Introduction to Environmental Science, Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ornithology, Herpetology, and other upper-level BIO/ENS courses. If you do not see the course you need tutored in listed here, feel free to email me at rob9931@calu.edu so we can work something out. Remember to bring your textbook, notes, and anything else you may have so we can have a productive session! You can find me in the Tutoring Center in Manderino from 1-2 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10-12 and 3-4 on Tuesdays, and 1-3 on Thursdays.

Becca Robich

Jaclyn Rutter

Hello! My name is Jaclyn Rutter and I am a senior here at CalU, graduating in Fall2015. I have a major in Business Administration and minors in Economics, Finance and Management. I am the secretary of both the Economics and Finance club and a peer mentor. I currently tutor Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Business Statistics. I am available at the tutoring center Monday and Wednesday (12-2pm) and Tuesdays (12-4pm). Feel free to stop by!

Jaclyn Rutter

Fahtimae Shamsi

My name is Fahtimae Shamsi. I tutor General Chemistry I and II, and Organic I and II. My hours are 9 - 11 MWF and 11 - 1 on Thursday. 

Fahtimae Shamsi

Alexis Sirnic

Hello! My name is Alexis Sirnic. I am Biology major with a Chemistry minor and a Pre-Medicine concentration. I know how hard it can be having multiple rigorous classes a semester and needing some extra help understanding material. I hope to help by tutoring in Cellular and Molecular biology, Zoology, Botany, Health, English I and II, and Entomology. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed come visit me in the Tutoring Center in the Manderino 430. I am here Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-10, Monday and Wednesday 3-4, Tuesday 3-4, and Friday 11-1. If you can’t meet at those times but still have questions please don’t hesitate to ask, my email is sir1400@calu.edu.

Alexis Sirnic

K-cee Smith

Hey, everyone! My name is K-cee and this is my last year at Cal U 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 Mondays, Wednesdays (8 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 4 pm) and Fridays (8 am to 10 am) 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

Chris Warner

My name is Christopher Warner. I am a first semester senior majoring in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and minoring in Business Administration with some Leadership background. 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 have worked with UTech Services since my freshman year and have gained useful technical experience from my time with them.  I am available for tutoring in Cisco CCNA 1-4 (CIS341-344) on Monday and Wednesday from 9am-1pm. Cisco CCNA is a very challenging elective path offered here on campus for CIS majors in particular.  It can be challenging 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!  Other than Cisco classes, I am able to tutor in Database classes (Data Base Mgt Systems & Design, or CIS321, and DB Application Dev, or CIS322). This semester I am in Web Programming I (CIS330) and System Project Management (CIS354). I am available for study sessions in those two classes to help review topics and prepare/study for exams.  My hours are Monday and Wednesday (9-1).

Chris Warner

Hayley Whittaker

Hello! My name is Hayley Whittaker and I am currently a senior majoring in Mathematics and Physics. I am in 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, and Chemistry I-II. My hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 12 - 1 pm., Tuesdays from 12- 2 pm., and Fridays from 12-4. Feel free to stop in at the Tutoring Center; I will be more than happy to assist you with your studies!

Hayley Whittaker

Tutoring Schedule

Click here for the fall 2015 tutoring schedule

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