TUTORS IMPACTING PUBLIC SCHOOLS matches the right skill set, with the right need, to close gaps unique to each school and classroom.


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Tutors are placed in positions that best fit their availability and interests. The placement schools identify how to best use tutor time as students’ needs evolve.


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TIPS’ tutors enable multiple, simultaneous, differentiated classroom learning opportunities to best serve all students.


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TIPS tutors support quality teaching so all students can meet or exceed academic standards. Tutors also support social, emotional and cultural learning.


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Adam Beck

Lowell Elementary

Adam is a counseling student at Seattle university excited to be working with UTSS…

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Ana Rodriguez-Knutsen

West Seattle Elementary

Ana graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in…

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Becky Nicholas

John Muir Elementary

Becky Nicholas is in her third year with UTSS. She loves being a reading tutor at John Muir…

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Benjamin Osterhout

Rising Star Elementary

Ben is a radio board operator; aspiring author; strategy game, physics, and history enthusiast…

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Brenda Walker

John Muir Elementary

After working as an electrician for 25 years, Brenda decided to give back to the community…

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David Wishnick

Franklin High School

David Wishnick is from Skokie, IL and graduated from Madison, Wisconsin…

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Dena Al-Mousawi

Delridge Neighborhood Development

Dena is a recent college graduate from the University of Washington, Seattle…

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Devlin Dinish

Ingraham High School

Devlin is a Central District native. Graduate from the Academy of Art University…

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Eliza Truitt

John Muir Elementary

Eliza has a BA in English and counts reading as one of her top leisure activities…

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Erik Hammen

Wing Luke & Dunlap

Erik loves working with kids on reading, writing, language, and thinking…

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Eva Chuc

Rainier Beach High School

Eva Chuc is a Youth Advocate and passionate about integrating social and emotional literacy…

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Ezekiel (Zeke) Fry

John Muir Elementary

Zeke is a lifelong Seattle resident and graduate of the Seattle Public School District…

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Gary Damico

Lincoln High School

After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the Ohio State University, Gary moved to Chicago…

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Jacey Herman

John Muir Elementary

Jacey graduated from the University of Washington in 2019 with a Bachelors in Sociology…

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Jane Park

Northgate Elementary

Jane Park (she/her) grew up in Seattle and graduated from Seattle University with…

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Shamey Kassim

John Muir Elementary

Shamey Kassim is a tutor working in a 2nd-grade classroom. She is a recent graduate…

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Laura Stowell

West Seattle Elementary

Laura Stowell graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Communications…

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Lena Snyder

Northgate Elementary

Lena graduated from the University of Washington In June 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology…

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Lucia Bellino

Rainier Beach High School

Lucia Bellino recently graduated from Rutgers University with her bachelor’s degree…

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Luisa Hoffmann

John Muir Elementary

Lucia was born in Michoacan Mexico. Her background is in Spanish Literature and Education…

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Marysia Koltonowska

Mercer Middle School

Marysia Koltonowska (they/she) is a junior at the UW. They are pursuing a double major..

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Moamen Mohamad

Delridge Neighborhood Development

Check back for Moamen’s bio.

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Monica Lau

John Muir Elementary

Check back for Monica’s bio…

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Nicole Hagens

Mercer Middle School

Nicole grew up farming in Duvall, Washington but moved to Seattle to pursue further education…

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Peter Williams Richards

John Muir Elementary

Peter (he/him/his) is a professional artist and musician based in Seattle…

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Rebekah Nachman

West Seattle Elementary

Rebekah is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College with degrees in…

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Sarah Zavaleta

Ingraham High School

Sarah grew up in Mount Vernon, WA with her parents and two younger sisters…

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Straton Spyropoulos

Lincoln High School

Straton has been tutoring since he was in high school. He loves it, and find it very rewarding…