Meet our Tutors

Meet Our Tutors

Elisabeth McLaughlin

Elisabeth McLaughlin

Tutor

What subjects do you like to tutor? 
 
I enjoy tutoring most subjects in humanities, especially writing, however, I am capable of tutoring science as well. I am quite passionate about working with “learning disabilities,” as I myself have been diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD and quite enjoy passing on my knowledge on how to manage in the school system.
Education and current job. 
 
I have a B.A. in Philosophy and currently work full-time at 4Corners Riversports.
Why do you like to tutor? 
 
I have have a passion for learning as well as an understanding of what it is like to have a brain that works quite differently than the “average.” For myself, there is nothing quite like being part of the psychological transformation of non-understanding to understanding. If I can in anyway impart the utter enjoyment and feeling of power that comes with learning and knowledge, then I am accomplishing something beyond myself.
What are you doing when not tutoring or working? 
 
I am constantly reading, indulging in a hobby, learning something new, or gallivanting about in nature.
Fred Kosak

Fred Kosak

Tutor

What subjects do you like to tutor?
SAT & ACT prep, writing, reading, research, Chinese (Mandarin), and French.
Education plus current job: 
McGill University (East Asian Studies), Peking University, and Middlebury College Language Institute. Currently works at the iAM MUSIC Institute, running individual and group lessons in ukulele, mandolin, guitar, and songwriting.
Why do you like to tutor?
As a teacher of almost 15 years, I’ve always gotten enormous satisfaction out of watching students’ intellectual growth and the sense of empowerment they take away from each successful learning experience. Realizing that we all have the ability to better ourselves, whatever the subject and its challenges, is an insight we can all bring to other areas of life where we sometimes feel powerless or stuck in our routines.
What are you doing when not tutoring or working? 
I write and play music in three different Durango-based bands, backcountry ski, mountain bike, backpack, roast coffee, and read.


Kylie Krauss

Kylie Krauss

Tutor

What subjects do you like to tutorMath, Science, Test-prep

Education plus current job:
BS in Biology from Warren Wilson College and an MS in Restoration Ecology from the University of Idaho.

Besides tutoring, I teach Biology at Pueblo Community College and run a landscaping/garden care business called Little Elk Landscapes.

Why do you like to tutor?
I enjoy working one-on-one with students, getting to know them as individuals and tailoring my teaching style to their unique learning styles. I guess I just love learning (it’s so fun!) and I love sharing my passion for learning with my students.

What are you doing when not tutoring or working?

Probably riding bikes. Or skiing, hiking, running, gardening, reading books and fixing and/or breaking things.

Allie Jackson

Allie Jackson

Tutor

What subjects do you like to tutor?
Math, Geology and Scientific Writing

Education plus current job:

Currently in my second year teaching geology at Fort Lewis College

B.S. – Geology, Colorado State University

M.Sc. – Geology, University of Utah

Why do you like to tutor?

In the large lecture setting at my current job it can be difficult to tell if most people are following or not, especially when covering tricky concepts. When talking one-on-one with someone, however, it is perfectly clear what is making sense to them and what isn’t. I like being able to focus in on the topics that aren’t clicking and work through those until the ‘light bulb’ goes off!

What are you doing when not tutoring or working?

I am generally out rock or ice climbing when I am not at work.

 

Dylan Williamson

Dylan Williamson

Tutor

What subjects do you like to tutor? 
 

I enjoy tutoring Spanish, phonetics, reading, spelling, Art and writing.

Education 
 
I am a senior at Animas High and on my way to Rhode Island School of Design next year!
Why do you like to tutor? 
 
I like to tutor because it allows for me to give back to the next generation.  I enjoy academics and love sharing this love with kids in hopes that I can foster a passion for learning.
What are you doing when not tutoring or working? 
 
I am an artist and cyclist and enjoy reading, drawing, being outside, and learning about new cultures.  I really love to travel too!
Howard Grotts

Howard Grotts

Tutor

 

What subjects do you like to tutor?

Math and basic sciences

Education:

BA Fort Lewis College

Why I Tutor:

I like to giveback and share my love of academics.

When I’m not Tutoring:

Being an olympic athlete and riding my bike….a lot!