CTC Math Tutors
Hello! My name is Cassie Kendall. I am a lifelong Alaskan that grew up on the Kenai Peninsula in Nikiski. Before I ended up in Fairbanks in 2012, I went to the Kenai Peninsula College on the Kenai – one of UAA’s community colleges. I fell in love with tutoring there and tutored a unique variety of subjects in their Learning Center for two years before leaving for Fairbanks. Once I reached Fairbanks, I realized the one subject I loved to tutor more than any other was math. This has led me to tutoring in CTC’s Learning Center since the fall of 2012 and teaching study skills courses since the spring of 2018.
However, I do more than just tutor and teach with my time! As an avid reader of sci-fi, fantasy, and mysteries (anything really), I spend a lot of time finding places to curl up with a good book. In the summers, I’m always attempting to improve my vegetable growing skills (Some experiments are better than others!) and landscaping my yard to have lovely flower gardens. In the winter, I am a gamer on any platform and enjoy RPGs or anything with a great storyline. The best part about my indoor hobbies is that I get to enjoy them with my husband, Roman; our dog, Coraline; and our cats, Weenie, Tubby, Moritimer, Ajani, and Beerus.
I look forward to meeting and working with you!
Hello! My name is Megan McCarthy and I am happy to be a member of CTC’s Math Lab tutoring team. I am a retired Math and Science teacher and have spent many years teaching in a variety of states and communities. As humans, our brains are wired to be problem solvers and math is one of the ways that we make sense of our world. Helping students develop confidence in their own problem-solving abilities has been a core of my teaching practice. Tutoring provides unique opportunities to help students strengthen their math literacy.
Our family has a long history with Fairbanks and UAF. My husband was born here and he and our oldest daughter are alumni; my younger daughter is currently a student. We have four awesome and delightful grandkids-two in Snohomish WA and two here in Fairbanks. I started my teaching career here and eventually retired here-with many adventures and experiences in between! Many years were spent in SE Alaska most recently living and working on our boat in Juneau.
I love reading, sewing and spending time with my family and our Great Pyrenees dog, Bella, who definitely loves the snow that we get here!
I was born and raised in Michigan, where I developed a love for outdoor activities, including fishing, skiing, camping, biking (bicycles and motorcycles), and almost anything involving water. Before going into education, I was a director with the YMCA in Michigan and Ohio. I joined Raven in August of 2019 after spending 12 years working in the village schools for LKSD. My last 7 years with LKSD were spent as the site administrator (principal) at Kwigillingok School, a K-12 school. I truly loved my students and working with them, but felt a need to be closer to family and friends so I moved into Anchorage and joined Raven Homeschool. I have loved Math and look forward to working with UAF students and helping them develop a love of Math also.
Hi, my name is Micah VanderHart, I’m a sophomore at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working towards a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. I was raised in a small community just outside of Delta Junction, where I developed a love for engineering and math. I enjoy digitally designing objects and using my 3D printer to make them real, and I’ve designed and built the computerized cutting machine shown in the picture. This machine takes a digital design and cuts it out of wood, plastic, or metal. Beyond my engineering interests, I enjoy hiking, playing chess, and of course, doing math, especially doing creative problem-solving.
I look forward to helping you learn math this semester!
CTC Writing Tutors
Hi! My name is Claire-Elise Baalke. I’ve lived in Fairbanks for the last 10 years during which I received my Bachelor’s degree in English and my Master’s in English as well in 2020. I started tutoring back in 2016 while I was in my Master’s program and this year will be my 5th year as a tutor for The Community and Technical College. Last year, I started teaching for CTC and UAF where I’ve taught WRTG 111X and 212X.
My main interests are in Medieval Literature and Gender Studies, but I’m also an avid reader and writer of science fiction, fantasy, and poetry. Outside of my academic and creative pursuits, I enjoy playing piano, riding horses, and cross-country skiing. I’m a big coffee drinker and I relish long, autumn walks through the woods and snuggling up with my cat, Milo, and reading a good book.
I look forward to working with you all!
My name is Christi Cole. I was born and raised in Alaska and usually had my nose in a book during most of my childhood. As a teenager I dabbled in enough poetry and creative writing to get a few published, and several opportunities came during young adulthood to travel abroad doing editorial work for writers and broadcasters! About four years ago I volunteer-taught English as a second language at the Literacy Council of Alaska before finding my way to part-time English tutoring at CTC for the last three winters. I love the flexibility of this job, the students I get to meet along the way, and especially the thought-provoking essays I get to read from you all!
Jennifer Ferderer Foley
Hi, I’m Sally, one of your writing tutors. I was born and raised here in Fairbanks. I have an MA/MFA in English Literature/Creative Writing from UAF. I have taught writing classes at UAF and CTC for several years (I’m not counting,) and have also tutored here at the CTC Learning Center over these years.
In the summers, I work as a deckhand on a drift gillnet commercial fishing boat in Bristol Bay. I also do various other seasonal/odd jobs, such as manage some rental cabins down the road from my own cabin.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your writing assignments – bring me some essays!
Hello, my name is Ryan Shek. I’m a writer from Southwest Michigan. I hold a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Michigan University, have worked as a crime reporter for the Kalamazoo Gazette and Jackson Citizen Patriot, and recently earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I’ve taught writing at UAF for the past four years.
As a writing tutor, I like to pay special attention to the syntax of each sentence, helping writers better understand and navigate the nuances of the English language, as well as help writers more clearly express their ideas. I welcome work from any step of the writing process–whether it’s a paper in need of a more focused topic paragraph, a thesis that needs simple grammatical edits, or a cover letter in need of total revision.
Currently, I work as a writing instructor and tutor for UAF and CTC.