Our Mentors

“Brainiacs” are more than tutors. Our mentors are Brainiac’s primary asset and key to sustaining the high-quality levels and results our students experience. They are successful university students, graduates, and experienced teachers who serve as role models and mentors to students they help.

All mentors are screened during a rigorous interview process where they demonstrate high levels of achievement in academia in addition to an extraordinary passion for helping students achieve the “Aha!” moment.  They also undergo a state-conducted and approved background check.

Mindy Benavides

Mindy attends Trinity University and is planning to major in neuroscience, and minor in mathematics.  Mindy is a spirited and motivated individual who enjoys working with students in pursuing their academic goals.  In high school, Mindy was an experienced mentor in math and now mentors Brainiac students in calculus, chemistry, algebra, pre-cal, and physics.

Riley Cox

Riley is a current medical student at the Long School of Medicine.  He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry.  Riley enjoys teaching students because he likes to see the “click” that happens when a student begins to understand a subject.  He takes on the challenge of presenting different topics in a variety of ways to make sure each and every student has the same opportunity to understand and learn.  Riley mentors in biology, chemistry, and science.

Kathy Dial

Kathy graduated from Texas Tech with a MS in Analytical chemistry and from UIW with a BS in Chemistry and a minor in psychology.  She has taught chemistry as an adjunct at UIW and Northeast Lakeview College.  Her favorite part of teaching is what she calls the “light bulb” moments, when the concept clicks for a student.  Seeing her student improve their understanding and gain confidence in their abilities is the best reward possible.  Kathy mentors in chemistry, math, and test prep.

Sydney Kuehne

Sydney currently attends Trinity University and is planning to receive a degree in political science with as minor in East Asian studies.  As an older sister, Sydney has seen how not understanding a subject in class can weigh on someone both academically and socially and  she is motivated to help ensure an enjoyable learning experience for all.  Sydney mentors in history, English, elementary & middle school math, organizational and study skills, as well as test prep.

Matthew Reyes

Matthew is medical student at UT Health San Antonio as well as a graduate from Texas A&M University where he majored in biomedical engineering. He discovered his passion for mentorship during his work senior counselor at a summer camp. His goal is to help a person develop the confidence and ability to themselves to any academic challenge they may face. Matthew mentors in calculus, algebra, biology, & physics.

Mia Vu

Mia is a student at Trinity University and is planning to get her degree in neuroscience.  Throughout her high school experience she has had the opportunity to teach younger children in martial arts and other sports.  Mia enjoys watching students grow and find joy in understanding.  Mia mentors in biology, chemistry, math, and French.

Jordan Sutlive

Jordan is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where he majored in English literature, and minored in Japanese and linguistics.  He’s recently returned to his hometown of San Antonio after a two-year stint teaching English is rural Japan.  During his time abroad, Jordan discovered an unflagging passion for teaching, and loves to see his students master a complex concept after hours of hard work.  Jordan mentors in paper edits and test prep.

Olivia Littlefield

Olivia is a Trinity University student who is on the pre-med route and is majoring in biology.  Throughout her years as a student, she has always been driven to improve and better herself.  A huge way she has made self-improvement is by helping others.  She is passionate about leading others to success and enjoys making them feel confident about their abilities.  Olivia mentors in Spanish, math, and chemistry.

Tyson Jergensen

Tyson is a Brigham Young University graduate who received a degree in physiology and developmental biology with a certification in Spanish.  He is now at UTHSCSA training to become a physician.  Along the way, Tyson enjoyed opportunities to work as an ACT prep teacher, anatomy lab teaching assistant, and MCAT tutor because he likes the challenge of breaking down difficult concepts to help others understand them and succeed.  Tyson mentors Brainiac students in biology, chemistry, and test prep.

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Matthew Dugi

Matthew is a UTSA student majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics.  Throughout middle and high school, he has gained experience helping his fellow classmates and siblings in both their math and science classes.  Seeing them reach an “aha” moment in their homework problems has drive Matthew to assist others in breaking through academic barriers.  Matthew mentors in chemistry, math, physics, and test prep.

Anjelica Jones

Anjelica is a recent graduate of UTSA with a major in middle school English and social studies education with a minor in English literature.  Anjelica has always has a passion for helping people and has spent the past seven years in a teaching or mentoring position.  Anjelica has worked with children of all ages, ranging from young babies to incoming college students.  Anjelica mentors Brainiac students in English, history, social studies,  and test prep.

Kristina Hansen

Kristina graduated from the University of Redlands with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in chemistry.  She also studied for two years at the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio before changing career paths upon finding her true passion in the field of school psychology.  Kristina is now a master’s school psychology student at Our Lady of the Lake University studying for dual licensure as an LSSP and LPC.  Through her past work as a tutor and life skills instructor, Kristina found a love for teaching and helping students reach their full potential.  It is a joy for her to witness when students have “light bulb” moments, and she enjoys being an instrument in each student’s transformation along the path to academic success.  She strives to help students maintain a positive attitude throughout their studies and to provide them with the support and tools they need to accomplish their goals.  Kristina mentors in biology, chemistry, pre-algebra, algebra I & II, pre-calculus, and test prep.

Miguel Aguliar

Miguel is a graduate from UTSA with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering.  During his senior year of high school, Miguel chose to participate in a new elective of Peer Tutoring that had sprouted at Robert E. Lee.  He thoroughly enjoyed the dedication it took to understand the way that other learned and see their thoughts develop more clearly through discussion.  After graduation, he was offered a position within the district to assist with the AVID college readiness program and nothing was more rewarding than seeing his pupils become academically stronger without the stress of having to work through their difficulties on their own.  Miguel mentors in chemistry, physics, algebra I & II, and calculus.

Baudy Ruiz

Baudy has been tutoring since 2015. She earned a bachelor’s in biology with a minor in chemistry from OLLU. It was during undergrad that she discovered her love of tutoring. She tutors all math, including Calc I and AP Stats, as well as biology, chemistry, Spanish, and test prep. Most recently, Baudy has accepted a teaching job at a high school and is looking forward to expanding her teaching capabilities.

Julie Montamat

Julie is a recently retired public educator of 30 years, with both teaching and administrative experience.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University.  Julie earned a Master’s degree in Special Education from UCCS, and an Educational Leadership certification from UTSA.  She found her passion for working with children when she was 16 years old, and has followed that passion ever since.  Positively impacting the lives of children is her life’s calling.  Along with being the Director of Programs for Brainiac, she also mentors students in algebra I, geometry, humanities, and test prep.

Callie Marshall

Callie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Plan II Honors and history, in addition to her minors in chemistry and biology.  She is now a medical student at UTHSCSA and hopes to work in pediatrics upon graduation.  She enjoys thinking creatively about difficult concepts and finding ways to illustrate them for her peers and students.  Callie mentors Brainiac students in biology, physics, algebra, geometry, English, history, and test prep.

Jaime Cruz

Jaime graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in biology and minor in business administration.  Growing up he attended a small high school campus that emphasized peer led tutoring and found himself enjoying teaching and learning from other students.  The moment a student truly understands the concepts and has that eye opening moment about a subject they were having trouble in is what motivates Jaime to continue tutoring.  Currently a medical student, he continues practicing his love of teaching others with his patients, peers, and wife.  In his spare time, he loves to play basketball, watch the Dallas Cowboys games, and walk his dogs.  Jaime mentors in biology, bio chem, anatomy & physiology, chemistry, and algebra.

Iris Guerra

Iris graduated from the UTSA earning a Master’s degree in counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology.  Iris is passionate about helping others reach their fullest potential with a focus on student academic and personal achievement.  Iris currently works as a lead teacher for Brainiac’s Reading & Literacy Program.

Ethan Leonard

Ethan is a medical student at UTHSCSA.  He received his degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University.  At BYU, Ethan worked as a teaching assistant in the chemistry department and enjoyed helping students.  Ethan mentors Brainiac students in biology, chemistry, and Spanish.

Hannah Purkiss

Hannah graduated with honors from Winston Churchill High School, and is currently attending San Antonio College.  She is enrolled in her fifth consecutive year of American Sign Language, with the aspiration of interpreting for the deaf in the private sector.  Hannah is an avid reader and lives to share her passion for literature.  Hannah currently works as an assistant teacher for Brainiac’s Reading & Literacy Program.

Saskia Reford

Saskia is currently attending the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Plan II and the Canfield Business Honors Program, with a minor in economics.  In high school, she tutored her classmates in calculus, statistics, and Latin; moreover, she helped edit English papers.  Saskia loves watching a student become confident in a subject that they previously struggled with.  Saskia mentors economics, English, math (pre-cal to calculus BC), and test prep

Ahmed Shoola

Ahmed is a University of Texas at Austin graduate who received a degree in chemistry.  Beginning in high school, Ahmed found himself helping friends and classmates understand material they couldn’t grasp in class.  He used this passion and his love for teaching successfully when serving as a teachers assistant in undergrad.  He is currently a medical student at UTHSCSA.  Ahmed mentors Brainiac students in algebra II, pre-cal, biology, and chemistry.

Lara Slesnick

Lara is a Texas A&M University graduate who received a degree in Microbiology.  Now that she is in medical school at UTHSCSA, she is tutoring other medical students.  Lara has been teaching for the majority of her life, from swim lessons to chess lessons.  Through these experiences, she has learned the value of the mentor-mentee relationship, and enjoys helping students reach their classroom goals.  In her free time she enjoys reading, running with her dog and trying new restaurants around San Antonio.  Lara mentors in math, biology, chemistry, and English.

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