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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Matthew Dugi

Matthew is a UTSA graduate who majored in physics and minored 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.

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.

Baudelia 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.

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.

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.

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.

Anne Rubsamen

Anne is a student at Scripps College in California where she studies writing and rhetoric.  A lover of learning, Anne enjoys tutoring because it helps students explore and understand material as a collaborative process between mentor and student.  She hope to make learning a less daunting and less stressful endeavor.  Anne mentors in English, writing, and history.

Piero Deur

Piero is originally from Lima, Peru, where he was born and raised.  There, he studied economics at La Universidad de Lima.  After moving to Texas, he attended Texas State University, earning a BA in Sociology.  He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in economics at UTSA.  Piero has worked in education for the past eight years and enjoys working with students of all ages. Piero currently mentors in Spanish, algebra I and II, geometry, social studies, statistics, and economics.

Violeta Sanchez

Violeta is a college student attending Alamo Colleges pursuing a nursing degree.  Violeta was born in San Antonio and raised in Monterrey NL, Mexico. Her first language was Spanish and she started learning English in the third grade.  Once becoming fluent in English, Violeta had a desire to help and encourage friends to learn Spanish.  Being bilingual at a young age has motivated her to become a tutor, to assist children in expanding their knowledge.  Violeta currently mentors in Spanish immersion with Brainiac.

Ashna Wagle

Ashna is a student at Trinity University majoring in Biology with a concentration in cellular biology with a minor in chemistry.  Originally using tutoring as a study tactic, Ashna fell in love with moments when helping her classmates and peers grasp material.  She finds their growth in education to be one of the most rewarding things she could experience.  Ashna mentors in chemistry, biology, algebra I and II, geometry, pre-calculus, and elementary and middle school English.

Julia Nania

Julia is a current student at Trinity University.  She is working on a degree in Engineering Science and a minor in Mathematics and Physics.  Julia went to a college preparatory high school, which gave her skills she hopes to share.  Julia also found in high school and college she could help her friends understand the material by presenting it a different way.  She loves seeing her peers get that aha! moment working with material they are struggling with.  Julia mentors in physics, algebra I and II, pre-calculus, and beginning Spanish.

Christopher Mowrey

Christopher is a UTSA graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  Christopher has excelled in his own rigorous courses such as dual credit macro economy, AP Statistics, AP calculus, AP biology, AP physics, and AP literature and composition.  Christopher looks forward to helping his students achieve their academic goals and inspire them to love learning.  Currently Christopher mentors in test prep, math, biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, algebra, geometry, calculus, and English.

John "JD" Walls

John “JD” is a current sophomore at UT Austin, where he is enrolled in the Business Honors and Plan II Honors programs.  He graduate of Saint Mary’s Hall, and has always enjoyed helping friends and classmates with difficult material and looks forward to helping students grow and achieve academic success.  JD is a lover of learning who loves inspiring that same love in others, and hopes to be able to do so through Brainiac.  JD mentors in test prep, English, history, math, and biology.

Jacqueline Davis

Jacqueline will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2021, majoring in political communications and minoring in statistics.  Since her freshman year, Jacqueline has been creating study tools for her classmates, including fun music videos and color coded visuals.  Jacqueline enjoys breaking down complex concepts in order to make them more digestible, fun, and eliminate any unnecessary student anxiety.  Jacqueline currently mentors in test prep, English, algebra, history, government, and Spanish.

Audrey Simpson

Audrey is a Saint Mary’s Hall graduate who is currently attending Trinity University.  She has always excelled in both sciences and humanities, as such she is a pre-med student studying to achieve a degree in Psychology.  Coming from a rigorous educational background, Audrey is keen on study tools and concept breakdown, thus often helps her classmates understand material they struggle to grasp.  Audrey is motivated to help students from all levels excel in their studies.  Audrey mentors in test prep, biology, chemistry, psychology, and statistics.