Tutors

Our tutors are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills, education and experience. They love what they do, and have a passion for teaching young students. They look forward to working with all students who make up the beautiful diversity of New Mexico. We have tutors who speak Spanish, Chinese, and Thai.

David Bushnell

Algebra I & II, Geometry

David Bushnell was born in Germany and grew up in Idaho and Maine. He earned his bachelor’s  degree in mathematics from Princeton University and his master’s degree in mathematics from the  University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He is retired in California but has family in Albuquerque. Before retiring he worked at NASA as a software researcher, mostly looking for new  ways to make software more reliable. 

As an undergraduate he worked in the campus tutoring center tutoring other undergraduates in  mathematics. As a graduate student he worked as a teaching assistant, teaching classes in pre-algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, linear algebra, etc. 

He enjoys gardening, kayaking, biking, hiking, drying persimmons, remodeling his house, and being  with family. He has been a foster parent for kittens, teaching them that people can be nice and what a  litter box is for. He has also worked with a volunteer group maintaining county park hiking trails. And he has volunteered with an organization that gathers fruit from people’s fruit trees to donate to  disadvantaged families.

Dianne Channell

Math, Algebra I & II

Dianne is a New Mexico native. She is a retired Santa Fe Public School math teacher. She taught at Alameda and Santa Fe High Schools. She is a fanatical dog lover with five dogs. In addition to generously donating her time to Ignited Minds, she also donates her time to rescuing dogs.

Bill Glaser

Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus

Bill earned his B.A. degree in philosophy from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1972. From 1973 thru 2006 he was in the construction business in Santa Fe NM. He was the owner of Glaser Construction, a general contracting business, from 1981-2006. In 2006, after completing the teacher licensing program at Santa Fe Community College, Bill taught mathematics at Santa Fe High School from 2006 thru 2012. Bill and Adele are married and have two children, Emily and Ross (deceased). In retirement he has been active in his lifelong interest in philosophical inquiry, tennis, cycling and he maintains an unofficial free construction consulting business. 

Prof. Raymond Greenwell

Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus (Spanish Speaking)

Raymond N. Greenwell earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from the University of San Diego, and an M.S. in Statistics, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Michigan State University.  From 1983 to 2017 he was a professor of mathematics at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, as well as coach for the math team. He has published articles on statistics, fluid mechanics, mathematical biology, genetic algorithms, combinatorics, undergraduate mathematics education, and mathematical sociology. He coauthored the textbooks Finite Mathematics, Calculus with Applications, and Calculus for the Life Sciences with Margaret L. Lial and Nathan P. Ritchey, published by Pearson. He served the Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America as Vice-Chair for Four Year Colleges, Chair, Governor, Liaison Coordinator, and Webmaster. Since his retirement in 2017, he has lived in Santa Fe, NM, where he enjoys hiking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. For more information, visit his web page at https://sites.hofstra.edu/raymond-greenwell/.

Joan Kendrick

English Language Arts/Creative Writing

Hi! I am a retired English teacher from Santa Fe High School. During my career,  I taught Creative Writing and Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior English at the  Advanced Placement, Pre-AP, and regular levels. I have also created, directed, and  tutored in an after-school tutoring program. Before teaching, I worked in the  environmental field, both for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as an  environmental consultant. And before that, I earned a BA in English Education and a  MA in Environmental Studies. I have been lucky in my life work to be able to pursue the  things I love to do, reading, writing and exploring the natural world. 

My husband and I moved from Washington, D.C. to Santa Fe 40 years ago. We  have worked, raised our two sons, and retired here. My days now are filled with hiking,  gardening, reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends. As wonderful  as retirement is, however, I do miss my students. I am looking forward to reconnecting  with students through this tutoring program and to helping them develop their writing,  reading, and thinking skills.

Katja Klosterman

Fulbright Scholar

Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Chemistry

Katja Klosterman was born and raised in New Mexico. She left her home in 2016 to pursue a B.S. in Biochemistry at the Arizona State University where she was a member of the Next Generation Service Corps. Upon graduating in 2019, she returned to New Mexico to research rapid biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics at the Los Alamos National Laboratory within the Chemistry for Biomedical Applications team. Katja hopes to pursue her MPH and MD in the future, with hopes of increasing access to healthcare across the nation. In her spare time, she likes reading about spirituality and philosophy, baking for loved ones, and doing pilates. She is inspired by the process and grit of understanding new and novel ideas in learning, which she gets to take part in during every collaborative tutoring session.

Jim Plewa

Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus

Jim graduated in 1970 from the University of Illinois with a BS in Electrical Engineering.  He has worked in the information technology area for many manufacturing and electronics companies.  In 1993 he entered the teaching profession through the Santa Fe Intern program and taught his first year at Capital High School, Santa Fe.  Jim taught high school math, including subjects from pre-algebra through AP Statistics, at Los Alamos High School from 1994 through 2009 before retiring.  He currently enjoys building furniture as a student at the Santa Fe Community College Fine Woodworking program.

Jenna Viscaya

ELA and French

Born in Washington D.C., raised in the Midwest, and schooled in New England, Jenna took her BA in English and Philosophy (Bennington, Boston University) and her love of poetry to California, where she became a women’s health activist, midwife, pre/postnatal counselor and co-founder of one of the first community women’s clinics (founded 1974, still running as a community-controlled branch of the county hospital). Certain that a medical revolution would soon follow, she became a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (MA, N.E. School of Acupuncture, Boston). After twenty years of teaching in graduate schools of East Asian medicine and practicing acupuncture (in Boston and Santa Fe), she added an MA in Counseling and spent her last ten years in the workforce doing psychotherapy at UNMH and in private practice. As a counselor doing Expressive therapies and working in Arts in Medicine, Jenna led groups in Poetry for Alzheimer’s, composition, narrative therapy, composed haiku for hospital in-patients, and taught yoga and acupressure to outpatients. As a professor of Oriental Medicine, she taught a range of courses from theory to clinical skills. As a counselor, she has worked with people with long-term mental illness, developmental disability, and in drug courts in the Pueblo communities. As a professor, she taught adults, many of them professionals from medicine and pharmacy careers in other countries immigrating to the US. Her teaching style is flexible, creative and inventive while being true to the topic being taught. Now retired (but not retiring), she spends time in Albuquerque with her husband and two dogs, gardening, walking daily and cooking. When possible, she meets her ex-pat daughter for world adventures in places with abundant water. In the local community, she has enjoyed being part of a cabaret song and dance troupe, doing musical theater, and singing in a choir. She is an avid exerciser, indoors and out, favoring dance, Pilates, yoga, swimming and kayaking.

Tom Yuster

Geometry, Algebra I & II, Trigonometry, Calculus

Tom Yuster is a retired mathematics professor. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1979. During his career, he taught at Middlebury College (1979-83) and Lafayette College (1983-2021). He has published in areas including finite group theory, fluid dynamics, and malaria modeling. During his time at Lafayette College, he served as the Coordinator of the Values and Science/Technology program, in which he taught a course on HIV/AIDS. He was also supervisor of the Calculus Cavalry, a peer tutoring organization operating out of the Mathematics Department that provided the majority of mathematics tutoring on campus. His calculus videos are freely available on YouTube. Tom enjoys playing tennis, although he doesn’t move nearly as well as he used to. It may be time to take up pickleball.

Karen Kerschen

ELA and College

I’m a first-generation college graduate. I earned a BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in NYC. Before settling down, I worked as a free-lance photojournalist in the US and South
America. I documented Chile’s coup d’etat for Amnesty International; later in the CA Bay Area, worked as a human rights activist against torture and US intervention abroad. I know what it’s like to carve a skilled working career for myself without family guidance. My work trajectory included blue-collar stints, for the USPS and as a courier. I failed as a classroom teacher and as an entrepreneur, while finding my way. As a clerical worker at UC Berkeley, a professor got wind of my skills and brought
me on as assistant editor for a journal of the IEEE. When funding dried up, I attended a job fair in Silicon Valley and got an entry-level position in Hewlett-Packard as a technical writer. I took advantage of workshops and continuing education courses to advance my skills. I became a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication and contributed to an educational curriculum for STEM education in NM.

I’m the author of a biography, Violeta Parra: By the Whim of the Wind, about a multi- faceted Chilean folklorist whose protest songs spoke out against societal ills.

I moved to northern NM to immerse myself in fine arts; my architectural mosaics received acclaim and publication in a national crafts magazine.
I’m active in the Taos Jewish Center and publish its quarterly ezine, HaKol (The Voice). I tend to be introverted; things that make me happy include reading, creating art, swimming, being in nature, cooking, singing with others, enjoying the company of friends and collaborative projects.


Gloria Chen

Math, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry

I’m Yun Chin Chen, my preferred name is Gloria. I’m an exchange student from Taiwan, I’ll stay until January. I’m studying at National Tsing Hua University back in my home country, but currently at UNM.

  I major in education, and I had some experiences throughout teaching. I tutor students in non-profits organization for the whole summer. Besides, I’m an outgoing person, and I’m really into aviation, so I spend most of my spare time studying materials related to that.

  My mother tongue is Chinese, so whoever wants to learn, feel free to ask me!! 

Lara Fuchs

Math, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Chemistry

Hi, I’m Lara Fuchs. I was born in Socorro, NM, but was raised in Split, Croatia up until fifth
grade. My whole family is from Croatia and it is my First Language.
I am a Freshman at UNM, majoring in Math Education. I love to learn as much as I can in any
subject. I also enjoy my cat, cloudy weather, and anything with nutella.

Joseph Montaño-Pilch

Math, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Chemistry

Hello, my name is Joseph Montaño-Pilch. I am a college student at UNM. My majors are Spanish and linguistics. I have taken up to college level calculus. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I look forward to working you.

Want to work with us?


We are especially grateful for all those who have previously served with Ignited Minds. Thank you:

  • Laurie Bangs, ELA Tutor
  • Laci “Greg” Begaye, ELA and Science Tutor
  • Niesha Benallie, ELA Tutor
  • Susan Calderon, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, French Tutor
  • Darcy Campbell, Biology and Chemistry Tutor
  • Martin Geer, ELA Tutor
  • Monica Gonzales-Cejo, Algebra, Biology, ELA, Spanish & College Application Tutor
  • Esperanza Guerrero, Algebra, Geometry, Math, & Biology Tutor
  • Madison Helm, ELA Tutor
  • Kelli James, Middle School Math, ELA, New Mexico History, College Applications Tutor
  • Maria Lynch, Algebra/Math/ELA/Biology/Social Science Tutor
  • Mary Mandeville Chase, ELA Tutor
  • Melody Postoak, Biology, ELA, Music: percussion, vocals & music theory Tutor
  • Daniel Roller, Geometry, Algebra I & II, Trigonometry Tutor
  • Margaret Rose, French Tutor
  • Cristina Smith, Algebra I, Geometry, Math, ELA, Social Sciences Tutor
  • Rik Svien, Math, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Physics, Chemistry, Spanish Tutor
  • Ronnie Varchetto, ELA/math/Algebra/Geometry/Biology/Chemistry Tutor
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