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The Learning Center


Meet the Staff

The Learning Center Director

Sherri Arendt

Office: CL 204F
Phone: (920) 465-2710

Academic Coaches

Kristin Espinar
Kristin Espinar is an Academic Success Coach with a background in ESL Instruction and a special focus on official exam preparation and academic English development for international students.  She has a master's degree in Applied Linguistics and has spent many years working with international students at the higher education level.  Kristin spent several years abroad, living both in Russia and in Spain, and speaks Spanish as a second language.  In her free-time Kristin loves traveling and hiking with her family and podcasting.

Office: Working Remote
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Sam Lee
Sam Lee has been in education for the past 9 years as a teacher, instructional coach, and administrator. Sam has worked with a variety of students that include ELL and first-generation students. While working in secondary education, Sam’s goal was to help students get to college or the workforce. As an academic coach, he will strive to help students get through college.  Sam spends his free time watching movies and playing board games with his family.

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Receptionists/Front Desk

Carter Crowley

Hello! I am Carter Crowley, and I am a senior at UWGB. I am from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin which is about an hour and a half away from campus. I am majoring in psychology with an emphasis in mental health and I aspire to become a Licensed Professional Counselor/mental health therapist. I am currently learning Japanese and I hope to go to graduate school in Japan, or at least spend some time being a research assistant there after I graduate. Some of my interests include traveling, photography and watching lots of reality TV shows. I am also a Psychology tutor for various courses, so please reach out if you need help. Contact us and I’ll be happy to help you with scheduling or tutoring at The Learning Center!

Anahy Lopez

Hi everyone! My name is Anahy Lopez and I am a Junior this year majoring in Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood-Middle Adolescence. On campus I am a front desk attendant here at the Learning Center as well as a Student Ambassador. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors and looking for any new adventures to explore. I also enjoy traveling, working out, and being creative with different art projects. I look forward to another year of working  at the Learning Center and helping you all with anything I can!

Alan Malcore
Hello, my name is Alan Malcore and I'm a sophomore at uwgb. I havn't declared a major, but I'm leaning towards marketing or finance. I am from Door County Wisconsin which is about 40 minutes from campus. I really enjoy living in Door County because of the easy access to the water and all of the activities that brings. Undefeated at Mario Kart. When I am not doing school work I enjoy the outdoors, watching Netflix, and working out. I also tutor a couple business classes and Intro to Envi Sci. Come see me at The Learning Center!

Academic Mentors

Ryan Buergi
Hello, my name is Ryan Buergi and I am a sophomore at UWGB pursuing a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. I was born and raised in the city of Green Bay and live just a few minutes away from campus. In my time outside of school I enjoy spending time outdoors, fishing and watching football. I look forward to helping students learn and succeed in their classes.
Lauren Bushmaker
Hello! My name is Lauren Bushmaker. I am from the Green Bay Area.  I am majoring in education and minoring in mathematics. I wish to teach a fourth or fifth grade classroom. I am a cashier at Goodwill. I like to hang out with friends, read, run and play tennis. I will be tutoring in math courses. I’m excited to help.
Jordan Cioni
Hi, I’m Jordan. I am in my fifth and final year of studying Mechanical Engineering at UWGB. After graduation, I plan to go straight back to school! My long-term goal is to research optical metamaterials; hence, I’ll be devoting the next several years to studying physics. To relax, I enjoy tinkering with my ornithopter, wondering why my particle detector won't detect particles, and doing homework. Yes, homework! I became a tutor because I love the subjects I study. Even when it comes to tackling physics, engineering, and math problems, we can all learn from the perspectives of others. As such, nothing would make me happier than to discuss these subjects with you. 
Steffi Farrey

Hi, my name is Steffi Farrey. I am majoring in Environmental Policy and Planning with a Planning emphasis. My minor is in Sustainability. My family lives on a farm and raises chickens, ducks, and goats. (One of my favorite foods has become soft-scrambled duck eggs from my family farm, served on toast). We also have two dogs and ten outdoor "rescue cats" to keep the mice population down. I love to hike and collect houseplants (I currently have ten plants ranging from succulents to herbs to foliage plants). I also love gardening, cooking, and pressure canning things that I grow in my garden. I'm looking forward to a great semester!

Nate Giese

Hi, my name is Nate Giese and I am a senior at UWGB pursuing a math major and a minor in education. I will be graduating and moving on to teaching after fall ’21, maybe teaching some of the courses that I tutor now! I have been tutoring math courses here for a few years, and really enjoy it. In my time outside of school, I’m often hiking around the area, going on road trips with friends, or canoeing in summer weather. I’ll be happy to help you with your courses through our online format.

Maria Iwen

Hello, my name is Maria Iwen! I am going to be a sophomore at UW Green Bay this year! My plan right now is to become an RN and then apply to be a traveling nurse! I have always loved traveling so I think it will be a good fit for me! I will be tutoring Human Biology 102 every: Tuesday 10am-12pm, Thursday 10am-1p, and Friday from 10am-3pm. I am excited to help in any way I can! 

Erica Kinnard

Hello, my name is Erica and I am a Senior here at UW Green Bay. I will be graduating this December with a major in Business Administration - Marketing and a minor in Communication. After graduation I will be pursuing an MBA with an emphasis in Data Analysis at UW Whitewater as I hope to work as a Marketing Analyst in the near future. I am from Menomonie, WI, and recently moved back to be closer to my family farm. Outside of class, I enjoy showing cattle, golfing, running, fishing, reading and working on DIY projects. This year I will be remotely tutoring Business Statistics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Corporation Finance, and Legal Environment of Business. This semester, I am extremely excited to meet other students and help them better understand the material that these courses cover.  Good luck everyone in all your studies this year!

Carsen Lecapitaine

Hello all! My name is Carsen, and I am a senior Biology major here at UWGB. I enjoy eating spicy food, hiking, and trying new restaurants. I am excited to help students better understand Genetics (Bio - 303) and Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution (Bio – 203). Please feel free to schedule a virtual session with me on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10am – 3pm. If you prefer to meet face-to-face, I will be in the Learning Center from 10am – 3pm on Thursdays. I look forward to working with all of you!

Adalia Marshall

Hi everyone! I am Adalia Marshall, and I am senior who is graduating in December of 2022.  I am from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and transferred this past year from Saint Norbert College. I am majoring in Accounting with hopes to get my CPA after graduation. Alongside tutoring, I am currently an Accounting Analyst Intern at the Foth Companies. In my free time I like to travel, play tennis, and spend time with friends and family. I can help with various accounting courses, feel free to contact me!

Zea Miller

Hello! My name is Zea Miller and I am currently a sophomore at UWGB. I am majoring in Environmental Policy and Planning (with an emphasis in Policy) and Political Science and minoring in Global Studies! Some of my interests include reading, writing, watching TV, and spending time with my friends. This year I will be tutoring a few intro-level political science courses as well as working as an RA for Housing and Residential Education. I love helping others, so I’m excited for this semester to begin! 

Matthew Mitchell

Hello! My name is Matthew Mitchell and I’m a junior at UWGB. I’m from Appleton, Wisconsin, which is about 40 minutes away from Green Bay. I’m majoring in Psychology (with a Brain, Behavior, and Health emphasis) and minoring in Human Biology; I’m really hoping to get into pharmacology or general psychology research as a professional career in the future. Some of my hobbies include film making, playing video games, and watching/playing football, baseball, golf, and volleyball. I’m excited to help you out with Human Biology! It might seem like a very intimidating subject, but there are many different strategies that can help you learn and understand the material so you can succeed!

David Nehlsen

Hello! My name is David, and I’m in my third year here at UWGB. I’m a philosophy and political science major with a minor in psychology and will be supporting some classes in those fields. I’ve been tutoring for a couple of years now, but this will be my first semester with the Learning Center. In my free time I enjoy making art or music, reading, biking, working out, nature walks, and meditation. I’m excited for the opportunity to help you excel and can’t wait to meet you should you need any help. 

Allyson Nelson 
Hello! My name is Allyson and I am a sophomore at Green Bay! I am majoring in Social Work and Psychology. I am also planning on earning my master's in Social Work in the future! Some of my interests include hiking, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. I am a tutor for Social Science Statistics this semester and I am looking forward to helping in any way I can!
Shawn Riedesel

Hi, my name is Shawn Riedesel. I am a chemistry major with an ACS emphasis here at UWGB. I am a Junior and I transferred to UWGB in the fall of 2018. I attended Normandale community college and MSU Bozeman before coming here. I hope to have a career in chemical synthesis and research after graduation. I look forward to helping students succeed and broaden their understanding of their classes.

Lauren Russell

Hello! My name is Lauren Russell and I will be a sophomore at UWGB this year.  Currently I am pursuing a degree in human biology with an emphasis in health science.  When I’m not studying, I enjoy spending time with my friends and reading.  Last year I used The Learning Center for a few of my classes and it helped a lot!  This year I’m looking forward to helping people with their own classes and going over any questions they might have on the material. 

Samuel Ryan

Hi, my name is Sam Ryan and I'm a senior here at UWGB. I'm majoring in Human Biology with an emphasis on exercise science and majoring in German. I am planning on attending grad school in hopes to become a Physical therapist after all of my schooling. I'm from Mukwonago, Wisconsin, 2.5 hours away from Green Bay. I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee, trombone in jazz band, video games, and playing board games with friends. I'll be a German language and Intro to Physics tutor this semester, and enjoy sharing all of my knowledge with those eager to learn. Feel free to contact me through the Learning Center, and I'll be happy to assist in your classes. Go Phoenix!

Brooke Schuler

Hello! My name is Brooke and I am a junior. My plans are to graduate with a degree in Biology, with an emphasis in Ecology and Conservation. I just completed my Associates degree from the UWGB Manitowoc Campus and am excited to start on my Bachelor's degree up here. I will primarily be helping with the sciences, including general chemistry. I look forward to working with you! 😊

Greta Thomson

Hi! My name is Greta Thompson and I am a senior at UWGB.  I’m from Plainfield, Illinois which is about 45 minutes southwest of Chicago.  I am majoring in Human Biology with an emphasis in health science.  After college, I plan to go to PA school and eventually practice as a PA.  I am also on the softball team here, and my primary position is anywhere in the infield.  I will be tutoring Anatomy & Physiology this year and I’m super excited to be working with you!  

Brianna VanWyk

Hi, I'm Brianna Van Wyk.  I am a senior at UWGB studying elementary education and minoring in psychology.  I plan on student teaching this spring.  I am from Sheboygan Falls WI, which is about an hour south of Green Bay.  I am also a student ambassador, and I am a member of the UWGB Hip Hop Team.  I am very excited to add tutor to my list of campus involvement!

Samantha Verhagen

Hi! I am Samantha Verhagen and I’m a senior at UWGB. I’m majoring in Human Biology with a Health Science emphasis. I love learning about biology and helping others understand it, so if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask! When I’m not studying, I’m typically playing trombone in the pep band or hanging out with friends. So, if you’re having trouble in a class, stop by and we can work through it together. See you soon and Go Phoenix!

Nathaen Wanta
Hi everyone, my name is Nathaen! I am originally from a smaller town about an hour west of Green Bay called Tigerton! I graduated actually as the valedictorian of a class of 9 PEOPLE! My family includes my mom and dad, my 2 younger brothers (Colby and Loghan), and my 2 cats (Callie and Honolulu). My interests include biking, hiking, spending time with my friends, Netflixing, and most of all, LEARNING MATH! I am definitely a math major for a reason at UW-Green Bay, and I am very excited to not only further my knowledge of this fascinating discipline, but also tutor others in this fascinating area. I understand math doesn’t come easy to everyone, and am more than willing to work with you one-on-one so that you too can become proficient in this subject area!