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K.E.Y. Learning Center: Meet the Tutors

Unlock Your Potential at the K.E.Y. Learning Center

Meet the K.E.Y. Crew


Our tutors come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all have common characteristics.  They have achieved excellence in their fields of study; they are thoughtful communicators, critical thinkers, writers, researchers, mathematicians, and scientists.

​Our tutors are passionate about education and about sharing knowledge with their peers.

In addition, they understand what it is like to go to college while working full or part time.  Most of our tutors have earned at least one college degree and are pursuing additional degrees, either at Ivy Tech or at 4 year institutions.

​Because of their educational expertise and their experiences with subjects across the academic disciplines, our tutors are eager to help you to succeed too, in college as well as in the workplace.


Jacob Chapell

  • MATH 023
  • MATH 043
  • MATH 136
  • Technology

Jacob Chapell is a 25-year-old student of software development here at Ivy Tech, seeking an Associate’s of Applied Science in the field to pursue his passion for video game design and development. In the future, he hopes to use what he learns to support his partner and rent or own a home together.

His interests include PC and console gaming (naturally), foreign languages, music theory, and science fiction.

Samuel Holland

  • KEY Receptionist
  • Cloud Technology Major

Samuel Holland is currently attending Ivy Tech for his Associates in Cloud Technology. After graduating, he plans on working at Amazon web services while attending college for his Bachelor's degree in Cloud Technology. In his free time, he enjoys many things, but his main hobbies are working on vehicles, working out, and learning about mycology, which is the study of fungi and the many benefits that it provides.

Sarah Smith

  • HLHS 101 (Medical Terminology)
  • APHY 101
  • DMSI Courses

Sarah Smith is pursuing a degree in Sonography / Imaging Science at Ivy Tech.  She brings a background in elementary education and a spirit of positivity and growth to her position as a tutor in the medical sciences.  She is looking forward to her educational pursuits and a career in imaging science.  Her philosophy is that education is something that belongs to a person forever and cannot be taken away by time or circumstance.

Chris Darling


  • MATH 080/123
  • Human Services
  • Psychology

Chris Darling is a 2018 graduate of Ivy Tech as the recipient of an A.S. degree in Human Services with a specialization in Addiction Studies & Services. He received his undergraduate degree through Wesleyan University. He is currently preparing to pursue his Masters degree.  He ultimately hopes to assist men to recover from addiction and lead healthy, family-centered lives.

He specializes in tutoring MATH 080 and MATH 123.  In addition to his academic pursuits, Chris is the proud and busy father of 2 boys and the builder of new rooms to his house.  Chris also writes inspirational haiku--the perfect combination of math and poetry. 

Reilly Jones

  • Writing & Research
  • Education Classes

Reilly Jones will graduate from Ivy Tech in Fall of 2021 and will continue on to ISU to achieve her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. In addition to tutoring at Ivy Tech, she also works as an Educational Assistant at a local Elementary School, and she loves every second of her day! 

When Reilly is  not working with little ones, she is either completing her own homework, cooking some delicious food, face first in a good book, or hanging out with her long-time partner. 

She loves helping others because she believes that everyone deserves to achieve their goals and dreams. 


Hans Vanhorn


  • MATH 080/123
  • MATH 023/043/136/137
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Hans VanHorn received his General Studies A.S. from Ivy Tech and received an A.S. in Biotechnology at Ivy Tech in 2020.  He especially enjoys chemistry and helping students enjoy it as well.

Hans also collects coins, works on cars, and is an advocate for animals and pets everywhere.

Gregory Fightmaster


  • MATH 023/043/136
  • Accounting
  • Astronomy
  • Business

Gregory Fightmaster is 20 years old and studies Business Administration at Ivy Tech.

His favorite color is yellow, and his passion is music. He likes to be different and innovative, and he always tries to be himself and respond to how he truly feels. He is not sure what he wants to do in the future, but he is sure that he wants to make way in his life for the opportunities that matter the most.

Emily Stinson

  • Writing & Research

Emily Stinson is an Ivy Tech graduate and a 2021 summa cum laude graduate from Indiana State University, where she earned her B.A. in English with a minor in Creative Writing.

She is currently preparing to pursue her Master's degree in English or a relative field.  When Emily is not working or in class, she likes to read, write, and stay active by jogging and doing yoga.

Jerry Willard


  • The Godfather of Math

Jerry Willard taught math in local high schools for 30 years, retired, and was hired by Ivy Tech as an adjunct instructor as well as a math tutor. 

His extensive experience in and out of the math classroom allows him to help students across the math curriculum, so we consider him the Godfather of Math Tutoring. 

Jerry's sense of humor, his growth mindset, and his work ethic also keeps everyone who knows him with smiles on their faces.

Justin Hawkins


  • MATH 080/123
  • MATH 023
  • MATH 043

Justin Hawkins is graduated from Ivy Tech with his General Studies Associates degree in 2018.  His area of tutoring expertise is MATH 080/123 (Quantitative Reasoning), but his passion and skills extend across the arts and sciences.

In addition to his mastery of the left side of the brain, Justin is an avid reader who enjoys writing poetry, and he is also a Haiku Grand Master after winning the Terre Haute Ivy Tech 2018 Creative Writing Club Haiku Challenge. Justin also writes, and produces plays, and pursues his love of costume design.

Darrin Silvers

  • Writing & Research
  •  Psychology
  • Spanish

Darrin Silvers is a 2021 Ivy-Tech graduate with an A.S. in Psychology, as well as a member of PSI BETA (Community College National Honor Society in Psychology.) He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and his hobbies include hiking, foreign language, and performing classic country music with his guitar. He is a married father of four and plans to continue his education in the hopes of one day becoming an academic advisor. 

Mike Watson

  • MATH 080/123
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Michael Watson is a 2022 graduate of the Ivy Tech nursing program. He was formerly a Marion County Special Deputy Sheriff, and has worked in the DOC and Clay County Indiana Jail.

Mike spent some time as a contractor in Kuwait, and spends his spare time with as much outdoor activity as he can. Michael enjoys tutoring and helping other students and believes that helping others to learn keeps his skills and knowledge sharp. Michael is married with three children, the youngest of whom is 18.

Darla K. Crist


  • Associate Professor of English
  • Director, K.E.Y. Learning Center

Darla Crist is the result of the school of life and a Masters degree in English with a specialization in Creative Writing from Indiana State University.

​​When she is not in the K.E.Y. Learning Center, she is teaching creative writing or composition or assisting students with the Knowledge Assessment process or the KA Learning Path program.

​Darla is a published author whose books include The God of Small Losses (2010), Catherine Sophia's Elbow: A Love Story (2014, 2016 ), and The Book of Wishful Thinking (2017).