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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.

 

Jessica Bell

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  • Writing & Research
  •  Languages & Linguistics

Jessica Bell is a 2018 graduate of Indiana State University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Language Studies with a primary focus in Linguistics and TESOL/TEFL certification.

Jessica is published in Allusions: The Fine Arts Journal of Indiana State University 2015-2016 edition. She also has completed a minor in Business Administration, an Associates in Elementary Education, and a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She speaks Spanish and Japanese at the intermediate and novice levels respectively.

Jessica’s goals are to travel the U.S. and the world to help people who are less fortunate than herself. She hopes to make a difference in people’s lives, even if it is just in the smallest of ways.

Justin Hawkins

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  • 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.

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 currently attends Indiana State University, where he writes and produces plays and pursues his love of costume design.

Jason Reed

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  • MATH 023
  • MATH 043
  • MATH 136

From a young age, Jason worked with highly professional individuals and developed unmatched work ethic and discipline.  A first generation college student who has many life experiences, Jason joined the military at the age of 17.  He started algebra in 4th grade, and he is is most at home when tutoring MATH 023, 043, and136.

Sarah Sterling

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  • Writing & Research
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Chemistry

Sarah Sterling is currently an IvyTech student in the BIO TSAP program, and she plans on transferring to Indiana State University to finish her degree.  She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field, but is still unsure as to what that career will be, as many things in the science medical field interest her.

Sarah likes trying new things, including boxing. She enjoys gardening, meditating, playing with her furbaby,Greta, baking, and watching competition shows like Survivor, Ink Master, and Flea Market Flip.

Devon Whitsit

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  • MATH 080/123
  • MATH 023/043/136/137
  • MATH 211
  • Chemistry & Physics

As a 2018 honors graduate of Ivy Tech with a degree in General Studies, Devon plans to attend Indiana State University to receive a degree in Mathematics.  He would also like to become a teacher, and he often substitute teaches math in Vigo County in addition to tutoring in the K.E.Y.

As a tutor, Devon is experienced in helping students across the math and science curriculum.

Raymond Bolk

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  • Writing & Research
  • Psychology

Raymond Bolk graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in Spring 2018. He is currently attending Indiana State University, where he is pursuing a degree in psychology. 

His favorite books are The Dark Tower series, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings. He loves all things comic book related, watching soccer, and playing video games. His favorite quote comes from Albus Dumbledore: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

David Long

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  • Writing & Research
  • Anatomy & Physiology

David Long is currently pursuing a degree in psychology, but he also has a strong background in the study of medicine.  After graduating from Ivy Tech, he plans to pursue his Bachelors degree at a four year university. He enjoys spending his free time reading, watching films, and playing the card game Magic. 

Jason Shearer

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  • Writing & Research

Jason Shearer loves to brainstorm! 

​Generating ideas and seeing them through to a finished product is a thrill for him.  Jason's degrees include an AA in Liberal Arts from Ivy Tech and a BS degree in English from Indiana State University.  He also has an extensive background in visual communication and design, and he is currently seeking his MFA in Creative Writing from Randolph College.

Jason is passionate about helping others to do the best they can with their given assignment. He believes that everyone can achieve their goals if they take the time to put forth the effort involved to make it happen.  He is here to help along the process.  If you are stuck with no idea of where to go with an assignment, come see Jason in the K.E.Y.  He will demystify the guidelines and help you get started on the correct path.

Nancy Thompson

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  • Writing & Research
  • Adjunct English Instructor

Nancy Thompson is happy to be one of the Writing Tutors in the K.E.Y. Learning Center.

She is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College (AGS), Indiana State University (BS), and Miami University (MFA), where her primary area of focus was English with a special interest in Creative Writing.

In addition to her role as a K.E.Y. writing tutor, she also teaches English composition, creative writing, and literature classes for Ivy Tech Community College and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. 

In her free time, she enjoys taking walks with her rescue dog, Greta, as well as writing, researching, reading, crocheting, and singing karaoke!

Jerry Willard

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  • 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.

Rachel Cooley

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  • Writing & Research
  • Adjunct English Instructor

Rachel Cooley as been teaching and tutoring since 2015, having received her MA in English in 2016. She joined the Ivy Tech community in 2017 and considers herself a grammar guru, so please come to her for proofreading and citation advice.

Another aspect of the writing process she enjoys working on is “invention”—that is, assisting students with brainstorming, outlining, and finding the best ways to answer the prompt while still fitting their own writing styles. She also extends an invitation to students to come to her with questions concerning creative projects as well-- her dream job is to one day teach a college-level intro to creative writing course.

As far as Rachel's personal hobbies and interests go, she enjoys painting, true crime, classic rock, kawaii culture, absurd/hyperbolic humor, Disney villains, shounen anime, and eating unholy amounts of Taco Bell, her not-so-secret shame. She also has the cutest cat ever, Pixie, who is pictured here.

Rachel Neal

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  • MATH 136
  • MATH 137
  • MATH 211
  • METC 111 / STATICS
  • PHYSICS

Rachel Neal is a recent Engineering Technology graduate from Ivy Tech who is good at math and terrible at spelling. Any chance she gets, she likes to take her 16 pound Chihuahua for hikes or binge watch Netflix. 

Darrin Silvers

  • Writing & Research
  •  Psychology

Darrin Silvers is a second year Psychology major working towards a career in behavioral health.

In his free time, he enjoys composing music, researching and writing about various topics of interest, curating his collection of suspenders, and spending quality time with his family.

Hans Vanhorn

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  • MATH 080/123
  • MATH 023/043/136/137
  • 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.

Chris Darling

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  • MATH 080/123

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 is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree through Wesleyan University, and after graduation from Wesleyan, he hopes to specialize in assisting 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. 

Amber Nicoson

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  • MATH 080/123

Emily Stinson

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  • Writing & Research

Emily Stinson is an Ivy Tech graduate and a current student at Indiana State University.

She plans to graduate with a bachelor's degree in the spring of 2022. After that, she hopes to teach high school English and possibly work on a master's degree. When she's not working or in class, she likes to read, write, and stay active by jogging and doing yoga.

Mike Watson

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

Michael Watson is currently a student seeking entry into the 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

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  • 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 mentoring students in the Ivy Prep 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).