Meet the Tutors
Alex Kunkel: Alex earned his M.A. in the Applied Linguistics/TESL program here at USF. Originally from Central Illinois, he studied English and Psychology at Illinois State University, and tutored students in both English grammar and Japanese. He also held a job scoring standardized written ESL exams before moving to Tampa for school. In his dwindling spare time, Alex likes to play board games and go camping with friends.
Abdelhay Belfakir: Abdelhay has been a tutor with INTO USF since the Spring of 2015. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with an MA in TESOL. Abdelhay tutors students in English, and also in test prep for TOEFL and IELTS. In his free time, he enjoys reading fiction, learning new skills and fixing things (with the help of YouTube). Abdelhay looks forward to meeting new students and helping them succeed.
Brenda Grau: Brenda has a master's degree in rhetoric and composition and a graduate certificate in professional and technical communication. Her research interests include writing in the disciplines and theories in rhetoric. In addition to tutoring, she also teaches composition. Brenda enjoys helping students with language skills as well as the development of academic writing and research skills.
Darrin Williams: Darrin is a 21 year US Navy veteran. He received a BA in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Faulkner in Montgomery, Alabama and an M.A. from the Linguistics TESOL program at the University of South Florida.
Sophia Eyerman: Sophia is a Masters student in the World Languages Dept. and is working towards her MA in Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She has a bachelors in English Literature from Ohio State University, as well as a background in Spanish. She is interested in teaching English in abroad after she graduates. She is looking forward to working with students on any needs they may have related to English -- whether it be practicing conversation or working on academics.
Tuc Chau: Tuc earned his B.A. in English Interpretation and Translation, which has allowed him to serve as a bridge connecting different people and cultures in the world. He earned his M.A. in Applied Linguistics at USF. Tuc is always willing to share his expertise of English and language learning skills with you. Tuc looks forward to not only helping you learn, but learning new things from you too!
Annetta Hastings: Annetta is currently pursuing a PhD in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in mathematics education. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Mathematics Education from USF in 1994. Since that time, she has taught a variety of courses at the college level including remedial algebra, college algebra, trigonometry, elementary statistics and calculus. She earned tenure status and became the math department coordinator at Florida College in 2014. She is very excited to take her experience from the classroom to the INTO USF program. With her 15 years of classroom teaching that included advising and mentoring students, she has a passion to help students enhance their math skills while instilling confidence in them to reach their career goals.
Alexis Brinkerhoff: Alexis has a master's degree in Toxicology and Risk Assessment from the University of South Florida and a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Columbia University. She has been tutoring for over ten years and thoroughly enjoys assisting students in gaining a deeper more enriching education. Alexis loves working with INTO USF and has been facilitating a smooth transition for international students to an English based education since 2014. She spends her free time learning other languages, traveling, practicing yoga and cooking.
Matthew Siegel: Matthew is a doctoral candidate in the Technology in Education and Second Language Acquisition Ph.D. program at the University of South Florida. He received his MA degree in TESOL from Notre Dame of Maryland University, and a BS in Mathematics from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He has teaching experience in both the United States and China, and his research interests include the use of technology to learn collocations in a second language. He looks forward to helping students at INTO USF with their academic coursework
Raman Sachdev: Raman is a PhD student in the Philosophy program at USF. Before coming to USF, he studied at Loyola University and The University of Chicago. He has taught courses on philosophy, religion, and the humanities at community colleges in Chicago and Tampa. He has also tutored students preparing for standardized tests like the ACT, SAT, and GRE. Aside from academics, Raman is a songwriter pursuing opportunities in the music licensing business.
Danielle Koebli: Danielle is currently pursuing a Masters in Geology with a focus on Volcanology as a volcanic petrologist and volcanic geochemist at USF (this means she has a lot of fun in the field and in a lab experimenting). She has been tutoring on and off since 2012 between private students and now the INTO program at USF. Danielle has been helping students of all grade levels with ESL, science and history. Before USF she earned her Bachelors in History focusing on Eastern Asia with a second major in Earth Science focusing on Geology. After completing her Bachelors she went overseas to teach English at a Chinese University, as well as private tutoring, for a year. In her free time Danielle likes to read, enjoy outdoor activities, bake, and visit lighthouses.
Matthew Siegel: Matthew is a doctoral candidate in the Technology in Education and Second Language Acquisition Ph.D. program at the University of South Florida. He received his MA degree in TESOL from Notre Dame of Maryland University, and a BS in Mathematics from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He has teaching experience in both the United States and China, and his research interests include the use of technology to learn collocations in a second language. He looks forward to helping students at INTO USF with their academic coursework.
Rasha Alghamdi: Rasha currently holds an M.A.degree from the Applied Linguistics program at USF. Rasha earned her B.A degree in Applied Linguistics in 2011 and a TESL diploma in 2013. She is very passionate and interested in languages and cultures! Rasha speaks Arabic and English fluently. Upon graduation, she worked as an English teacher for 3 years before coming to the U.S in 2013. Now, Rasha is tutoring American Culture and has been tutoring since Fall 2016. She is always very excited about helping undergraduates succeed in their AMS course as well as helping them improve their writing and note taking skills.
Sophie Cuocci: Sophie is from France and obtained a Bachelor in Law there. She moved to the United Staes to get a Masters degree in HR Management. She is currently working toward her second Masters degree in TESOL at USF. She is interested in cultural diversity and enjoys traveling and meeting new people She loves working with INTO USF and helping students!
Giovanni Furlani: Giovanni serves as an Accounting bridge tutor. He earned a BA in International Affairs at the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado(FAAP-BR). Now now pursuing his Master of Arts in Entrepreneurship at USF. He was a teacher assistant during his undergrad studies. He looks forward to working with INTO USF Students, to help them in their Entrepreneurship and Business courses.
Sidra Zaheer: Sidra is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Analytics and Information Systems at the University of South Florida. She obtained her Bachelors in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences. Before joining USF, Sidra was working as a Media Manager at a leading media agency, where she handled Integrated Marketing Communications, Connections Planning and Data Analytics for brands like Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta. She is passionate about big data and its application in generating consumer insights. She looks forward to working with INTO USF students to help them with their Management Information Systems and Managerial Decision Analysis courses.
Zicheng (Leo) Xiao: Leo serves as an Accounting bridge tutor. He is now pursuing his master of Finance at USF. He received his bachelor of science degree in Electronics of Engineering in Wuhan. He has teaching experience in China, working as an instructor in the New Oriental English School. He looks forward to helping students at INTO with their academic coursework.
Asim Mazin - Electrical Engineering: Asim is a Ph.D. student at USF Electrical Engineering department. He received his Master of Science in Electrical and computer Engineering from Southern Illinois University in May 2013, he joined the Wireless Communication and Signal Processing Group at the USF in Spring 2014. He is looking forward to working with INTO USF students to help them in their Electrical and computer engineering courses for fall 2014, especially in communication systems and signal processing, Random Process for Electrical Engineering. In addition, he offers help on projects that related to the Electrical and computer engineering courses.
Alex Otten - Electrical Engineering: Alex is a Ph.D student in the Electrical Engineering department. He received his M.S.E.E. from USF in 2015 with a focus in VLSI systems. He is currently part of the gene delivery group, researching electrical devices and their interaction with the human body. He has previously been both a TA and a tutor, and is looking forward to bringing his knowledge to INTO to help students master the subject of electrical engineering.
Danielle Koebli - Geology: Danielle is currently pursuing a Masters in Geology with a focus on Volcanology as a volcanic petrologist and volcanic geochemist at USF (this means she has a lot of fun in the field and in a lab experimenting). She has been tutoring on and off since 2012 between private students and now the INTO program at USF. Danielle has been helping students of all grade levels with ESL, science and history. Before USF she earned her Bachelors in History focusing on Eastern Asia with a second major in Earth Science focusing on Geology. After completing her Bachelors she went overseas to teach English at a Chinese University, as well as private tutoring, for a year. In her free time Danielle likes to read, enjoy outdoor activities, bake, and visit lighthouses.
Hida Hilferding - Civil Engineering: Hida completed her Master's and Bachelor's degree in Civil engineering at USF. After USF, she worked as a bridge/structural designer from 2006 to 2015. She was part of the USF civil engineering department from 2015 to 2016, doing small projects and teaching some of the labs and classes.
Matthew Daniels – Entrepreneurship and Applied Technologies: Matthew is making his application to the Ph.D. program at University of South Florida's College of Education. His focus within Curriculum and Instruction is Workforce Development. He received his Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Applied Technologies in 2017 from USF. He also holds bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Finance. He enjoys writing and recently wrote a section of a textbook for a USF professor. His interests also lecturing on topics of entrepreneurship and product differentiation. He looks forward to working with INTO USF Students to help them in their Entrepreneurship courses.
Siying Li - Study Sessions: Siying is a first year Ph.D. student in the Technology in Education and Second Language Acquisition (TESLA) program at the University of South Florida. She received her Master of Arts in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has five years of teaching experience, and also holds a position at Xi'an International Studies University in China as an assistant professor. Her research interests include second/foreign language acquisition, second/foreign language curriculum design, modern and contemporary Chinese/American theatre/performance, and English teaching through acting. She looks forward to working with INTO USF students on developing the appropriate study techniques.
Walid Elsiwi - Civil Engineering: Walid is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. He received his Master of Civil Engineering (Geotechnical) in 2017 from USF. He is looking forward to working with INTO USF students to help them in their civil engineering courses, especially in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering.