Math & Science

Joseph Meyer, MS, BS

Math (6-12), Physics, Science (6-12), Test Preparation (quantitative) 

Joseph (Joe) Meyer graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree as a physics major. While in college, Joe tutored middle school, high school, and college students in calculus, algebra, and physics. Joe continued his education at Case Western Reserve University where he completed a Master’s of Science in physics. While in graduate school, Joe took courses in medical imaging, technology entrepreneurship, and was a graduate assistant creating educational tools for students taking the physics GRE. Upon completing graduate school, Joe pursued a technical sales career in the semiconductor industry, which brought him to Pittsburgh. After several years in sales, Joe has decided to pursue a career teaching physics. Joe is excited to join KEFTutoring and looks forward to helping students achieve their dreams!

Locations: Fox Chapel, City

Chigozie Nwoke, PhD (in progress), BS

Math (6-12), Test Preparation (quantitative) 

Chigozie graduated from the University of Nigeria with a first class honors degree in mathematics. He has applied his love for math in a business setting, to streamline and optimize operations, but has returned to the advanced study of mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on algebra, combinatorics, and geometry. In his prior teaching experience of middle and early high school students, Chigozie worked on fundamentals by breaking down problems in new ways, to help his students develop their own “style” of problem-solving. Now, as a volunteer and as a tutor, he does the same, helping students to practice skills, see problems in new ways, and unlock mathematics through an understanding of fundamentals, whether teaching algebra, geometry, or calculus!

Locations: Fox Chapel, City

Melissa Fann, JD (exp. 2019), MPH, BS

Math (6-12), Science (6-12), Test Preparation (full exam/all levels), & College Counseling

Melissa graduated in 2006 from Duke University with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Melissa has earned her Master’s in Public Health and graduate certificate in Health Program Evaluation and Student Certification in Teaching Fundamentals from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. After college, she worked as a Residence Life Counselor at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Health Care and as a Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). After working for a few years in clinical research, Melissa decided to pursue a master’s degree in Health Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh. While attending the master’s program she worked with an academic mentoring program for underrepresented undergraduate students. Melissa continues to work in clinical research, and in Fall 2015, will commence her JD studies.

Melissa worked with KEFTutoring for more than two years on test preparation, college counseling, and content area topics. She has previous experience tutoring high school students in Chemistry and Mathematics at her home high school, Quaker Valley High School, and while at Duke with Durham high school students. Melissa enjoys seeing her students improve and take pride in their own accomplishments.

Locations: Fox Chapel, City

Trish Hredzak-Showalter, MS, BA

Chemistry (7 – 12), Biology (7 – 12), Test Preparation (Math & Science)

Trish currently works for the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.  She has over 7 years of experience working in both academic and industry laboratories, has coauthored several peer-reviewed research papers, and has been a private tutor in AP Chemistry. 

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Trish graduated from Chatham College for Women (now Chatham University) with a degree in chemistry.  While there, she also took courses in biology, geology, physics, and calculus.  She participated in interdisciplinary undergraduate research projects at The University of Southern California, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and The University of Pittsburgh, and was a recipient of the 2007 American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry.  Trish continued her science education and graduated with a master’s degree in chemistry from Tufts University.  She participated in NASA-sponsored graduate research and was a teaching assistant in both general and advanced chemistry courses.  When Trish isn’t in the lab, you’ll find her at the Carnegie Science Center, where she works as an informal science educator.

Locations: Fox Chapel, City

Naomi Purnell, MA (exp. 2019), BA

Mathematics (4 – 12), English (6 – 12), Test Preparation (SAT/ACT), Study Skills (4 – 12)

Naomi Purnell graduated from Pepperdine University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Arts, with additional course completion from the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Arts degree at Regis University where she studies Art Theory as a form of interpersonal communication.

She has worked extensively with the Urban Impact Foundation, a local non-profit, as a lead classroom teacher of math and literacy during the summer months. After graduating from Pepperdine, Naomi moved to Hangzhou, China to teach English at a vocational college. Even though she taught over 400 students, she implemented individualized learning strategies within the classroom and devoted time outside of
class to tutoring students in small groups. Naomi teaches with a student centered focus, working on skill development through content area and test preparation.

Locations: City, Fox Chapel


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