Noel Eyasu Arikew 

Languages: English & Amharic

Subjects: Chemistry 30 A/B (Intro to General Chemistry)/(Intro to Organic & Biochemistry)

Fall Schedule: Tues 2pm-6pm ; Wed 9:30am-12pm

Hi! Selam! I am Noel Arikew. I am a proud Ethiopian, born and raised in Addis Ababa. I came to the States to further my education, and I plan on transferring to a four-year university to major in the sciences or engineering. I love cooking, taking longs walks by Lake Merritt, and reading. I joined the LRC Spring of 2021 to better serve students, and I have enjoyed my time here. So feel free to reach out! And remember, it’s not how you start it’s how you finish.


Lowell Bennett

Languages: English

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring

Retired Managing Director and Global Investment Strategist with a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, both from Stanford University.  He also is a CFA (chartered financial analyst) charter holder.  He is currently working at Merritt College as an Instructor, tutor, and mentor. He is the Tutor Training Instructor at Merritt and works with the English and Math Faculty in support of students. Lowell is also studying African American Studies and Administration of Justice as a Merritt College Student.


Brenda Del Toro

Brenda Del Toro

Languages: English

Subjects: Sociology 1 Introduction to Sociology

Fall Schedule: Tues 10am-1pm ; Wed 3pm-6pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/brenda

This is my first year at Merritt and I am actually new to the team at the Learning Center. I am currently taking prerequisite classes to major in Nursing. I want a career that involves giving back to the community and helping those who need it. With everything going on in the world, my career path might change. My current hobbies include painting and eating, my two favorite things in life. I was born in Oakland and have lived in California my whole life. My only goal as of right now is to be happy and stay motivated. I don’t like planning my life out because things can easily change. In the end, I just want to be able to support my parents the way they supported me my whole life. Make sure to keep on smiling!


Cad Edward Dorsy Jr.

Languages: English

Subjects: History 7A (History of US to 1877), History 7B (History of the US Since 1865)

Fall Schedule: Tues & Thurs 11am-1pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/cad-dorsey-history-7-a-b

I was born and raised in the Bay Area around much diversity that would inspire me to major in History. I enjoy all aspects of History, although at times the truth could be difficult to hear I believe we all deserve to be educated on matters even if their are no direct ties between the learner and the topic at hand. My goal is to do what makes me happy while continuing to better myself, leaving a positive impact on those around me.’


William Golovlev

Languages: English

Subjects: CIS (JAVA)

Fall Schedule: Friday 10am-12pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/william-golovlev-cis-java

My major is Computer Science and I am an avid mountain biker. I love to be outdoors and stay active, but I also love learning about programming since I have to use my creativity. I can best help with Java, and know some C++. I am currently taking micro assembly language and data structures & algorithms, so I can expand my knowledge. If I don’t have an answer to your question I’m willing to help figure it out with you! 


Brandon Hall

Languages: English

Subjects: Chemistry 30A (Intro to General Chemistry)

Fall Schedule: Thursday 2pm-5pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/bhall

I was born and raised in the Bay Area. After spending 2 years working as an EMT, I decided to pursue Nursing School with my hopes of eventually becoming an NP and CRNA. I am heading into my second year of Merritt. After taking Biology and Chemistry, I developed an interest to know more and help others succeed in the area that I once struggled in. I have not yet decided what school I want to attend to finish my goal, but I’m positive I will have a decided choice in the future. In my free time, I enjoy mountain biking, volunteer work, a bit of cooking, and playing DBD. I plan on starting the ADN program in the Fall of 2022. I’m always happy to talk to others and give advice to help others reach their goals.


Freddie Ika


Silvia Florencia Pablo Lorenzo

Languages:  English, Q’anjob’al, Spanish
Subjects: English 1A (Composition & Reading), Math 203 (Intermediate Algebra, ESOL

Fall Schedule: Mon & Tues 12:00pm-4:00pm

Appointlet:  https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/silvia-lorenzo

My name is Silvia Lorenzo. It will be my first year attending Merritt College. I will be a part of the Medical Assistant Program. I’m originally from Guatemala, I left my country in 2011 and have been living in Oakland since then. My native language is called Q’anjob’al which is a Mayan language, Spanish is my second, and English is my third language. Where I come from, there are not a lot of resources and no education. Education can be hard to get specially if you are a woman. Fortunately, I had the privilege to get an education at a young age. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to pursue an education here and succeed for a better future. I look forward to learning new skills that will help me in my career. I hope to have a great impact in the future of students that come from a similar background as mine.

Ezinne Prudence Ndubuisi

Languages: English, Igbo, Pidgen

Subjects: Statistics, Writing Across the Curriculum

Fall Schedule: Mon 10:30am-12pm; 10:30am-1pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/prudence

I am Christian. I am an Ibo Nigerian from Imo state, born and raised in Lagos state, so I am both an Imolite and Lagosian. I write, read, and understand my native language: Ibo, but I do not speak it as fluent. Alongside Ibo, I speak pidgin and English. I’d also like to learn Spanish and/or French, so I can better connect with people. I am a first-generation college student at Merritt College, and a Nursing major, looking to specialize in the neonatal field to work with those little champs we call Babies. Spring 2021 marks the end of my sophomore year in college as I await admission into one of the four-year universities to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, including San Francisco, Sacramento, and Chico State Universities. Naturally, I enjoy being with babies, and I am pretty good at working with them. My hobbies, among others, include cooking, music, stretching, walking, and understanding. As a tutor, I look to give back as I was given: to aid students through their coursework for a stronger understanding and better recollection, as well as to build good relationships eventually.


Becca Patton

Languages: English

Subjects: Biology 20 A/B (Anatomy & Physiology)

Fall Schedule: Tues & Thurs 5:00pm-6:00pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/rebecca-patton

I am a previous student at Merritt who took prerequisites for nursing school. My experience was very meaningful and I joined the tutoring program to stay connected to the school. My goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Acute Care Pediatrics. I will be tutoring Anatomy and Physiology 20A this upcoming semester. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge from the course and reviewing the fascinating concepts studied in 20A. In addition, I am happy to share my experience as a nursing school applicant with any students who want insight. Since completing my prerequisites, I have started a position at the Centre for Neuro Skills in Emeryville, which specializes in brain trauma rehabilitation. Aside from work and school, I enjoy running at Lake Merritt, reading a novel in nature, and honing my skills in drawing and digital art. I am excited to be a part of the tutoring team and hope to make a meaningful contribution to the students this semester.


Dana Rhodes, AKA Ms. Dana

Languages: English

Subjects: Writing Across the Curriculum

Fall Schedule: Mon, Tues, Thurs 1pm-6pm; Wed 2:30pm-5:30pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/dana

My name is Dana Rhodes (I prefer Dana or Ms Dana). This means when you have questions or concerns about your writing assignments, I will be available to answer them and make suggestions that will promote quality work. It is my goal as a writing tutor to help all students, become more familiar and comfortable writing the English language. Remember the students that take time to have tutoring sessions and return sessions are the students that most likely will succeed in passing courses with a more than average grade. Looking forward to working/writing with each of you.


Hyungyu Ryu  AKA Anthony

Languages: English, Korean

Subjects: Math A,  B, C (Calc I, II, III)

Fall Schedule: Tues  & Thurs 12:30pm-1:30pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/anthony

I am studying computer science at Peralta Community College. After high school, I have worked in the fitness and IT industry in South Korea for 12 years. My goal is to transfer to a 4-year college with a strong base in computer science, math, and physics. I also love to workout and sing!


Niku Sharei

Languages: English

Subjects: Political Science 1 (Government and Politics in the United States)

Fall Schedule: Tues, Wed, Thurs 5:00pm-6:00pm; Fri 11:00am-1:00pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/niku-sharei

Hi, I am Niku Sharei the embedded Political Science tutor. I have a BA in Development Studies, UC Berkeley and an MSc. Sociological Research, the University of Manchester. I’ve lived in four political systems and enjoy tutoring. I’m taking a guitar class so I can eventually write a song and a musical. I look forward to learning about the US government together.


Amanda Stewart

Languages: English

Subjects: Writing Across the Curriculum

Fall Schedule: Tues & Thurs 10:00am-1:00pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/amanda-stewart-writing-across-disciplines-engl-1-a-1-as-engl-1-b-eng-5

I am originally from central Pennsylvania. Prior to moving to California, I studied Illustration in Philadelphia, where I graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. I’ve lived in the Bay Area for almost a decade and consider it to be my home. I recently began taking courses through Merritt College to pursue a career in nursing. In my free time, I volunteer with a local harm reduction nonprofit. In addition, I like to cycle, read, play strategy games, and shoot 35mm film.


Jiamin (Meily) Sun

Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Subjects: CHDEV 50 (Principles & Practices), 51 (Child Growth & Development), 52 (Observation & Assessment), 53 (Child, Family, & TheCommunity), 54B (Introduction to Curriculum)

Fall Schedule: Mon & Wed 11am-2pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/jiamin

My name is Jiamin but you can call me Meily. I am currently studying Child Development at Merritt College. I speak Mandarin and Cantonese as well. and I’m planning to transfer to San Francisco State University in the 2022 Spring semester because the deadline to transfer for 2021 fall has passed. Hopefully, I can open my own preschool one day. 


Cameron Thollaug

Languages: English

Subjects: Biology 20 A/B (Anatomy & Physiology)

Fall Schedule: Mon 1:00pm-5:00pm, Tues 1:00pm-2:00pm, Wed 2:30pm-3:15pm & 5:00pm-6:00pm, Fri 1:00pm-3:00pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/cameron-thollaug

Hello! I’m Cameron. I’m a student transferring to become a nurse and get my BSN. I am passionate about science and have organized study groups over the last year. It would be an honor to tutor future medical students like myself. A random little fact about myself is I am trying to get into foraging and am in the stage of research and development. It’s amazing what nature gives to us! Look forward to helping students, like myself, achieve their dreams!


Ricky Townsend

Languages: English

Subjects: Writing Across the Curriculum

Fall Schedule: Tues 3pm-6pm ; Wed 3pm-6pm; Thurs 3pm-6pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/ricky

I plan to pursue a career in aeronautics. I hope to become a commercial airline pilot. I was born and raised in the Bay Area all my life. The goal I always strive for is to become a better me than I was yesterday or the day before. One professional goal I want to work on in the field is to make the people who I am working with feel less anxious and confused and instead leave confident knowing they learned something new. For hobbies, I like to run, explore new places, and draw in my notebook.


Briana Wing

Languages: English

Subjects: Biology 20 A/B Anatomy & Physiology

Fall Schedule: Friday 10am-1pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring/briana

I swam competitively for 14 years. I was born in San Francisco but grew up in Alameda. I earned a Bachelor of Arts from UC Irvine but wanted to make a career change and am now pursuing a career in radiology. I have taken Intro to Stats, Radiology Survey, Medical Terminology, and Biology 20A: Anatomy and Physiology at Merritt College. I spent six months teaching ESL at Qingdao Chungwoon Korean school and from that experience learned about the subtle nuances that make me appreciate being an American. I am grateful that we are a progressive country that is making steps towards racial and gender equality. My goal is to blossom in a career in radiology and improve my fitness levels to return back to competing in triathlons. Also, I plan to volunteer and learn more about the field of radiology. I enjoy cooking, baking and am an active officer of the Island City Toastmasters club. I cherish moments where I can help others. 


Xueyou Yang, AKA Yoyo

Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Subjects: CHDEV 50 (Principles & Practices), 51 (Child Growth & Development), 52 (Observation & Assessment), 53 (Child, Family, & TheCommunity), 54B (Introduction to Curriculum)

Fall Schedule: Tues & Thurs 1pm-4pm

Appointlet: https://appt.link/merritt-college-tutoring

My major is Child Development. I love to play with children, especially reading stories with them. Young children always have incredible questions. And I also love to prepare and make crafts with children because they are so creative. I come from southern China and speak English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. In my free time, I love cooking and baking. During the pandemic, I tried to make different dishes. Some are good, whereas some taste weird. It was fun.  And I also love to watch Japanese Anime, such as Natsume’s Book of Friends, Castle in the Sky, One Piece. It helps me release stress and calms me down. I would like to become a caring and inclusive preschool teacher in the future.