About Our Tutors

Julie MacKissock


Lisa Waters

julie   lisa
I have been teaching since I was sixteen years old. My first experience was teaching the CCD classes at my local church. I’ve been a camp counselor, a tutor, a substitute teacher and a para-educator. After college, I worked in the manufacturing business as a project manager, and I was part of the leadership team that trained colleagues in many areas of professional development. For 7 years, I was a classroom teacher at a school for gifted and talented students. Currently, I am teaching 7th Grade Language Arts at Prairie Middle School. My areas of expertise are Literacy and Social Studies instruction and special education for both ends of the intellectual spectrum. I have worked with all types of kids, from medically fragile to highly gifted. There was never a doubt in my mind that I would be a teacher. I am passionate about learning, reading and writing and I think it is that passion which inspires my students to be life long learners. In my spare time, I am going to graduate school to get my MFA in Creative Writing, and I am working on finishing a novel. I like to run, cook, and read as well. I set a challenge to read 100 books every school year; as of March 2014 I have 35 more to read by July 31, 2014. I love teaching and see myself continuing to do so until I retire.
Lisa Waters holds a Colorado State Teaching license in Early Childhood Education and is currently a 1st grade teacher in Aurora. She has been a classroom teacher for 12 years and also worked as a Reading Interventionist for 2 years. She has worked with all ages from 4-17. Her passion is helping students discover the true join of learning. She doesn’t want students to just learn “how” to read but also to learn how to ENJOY reading! She works to meet each of her students individual needs and learning styles and is determined to help every student reach the stars and beyond!

Lauren Sexauer


Alec Kerins

lauren   Alec
Lauren Sexauer has her Colorado Teaching License in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has done classroom teaching for grades ECE through 3rd grade, as well as pull-out reading intervention. She currently works at Escuela Valdez as a Teacher Leader. In her current position, she spends half her time teaching reading intervention and half her time working with teachers to help them improve their practice. Education is a lifelong passion for Lauren. She is passionate about helping students develop their love of learning as well as their critical thinking skills to build their independence.
Originally from Helena, Montana, Alec studied Biology and Chemistry at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. While volunteering at various schools in Portland, he fell in love with education and joined Teach for America upon graduation. He spent the first two years of his education career teaching IB Biology in San Jose, California. Since then, Alec has spent the past 6 years in nonprofit management, classroom teaching, and district support roles in Montana and Denver. Alec has a true passion for science and math and making these technical subjects come alive through practical application and targetted study techniques. Alec is currently attending the University of Colorado School of Medicine at Anschutz to obtain his MD degree, and is eager to continue feeding his love for teaching and learning as a tutor with Mathletes and Bookworms. In his free time, Alec enjoys trail running, camping, skiing, and experiencing small-town Colorado with his wife and dogs.

Julianna Harman


Emily Bajzek

Julianna   Emily
I have been a tutor since high school. I discovered, while studying abroad in Ireland, that I missed tutoring students and decided then to become a teacher. The following summer, I volunteered a middle school program in Virginia and my career path was set. I’m currently an 8th Grade Math Teacher in Aurora and am licensed in three states. In my 13 years of experience, I have taught in Indiana, Virginia, Hawaii, Minnesota and Colorado and in grades 6-12, all subjects of Mathematics. My passion is helping students to find that they are good at math. Many students lack the confidence and are convinced that they are ‘bad at math.’ My goal is to build their confidence and math skills to enable them to be stronger learners. On average, the students I have tutored raise their grades two full letters, but, more importantly, feel better about their mathematical abilities. This summer, I (hopefully) will begin working on my EdD at UCD to study and develop ways to make education equitable for all learners, regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status.
Emily is originally from Chicago, Illinois and has worked as a camp counselor, nanny, tour guide, and peer advisor. She currently holds Professional Teacher Licenses in both Illinois and Colorado and has endorsements in Special Education and English as a Second Language. Emily teaches at Aurora Public Schools in a fourth grade classroom with a large population of English language learners and students with various learning needs. She especially enjoys working with elementary school students, and helping them to realize their full potential as learners. She is passionate about creating lessons that are designed for students’ lifelong success, while making learning enjoyable for her students.