Tutor, Owner & Founder
Demetrius Butler, owner and founder of Good Spirit Tutors, has over 10 years experience in tutoring students of all ages and levels. From Memphis, Tennessee, Demetrius earned a scholarship to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in Mathematics for Mechanical Engineering.
He gravitated toward teaching, regularly hosting groups where classmates came to get what they needed. Although his tutoring experience began with his younger brothers, growing up in Memphis, Demetrius' real passion for igniting the confidence in others was illuminated here. He went on to work for years, in Memphis, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, as an educational tutor, and speaker.
"I love seeing 'the lights go on'! I started this company because I want to build an enterprise with heart; that makes a true difference for students. The success, or the growth, of my students is due to their experience. Students are freed up to perform in a way that actualizes their dreams when they experience those dreams as worthwhile. At Good Spirit Tutors, we focus on students' rapport with their studies; and through that focus, we see miraculous, long-lasting improvement, no matter where they start."
As well as being a tutor, Demetrius is also an education speaker. He is currently available for speaking engagements.
Tutor-Math, Economics, Excel
Margo McHugh has always valued education and had a passion for mentoring and teaching. Margo's mother spent her career as an early childhood development teacher, providing motor skill, foreign language, and other supplementary education to Preschool and Kindergarten children. As soon as Margo completed her mother's classes, she began assisting in them. This sparked her love of teaching which followed her into high school where she began tutoring underprivileged elementary school children. The experience deeply affected her, seeing the impact it made to their progress year after year. Once in college, Margo continued to tutor her peers and received a Bachelors of Science in Accounting followed by a Masters of Science in Accounting.
"Not only do I enjoy helping students understand the material, but what I love the most about tutoring is highlighting the practical lessons they're learning that can be used for the rest of their lives. Sometimes motivation is the only thing missing for a student. I enjoy giving them the guidance to identify the skills they're honing, explain how they will use this skill both in higher education and also in working adulthood, and watching them gain a renewed motivation in a subject they may have previously written off."
Tutor-Math, Physics, Economics, US History, English/Writing
Matthew Montgomery hails from the east coast, growing up in Orlando, FL, where he attended the University of Central Florida and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. As an engineer, he has worked in design, consulting, and management across Central and South Florida, China, Texas, and California. These experiences have taught him how to connect with people from an assortment of backgrounds. Teaching has always been a part of his life, whether it was tutoring peers in high school and college, providing technical expertise to his clients, or mentoring and managing younger engineers.
When it comes to tutoring, Matthew’s calming energy and easy going yet focused approach can help ease intense learning situations that students and parents often find themselves in. Bringing the perspective of years of real word engineering and business experience, he has a unique ability to break down complex topics into easily digestible pieces which allow students to quickly gain understanding and confidence.
“Coming from a STEM field, I love trying to tackle seemingly impossible problems. Education and continual learning are the tools that allow us to solve the challenging issues that each of us faces. When it comes to learning, it is a great feeling to successfully work through something we once found daunting, but it is much more important to understand the reasons behind why we are being taught a given concept. I love answering the question, “Why do I need to know this?” because when you understand the underlying concepts and potential applications of a subject, then we tend to have a better appreciation for the material. This helps the information stay with you over time so you can better recall it and apply it to whatever life brings your way.”
Tutor-K through 6, World History, US History, Math, English
Hello! My name is Dekontee Tucrkile! I have a Bachelors of Arts in Musical Theatre. As a tutor, I am kind, patient and very encouraging. My strongest subject is history, specifically US history. During my time in undergrad, I was one of the top students in all history classes. Theatre and history go hand and hand, in my opinion, mainly because live theatre is a longstanding artform and at times it parallels the current events. I love watching students begin to jump over hurdles that were holding them back from their potential.
Tutor-ACT & SAT, Math, English, History
Luke Carlsen has over 7 years of experience in the tutoring industry . Luke’s experience ranges from teaching math and English to 2nd graders all the way to the English and Math for adults taking the GRE. From Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Luke was awarded a generous academic scholarship to attend Chapman University in Orange County. It was there he majored in political science and minored in music.
Starting tutoring as a junior in college, Luke began to tutor in South Orange County area, Anaheim Hills and Newport Beach where he specialized in tutoring the SAT and ACT for kids. On average, Luke was able to achieve an increase of 6 points on the ACT for each tutorial and 200 points on the SAT for each tutorial. He is able to do so by identifying information gaps and patterns in errors.
“I get a kick out of seeing kids achieve the scores they need to get into their school of choice. I like to take the pressure off of kids and I am able to do so because I’m a chill person by nature. I help kids navigate their way through the stressful environment of high school, because it was not too long ago that I was in their shoes. I was a high achiever back in my school, and I know how hard it can be to meet expectations. I think it’s imperative to have a tutor that can put school into perspective for a student, help calm a student’s nerve, and assuage his or her fears. This helps create an environment where true learning and critical thinking can begin, which is what college is mainly about.”
Tutor-K through 6, Math, English
Jason Glass graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Performance. As soon as he graduated he joined a traveling children’s theatre company that went to different elementary schools and performed various educational fairy tales. Later he moved to Washington D.C and continued to perform in shows garnered toward educating children, including a show at the Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre.
Since moving to California, Jason has found himself teaching at his church’s Sunday School. His welcoming, energetic, and joyful demeanor allows the kids to feel comfortable asking questions and assures them that it's ok to make mistakes. His strength as a teacher is in his theatricality, helping kids learn by engaging their senses visually and audibly.
“What I love about helping kids learn is showing them other possibilities, other viewpoints. I know in my life I have hit walls and felt like it was the end of the world, but then someone comes along and shows me another perspective; that’s what I try to bring to the table when helping tutor. Once I see the student realize they CAN figure it out and they climb over that wall, I can’t help but share in their joy of triumphing!”.