Owner | Post Secondary Education Advisor
Kelly was born and raised in Montana and had first-hand experience with extensive college scholarship work while trying to fund her undergraduate degree. After earning significant funding through scholarships, she graduated from the Davidson Honors College at The University of Montana with degrees in English and Political Science. At that point, Kelly channeled her love of teaching and education into a tutoring and college preparation business. While the company’s primary goal is to improve academic skills in preparation for college and beyond, Hughes College Prep also aims to help the student grow and develop in terms of self-esteem, connection to the community, and interdisciplinary application of their knowledge. It is also part of our mission to offer these services to all clients, regardless of socioeconomic background. This has driven the implementation of a need-based scholarship program for clients in most areas that Hughes operates.
Kelly serves as Chair on the Davidson Honors College Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. When not working with her clients, Kelly spends time traveling and relaxing with her husband, Sam, and their two daughters.
Post Secondary Education Advisor
Elina spent most of her childhood in Sweden, lived on the East Coast for the past ten years, and recently moved to Missoula from Maine. She holds a BA in Earth and Oceanographic Sciences and Education from Bowdoin College and is currently employed as a Para Educator at Big Sky High School. Having served as co-president of her college’s outing club, an outdoor guide in Minnesota and Alaska, and a tutor of math, economics, and geology, Elina is passionate about working with teens. When she’s not working, Elina loves to explore new places outside, to run, and to read.
Math and Chemistry Advisor
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Alex spent the last 6 and half years in Southern California at the University of Redlands where he competed 4 seasons in Division III Men's Waterpolo, and 3 seasons in Men's Swim and Dive, all while completing his B.S. in Chemistry. After graduating, he was hired on at the school's athletic department as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach/Assistant Fitness Director for 2 and half years and also earned his M.B.A.
In his spare time, Alex competes in weightlifting, hikes with his girlfriend and two dogs, Mali and Keiko, loves to smoke meat, and strum the guitar.
Director of Educational Resources | Post Secondary Education Advisor
Chenoa graduated from the University of Oregon in 2006 with a BA in English and a minor in Biology. She spent much of her childhood traveling extensively with her family and even got to live for a handful of years in the deserts of Saudi Arabia where she learned that one can never have too much sunscreen. After joining Hughes College Prep in 2011, it became quickly apparent that both Chenoa’s teaching style and her ability to connect with students were extraordinary. She now manages our group of incredible tutors and continues to take a limited number of students herself.
Outside of tutoring, Chenoa dabbles in photography and jewelry crafting, reads any chance she can get, and hikes Pattee Canyon in the winter with her husband and German Shepherds.
Leadership Specialist | Post Secondary Education Advisor
Lisa is originally from Helena, Montana. She earned a B.A. in psychology and English at the University of Montana and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Portland State University. She taught writing at Helena College and Great Falls College of MSU.
In her free time, Lisa enjoys hiking, fishing and floating the rivers of Montana, reading, and gardening.
Director of Outreach | Post Secondary Education Advisor
Samuel has his BA in History and minors in Political Science and Geography with an emphasis in Central and Southwest Asian Studies from The University of Montana. He has worked with Hughes Tutoring since its inception and initiated our international outreach efforts. Sam works with students on the full range of college preparation services, but he specializes in the fields of study skills assistance and writing.
Sam is a voracious reader and, though he is one of the few members of our team without an English degree, his page count and vocabulary rival all of ours. He also enjoys the outdoors, gaming, and spending time with his wife, Kelly, and their two daughters.
Post Secondary Education Advisor
Kyle has a BA in English Teaching from the University of Montana and has worked in a variety of educational settings. He uses teaching as a tool to fulfill his two greatest passions - exploring curiosities and creating relationships with people.
He specializes in connecting students with the material through learning strategies based on the student's personality and personal strengths. He is a staunch believer in student-directed learning and thinks the most important part of talking to a student is staying quiet long enough to listen to them.
Kyle has lived in Montana, Mexico, China, and Oregon and has worked as a substitute teacher, para educator, speech and drama coach, sous chef, music writer, urban farmer, and disk jockey. During his time at the University of Montana he served as both music director and general manager at the college radio station. If you want to talk albums, community events, or swap playlists, he’s totally down.
In his spare time he claims to be chipping away at Infinite Jest but is really just watching another sports documentary and eating peanut butter from the jar.
College Athletics Specialist | Post Secondary Education Advisor
Elizabeth holds a BA in English and Sociology from Washington University in St. Louis, and a MA in Psychology from The University of Montana. As a mother of three boys, Elizabeth joined the Hughes team in 2012 after experiencing our services as a client. She works with students on the full range of college preparation and application elements, and also consults with clients specifically in the areas of Collegiate Athletics and Writing.
When not tutoring, Elizabeth volunteers as a Missoula Writing Coach and enjoys hiking, cooking, gardening, and competitive tennis.
Post Secondary Education Advisor
Michelle graduated from the University of California, Davis with highest honors and a BA in English and Anthropology. During college, Michelle volunteered as a writing tutor for international students and worked as a peer advisor for the College of Letters and Science and the Residence Hall Advising Team. Since moving to Missoula, Michelle has received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Montana, where she taught classes in composition and fiction writing and edited for CutBank Magazine. She has also been busy learning the art of sausage making, and sauntering around the Rattlesnake with first grade kiddos as part of a place-based experiential education curriculum.
As a long-time camp counselor, teacher, and mentor, Michelle has developed a passion for creative education. She currently also works at Bitterroot College doing outreach with high school students in Ravalli County. In her free time, she likes to go to brunch, drink milkshakes, write stories, and explore Montana in search of mountains, river rocks, and wild things.