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Our Story

LRT works to mitigate the impact of prolonged school closures during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Jinglin Li

Executive Director

Jinglin is a junior at the University of Minnesota and a graduate of Mayo High School. She was inspired to start LRT after watching her younger siblings struggle with the transition to distance learning during the pandemic. Since then, Jinglin has fallen in love with the mission of LRT and continues to work alongside the rest of the executive team to make education more accessible and equitable. In her free time, Jinglin enjoys listening to and playing music (albeit, poorly), devouring a good book, chatting/connecting with friends, or learning new things in domains such as technology, philosophy, and psychology.  

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Cooper Gamble 

Project Director 

Cooper is a freshman studying Biomedical Engineering with minors in Physics and Mathematical Finance at USC. He is on the pre-med track, but interested in everything from consulting to philosophy. In his (very little) free time, you can find him reading a good book, enjoying the LA weather, or working on projects for one of his various extracurricular involvements, be it AI research, quant trading, or building a F1 car with an electric motor.

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Yifan Zhai

Operations Manager 

Yifan is a senior at Woodbury High School. She is involved in many school activities and clubs such as the Swim & Dive team, Speech team, Future Health Professionals, and National Honor Society. She is an avid learner and a strong believer in greater educational equity. In her free time, Yifan loves to read, listen to music, watch movies, or spend time with her family and friends.

Katherine Buhman

Public Relations Specialist

Kate is a freshman at the University of Minnesota. She has traveled internationally her whole life and is always getting involved in her community. She participates in clubs like Mock Trial and Honours Society. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, playing violin, and basketball. 

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Madeleine Nemergut

Outreach Specialist & Administrative Coordinator

Madeleine, a senior at Mayo High School, is dedicated to expanding the access of educational resources to all members of our community. She tutors in English, Spanish, Biology, and History and has greatly enjoyed working with ESL students through Living Room Tutors. At Mayo High School, Madeleine is an active member of the Girls Swim and Dive team and the Model United Nations Club. Additionally, she has side passions for reading, baking, biking, and solving puzzles.

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Skyler Wilkens 

Skyler is a senior at Woodbury High School, where she participates in student council. She loves tutoring other students, especially in math. Outside of school, you can find her working at Gap or in the studio drilling dance fundamentals. She takes dance classes around 15 hours a week. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and traveling. 

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Arunav Lamba 

Aru is a junior at Century High School. He participates in his community and at his school through extracurricular activities such as jazz band, marching band, and volunteering at the Mayo Clinic. In his free time, there are a variety of hobbies and activities that he enjoys: these activities include skiing, playing tennis, and playing the saxophone. Aru enjoys reading all sorts of novels from science fiction to classical works of literature.

Peyton Collins

Peyton is a junior at Woodbury High School. She participates in many clubs and activities at her school, such as National Honors Society, Red Cross, Future Health Professionals, and Girls Swim & Dive. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends.

Esther Sekandi

Esther is thrilled to serve as one of the directors of Living Room Tutors. As a sophomore in high school, she is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, starting with education. She began her journey as a tutor with Living Room Tutors and has since expanded her experience to include two other organizations. She takes great pride in seeing the impact of the knowledge she shares with others, encouraging them to reach their full potential and take the steps to achieve their goals. As part of Living Room Tutors, her main goal is to lead her team to bring the best possible guidance and support to students who need it, ensuring their success and empowering them with the tools to thrive academically. She is excited to make a difference in the world!

LRT Alumni

Honoring all past members of the Living Room Tutors team! Thank you for the unique experiences, skills, and knowledge you all possessed that helped moved our organization forward!
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Rita Dai

Zoey Chen

Amara Mozammel

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Annie Chen

Jasmine Cao

Ian Alexander 
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