The Tutoring Center, Clemson-Seneca SC

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Tutoring in Clemson-Seneca, SC

Wendy Helmendach, Owner of The Tutoring Center, Clemson-Seneca SC is on a mission to help children in the Upstate achieve their highest potential, not just academically but as strong, confident citizens.  She is passionate about the education of our community’s children.  Born and raised in NC, she earned a BA in Mathematics from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She then worked for IBM and Wells Fargo in the Atlanta area. Wendy has enjoyed living in the Upstate since 2011.  Wendy’s corporate background provided her with the foundation to run a successful business. But it is her heart and her experience as a mother of two grown children that led her to open The Tutoring Center. 

Raising children in today’s competitive, demanding, educational environment is difficult and communities need resources to turn to when a child is struggling or is looking to enrich their educational experience.  Wendy seeks to use her knowledge and experience to give parents educational options for their children.  The Tutoring Center services are greatly needed in our community.  The one-on-one educational support will change the course of children’s lives.  This is her goal, her motivation, and her desire for her students.  We have a local Top 20 University and many other excellent higher education institutions in our upstate area.  Wendy wants to insure that our local children can compete for acceptance into such a competitive college environment.  Having options for supplemental, individualized education she believes will strengthen our local educational experience and allow children to reach their highest potential. 

Wendy is active in our community, serving as Chairperson of the Educational Foundation for Pickens County.  She is a member of both the Clemson Area and Oconee County Chamber of Commerce.  Wendy volunteers at the Golden Corner Food Pantry and enjoys helping her community.

Brian Risden, Center Director and ACT/SAT Program Manager for The Tutoring Center, is certified to teach in multiple states including SC and has taught for several years in public schools. Born and raised in NJ, Brian earned his AS in Mathematics at 18. He then transferred to The University of New Hampshire where he completed his BS in Mathematics Education at 19 and his Masters of Education at 20.  After meeting his degree objectives, Brian made his move to SC for the beautiful weather!  Brian's math education background is invaluable for helping struggling students understand concepts using a variety of methods and techniques in a one-on-one setting. He is not only passionate about teaching math, but also about teaching each child as a whole. Brian has been with The Tutoring Center, Clemson-Seneca SC from its inception and has successfully taught topics ranging from kindergarten phonics to high school Pre-Calculus and ACT/SAT Prep. The greatest reward for Brian is guiding a student toward understanding and independence. He loves teaching and there is no other place he would rather teach.


Caroline Reid, Head Instructor, has lived in Clemson for most of her life and received a B.S. in Bioengineering from Clemson University. She has had a love for teaching for as long as she can remember, and she enjoys working with students of all ages. Caroline is passionate about helping students cultivate a love for learning, because she believes that education can lead to unlimited opportunities. Coming to The Tutoring Center is always the highlight of Caroline's day!



Emily Schumpert is originally from Winter Park, FL and graduated from Clemson with undergraduate degrees in Genetics and Biochemistry in 2016 and a masters degree in Middle Grades Science Education in 2018. During her time as a student, she worked as an instructor at The Tutoring Center. She spent the last three years in Johnson City, TN, where her husband completed his medical school education, and she worked as a 5th grade science teacher. She loves helping students build their confidence and discover the joy of learning. Emily is thrilled to be back in Clemson and working for The Tutoring Center again! 


Kelsey Watts, originally from Cincinnati, OH, received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The Ohio State University in May 2017. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Bioengineering at Clemson. Kelsey has always been passionate about teaching children and while at OSU received a minor in Humanitarian Engineering with a focus on STEM education. In her free time, she loves to travel to new places with her friends. 




Brendyn Miller is a northern native hailing from the great granite state of New Hampshire. As the older brother of 4 home-schooled siblings, Brendyn learned from a young age how to communicate the principles of reading, writing, and arithmetic in a dialect that is commonly understood among the youths. Since then, Brendyn has spent many weekday evenings working with students to expand their knowledge and understanding of a vast variety of subjects ranging from basic phonics to biomechanics. As an undergraduate student at the University of New Hampshire, Brendyn worked with local high school students struggling in Algebra 1 and 2, always helping them to find that elusive "x". During his time as a master's student in Biomedical Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), Brendyn spent time working with middle school and high school students to fill in gaps in their academic knowledge of concept like trigonometric identifies, who was the 15th president of the United States, and how to write a five paragraph essay. Now, as a student at Clemson University currently working toward his Ph.D in Bioengineering, Brendyn enjoys working at The Tutoring Center where he continues to enable young minds to grasp the concepts of the English language and mathematics, allowing them to unleash that knowledge on the world.  When he is not working in his lab or at the Tutoring Center, Brendyn enjoys exercising, playing sports, socializing, reading, and learning new things.


Mudra Patel is from Walhalla SC, and she attends Clemson University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Go Tigers! She plans to pursue her dream of becoming an Aeronautical Engineer to design technology for outer space! She enjoys traveling to new places, eating different cuisines, and being with her family. Mudra believes that building relationships with students creates a strong foundation to help them grow and succeed! She believes that the Tutoring Center will guide the students to better opportunities!


Sam Nimmer is from Easley, SC and is currently pursuing a degree in Chemistry at Clemson University. He discovered a love of tutoring while in high school, where he tutored his peers all four years. He believes that it’s extremely rewarding to help students who are struggling overcome the barriers in their learning. It’s just a great feeling when students have that “aha” moment!





Marissa Haller is from Greenville, SC. She is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Nursing from Clemson University and minoring in Psychology. After graduation, she hopes to eventually become an oncology nurse. Marissa enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as having the time to read a good book. At the Tutoring Center, Marissa hopes she can help students find a love for learning new things!






Madason Whitaker is originally from West Columbia, SC and attends Clemson University. She is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Early Childhood Education with a minor in Youth Development Studies. She currently has an Associates Degree in Arts from Tri-County Technical College. After she graduates from Clemson, she wants to teach first grade and would like to eventually pursue her Masters in Speech Language Pathology. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, spending time with friends and her dog, and traveling. Madason is passionate about helping youth have positive experiences and giving them the support they need to grow. She is excited to share her enthusiasm for knowledge with the students at The Tutoring Center!

Nicole Montemayor is from Charleston, SC. Currently she is studying at Clemson University where she is double majoring in Secondary Education and History. After college she plans on teaching as well as pursing an advanced degree. Nicole has always been passionate about school and loves supporting others with their own learning. She started tutoring through her high school's math club; she also has experience working at a summer camp and the local YMCA after-school program. In her free time, Nicole enjoys playing tennis, trying out new recipes, fishing, and creating art.








Justin Thomas is from Chester, SC and is currently a Biology and Physics double major at Clemson University. After graduating he plans to pursue a career in research. Justin enjoys the outdoors, martial arts, running, and science! He is always glad for the opportunity to share his joy for learning with the students.  Getting the chance to help them better understand a concept or learn something entirely new always makes coming in to The Tutoring Center a pleasure.



Michael Davis, born and raised in Seneca, is a student at Seneca High School.  He enjoys walking, playing with friends, and coding.  He hopes to enroll at Clemson University or the University of South Carolina to major in finance and become an accountant.  At the Tutoring Center, his passion for learning inspires students to find their own love of learning.






Naomi Higgins is a South Carolina native from Murrells Inlet. She graduated from St. James High School a year early to start pursuing a BS degree in Biology at Clemson University. She loves to be outside and active by running, biking, and hiking in her free time. She also enjoys road trips, listening to a variety of music, reading, and crocheting. Naomi is enthusiastic about helping others succeed because it brings her such joy to know she is making a difference in someone’s future and it keeps her on her toes.

When Wei-Ning Chen graduated high school. he decided to leave his hometown of Clemson in order to attend college in Boston. There, he fostered his love of learning, specifically towards psychology, philosophy, film, history, and world cultures. After graduating from Boston University in 2019 with a degree in Computer Science, he decided that he wanted find ways to combine his passion for teaching and knowledge of programming in order to help people prepare for the future job market. He has been tutoring since he was in high school, and is currently works as a computer science tutor on several online platforms and at The Tutoring Center. Outside of work, Wei-Ning finds enjoyment traveling, hiking, gaming, reading, and playing music. Wei-Ning hopes that his enthusiasm towards learning and his thirst for knowledge will spread to his students at the Tutoring Center!

Shelby attends Clemson University and is pursuing her degree in Secondary History Education. She previously attended Winthrop University and transferred to Clemson two years ago. She loves going to football games, swimming in Lake Hartwell, and playing tennis. She also enjoys reading and playing with her two cats. She loves working with students and creating fun, confidence-building learning experiences. Her favorite teaching moments happen when a student realizes they can learn and do anything they set their minds to achieve.





Alyssa is from Clinton, SC and is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. After graduation, Alyssa plans to continue her career in structural engineering to help design and place structures. Alyssa first became passionate about working with children while working at Big Blue Marble Daycare. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family. At the Tutoring Center, Alyssa hopes to help students prosper and learn as much as they can.

Sophie Nielsen is from Rock Hill, SC and currently attends Clemson University. She is majoring in Bioengineering and aspires to develop accessible medical devices. Sophie has a deep appreciation for mathematics and she loves sharing her passion with the kids. She believes support is the #1 ingredient for a student’s success, and always aims to inspire creativity and confidence within her students. In her free time, Sophie enjoys  hiking and trail biking.

Our classrooms feature an intense learning environment that combines “The Rotational Approach to Learning” and One-To-One Instruction. Both methods were developed by Edward S.Thalheimer, Ph.D., founder of THE TUTORING CENTER. Our innovative system gives your child far more One-to-One Instruction than he or she will ever receive in a classroom full of children, or even in a small group.

You have many choices available for your child, and we want you to make the choice that's in your child's best interest. For instance, many schools provide after-school tutoring or intervention programs for students who are having difficulty in school, and maybe your child has been offered one in the past. Even though these programs are free to families, current research indicates that these programs are inefficient and time-consuming. Since they focus mostly on completing your child's homework, they can not offer you a permanent solution. While school-based tutoring may provide your child with short-term homework help, THE TUTORING CENTER's intense One-to-One Instruction and "The Rotational Approach to Learning™" actually provide your child with long-term skills that will last a lifetime.

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