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Our Staff

The history of Thorup Tutoring and how it can help your child.



Nancy Williams

- CEO / Director

Nancy Williams has tutored children for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in the areas of ADHD and learning disabilities. She has a degree from the University of Utah in Elementary Education. She worked for 7 years as a tutor for Dr. Sam Goldstein and Dr. David Nilsson, focusing on children with learning disabilities, head injuries, and ADHD. 


Traci Baird 

- Administrative Assistant

Traci is the administrative assistant for Thorup Tutoring Company. She does everything from invoices, to paychecks, to shopping for candy for the kids! She has lived in Holladay most of her life. She has worked for Thorup Tutoring for 13 years. The business would not run nearly as smoothly without Traci! She has five children and 10 grandchildren. Traci loves to read, work on family history, and have her family around her.

Academic Coaches - Tutors


Beverly Lippman

Beverly Lippmann was the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award at two schools. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Utah State University with post-graduate studies at Chapman University. 


Sherrie Lake

Sherrie spent many years working for/associated with The Neurology, Learning, and Behavior Center in Salt Lake City. It was at that facility where Nancy Williams and Sherrie first met. 


Abi Olufeko

Abi holds a BS and an MS in Petroleum Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He has worked in the capacity of a field engineer in the oil industry. 


Sam Jones

Sam is graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in biology. He is currently working on earning his master’s degree in education, hoping to be a high school teacher in the future. While his favorite subjects to teach are math and science, Sam has experience helping with all core subjects at any grade level. Sam believes that with the right support, any student can be successful in their education.


Christena Keller Ensign

Christena has a master’s degree in education with an advanced reading endorsement from Westminster College where her thesis explored teaching critical thinking skills through reading and literature.

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Alex Knorpp

Alex is currently pursuing a biochemistry degree at the University of Utah. She was raised in Holladay and attended Olympus High School, where she found a passion for language arts, history, and science. In her free time, Alex loves to read, write, and bake, and she dabbles in language learning and the fine arts.


Holly Klossner

Holly has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Utah in Elementary Education. She taught school in grades third through sixth for a total of six years of teaching. She worked as a tutor for Dr. Sam Goldstein at The Neurology Learning and Behavior Center for two years alongside Nancy.


Alyssa Mott

Alyssa is a student at the University of Utah. She grew up in the Holladay area, graduating from Olympus High School with a 3.9 GPA. She took many Concurrent Enrollment classes there. Her favorite subjects are math and physics, and she loves spending her free time sewing and playing with her dogs. 

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Carly Onnink 

Carly is passionate about learning and loves seeing students have "light bulb" moments. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar, and she is currently attending Westminster University to earn her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. When her nose isn’t in a book, you can find her outside climbing.

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Sherilyn Swenson

Sherilyn Swenson has taught and tutored children for over 15 years. She
earned her M.Ed. at the University of Utah/Utah State University and began
teaching blind/visually/multiply impaired children in their homes alongside
their families in early intervention as a vision specialist.

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McKale Bladen

McKale was brought up in Hyrum, UT and since then has adventured throughout Utah. In 2021, she graduated from Southern Utah University with her BS in both Psychology and Exercise Science. After college she became a Behavioral Technician and tutor for children struggling with Autism, ADHD, and other challenges. McKale understands that school can be difficult and hard to be motivated in especially with the many challenges that may be going on in life, which is why she loves to bring fun into education.


Cassidy Crosby

Cassidy recently graduated with a B.A. in English from BYU, where she worked as a tutor for student athletes. That job sparked her passion for helping others succeed academically. She believes that academic success is possible for everyone, and loves helping students realize that they can achieve it.


Ashlyn Christensen

Ashlyn graduated from Murray High School where she took many AP and SLCC classes. Her favorite subjects are math and biology. She will be attending the University of Utah in the fall where she will major in Biology with an emphasis in neuroscience in hopes to become a psychiatrist. 

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Ethan Peterson 

Ethan is a Microbiology student at Salt Lake Community College. He grew up in Cottonwood Heights attending Brighton High School where he graduated with an Honors Advanced Diploma. He received three Merit cords and the CTE Pathway Ribbon.

He possesses excellent communication and listening skills. He enjoys golfing with friends and playing basketball.

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Marie Desrochers

Marie Desrochers holds a MS in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware. She has a diverse educational background in chemistry, art, and history, and she has worked at cultural heritage institutions and museums across the country. She is originally from Arkansas and moved to Salt Lake City in 2021.


James Bailey

James is a graduate from Brigham Young University and has a B.S in Biology and a B.A in Spanish Studies. He plans to continue his education by returning to school to work towards a master's degree in Biology Education. In his experience working in the education field, he has found mentoring and helping students to be one of the most rewarding things he has done.

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Brady Prskalo

Brady graduated from Murray High in 2023 and is now attending the University of Utah for Mechanical Engineering. His favorite part of High school was all of the sports events and being a part of students government his senior year. He likes to play basketball, play guitar, and hang out with friends in his free time. Some of his favorite subjects include math, science, and history.


Macy  Thompson

Macy grew up in Salt Lake City and is a senior at Skyline High School. She will be attending the University of Utah next fall. She is graduating this fall with plenty of AP math, English, history and science classes under her belt. Her favorite subjects are math, art and English, but any subject that is challenging she'd love to take on! She knows how certain students need to learn in different ways and is excited to work together and help others love learning.  

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