Our Team

Our Directors

Chris Schaber

Chris Schaber
Co-owner, Director and Tutor
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Chris triple majored at the UW, graduating with degrees in Physics, Astronomy and History. Four years later, Chris added to his accolades an MS in Mechanical Engineering. His passion for engineering and alternative energy led to a job at the Institute for Lifecycle Environmental Assessment. Chris believes “patience is the key to tutoring” and loves helping students with difficult concepts. In his words, “education is a joint exploration of ideas. I lead the way and share my experiences so students will develop their own understanding of the subject matter. Tutoring is so fulfilling; it motivates me, and in turn the student, to achieve the educational goals we both desire.” Chris loves hiking, rooting for Seattle sports teams and hanging out with his three boys.

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Michelle Schaber
Co-owner
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A graduate of the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest, Michelle has been an educator for the last 25 years. She spent over a decade running classrooms at the University of Washington’s Children Center in Laurelhurst and Montessori Children’s House in Redmond. In 2011, she pivoted to running her own Montessori school focusing on small classroom learning. In addition to her role at her school, she uses her experience and keen sense of organization to sharpen the focus and direction of University Tutoring. She’s also responsible for the aesthetic of the UT office. In her free time, Michelle loves attending Mariners games, hiking, exploring on her electric bike, and hanging out with her three boys.

Alec Downing

Alec Downing
Director of Marketing, Educational Consultant
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A former radio news anchor and journalist, Alec brings his passion for writing, social sciences and more to University Tutoring. Alec graduated from Seattle University with his bachelors’ in communication and media, specializing in journalism and strategic communications. While in high school, he attended Green River College and earned his Associate in Arts through the Running Start program. Outside of the office you can usually find Alec rooting on the Mariners and Ballard F.C. or learning a new board game.

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Dylan Cottrell
Director, Educational Consultant
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Dylan is an experienced educator with recent experience working in Seattle and Portland Public Schools. He earned a Bachelor's in English and a Master's in Teaching from the University of Washington. His favorite recent teaching position was a full year subbing for PE at Franklin High School (2022-23) but the prior year teaching reading and writing at Aki Kurose Middle School was a close second. His favorite subjects are reading, writing and history. He is passionate about music and poetry. In his free time he listens to Mariners baseball and plays with the nearest cat he can find.

Zach Toombs

Zack Toombs
Director, Educational Consultant
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Zack is an experienced teacher and tutor with a passion for Science, particularly the environment. He studied Environmental Education at Huxley College on the WWU campus in Bellingham. After working in different youth recreation programs and education positions, Zack found his passion in tutoring. Zack works with students of all ages, with his favorite topics being SAT/ACT Prep, Mathematics, and helping teach strong study skills.