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!




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. 





Brij Patel, from Walhalla, S.C, is attending Clemson University to pursue a degree in BioChemistry. Go Tigers!  In addition to his love of education, Brij plays most all sports and loves to roam in nature.  Brij loves sharing his enthusiasm for learning with children at The Tutoring Center.  It is so rewarding to see the bright smiles when children solve a difficult problem or understand a complex subject. He hopes to change students’ lives for the better and help them realize the value and joy in learning new things.




Lia is from Greenville, SC and attends Clemson University as a Mathematical Science major and French minor. She plans to pursue a career as an Actuary. She enjoys seeing new places, visiting museums, and being with family. Lia loves building relationships with students at the Tutoring Center and using fun and creative ways to strengthen their education. Seeing their joy through gaining confidence in their work and education is immensely rewarding for Lia and all the staff at the center!




Colby Krimm is a Mathematical Sciences major and Business Administration minor at Clemson University. He plans to become an actuary after he graduates. He enjoys music, playing sports, socializing, and reading. He loves building relationships with the students and helping them achieve their goals. It is so rewarding to see the students’ dedication and hard work pay off!





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.

Madeline Durrell is from Greenville, SC.  She currently attends Clemson University pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Youth Development Studies. After graduation, she plans to obtain her Masters in Administration and Supervision. Madeline has experience as a nanny and working as a summer camp counselor. She is passionate about helping student’s reach their full potential and finding a love for learning while at The Tutoring Center!




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!






Natalie Dell is from Pleasantville, NY and is attending Clemson University, pursuing a major in Biosystems Engineering and a minor in Sustainability.  She enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending any free time with friends and family. Natalie loves working at the Tutoring Center and building new relationships with all the students. She finds it especially rewarding to be able to see their growth throughout their time spent at the center. Being able to make learning fun and enriching, and to be able to build the students' confidence is a great way to spend everyday! 

Jenna Jaso is from Fairfax Station, Virginia and is currently working toward a degree in Special Education at Clemson University. After graduation, she plans to obtain a degree in Occupational Therapy so that she can continue to pursue her passion of helping children with disabilities. Jenna is grateful for the opportunity to form relationships with the students at the Tutoring Center and loves to watch them gain confidence in themselves as they learn!



Christina Bryant received her B.A. from Furman University, her Masters in Theological Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Biblical Studies at Brite Divinity School. After she completes her PhD, Christina aspires to be a university professor. Prior to coming to The Tutoring Center, Christina spent three years tutoring and teaching ESL to refugee children in Dallas, TX and two years tutoring in English and Reading in the Dallas inner-city. Christina loves reading, writing, and grammar. She believes that encouragement, positive reinforcement, and patience are necessary for helping a child build confidence in reading and writing. Nothing brings Christina more joy than to watch a student who previously struggled with reading learn to love it!

Charis Dorman is from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and is currently in nursing school at Clemson University. After graduation, she plans to work as a Labor and Delivery nurse.
She has a heart for helping others and has spent many years working with children as a nanny and a tutor. She wants to share her love for learning with the students at The Tutoring Center and help them learn and grow.




Sam Landwehr is from Summerville, SC. She is pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Biological Sciences at Clemson University. After graduating she plans to earn a Masters in Kinesiology and ultimately, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends, and going to Clemson soccer games. Sam has seen first hand how a good education can transform someone's life, so she is passionate about helping students to reach their full potential and better themselves at the Tutoring Center.



Faith Crumley, originally from Beaufort, SC, is currently working toward a degree in Psychology at Clemson University. After graduation, she plans to obtain a degree in Occupational Therapy in order to become an occupational therapist with a focus on individuals with special needs or disabilities. Faith loves spending her time traveling, volunteering with the Clemson LIFE program, and hanging out with her family and friends. She is very passionate about helping those in need and has found the opportunity that The Tutoring Center has given her extremely rewarding.

Jon Carter, Jon worked for Norfolk Southern Corporation for 14 years. Married in 2012, Jon now has 3 boys, Austin, Dallas and Damien.   In 2016, Jon decided to continue pursuing his education.  He currently attends Clemson University as a Forest Resource Management major with a minor in Turfgrass. After graduation Jon plans to work in the forest industry, focusing on Silviculture and/or Analytics. While working at The Tutoring Center, Jon enjoys helping students understand new content and believe in themselves.

Morales is originally from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. He is currently pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in business administration at Clemson University. Luis loves to explore new places and do new things during his free time. He enjoys working with students and helping them achieve their academic goals!








Sara Mata is currently pursuing a Microbiology degree at Clemson University. After graduating, she plans to attend dental school to become a pediatric dentist. Sara has lived in South Carolina her whole life, but she is Mexican-American and has become fluent in English and Spanish as a result. In her free time, Sara enjoys running, outdoor adventures, and spending time with family. She is passionate about serving others, and she is excited to be a part of students’ journeys to academic success at The Tutoring Center!

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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