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About Us

Founder of Nucleus Tutoring, Nicklas Bara
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Nick has a strong commitment to ensuring that all students in the Mid-Michigan area have access to quality education. With ten years of tutoring experience under his belt, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table that benefits both teachers and students alike.


Throughout his younger years, Nick worked as a school-hired tutor and provided valuable assistance to a diverse range of students in various scenarios. He firmly believes in the importance of providing every student with the necessary resources to succeed, and with Nucleus Tutoring, he hopes to make this a reality.


In 2023, Nick founded Nucleus Tutoring with the goal of consistently pursuing innovative solutions with his team of compassionate, expert tutors.

Nicklas Bara

Our Tutors

Caleb Rispler

Elementary/Middle School/High School/Test Prep/College

Specialties: Algebra, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Studying Habits, ADHD-Informed


Caleb is an exceptional tutor with three years of undergraduate experience as a teaching assistant at Michigan State University. Caleb is currently a medical student at Michigan State in the Lansing Area and supports a wide array of students in a diverse set of topics. He covers multiple science and mathematics subjects and has expertise in adapting to a student's learning style to enhance their performance best. Caleb has a keen interest and background in helping children with learning disabilities, stemming from his many hours working with Michigan State's Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities as a tutor and exam helper, which he utilizes with his students here at Nucleus.


He received his Bachelor's degree in Astrophysics and Psychology from Michigan State University and looks forward to helping his students succeed!

Our expert Math and Physics tutor, Caleb Rispler
Our Tutors

Abdullah Baghdadi

High School/College

Specialties: Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry

Abdullah is a determined tutor with a natural ability to connect with students and ignite their passion for learning. He specializes in guiding students through complex science concepts, creating an accessible and engaging environment to promote robust learning techniques. Abdullah's patient demeanor and knack for breaking down challenging topics have helped numerous students overcome their fears of the sciences, from Foundational Chemistry to Undergraduate Biochemistry. 

Abdullah is a medical student at Michigan State University who graduated with a Bachelor's in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan Dearborn. Abdullah is excited to help the students of Mid-Michigan!

Our professional Anatomy and Physiology Tutor, Abdullah Baghdadi

Middle School/High School/Test Prep/College

Specialties: Algebra, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry

Phoenix is a passionate tutor interested in helping students learn and gain academic confidence. She loves encouraging excitement about the sciences and has tutored students in biology, algebra, pre-calculus, reading comprehension, and chemistry. She specializes in helping students visualize the best methods of improvement and confidence-building. She has extensive experience assisting students with their college admissions, including preparation for interviews and essays to maximize their chances of success.

Phoenix obtained her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Loyola University in Chicago and is ecstatic to help students!

Phoenix Dempster

Our prestigious Biology and Chemistry Tutor, Phoenix Dempster

Elementary/Middle School/High School/College
Algebra, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics
Alex has a strong background with students of all ages from his previous experience working as a residential advisor at the University of Michigan and his current work tutoring chemistry and engineering. He also is actively involved in many research projects where he helps onboard and teach upcoming college students the ins and outs of research. Alex is a compassionate tutor and works well with different teaching styles to help his students fully understand the material and succeed personally. Alex enjoys working with students of all ages in various subjects and specializes in chemistry and math. 
Alex is a current medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine with a Bachelor's in Biochemistry and Statistics from the University of Michigan. Alex is looking forward to helping all students achieve their full potential for a brighter future!

Alexander Ky

Our expert Math, Chemistry, and Biology Tutor, Alex Ky

Elementary/Middle School/High School/College
K-6, Writing, History, Resume-Building, College Essay Building/Consulting, Dyslexia-Informed, ADHD-Informed
Caitlyn has a diverse background with students with various ages and histories through tutoring in both family and professionally while in school. She has a wide range of experience helping students improve their essays for classes, scholarships, and even college applications, and finds great passion in helping her students achieve their academic goals. Caitlyn prides herself on her empathetic tutoring method with young students, allowing them to relate to her and learn through a strong student-tutor bond. Caitlyn enjoys reading, travel, yoga, and spending time with her family. 
Caitlyn is a current medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine with a Bachelor's in Neuroscience from Michigan State University. Caitlyn is looking forward to bringing new, engaging learning methods to the bright students of Mid-Michigan!

Caitlyn Babi

Our incredible Reading, Writing, and Essay tutor, Caitlyn Babi

Middle School/High School/College
Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus
Claire, a recent graduate with a major in Mathematics from Michigan State University, is currently pursuing her certification in secondary math education within the greater Lansing area. With three years of tutoring and assistant teaching experience across various grade levels and college courses, she brings a wealth of experience to her tutoring.

Passionate about curriculum development, Claire has dedicated time to crafting student-centered classes and texts for math courses at her alma mater. As a dedicated tutor, she prioritizes instilling confidence and fostering meaningful connections between mathematical concepts and real-world applications. Claire thrives on working with students of diverse ages and mathematical backgrounds.

In her free time, Claire enjoys going for walks with her dog and swimming in Northern Michigan, where she is originally from.

Claire Ackerman

Claire Ackerman, one of our expert Nucleus tutors

Middle School/High School/College
Algebra, Trigonometry, Chemistry, Microbiology

Buu-Tran Duong ("Buu") has 10+ years of experience tutoring middle school, high school, and college level for Federal TRIO Programs. She has a Bachelor's in Biology and a Master's in Strategic Communications and Leadership. She is specialized in working with students who have ADHD or autism. 

Buu is currently a Lansing Community College (LCC) Writing Center Professional Writing Assistant where she helps college students write narratives, scholarship essays, novels, etc. She also works for the Community Alliance/Community Living Network to offer support for non-verbal autistic minors and adults in Michigan. 

She has a strong love of arts, comic-making, and storytelling. She enjoys grumpy dogs, buffets, and adventures. She's super excited to meet and help all the wonderful students of Michigan!

Buu-Tran Duong

Buu-Tran Duong, one of our expert Nucleus tutors

Our Mission 

Nucleus wants to ignite the passion and confidence of students from all backgrounds in Michigan to succeed both academically and personally, paving the way to a better future for all.

What We Do

We provide personalized therapeutically-inclined educational assistance and college advising services to students of all ages, whether in Mid-Michigan or elsewhere. Our services are available both online and in-person, and we strive to meet the unique needs of each individual student with our empathetic approach and academic expertise.

Where We Are

Nucleus Tutoring offers in-person and virtual services, and we are

located in the East Lansing, MI area. Our in-person tutoring services the Ingham, Okemos, Haslett, Dewitt, and Williamston areas. We offer online services to any and all areas that need us.


Contact Us


Phone: (616) - 755 - 6298

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