Loyola University Chicago

Tutoring Center

Student Academic Services

Our Staff

Betsi Burns, Director, Learning and Student Success

Pronouns: she, her, hers

E-mail: bburns4@luc.edu

Phone: 773.508.7700

Contact for: Anything relating to student learning and student success!

Betsi Burns oversees student learning, retention, and success initiatives at Loyola. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Law and Society with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Purdue University, her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Northwestern University, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. Betsi currently serves as Director of Learning and Student Success at Loyola University Chicago, and is passionate about supporting students in various capacities. With her experience in athletics, academic advising, and program development, Betsi is dedicated to providing students with excellent student development services, as well as challenging them to make the most of their own college experiences. Betsi has held administrative leadership positions at Northwestern University and currently serves on Council for Student Success, and chairs the Student Academic Services Assessment Committee. In her role, Betsi oversees the Student Accessibility Center, the Tutoring Center, and manages the Sullivan Center building operations. She is also a member of AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability), NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and NACADA (the Global Community for Academic Advising).

Fun Fact: I'm the mommy of Scout, a wonderful rescue dog (she rescued us!).

Jessie LaChance, Associate Director, Tutoring Center 

Pronouns: she, her, hers

E-mail: jlachance1@luc.edu

Phone: 773.508.7784

Contact for: Course-Based Academic Support, Supplemental Instruction, Peer Tutoring, and Faculty and Campus Partner Collaborations

Jessie oversees academic support initiatives, including Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Peer Tutoring, and works closely with the Success Coach Program and UNIV 112: Strategies for Learning course. A youthworker by trade, she enjoys being a facilitator of student leadership and development and promoting academic success within the Loyola community. Jessie graduated from the University of Minnesota for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Youth Studies and Educational Psychology respectively. Prior to joining the Loyola team, she worked in a variety of youth serving organizations in Chicago and the Twin Cities providing positive opportunities for young people to grow and develop within themselves. Jessie loves to play volleyball, attend trivia nights, and explore all the great restaurants Chicago has to offer. 

Fun Fact: Jessie loves roller coasters, with Millenium Force at Cedar Point her all-time favorite!


Mary Kate Daniels, Assistant Director, Tutoring Center 

Pronouns: she, her, hers

E-mail: mdaniels@luc.edu

Phone: 773.508.7765

Contact for: Success Coach Program, UNIV 112: Strategies for Learning, Students on Academic Probation

Mary Kate oversees the Success Coaching Team and the UNIV 112 and 114 Strategies for Learning classes and curriculum. She enjoys teaching students about learning and wellness strategies to support student retention and success at Loyola. Mary Kate completed her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Butler University and went on to teach 6th students in the Indianapolis area. In the classroom, she expanded systems and support for social emotional learning and brain-based strategies to help all learners succeed. Her passion for student wellness led to a graduate certification in Applied Educational Neuroscience. Mary Kate has led school workshops and individualized teacher coaching sessions to amplify opportunities for student success and overall wellbeing. Mary Kate completed her master’s degree at Loyola University in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies. She also served as a Success Coach and UNIV 114 instructor prior to this role.

Fun Fact: Mary Kate is a big yogi! She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and loves the physical and mental benefits it offers.