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Hubbard High School

Our Academic Coaches power TNT through their enthusiastic, dedicated work at Hubbard High School. These undergraduates travel weekly to Hubbard lunchroom to offer freshmen vital academic support while simultaneously building meaningful relationship with those students. Click below to learn about the wide range of interests and skills of the TNT Hubbard Coaches!  ‚Äč

Hubbard Academic Coaches 2017-18

Anita Machuca, Sophomore


Anita is a sophomore at Loyola with a business undecided major and a social work minor. She is a Chicago native with a big love for the Chicago Bulls. She has a great passion for education and social justice. Anita hopes to one day work in the background of non-profits and help students in need. In her free time Anita loves to spend time with her family, play soccer and watch Netflix/movies while eating pepperoni pizza!

Emily Lugthart, Senior


Emily is a senior majoring in biology with minors in finance and business administration. In addition to TNT she is involved in Colleges Against Cancer and the Global Mentorship Program. She enjoys fall afternoons, coffee, and 90’s television re-runs. 

Jean Carlo Castillo, Senior

International Business and Marketing

Jean Carlo is a senior at Loyola University Chicago and is originally from Orange County, California. He is studying international business and marketing and in his free time he enjoys working out and singing in the shower. His interests include yelling at the TV during football season and being unnecessarily early to everything.

Kayla Quebral, Sophomore

Health Sciences

Kayla is a sophomore attending DePaul University with a major in Health Sciences and an interest in a career in medicine. She is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, but loves Chicago and its urban lifestyle as well. Her other interests include exploring the city, singing, hiking, and learning more about science and healthcare.

Liliana Gamez, Senior

Teaching of English

Liliana is a senior at UIC and is majoring in teaching of English with an endorsement in ESL. She has lived all her life on Chicago’s Southwest side and is a big fan of all Chicago sports teams. During her free time she likes to catch up on her favorite shows, cook for her family, and go to the park with her dog Snoopy. Liliana loves all things related to Harry Potter and owns her own library! 

Lupita Cahue, Junior

Health Systems Management

Lupita is currently a junior studying Health Systems Management. In her free time she enjoys going out and exploring different parts of the city. She also enjoys crafts, cooking, and music.

Miriam Pierce, Senior

Advocacy and Social Change

Miriam is a senior from Chicago, IL majoring in Advocacy & Social Change and minoring in Education Policy. Some of her favorite things include social justice, feminism, ice cream, The Office, and Chance the Rapper. 

Raven Santiago, Junior

Criminal Justice and Molecular Biology

Raven is a junior at Loyola studying Criminal Justice and Molecular Biology. She was born in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood in Chicago but went to middle school in Madison, Wisconsin and High School in Keller, Texas. Other than TNT, Raven holds a second position on campus as a Resident Assistant in San Francisco Hall. In her free time, she sleeps and watches uncanny amounts of Netflix.