The Whitefish Study Center has provided private tutoring, college counseling, and SAT/ACT test preparation services to students in the Flathead Valley since 2009.  We offer academic support from experienced tutors and teachers in all content areas, with qualifications for all ages, from elementary school through high school.


Kristen Pulsifer, Owner

Kristen has over twenty years experience in education.  She has been a high school English teacher, conducted outdoor education programs, and founded Whitefish Study Center. Kristen currently is owner and manager of Whitefish Study Center and part-time Academic Coordinator for Ridge Mountain Academy.  Kristen was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and graduated high school from New Trier High School. After graduating college from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a BA in English and a minor in music performance, she completed her professional licensure in secondary education.  She continued on to complete her Master of Arts in Humanities at Colorado College, in Colorado Springs. After ten years of teaching English at the high school level, Kristen made the move to Whitefish, MT.  Two beautiful daughters later, she made the choice to come back to education and opened Whitefish Study Center, taking all of her experiences with kids and education, and putting them into one wonderful place.  The center focuses on tutoring in all academic areas, SAT/ACT preparation, study and organizational skills, and general college counseling. Kristen is currently working on acquiring her reading endorsement, focusing on work with dyslexic students.  Kristen assists reading challenged students through the application of Orton Gillingham, 'Take Flight' curriculum. The Whitefish Study Center has been open and successful since 2009. Living in Montana has allowed Kristen to enjoy her family and thriving business, but also her horses and passion for the outdoors.

Elaine Steele,  Certified Elementary school educator and tutor

Elaine Steele is a Montana native, born and raised in West Glacier, graduate of Columbia Falls High School, and Carroll College. She has been a certified elementary teacher since 1979 to present. Her teaching experience began with three years at St. Thomas More School in Portland, Oregon. In 1982 she returned to Montana, teaching elementary grades for School District Six in Columbia Falls until retiring in 2014. Elaine is also experienced in test prep for middle school aged students planning to take the SSAT and or ISEE tests. She currently lives in Whitefish with her husband.  They have two grown sons.   She has been a wonderful asset to the Whitefish Study Center. 

Julie Wentworth, Certified Elementary and middle school educator, MA in Education

Julie Wentworth has over 10 years of teaching experience.  She has been working with the Whitefish Study Center since the beginning, and is a wonderful asset to our tutoring staff.    She is also a certified pilates instructor, which helps Julie encourage a healthy mindset with all of the students that she works with.  She has experience in working with students K-12. Her focus lies primarily in assisting students in reading, writing and overall comprehension skills.   

Randy Carspercken, Certified high school math teacher and experienced math tutor 

31 years ago after earning a newly minted pure mathematics Bachelor’s of Science with honors (which followed a “highest honors” Bachelor’s of Arts in,  Randy started his teaching career with 9 years at Whitefish High School. Randy recently ended his career with 9 years on Cape Cod where he and his wife helped start a unique “IB For All” school which continues to be a huge success (long wait lists despite opening a second campus.) Before Cape Cod he earned a Masters in statistics, physics and mathematics education at which point Randy launched overseas teaching in Micronesia, Turkey and Thailand. HIs 24 years of classroom work includes AP & IB with topics from pre-algebra to post-secondary calculus (2nd & 3rd year university calculus, statistics, complex modeling, 3D vector geometry...). Randy is a wonderful asset to the Whitefish Study Center. 

Pam Clark - Certified in Elementary and Special Education

In 2017, Pam and her husband decided to follow their dream of moving to Montana as their youngest embarked on a college career.  Starting new, across the country from all friends and family, is not for the faint of heart.  Pam and Matt know they have found ‘their people’ in Flathead County, Montana, because strong of heart, willingness to take risks, generosity of spirit and a deep civility are all the qualities of their new Montana friends. Pam has been an educator for over 25 years, teaching all grades from Pre-1st through 8th grade Language Arts.  She has a BA in Elementary Education from American University in Washington, DC and an MS in Special Education from Bank Street College in New York City.  Pam has spent countless hours earning certificates in the teaching of struggling students, particularly in the subjects of reading and writing.  A fully trained and vetted Orton Gillingham and Visualizing & Verbalizing (a Linda Mood Bell program) tutor, Pam has helped countless students find success in reading.  Pam is also certified in the assessment of a student’s academic and learning profile.  Through the use of a variety of testing instruments, Pam can provide a portfolio of strengths and weaknesses for each child, complete with recommendations for parents, tutors and classroom teachers.