I am a strong believer in the power of education and I am passionate about helping everyone achieve their full potential. The teachers in my life have inspired me to share my love of learning with a new generation of students, and I hope to live up to their legacy by being the guiding hand in students’ academic careers.
Raised in Palo Alto and a Gunn High School graduate, I understand what it’s like to be a teen here. My high SAT scores in high school enabled me to attend Oberlin College, where I double-majored in neuroscience and French literature and minored in chemistry. I then completed medical school in Connecticut and returned to UC Davis for training.
Throughout my life I have been blessed with caring teachers, small class sizes, and amazing mentors. Gunn High showed me how educators who love their work can inspire curiosity in their students and foster innate motivation. At Oberlin, I was fortunate to attend primarily seminars and small classes, which showed me the advantages of individual attention and how drastically one-on-one teaching can accelerate learning. There, I first discovered the joys of teaching when I tutored high school French and college neuroanatomy for several years. In medical school, I founded and led a peer group to learn medical Spanish together, and I led a group for high schoolers interested in health pathways.
I believe that the ultimate goal of tutoring is transferring the skill of learning how to learn – i.e. helping students acquire studying and test-prep strategies which can be generalized to further academic achievement in all subjects, continuing to college and beyond. In addition to performing well in specific tests or classes, tutoring is an excellent way to quickly figure out under expert guidance what works best for an individual student through practice. Eight years of higher education fine-tuned my test-taking, time management, and study skills, which I am always excited to pass on to my students.
Outside of work, you can find me planning my next trip, digging into a novel, or tinkering with recipes.