After growing up in the South Bay Area, I returned to my birthplace of Monterey to attend CSUMB, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science. During this time, I was able to share my passion for physical activity with the youth of the community. I volunteered with local Boys and Girls Clubs in my area, gave informational talks about physical fitness to elementary schools, and even coached two youth basketball teams. This juncture ignited my interest in combing my personal passions with youth education.
Following my graduation, I enrolled into AmeriCorps and was placed into the Monterey County United for Literacy program. I spent a year working with underserved K-2nd students, building relationships every step of the way and solidifying my plans to pursue a career in the field of education. I was then accepted into University of the Pacific, where I earned my master’s degree in secondary science education. During this time, I taught for two years as a high school science teacher. I developed a true passion for supporting students and empowering them to take the necessary steps towards college and career readiness.
Throughout my entire collegiate and professional career, I’ve felt a commitment to serving students in my community. As a volunteer, tutor, and teacher, I’ve felt empowered when collaborating with students and delivering the tools needed to exceed in school. As an AJ Tutor, serving and connecting with students is my top priority. When dealing with populations of different ages, backgrounds, and learning needs, individualized plans and support are crucial. My experience working with all ranges of students keeps me eager and ready to work with children looking improve their academic trajectories.
In my spare time, I love spending my days with my dog Tofu, learning any and every new hobby that I can find, and watching NBA basketball!