I was born and raised locally in the Bay Area, where I attended a variety of schools: Loyola Elementary, Bullis Charter School, The King’s Academy, Mountain View High School. In high school, I discovered a passion for English due to great teachers, and this landed me at Purdue University in Indiana, working towards an English degree with a linguistics minor.
Ever since I was a preschooler, I enjoyed helping others more than doing my own work: I would walk around the room and sit down with other kids with their puzzles, leaving my own forgotten. During my preschool and kindergarten years, I was often asked about my dream job, and while I had a long list of things I wanted to be when I grew up, teaching was one of the first.
At Purdue, I took all the necessary courses for the education track in addition to the requirements for my major and minor: I spent four years in various English-language classrooms of middle school and high school students. While I enjoyed my time student-teaching, the track made me realize that I much prefer to work personally with students one-on-one.
My educational philosophy is founded on personal connection. Whether I’m teaching English or math, I like to get to know my students first. I’ve found that knowing a bit about each other sets a foundation of mutual trust. I’m also able to better tailor activities around each student to address their specific learning needs, goals, and interests. Ultimately, my goal as a tutor is to encourage confidence as well as excellence.
In my free time, I enjoy playing with my chinchilla. I love games of all sorts, and I am working towards creating my own one day. My other interests include various aspects of art (from writing, to drawing, to music), baking sweets, and building computers.