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I grew up in a small rural community just shy of South Lake Tahoe where my love of nature and learning was cultivated from a young age. I carried my passion for wildlife and education into my college career where I participated in several volunteer educational outreach programs and endangered species research projects. I graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with my Bachelor’s of Science in ecology and evolutionary biology.
I was first introduced to the wonders of science and math by very influential high school teachers who took the time to answer any strange or interesting questions I came up with in or outside of class. As a result, I believe in creating an environment where students feel comfortable and are encouraged to ask questions no matter the depth or complexity. I believe that there are no stupid questions! Questions inspire curiosity and excitement in otherwise difficult subjects and often lead to a deeper understanding of material that will last well beyond the end of the semester. I also believe in exploring practical applications of materials learned in class. I find that putting things in a “real world” perspective often clarifies complex concepts for students. Above all, I believe in honing a student’s study skills so that one day they may look at learning new and difficult subjects as a challenge they will conquer.
During my college career, I realized my passion for bringing math and science to my peers and youth in the community by providing one-on-one tutoring in calculus and volunteering my time for the UCSC-led program WISE (“Women in Science and Engineering”). I provided one-on-one and group peer tutoring in multiple subjects at UCSC, including but not limited to calculus, biology, and chemistry, with a focus on problem solving and test taking strategies. I also gained experience in assisting students with learning differences. As part of my volunteer work with WISE, I also assisted in classroom demonstrations, presenting scientific concepts in a fun and engaging manner. These opportunities taught me the intricacies of teaching and how rewarding it can be to pass on a passion for learning and to see students gain confidence in themselves, and they inspired me to pursue teaching further.
Outside of my time tutoring, I enjoy hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains looking for reptiles and amphibians, making new friends at the dog beaches, and watching the newest releases at the cinema.