I’m a Bay Area native—born in Fremont, raised in Redwood City and San Carlos. I attended San Carlos Charter for elementary school and then went to Notre Dame Belmont for high school. Both were relatively small, so I decided it would be a good idea to broaden my horizons and attend the largest university in the nation. As it turns out, I do much better in smaller groups where I can build meaningful relationships and get to know the people around me. Thus, I moved back to the Bay and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Special Education from SF State (cum laude).
I first discovered my love of teaching when I was 16 working as a swim instructor in Redwood City. I loved watching kids progress and get stronger each day. Finding creative and silly ways to make that happen made the job so much fun. I translated this skill into academics as a peer tutor throughout high school and college and the results were just as rewarding; I am genuinely excited when my students reach their goals and achieve higher levels of success than they thought possible.
Having attended a private college preparatory high school while actively participating in varsity level athletics and working part-time gives me a unique perspective on the pressures and requirements placed on high school students, particularly in the Bay Area. I understand how crucial time management, organization, and stress relief are to reaching success. I also recognize that not everyone has the same learning style, so finding the most efficient way that each student learns is a top priority. I bring warmth, compassion, and humor to each session, and I do my best to make everyone feel comfortable.
I love to travel, swim, and eat! My favorite thing to do is to combine all three and eat on the beach in a foreign country. In my free time, you’ll probably find me running around after my niece and nephew, burning off energy at the gym, or having a kitchen dance party.