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I was born and raised in the Bay Area as a native Californian. My primary to secondary education was completed in Orinda, CA: I attended Wagner Ranch Elementary, Orinda Intermediate School (OIS), and Miramonte High School. For college, I found myself at San Francisco State University where I studied chemistry. After obtaining my college degree. I worked for two medical companies, working to obtain data for medical devices in their blood labs. Lacking the same excitement I felt when attending school, I decided to apply to the CSU East Bay Teaching Credential Program. I have found that surrounding myself with individuals who want to continue to grow, learn, and experience keeps me motivated to be the best version of myself.
I considered pursuing a career as an engineer, which required me to take a mandatory Chemistry 101 course. Throughout the semester, I continued to find myself enamored by the subject, and I decided to put engineering to the wayside major solely in chemistry. Although I never cared for chemistry in high school, I found myself easily visualizing the world through the eyes of a chemist, looking past the image that our eyes see and through to my imagination of atoms and forces interacting with one another.
I have obtained my single subject teaching credential for chemistry in high school, which included classwork in teaching students with general special needs and English language learners. I have taught as a chemistry teacher and tutor, and I have worked with very young children at Gymboree and Jumpstart Program. Most recently, I spent two years teaching AP Chemistry and General Chemistry for an international school in Costa Rica. I have learned a lot about how to work with different age groups and with different types of learners, how to collaborate with families in order to help students grow and succeed, and how to keep myself growing by observing and learning from those with more experience.
My approach to tutoring is very student driven: typically, I determine a process for learning after the initial meeting. It is important that I evaluate the student’s prior knowledge and work from that point. I utilize practice problems in order to determine a student’s competency in a particular subject, checking that the student understands every step of the process and the underlying mechanism. Helping the student learn the subject is the most important part of tutoring, but it is also necessary to make sure that student is able to pass the class based on the requirements of the teacher. This network builds a stronger foundation for the student, knowing that the classroom learning, tutoring, and individual learning are all geared towards the same goal.
Aside from teaching, I am also a singer-songwriter, an avid Borderlands enthusiast, and a traveler. I love to make new music and perform for an audience, and I am currently working on an EP.