I have always loved working with children and connecting with them on a deeper level. After getting my bachelor’s in Health Science, I enrolled in the Multiple Subject Credential Program at San Jose State University, where I received my master’s in education.
I’ve worked with students who had a variety of talents and learning differences, such as ADHD, autism, and dyslexia. I enjoy helping students develop customized study habits, organization, and time management skills. While working as a classroom teacher, I noticed that in a room with 20+ students, it can be difficult to give one-on-one support for students who may be struggling with concepts presented during lessons. I believe that no student should feel left behind or confused, and it was then that I decided I wanted to tutor, where I could work individually with students so I could help them achieve their fullest potential.
Through my substitute teaching experience, I learned to cultivate a comfortable learning environment, where students feel free to ask questions, think critically, and enjoy learning. I bring these experiences and skills into my 1-on-1 tutoring practice, whether I’m helping students tackle new concepts in their classes, or guiding them through the strategies that can help them succeed on tests such as the private school entrance exams and the SAT/ACT.
My mentor teachers taught me the value of creating lessons that are customized to each student. I have applied these teachings to my elementary school, middle school, and high school students. Whether it’s adding and subtracting fractions, graphing trigonometric functions, writing an essay or a science/history report, I have taken everything I’ve learned from my mentors and my own experiences in the classroom and used it in my own tutoring practice.
Beyond AJ Tutoring, I enjoy watching movies (I love Harry Potter) and shopping with friends. I also like to go on walks at Almaden Lake and Vasona Lake, where I can explore nature at its finest. Lastly, I like to write fictional stories, as I feel that it is a great way to let my imagination run free!