I have three passions in life: Music, Computers, and Education. I have been very lucky to be able to gain specialist knowledge in all of them. Even as a Computer Science student at UC Riverside, way back in the peak of the dot-com boom, I knew that teaching would always be in my future. After working for Boeing, I knew that I needed to chase my teaching dreams. I earned my Single Subject teaching credential in Math from Stanford, and later earned another credential in teaching Music. I am also quite excited to be tutoring the subject that I fell in love with as a child: computer science. My goal is to instill in my students the same level of excitement for solving computing problems that I have.
I have a lot of classroom teaching experience in several subjects: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Choir, and Music Theory. While I have seen students learn a lot from each other in a classroom environment, I have found that giving students individual attention provides them tremendous strides toward their personal goals. Personal 1-on-1 tutoring gives students that extra focus they need to rapidly make breakthroughs in their own individual web of understanding. This is why I am so excited to be a part of the AJ Tutoring team.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my Commodore 64 (a great machine; who knew you could do so much with just 64KB of RAM?). I am fluent in Java (the AP CS language), C/C++, C# and python. I am also a computer programming competition enthusiast. In addition, I have a vocal performance degree, run a church choir, and have a few piano students, whom I still teach. I am a die-hard Sacramento Kings fan, though I’ve been spotted rooting for the Warriors more than once. One day I will run a marathon, and it will be under three and a half hours.