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I’m a proud California native who has lived, learned, and worked in this wonderful state all my life. I grew up in Orange County and came to Stanford for college, where I studied music and psychology.
I am passionate about understanding nature, cultures, and the arts, especially when I can find ways to share these with others. At the same time, I have always been curious about how people grow and learn about the world around them. I have explored a number of performing arts and outreach programs, including theater, debate, activism, and cooking. I have been an academic tutor for over 10 years, but following my hobbies over the years has also given me some wonderfully diverse opportunities to work as a cooking instructor, a music teacher, and a speech and debate coach. In the past, I have tutored high school and college students in a variety of STEM subjects, standardized tests, and the humanities. At AJ, however, I specialize in upper level mathematics, and I enjoy helping students make sense of intimidating concepts and their challenging classes.
For me, learning and teaching are inextricably linked. After all, one of the best ways to learn something is to present it to someone else and to approach the topic from new perspectives. Teaching also requires us to adopt the mindset of a student, to have the awareness and patience to see what more there is to learn. Furthermore, I find education a profoundly empowering way to connect with others. Sharing information, skills, and, best of all, a love of a subject with another person is incredibly rewarding. In other words, I teach because I enjoy learning. Being a tutor helps me better understand and appreciate subjects I love, and it is all the more valuable an experience if I can help further my student’s understanding and appreciation along the way.
My biggest goal when working with a student is to help them personally enjoy what they are learning, so they can approach things fueled by curiosity and enthusiasm and not driven by fear or frustration. I often ask my students to “teach” the material back to me to improve their own understanding, and I am always looking for ways to adapt my instruction to their needs and learning styles.