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I was born and raised in San Jose, California, back when there were only two important Bay Area sports teams and no one would have ever dreamed that the Warriors or Sharks would make it to their respective sports finals.
I attended Archbishop Mitty High School and worked as a peer tutor in subjects ranging from biology and calculus to American history. I enjoyed tutoring and found that I especially enjoyed sharing my enthusiasm for various subjects with others. I also participated in wind ensemble, pep band, and pit orchestra for the school musicals. I played not one, but four different instruments—flute, piccolo, clarinet, and saxophone! I also worked hard at my academics and as a result was rewarded by being accepted to my college of choice: UC Davis.
I went on to earn a BS in genetics, and I took a number of education classes along the way. I found myself equally fascinated by academic concepts and by relating those concepts effectively to other students. Throughout my undergraduate studies, I served as a peer tutor and an undergraduate lab assistant in both physics and biology. I also volunteered in elementary school and high school classrooms in the areas of math and science. I found all of my teaching and tutoring experience humbling and rewarding; I sincerely enjoy watching students have their own “aha!” moments with topics that I love!
At AJ, I use my years of experience as a tutor to help my students achieve their academic goals. While I do enjoy teaching small classes, I find great value in a 1-on- 1 tutoring environment, as I feel that it gives students a chance to learn to appreciate a subject in a way that is just right for them. I believe that everyone learns differently, and that with time and the right approach every subject can be grasped.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, and watching any and every hockey game on TV. Go Sharks!