Naomi Branz

Test Prep & Academic Tutor


I graduated from Gunn High School in Palo Alto feeling excited to learn and well-prepared for college! I attended Colby College in Maine, where I focused my studies on math and art. During my high school and college years, I took on a number of teaching roles—as a gymnastics coach, art teacher, camp counselor, nanny, math tutor, and classroom volunteer. After college, I followed my passion for teaching to UC Santa Cruz, where I earned my credentials in secondary math and art and a Master of Arts in Education. I now delight in tutoring a variety of subjects and test preparation. From attending Calculus camp as a high schooler to taking numerous SAT practice tests alongside my students, I have a wealth of professional training and personal experiences that have helped me to be a more effective and sensitive tutor.

While teaching Algebra and Geometry at Harbor High School in Santa Cruz, I learned that my favorite times of day were break, lunch, and after school, when my classroom was buzzing with students who had come for extra help. I simply loved working with students individually and in small groups outside of the typical classroom environment. The tremendous growth that I witnessed during these study sessions inspired me to pursue a career working with students in a more personal way.

I know that each student brings with him or her a unique set of experiences, understandings, beliefs, interests and abilities. At AJ Tutoring, I customize my one-on-one sessions with students as I discover their varied strengths and needs.

Outside of teaching, I enjoy gymnastics, typography, poetry, graffiti art, dance, printmaking, and independent hip hop. I have lived in Spain and Guatemala and delight in speaking Spanish whenever possible. I live two blocks from the beach and one block from the best burritos in Santa Cruz. I am very close with my two older sisters and my parents, all of whom are teachers and also live in the Bay Area!

Subjects Tutored

SAT
ACT
PSAT
ISEE, HSPT, SSAT
SAT Subject Math2
SAT Subject Literature
Academic Algebra 1
Academic Geometry
Academic Algebra 2
Academic Study Skills
Academic K-8

Offices Served

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