Born and raised in the Bay Area by two artistic parents, I have always had a passion for working with young minds. As a child, I would often “play school” with classrooms full of make-believe children. I was fascinated by the traits and qualities that make every person unique. Fast forward, and after receiving my bachelor’s in sociology from UCSB, I was instantly drawn to the social aspects of working with youth and families, and providing the resources and tools needed to create the same educational opportunities I was so fortunate to receive as a student. I received my master’s in social work from USC and interned in a domestic violence agency and provided mental health counseling to survivors and their families. With this wide array of experience and the fire of advocacy and social justice in my heart, I returned to the world of education to become an academic counselor and tutor. I now use a very individualized and holistic approach to meet each and every student where they are and to assess their current academic needs. I apply executive functioning skills to the work that I do and enjoy modeling problem-solving and forward thinking in every session. I encourage the development of organization, time management, and study skills by incorporating various tools and resources into my sessions.
Working with students who were preparing to apply to college really opened my eyes to the need for resources and guidance during this process. Many students feel lost, overwhelmed, or doubtful about their futures, despite the endless opportunities that await them. I then received my college counseling certification from UCSD in 2019, and it became a goal of mine to help students navigate this journey towards adulthood with confidence, utilizing their support systems and taking into account all of their individual skills and strengths. The college application process is not ‘one-size-fits-all,’ and ultimately, I believe all students have the potential to attend the college of their dreams, or to be anything they aspire to be.
I am dedicated to helping every student reach this potential. Whether we are working on English or math homework or preparing for the SAT, I hope to open minds and inspire students to consider the idea that anything is possible!
A lifelong learner myself, I am constantly searching for new hobbies and adventures. My most recent hobby is roller and ice skating, but I also enjoy reading mystery novels, cooking new recipes, and watching reality television with my dog, Mila.