I graduated from the University of Fribourg with Master’s degrees in both organic and inorganic chemistry. After that, I completed everything but a thesis in physical chemistry in addition to the coursework and labs for a major in advanced material sciences.
Science and math have always fascinated me. I have a very curious mind and am eager to learn how the world works. In college, I studied quantum mechanics, and a never-ending hate/love relationship with physics started. I worked in that field at the university for eleven years, and the grasp of that fascination never really let me go.
While working in the field of research, I realized that I missed working with people, so I changed my focus to teaching the material. I then worked in many different positions in the field of education, from organizing lab courses as a teaching assistant in university to teaching classes in high school. I have been teaching students for twenty years and helping them achieve their goals, both in Switzerland and in California. After moving to California, I first worked as an aide for disabled students, then as an academic and test prep tutor. I also trained as a college admissions counselor and as a substitute and classroom teacher.
For some people, science and math are fields that come with obstacles to learning. I have my own way of learning, and, having found what has worked for me, I enjoy exploring how different people learn and how I can help them navigate their challenges. All my education was in smaller groups of students with a lot of one-on-one interaction. I loved the small setting and being able to find my own approach. I learned that, with an individual approach and support, a student could learn any subject, no matter how challenging. Everybody has their own strengths, weaknesses, and ways of taking information in and processing it. I love teaching one-on-one and getting to know the students and their individual ways of working with the material. I see it as my job to find a way for the student to learn the material in a suitable and fun way. I love to help students develop confidence and master the material. I approach every student on a personal level and find out what methods they are most comfortable with. I think the best progress is made in a relaxed surrounding. True growth occurs when students become confident through understanding and success.
I have also completed a two-year training as a stress regulation trainer and coach from the Swiss Centre of Stress Research and have worked with clients in that field. I enjoyed the broader view of this holistic approach and how bits and pieces connected to something bigger than just the scientific facts that I knew.
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and learning about different cultures, languages, and worldviews. I enjoy nature and exercise by hiking, running, swimming, and trying to surf.