A true Bay Area native, I was born and raised in Sunnyvale and attended Saint Francis High School in Mountain View. For college, I didn’t travel very far—I attended UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and received my undergraduate degree in architecture.
My passion for teaching was ignited at an early age. Throughout middle and high school, I volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and camp counselor through my church. During my extracurricular activities in high school and college, I eagerly assumed leadership positions, viewing them as an extension of teaching on a larger scale.
After graduating from Berkeley, I decided to combine my background in STEM and love of education to teach 8th-grade algebra in Las Vegas through the Teach For America program. During this time, I also earned my Master of Education from UNLV. Although the past decade has seen me working in the tech industry, I’ve remained connected to education by volunteering as a teacher with local Boys & Girls Clubs and a Bay Area-based non-profit organization aimed at introducing underrepresented communities to the design field.
What I enjoy most about teaching is collaborating with students to break down complex problems, develop a roadmap for the solution, build essential skills, and relish the eventual completion and sense of achievement. I firmly believe that every student can thrive in both academic and test taking environments with the right frameworks and skill sets to approach challenges. Beyond the material, I find fulfillment in fostering meaningful relationships with my students, as I believe mutual respect and trust are the foundation of a successful educational experience.
When I’m not tutoring, you can find me running, traveling, and spending time with my English Bulldog, Ralph.