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I was born in Osaka, Japan, and was raised in San Jose, California, my entire life. I attended UC Berkeley and graduated with a degree in public health, with an emphasis in epidemiology and biostatistics. I love learning about what makes the world work through a scientific lens, and so I am especially drawn to math and sciences. My other passion is in social and humanitarian work helping individuals and communities in need. After graduating, I completed a summer internship and continued on as a full-time employee at a non-profit community health center in East Palo Alto. There, I learned a lot about healthcare, non-profit work, and working with low-income communities and the health disparities that arise in these groups. In the future, I hope to become a physician for individuals while simultaneously working to prevent health disparities at the population-level.
My first encounter with teaching was volunteering to teach English to a small group of students in South Korea. The following summer I flew to Thailand to teach English and create my own curriculum for students from Kindergarten to middle school. It was challenging since I don’t speak Thai, but with the help of different learning tools I was able to spend a successful and memorable summer with these students. In college, I was a biology tutor and enjoyed leading group and individual tutoring sessions to help students turn a difficult subject into something coherent. As a student, I live for the feeling of accomplishment when I finally understand a subject that I studied so hard to learn, so I want to be the bridge for students to gain these accomplishments and learning potential.
I have a curious personality, and I want to know how everything works and the “whys” of the world. As much as I like to teach, I also love being a student and constantly learning new things! My teaching philosophy comes from my own personal experiences with overcoming demotivation and test anxiety. I like to start by gaining the trust of my students through patience, communication and respect. Everybody has a unique learning style, so I try to help students with study tips for their specific style and to identify both their strengths and where they have room for improvement. I strongly believe that organization and time management are crucial skills for a student’s success. Whether it is through helping students organize their planner or helping to identify question types on AP exams, my goal is to decrease the anxiety and stress that come with grades and tests and, in turn, to increase students’ problem-solving abilities so they can overcome challenges in school.
Outside of academia, I enjoy taking day trips to the ocean, cooking, reading, exploring hidden gems in the Bay Area, and watching psychological thriller films.