I spent most of my childhood on the East Coast before moving to Milpitas in fifth grade. I attended Milpitas High School and then pursued a B.S in human biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
For me, the mysteries of the world were all unraveled in science classrooms. Science was challenging, but the challenge made learning and achieving all the more rewarding. I developed a passion for chemistry and biology in particular because they explain how and why everything, including the cells in my very own body, function the way that it does.
I’ve always felt at home in the classroom, whether at a desk learning or in front of a white board teaching. I realized in college that not only did I have a passion for learning science, but I also had a passion for teaching others as enthusiastically as I had learned. I began tutoring various classes across biology and chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry, general biology, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology.
I also had the opportunity to become a Lead Peer Mentor with Calteach at UCSC, where I helped guide other tutors and advised them on how to better assist students. This experience allowed me to learn the value of collaboration in education and how the mentor/mentee relationship is not exclusively one party learning and one party teaching, but rather both parties learning from each other and growing.
I believe that the ideal learning environment is one that centers on inclusivity, adaptability, and collaboration. I enjoy learning my students’ learning styles and adapting my teaching style to reflect them. Each student is their own individual and will not learn the same way as others, so flexibility is extremely important to me. I believe that tutoring is more than a way to reinforce what is taught by teachers in a classroom: I believe that it is also a way to teach students how to process and conceptualize information that they are given and apply it successfully.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my dog, painting, drawing, and trying out new food.