For all of my life, I have loved to learn. I am immensely grateful for the educational opportunities afforded to me that have supported me in that quest for knowledge, and I am drawn to tutoring in order to pass on that passion for learning to the next generation while helping to ensure their success.
Raised by a computer scientist and an art historian, I was taught the value of the full breadth of academic subjects from a young age. I was born and raised in Baltimore and earned my B.S. in environmental science and policy from University of Maryland, College Park. After moving to California, I attended University of California, Davis and successfully completed an M.S. studying soils and biogeochemistry. Throughout my academic career, I learned that strong educational fundamentals in science, math, and the language arts are critical for success. As a tutor, I aim to impart those skills, coupled with an understanding of their value, to my students.
As both an undergraduate and graduate student, I gained experience as an educator. During my undergraduate years, I tutored students struggling to keep up with their Introductory General Chemistry coursework. In grad school, I had the opportunity to TA for a course in sustainable soil nutrient management. In both of these roles, I observed the value of solid educational fundamentals. Many students, even those who obtain good grades in high school, face significant challenges in higher education as they never truly developed a core understanding of the basics. I am also eager to apply the experience in fostering rapport I gained while working as a camp counselor as I prepare students for long-term success.
As my educational background encompasses a range of subjects in both STEM and non-STEM fields, I am drawn to teach diverse subject matter. Whether I’m working with middle school students across the curriculum or teaching AP Environmental Science to high schoolers, I aim to cultivate relationships with students that build their self-confidence as they encounter challenging material. In 1-on-1 sessions, we are able to ensure students have developed an in-depth understanding of the “why,” rather than regurgitating words or phrases they have heard in the classroom. I help my students to develop important study skills that will support them in their future endeavors, and by starting with what students already know, I am able to guide and support them as they come to understand the material on their own.
In my free time, I can be found playing music with friends, attending concerts, and exploring the wealth of nature that the Bay Area has to offer.