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Katherine

Succeeding academically throughout high school led me to think that I should pursue a career in law, but after a attaining Bachelor’s in Political Science from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Special Education from Loyola Marymount, and reading a few spectacular books, I have decided to return to school in pursuit of a childhood passion. This fall, I will be attending Fullerton College in an effort to prepare for a post-baccalaureate in physics and eventually a PhD. Although it seems like a counterintuitive jump, I believe that math and science can offer extended explanations or solutions to the various dilemmas covered in humanities; plus, it would be pretty cool if I became an astronaut one day! As I reignite my old passion for math, there is nothing that I would like more than to share my knowledge, skills, and time with students that need individualized support to learn math in their own way. I particularly love supporting students with Algebra and Geometry, as there are endless visual or auditory supports that can bring these subjects to life and a strong foundation in these subjects can allow students greater access to advanced math or science classes in the future.

My time at Berkeley significantly impacted my perspective on education and my personal goals, leading me to join Teach for America upon graduation. For the past four years I have taught special education at an inner city middle school, focusing on individualized learning supports for students to succeed in a general education setting. This experience challenged me to learn various teaching strategies that met each student’s individual learning styles through different content. I love finding interactive ways to help students grasp complex and abstract topics! Often, a catchy tune, a kinesthetic practice, or a visual reminder can be the light bulb for understanding a subject that previously felt unattainable. I hope to bring these strategies and tips to each tutoring session, ensuring that each student is learning through their unique style.

Additionally, I love helping students with executive skills, study skills, test-taking strategies, and finding healthy ways to overcome the anxieties related to specific subjects or tests. Educators, friends, and family have always considered me a “good test taker” due to my ability to go into exams feeling relaxed and ready. However, this is not an innate personality trait! Over time and with a lot of practice, I have honed in on the best strategies that help me before, during, and after a major exam; these are strategies that I love sharing with my students. Also, my academic and professional experiences have prepared me to tutor students in English and Writing, breaking down complex readings, finding important information, and preparing a well-constructed claim or analysis. These are crucial skills for students in K-12, as they are being asked to combine math, science, reading analysis, and writing skills to prove mastery in the new state and federal education standards.

As a native Spanish speaker, I was lucky to be raised bilingual and really enjoy helping others learn how to read, write, and speak Spanish. I also dabbled in Italian during college and was able to study abroad in Siena. Though not completely fluent, I frequently try to freshen up my skills by trying to sing along with Italian music or watch an Italian film. Aside from reminiscing about my time in Italy and reading science or tech related articles online, I also enjoy going to the park for a walk with my Min Pin/Chihuahua mix or challenging my boyfriend to a friendly tennis match. I am also a proud Whovian and like to stay healthy by going to the gym or doing yoga at home.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of California, Berkeley - BA, Political Science

Graduate Degree:

 Loyola Marymount - MS, Special Education

I enjoy playing tennis, doing yoga, watching Doctor Who, walking my dog, and going on road trips.