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I am currently a graduate student at Boston University's School of Public Health and hope to obtain an MPH with a focus on International Health. Originally hailing from San Jose, California, I grew up in a home that encouraged learning and the pursuit of curiosity. From joining in on adventures through reading or trying to become the next Marie Curie (my mother's a chemist, could you tell?) by attempting various at-home science experiments with my younger sister, my quest and thirst for knowledge continues to this day. That said, it is the sharing of knowledge that brought me to dabble in the field of education.

My tutoring and teaching experience has been rooted in both the front of the classroom, as well as behind the scenes. Most recently, I worked as an Algebra I at a public high school in Virginia Beach, VA. As an Algebra I instructor, I provided supplementary Algebra I instruction and support for students struggling to understand algebraic concepts during school study block hours. I also collaborated with the high school’s Algebra teachers to ensure that students were provided the correct instructional and material support. Prior to moving to Virginia, I worked in program coordination for a California after school program and also substituted in the classroom, providing tutoring services for students from first to fifth grade. I have also tutored in supplementary educational services (SES) programs as an in-home tutor for middle school students (subjects include Middle School Algebra and Geometry, as well as English language arts) with a non-profit, and I have also taught ESL and English Language Arts at an international high school overseas in Vietnam. I have also spent time helping resettled refugees acquire English language and vocational skills in San Diego, CA.

My approach to tutoring is tailored toward the student and pupil. I believe that it is important to be patient and to find the best approach that works for both student and teacher. Some students are visual learners, others are verbal, and the best way for a student to truly learn something is to find the perfect medium. Most importantly, I try to make learning as enjoyable as possible (laughter is key). Once a student has shown mastery -- whether it be through the ability to reteach others, such as myself, or otherwise -- that’s when I know they have acquired the concept. The joy of overcoming and truly understanding a concept felt by a student, whether it be Algebra or English grammar, is why I do what I do.

In my 'free time', I enjoy rock climbing, running trails in the mountains, and surfing the West Coast. I still escape with the occasional book (when I'm not completing my own graduate study readings) and I am looking forward to getting back into sailing and martial arts.

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Colleen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelor in Arts, Political Science and Government

Graduate Degree: Boston University School of Public Health - Master in Public Health, International Health, Infectious Diseases


Rock Climbing, Surfing, Trail Running, Reading, Soccer

Tutoring Subjects




College English

College Essays

College Level American History

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math



Essay Editing


High School English

High School Level American History


Middle School Math



Social studies


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