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Education is one of the keys successes in a person's life. I believe not only that knowledge is power, but a necessity. To be able to obtain information, utilize it to make decisive and intelligent actions, and understand the world around them is key to succeeding in life. I believe that every student has the ability to be great, to lead amazing lives, and their individuality, creativity, and passion can help make grand contributions to the world.

My education is an ongoing transformation. In high school, my best subjects were math and Japanese/languages. I had a sincere appreciation for math because there was always a correct answer, and thrived in finding it using intricate formulas and spatial relationships. I loved languages because communication with others is essential to create meaningful relationships in our personal lives and intricate networking in our professional lives. These two subjects are what I am passionate in tutoring and spent time while in high school tutoring them to fellow students.

In college, I received two engineering degrees (BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering) at Carnegie Mellon University, a top 10 school for engineering. I was two classes away from minoring in Japanese. During this time, I spent my senior year tutoring high school students from my church community in calculus. After 5+ years in the oilfield doing engineering, I am considering a career change into the medical field as a psychologist/psychiatrist.

My teaching philosophy is the belief in that students can achieve whatever they put their mind to. With hard work and perseverance, anything is possible. My tutoring style is patient and personal, with no utmost focus on the student and the problems that arises with the subject matter.

Outside of academia, I am working on running a 10k and hopefully to a half marathon. My family also enjoys traveling. We spend every year traveling internationally and boarding cruise ships for extended periods of time. Recently, we had toured Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Germany, and England. I also write novels and participate in National Novel Writing Month, which is an international writing event in which one writes 50,000 words in 30 days in November. I have written 7 novels so far. I love nature, stargazing, and hiking trails.

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Charisse’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Carnegie Mellon University - Bachelors, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering


Running (Working towards a Half Marathon), eating happily (only reason why I exercise), books, British shows (Doctor Who, Sherlock, Great British Baking Show, Graham Norton), PlayStation video games, writing novels (National Novel Writing Month, 7 years), Hiking and Nature Trails

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math


Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Calculus BC


Biomedical Engineering

College Algebra

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Math











Technology and Computer Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to be adaptable. Every student's needs are different, and to reach a good level of understanding, a teacher's methods must be able to adapt to it.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I want to know my student first. To take the time to understand their hopes, dreams, aspirations, and goals, whether within academia or in life. I value one on one time with students and doing this can help build trust between the teacher and the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe in stressing the importance of gaining knowledge. Knowledge solves problems and can take one many places in the future. The quote "knowledge is power" is very appropriate to life.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

When I first meet a student, I want to understand their motivations and goals in life. With that in mind, I encourage them to follow their dreams, and that the work they are doing today will be beneficial to them in the future, no matter what dreams and goal they have.

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