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Marlena is from Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Emory University. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics, Marlena moved to Houston to pursue her dream of becoming an amazing Math Teacher through the Teach for America Program. She in certified to teach all math concepts in grades 8th – 12th and has spent her last four years teaching at Sharpstown High School in HISD. Marlena loves working with youth and helping them understand difficult math concepts through hands on, engaging projects. She feels that nothing gets kids more interested in math than incorporating it into real life applications! In her spare time, Marlena loves doing yoga, training for the Houston Chevron Half-Marathon with her students, and reading. Marlena was also the valedictorian of her graduating class in HS.

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Marlena’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Emory University - Bachelors, Applied Mathematics

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 1780

SAT Math: 620

SAT Verbal: 550

SAT Writing: 610


Yoga and running

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe all students can learn when given the proper instruction, time, and motivation.

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

I will allow time for introductions, ask for information about their background with the content, ask to see former tests, and ask them what they believe their weaknesses and strengths are. Then we will dive into the work they need help on.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching them skills to think for themselves, and also teaching them little tricks to help them when they get stuck on a problem.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would encourage a student and speak about their strengths. I would also tell them stories of when I personally struggled with a subject and how I overcame the situation.

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