Im a Northeastern law student from Berkeley, California. I recently finished a year with City Year San Jose, an educational non-profit through which I spent 11 hours a day in an elementary school, supervising an after school classroom, creating and teaching STEAM lessons, and providing small group literacy tutoring. Before that, I worked a summer at Explo educational summer camp teaching creative writing to high schoolers. I tutored elementary students throughout college as a volunteer and have often acted as a tutor to friends and family.
My foremost passions are comedy and martial arts (which also gives me an opportunity to flex and train my tutoring muscle when I teach people basic boxing!). In college, I performed in a sketch comedy troupe, and have been performing stand-up around the SF Bay Area for a year. I'm always down to discuss comedy in any and all forms! I also have 10+years of Tae Kwon Do experience and was President of my college's Martial Arts club.
Beyond that, I love games-- board, video, etc. I am often interpreting and modifying existing games' rules to deliver unique and customizable gameplay experiences to my friends.
I majored in American Studies, a comparative discipline that emphasized race, class, and other aspects of identity throughout the history and social landscape of America. I've brought a critical lens that looks for race and ethnicity into all of my endeavors, as a comedian and as a tutor/teacher, having exploratory discussions with my students about the role race plays in their lives. As a Chicano, I have a understanding, both academic and lived, of the themes present in ethnic studies work.
As the oldest of 5 brothers, I recognize education as something that transcends the classroom and spills out into every aspect of our lives. I am always seeking to take part in educational opportunities that are engaging and horizontal, that give everyone an opportunity to show what they know and feel intelligent, and that promote growth in both teachers and students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Macalester College - Bachelors, American Studies
Graduate Degree: Northeastern University - Current Grad Student, Law
SAT Composite: 2180
SAT Math: 730
SAT Verbal: 740
SAT Writing: 710
SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 730
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 790
Comedy, Creative Writing, Martial Arts, Food
College Application Essays
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching should not be a one-way knowledge dump, but an opportunity for the teacher and student to grow together through deepened understanding of the subject at hand. Teaching and learning are construction, are exploration, and are themselves creation.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'd exchange a bit of background information and experiences and work on finding out specific student goals and work styles.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By giving the student as many opportunities as possible to take ownership of their learning, whether through giving the student opportunity to teach-back to me or challenging the student to explain WHY an answer is what it is with frequency.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Reassurance that confusion is normal and that, by struggling with the work and working with a tutor, the student is already far along the path to success and to taking a vested interest in their own learning (perhaps sharing my personal struggles with the subject matter as well).
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take a step back, and see if we can approach from a different angle. If the student is particularly strong in another area, finding a way to link that knowledge back to the matter at hand so the new knowledge can be rooted in something the student already feels comfortable with.