Welcome! My name is Cy - and I've been working with students for almost 15 years. I really enjoy being part of the learning process and helping students succeed.
My professional life began as a biochemist and intellectual property attorney. After practicing law for five years, I attended grad school at Stanford, graduating in 2012. This background allows me to support students in a fairly large number of subjects.
I look forward to working with you and helping you bring all your skills to the table.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Antioch College - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Stanford University - Masters, Ancient Historical/Classical
When not working with students, I enjoy hiking in the woods behind my house, collecting mineral specimens, and doting on my three cats.
AP Music Theory
AP US History
College Level American History
College World History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
High School Biology
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
US Constitutional History
What is your teaching philosophy?
Working with students for ten years has taught me that an educator has to meet the student at his or her level. It's my job to listen deeply - especially with regard to what the student needs to do to succeed. Together, we can then move forward to launch the student on a successful path.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Regardless of subject, the point of a first session is determining why the student needs help. Is there a test looming in the near future? Is the student struggling with material and looking for a boost? Does the student need a study companion? As we work together during that first session, I pay attention to how the student gets information. For example, if a student has reading comp issues, I will try to devise ways to present the material in an engaging and memorable fashion.