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I have always been passionate about education, though that has manifested itself in different ways over time. When I was a kid, I generally enjoyed school, and always put in the effort required to get good grades. By junior high, this passion turned into a desire to become a teacher. At first I was interested in math, mostly because of a teacher I had during my freshman year. That soon faded, but was replaced by an interest in history and social studies, again thanks to a tremendous high school teacher. I've remained on that path since, and am currently attending the University of Washington Bothell, working towards a certification to teach history, social studies, and special education.

I think this strongly illustrates how much I value education. Even as my more specific subject interests changed, I never strayed from teaching as a whole. If anything, this interest has grown even stronger, and I see how far-reaching an educator's influence is. There is more to it than simply relaying facts from a book; teachers are also a guide. They teach you how to learn, and how to think - not what to think, mind you. But how to be curious, and how to evaluate information. Because the truth is, many of the facts we pass on will eventually be lost. But the skills and values, such as the desire to learn, can remain.

I've done my best to translate these philosophies to my role as a tutor. For the past year, I have tutored writing at Cascadia College. I have enjoyed writing of all kinds for a long while, so getting the chance to work with the written word for a job has been very exciting. It has also afforded me a tremendous amount of experience working with students of different backgrounds and abilities, and with different needs and goals. Every student requires and deserves a specified plan of attack that best suits their learning style. Communication is also extremely important in tutoring, and I work hard to ensure that everyone involved is always on the same page, and using familiar language.

I look forward to working with you on reaching your academic goals.

JJ’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington-Bothell Campus - Current Undergrad Student, American Studies


Baseball (Mariners), Football (Seahawks), Golf, DC Comics

Tutoring Subjects

African-American History


College Application Essays

College English


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Social studies