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I graduated from the University of California, Davis in June of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. I currently serve as a academic coach and tutor through AmeriCorps in the Federal Way Public School District. I work within AVID and core classes at the middle school level to strengthen key reading, math, and science skills.

I believe in student-centered learning methodologies and the AVID way. I know that learning begins with relationships so I work hard to establish trust to begin building the foundation of that relationship to pave the way for productive tutoring sessions. I am naturally high-energy and cultivate an optimistic learning environment by using positive reinforcement and celebrating every single accomplishment (no matter how small). I believe the key to developing independent learners is by utilizing the inquiry process to instigate and strengthen higher-level cognitive processes and problem-solving skills.

I thoroughly enjoy working with students and am constantly amazed by the creativity and imagination of youth today. I believe that much of youth's creativity is smashed in education as a fear of being wrong evolves with age. In working with students, I aspire to embrace students' creativity and tie it to their education and academic goals.

Prior to my time at UC Davis, I grew up in the Silicon Valley and went through the Santa Clara Unified School District. I was on honor roll every year, I was in the school band in both middle and high school, held a part-time job at a Baskin-Robbins my senior year of high school, graduated with 215 hours of community service at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, and was chosen as the student speaker for my high school's graduation. I worked hard in high school to be accepted to and succeed in a four-year university. In college, I held part-time jobs both on and off campus and had the opportunity to study microbiology abroad in Thailand in July of 2015. After college, I worked as a jury clerk in a superior courthouse before accepting my current position with AmeriCorps. In the next few years, I plan on applying to and serving in the education sector of the Peace Corps. After completing a few years of service, I would like to go back to school to become a public school educator.

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Nissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelor of Science, Biopsychology

Test Scores

ACT Math: 32

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1370

SAT Math: 700

SAT Writing: 700


I enjoy hiking, browsing farmer's markets, and spending time outdoors during my free time.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Math



Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing


High School Writing

IB Psychology


Life Sciences


Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing



Public Speaking

SAT Prep

SAT Math


Social Sciences


Spanish 1

Test Prep

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