I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Master's Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I have worked as a Researcher, Laboratory Manager and Study Director in the biotechnology field. I have also worked in the biosafety testing industry designing tests to evaluate vaccine safety according to FDA guidelines.
For the past ten years, after having children of my own, I have turned my love of math and the sciences to teaching. My teaching experience has been developed through multiple opportunities to instruct a diverse audience of students across a variety of settings: as a teaching assistant at the university level, as a community college instructor working with high school students on upward bound, as a FIRST Robotics Lego League Coach for middle schoolers from different schools in western Massachusetts, as a 4H Science Club Leader for elementary and middle schoolers, and as an instructor for a Home-Schooling Co-Op. I am most passionate about teaching science, Pre-Algebra and Spanish I.
I recognize the importance of understanding the student's learning style and know that customizing my teaching style for the student results in better understanding, material retention, excitement for learning and the greatest potential for success. I have significant experience teaching students of all ages and backgrounds.
I am most passionate about watching students grow in their learning and understanding and am gratified to see the fruit of their hard work. I have a particular talent in assisting students with learning disabilities or with attention issues (ADD and ADHD). I am fluent in Spanish. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing board games and ice skating with my family.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Massachusetts Amherst - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Graduate Degree: University of Massachusetts Amherst - Master of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
I enjoy reading. I like to ice skate. I love spending time with friends and taking walks in nature.