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I am a graduate of Oberlin College (BA), Case Western Reserve University (PhD-STEM and MS-Engineering), University of Illinois at Chicago (MPH- Epidemiology) and Clayton College of Natural Health (ND). I was a pre-medical student and received my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Theory with a focus on neurological speech disorders associated with brain injuries. Upon graduation, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to integrate my studies in communication theories and the sciences as an environmental scientist and engineer working for the power industry focused on understanding than designing engineering systems to minimize the impacts of environmental pollution on public health. I eventually received a graduate scholarship from the Society of Women's Engineers to complete my Master of Systems & Controlling Engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University.

I have always been committed to helping students and started tutoring in college and throughout my career as a professional engineer and scientist before transitioning into full time teaching at the university level.

I also created engineering/science/mathematics programs between NASA, Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University for students who could work with me and or get support in their academic endeavors with my assistance.

I am also a published author of several books that have focused on an historical interdisciplinary examination of environmental health inequalities in the USA and globally. While I tutor a broad range of subjects, I am most passionate about Environmental Science, Public Health, Mathematics, Engineering and History.

In my experience helping struggling students who are afraid of science, math and engineering has been very rewarding. I am a firm proponent of accessible STEM (science, technology, environment, and mathematics) education, believing it to be necessary for an improved quality of life. I try to impart this appreciation to all my students since their everyday lives are impacted by STEM concepts and developments. In my spare time, I enjoy walking the talk as an environmentalist. I love gardening, developing certified backyard bird and butterfly habitats, reading, playing board games, and taking daily walks in the local forest preserves.

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Sylvia’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Oberlin College - Bachelor in Arts, Premedicine

Graduate Degree: Case Western Reserve University - Master of Engineering, Systems Engineering


I am definitely a naturalist and environmentalist. I love gardening and supporting bird/butterfly habitats. I was happy to have my yard certified as a bird and butterfly habitat by both the Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation. I also am an avid walker, and I make it an effort to walk 2.5 miles per day and enjoy the natural environment in my area.

Tutoring Subjects

A Level Prep

A Level Environmental Studies


Algebra 2

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Environmental Science

Applied Mathematics








CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

College Chemistry

Computational Problem Solving

Computer Programming

Computer Science

Differential Equations

Discrete Math

Earth Science

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science

Emergency Medicine

Environmental Science



High School Biology

High School Computer Science

High School Government

High School Physics

High School Political Science

IB Environmental Systems and Societies


Inorganic Chemistry

Life Sciences

Linear Algebra


MBLEX - Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination


Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Science

Middle School Social Studies

Multivariable Calculus


Organic Chemistry



Political Science



Professional Certifications

Programming Languages

Public Health


Social Sciences

Social Studies


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Coding

Test Prep


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