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My teaching experiences range from independent secondary schools, to public high schools, to undergraduates in college settings, to a charter performing arts high school. I have taught classes in AP Biology, Honors Biology, Life Science, Physical Science, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, and Human Health. I aspire to convey to my students both my knowledge of biological sciences as well as my sense of wonder for the natural world. I am passionate about tutoring students and helping them succeed. I believe students learn best when engaged in processes that encourage creative thinking and innovative problem-solving.

I am a graduate of Mount Holyoke College where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry with an interest in molecular genetics. Subsequently, I earned both a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Arts in Biological Sciences from Smith College. My own academic career culminated when I received my PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Boston University. During my eight years as a graduate student, I conducted independent research studying the cell and molecular processes involved during embryonic development of mice, chicks, and zebrafish. Not only have I studied science as an academic discipline, but I have been a scientist, learning through basic research. I developed experiments, conducted them, analyzed the results, and learned to draw conclusions that led to new questions to be asked and new hypotheses to be tested. Being a scientist necessitates creativity and innovative thinking, for one never knows when the next break-through may happen.

In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, boating, cooking, and relaxing with my family and my Labrador retrievers. Also, I am a huge musical theater enthusiast, having performed in. many community theater productions and attending shows on Broadway when I can.

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Johanna’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Mount Holyoke College - Bachelor in Arts, Biochemistry

Graduate Degree: Boston University - Doctor of Philosophy, Cellular and Molecular Biology


Musical theater, singing, swimming, boating, cooking, relaxing with family and my Labrador retrievers.

Tutoring Subjects

AP Biology



Cell Biology

College Biology

High School Biology

Middle School Science

Molecular Biology


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