Alex F.

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Alex Finan recently graduated from the Bear Creek School in Redmond, Washington and is now pursuing an economics degree at Stanford University. With a passion for tutoring all throughout his high school experience, he taught a large variety of different academic subjects. From algebraic mathematics to microeconomics, Alex loves to share his curiosity of learning with his students. In addition, Alex has hands on experience with the SAT/ACT and a depth of knowledge in personalized test-taking strategies. Having struggled through elementary academics, he understands what it is like to not comprehend or enjoy a material. He hopes to help students overcome difficult subjects and find joy in learning.

In his free time, Alex enjoys debating about current events, running through the trails near his house, and reading every economic book he can get his hands on.

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Alex is currently in graduate school pursuing a master’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Washington as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration at UCLA. He has been tutoring students at various capacities since a college student at the University of Michigan. Whether working with classmates or teaching at the local community college, he has always been passionate about passing on his knowledge to students of all backgrounds so they can excel in their problem-solving abilities and maximize their true potential.

In his spare time, Alex enjoys playing and watching sports, as well as hiking and exploring the beautiful Northwest. His favorite foods are Korean BBQ and sushi.

Bridget

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Bridget graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering in May 2016. She hopes to return to school in the future for a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Born and raised in the state of New Jersey, she relocated from the east coast to Washington this year to work as an aerospace engineer for The Boeing Company.

Bridget has been tutoring for her siblings all her life, but professionally since 2014. Bridget specializes in STEM-related classes but is also comfortable with elementary and middle-school history and English, as well as college essay writing.

In her spare time, Bridget likes to relax with friends, cook, bake, read, and explore the Pacific Northwest.

Diego

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Diego currently works as a design engineer at the Boeing Company. He is a graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY with a bachelors in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering and a masters in aeronautical engineering. He has continued his education with engineering certificates at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Washington, and he does not plan on stopping his education there as he plans on obtaining either a PhD or an MBA.

Diego tutored formally in high school and informally in college, specializing in STEM-related fields, but can tutor elementary level classes (all subjects) and all levels of Spanish.

A die-hard Lakers and Duke basketball fan, Diego enjoys watching and playing basketball in his free time, as well as hanging out with friends, traveling, and watching movies/tv.

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Hilarie

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Hilarie has taught college preparatory English and writing and worked with ESL students to improve conversational English and writing skills for a decade. For 15 years, she served as an academic tutor for Utah Valley University clients with children in middle school through college in study skills, test preparation, and writing assignments in a variety of courses. She has also been successful tutoring students with special needs, including high-functioning autism and students preparing to re-enter school after weeks or months under the care of mental health professionals.

Hilarie uses an appreciative inquiry approach and familiarity with curriculum to interpret assignments and help students plan submissions or prepare for tests. If there is a gap in understanding, she will use a variety of resources to instruct and encourage mastery of a subject.

Jack

My name is Jack and I was raised in Colorado in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. In the shade of those mountains, I received my formal education in physics, engineering, and applied mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I also learned how to run, dance, knit, climb, and think more critically about our world. I am very thankful for all of the natural beauty of my hometown and for the rivaling beauty to be found here in the Northwest!

I am passionate about physics, mathematics, and science in general, but my career focus thus far has been on the teaching of these subjects. I earned my MS in physics with an emphasis in physics education research and have taught university-level courses in both physics and math. Right now, I am working to improve learning experience found in the introductory-college-level physics laboratory.

As an educator, I believe in a growth model of the mind, a constructivist model for learning, and in the social aspects of the learning process. The sky is the limit for understanding, but it will take time and careful study reach that high.

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Khai

Khai Button first discovered a love of dinosaurs as a four-year-old. It was the year that Jurassic Park came out, which was convenient timing. He was probably too young to see it at that age, but it irreversibly changed him. Just like most kids, it was his dream to become a paleontologist. But unlike many other children with whom he played dinosaurs on the playground, he never grew out of it. Still, he didn’t honestly believe that it could be a viable career path until he got to college. He studied biology at the University of Washington in the hope of becoming a doctor or a biomedical researcher until he attended a lecture by a visiting paleontologist. That was a light bulb moment, when he realized that paleontology really was an actual job, and he saw the path unfolding before him that would lead him there.

Graduate school in North Carolina afforded him the opportunity to complete a number of lifelong goals, including becoming a published author and participating in field work. However, the most important discovery he made was a deep passion and talent for teaching and educating others. Be it students in the classroom or audiences young and old at museum outreach events, he strives to share his passion for science and love for the study of life. After completing his Ph.D., Khai returned to his home and family in the Pacific Northwest.

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Kyle

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Kyle is a professional software engineer who moved to the Seattle area in 2018 to work for Microsoft. The year prior, he graduated from Bradley University in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. This program solidified his understanding of all-things math and technology, preparing him for his career in software development.

After graduation, he used his free time to teach programming and game development fundamentals to students online, which sparked his interest in helping local students succeed in their classes.

Outside of work and tutoring, Kyle enjoys playing guitar, making games, and finding interesting things to do in the Pacific Northwest.g soon!

Laurie

I’m a certified teacher with a Masters degree in teaching, learning disabilities and social/emotional disorders, which includes ADHD. Teaching is my second career but my first love. After teaching in public schools for 12 years, I became a full-time tutor specializing in standardized test preparation, reading and writing. My experience with special needs students has led me to be a skillful diagnostician of learning problems and to customize learning plans that work for each student I work with.

I have a proven track record of success helping students increase their test scores on standardized and college entrance exams. I not only identify and focus on specific academic weaknesses, but teach specific test-taking skills and strategies to enhance success. It’s never too late to prepare for these tests, so don’t panic if you only have a few weeks to get ready. How you approach the test as well as your attitude are critical components in scoring well. REsearch shows that students who are familiar with the test and understand how to approach the different sections outperform those who do not. Even a few tutoring sessions can help improve your scores.

In my free time, I enjoy walking my dog Dewey, spending time with my cat Tom, hiking, sewing, and traveling.

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Liz

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Liz has loved math her whole life. She attended Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and then earned a Master of Arts in Teaching Adolescent Mathematics from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has been tutoring (primarily math, but also science) privately for several years in her home state of New York. She has taught middle school math and student taught middle and high school math back in New York, and is hoping to teach high school math here in Washington.

She enjoys performing and listening to music, reading, and hiking.

Mary

Dr. Mary Sanford has been a lifelong educator with a proven track record of helping students succeed. In essence, she loves to teach! She has a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Syracuse University and both a Bachelor and Master degree in Special Education with a focus on Learning Disabilities from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

After spending seven years as a special education teacher, grades K through 12, Mary began teaching in higher education, her present faculty position, with a focus on reading, study skills, and academic success. For the past 10 years she’s worked with international students both in the US and abroad. Mary is regarded by her peers as a positive, creative, can-do instructor who brings great energy and enthusiasm to her work with students.

In her free time Mary loves to travel, write, volunteer in the community, bake, and spend time with friends, family, and her 2 adorable doggy pals.

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Mat

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While employed as a tutor in college, Mat discovered he had a natural ability to help others understand mathematical concepts. Graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Nevada, Reno, Mat moved to Seattle to begin his career with The Boeing Company. At Boeing, Mat worked on military and commercial aircraft programs, focusing on jet engine control systems. During this time, Mat continued tutoring with family, friends, and as a community volunteer.

Newly retired, Mat is enjoying the additional time to tutor students in math and algebra at all levels. In his leisure time, Mat enjoys tending to his small chicken flock and exploring the northwest camping in his RV.

Natasha

Natasha is an award-winning instructor with nine years of teaching and tutoring experience. She received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she served as a university lecturer, teaching assistant, research supervisor, and mentor. In these capacities, she has worked with over 800 students to help them develop essays, prepare for tests, and learn civics and political science concepts. She received her bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies, with a minor in French from Rutgers University where she worked for two years as a writing tutor with the Rutgers Writing Program. She also has several years of experience with private, one-on-one tutoring for high school students and adult learners across a wide range of subjects.

Born in Spain, Natasha is a native Spanish speaker. Natasha specializes as tutor the following subjects: writing for a wide range of subjects and levels, Spanish, introductory French, government and politics, social studies, and AP English, AP Spanish, and AP Government exams. In her spare time, Natasha loves to visit national parks, ski, read, and is currently training for her second half marathon.

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Nina

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Nina is from Addison, Illinois. She is a graduate from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's in English and Creative writing and a minor in Latina/o Studies. She is currently in a Master's program for Secondary Education at Loyola University Chicago.

Since her sophomore year of high school, Nina has found herself always tutoring and teaching kids of all grades. Whether it be from second grade math in Spanish to editing critical essays and research papers, she has seen it all! In college, she started off as pre-medicine, wanting to be a physician, but found a passion in education. Her dream is to play a big part in Chicago Public Schools by making it a better place to learn and grow for children of all ages and backgrounds.

When Nina is not at school, you might find her hanging out with her dog and cats. She loves trying different foods and watching her favorite shows like, "New Girl" or "The Mindy Project". She may be frequently running around, but always makes time for others when they need a friend, a laugh, some tutoring help, or just relax.

Ose

Ose graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2011 with a B.A in Psychology. He is currently working on his 2nd degree in Computer Science. Ose has over 6 years experience in tutoring students in Mathematics and Computer Science. He also tutors students in ACT Math and in Chemistry as well. He is currently working as a Computer Programming Instructor while he attends school.

Some of his hobbies include running, working out, spending time with family, watching movies and reading books. Ose’s inspires to one day teach Computer Science in the university. He plans on becoming a professor when he finishes school. He takes pride in the success of his students and puts in his best effort to ensure that they succeed and do well in the classroom.

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Rachel

Rachel has taught high school Spanish since 2012 and is also certified in ELL. She holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. She has a decade of experience in public and private education as a teacher and tutor. She has worked with elementary through university students as well as professionals both domestically and abroad. She is skilled at differentiating for individual learning styles and is dedicated to helping every leaner achieve at his or her highest level.

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Sara W.

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Sara graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in chemistry in 2016, then took a year off to work as a water chemistry analyst. Currently, she is pursuing a M.S. in materials science & engineering at University of Washington, while researching semiconducting polymer synthesis.

During college, she helped freshman college students with their introductory general chemistry classes. There she learned that every student learns differently and has individual needs and interests. She hopes to apply this insight to sharing knowledge on ecology and environmental science, chemistry, math, and biology with middle and high school students.

In her downtime, she loves running outside with her dog, kayaking, backpacking, and cycling.

Stephen

Stephen Kersten has nearly ten years of experience as both a staff and private tutor. Currently, he most frequently tutors high school level math and standardized test prep.

Stephen earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he earned honors in Classical Greek and also spent a fair amount of time in the math department. As an undergrad, Stephen tutored writing and led workshops on argumentative writing and writing for philosophy. With his background in philosophy and math, Stephen enjoys tutoring the logical and axiomatic aspects of geometry and algebra.

When Stephen is not tutoring, he often enjoys going on urban adventures, finding a dark skies to look at, and studying game theory.

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Tom

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Tom graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University and spent most of the last decade working on interesting research projects for labs in the Seattle area. While working with large DNA sequencing data sets, he noticed a lack of applicable tools and decided to pursue a Masters Degree in Computer Science, focusing on data analysis, programming, and machine learning, to improve the toolkit available to biotech companies.

In addition to his career in biotech, Tom always had a desire to explore teaching; in fact, his fondest memories are of mentoring and helping to train undergraduate students and new employees in the lab. Born on the island of Guam and raised in a military family, Tom was exposed to many different cultures and education systems growing up, experience that has allowed him to understand the varying needs of students. With a strong background in biology, chemistry, math and statistics, Tom hopes to help students not only improve their understanding of these courses, but also spark a lifelong interest in the sciences.

In his spare time, Tom loves to travel, cook, and spend time at the gym. As of late, his newest passions have been learning to box and improving his baking skills.