My passion for science, youth, and education has driven me to change my career path to becoming an educator. With a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from a liberal arts college, and experience in the work force, I have a particular well-roundedness that makes for a positive influence on young minds and habits. I strongly believe in supporting mental health directly alongside a strong academic education. I believe that the most effective learning happens when the individual’s wellbeing is prioritized. With my exceptional social awareness and emotional intelligence, I believe I will lead students to their absolute fullest potential. Throughout high school and college, I taught swim lessons to people of different ages through diverse programs like Team Unified and my own private swim school groups. My experience working directly with people, often in a highly vulnerable position of learning to swim for the first time, has made me exceptionally attuned to the communicative, structural, and emotional needs of children and adolescents. I understand that there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to tutoring and mentoring, which is where my ability to connect with individuals allows me to create a safe and positive atmosphere where students feel empowered and excited, not stressed, about learning.
I graduated in May 2020 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Holy Cross, also a former captain of the Division 1 Swim Team. I have been working as an environmental field scientist and remediation consultant, and I am now working toward my MA teaching license in middle/high school biology.
Elementary Aged Students: $25 per hour
Middle School Aged Students: $30 per hour
High School Aged Students: $35 per hour
Negotiable if you are under difficult circumstances. Group tutoring is also an option, fees will vary based on group size, age, and schooling.
Free travel within 10 miles. Any traveling greater than 10 miles will include a fee of $10 per ever 5 additional miles.
LEAH ALEXANDRA ZOGBY
College of the Holy Cross – Worcester, MA Graduated May 2020 Bachelor of Arts, Biology Major and Environmental Studies Minor
• Awarded Dean’s List in 2019 through 2020 semester and received 2020 Academy of American Poets Prize.
• Selected coursework includes environmental law and policy, natural resource conflicts, environmental political philosophy, watershed hydrology, paleoclimatology, modern green cities, freshwater ecology, organic chemistry, calculus, cellular and molecular biology, evolution, paleontology, Spanish, Introduction to GIS.
• Conducted undergraduate research involving ornithological biodiversity surveys as a function of urbanization, and ornithological migration frequency in response to climate change.
Holy Cross Division 1 Swimming and Diving September 2016 to February 2020 Four-year varsity member and senior captain
• Committed to twenty-five-hour weekly training and competing schedule.
• Elected team captain for 2019 to 2020 season.
• Modeled accountability and discipline while prioritizing a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.
• Bridged communication between team members and coaches to maintain a functional and high performing environment.
• Attended Patriot League Championships conference meet as a member of the travel team all four seasons and posted leading program times in selected events.
AECOM Environment – Chelmsford, MA July 2020 to Present
Geologist / Environmental Scientist I
• Junior consultant in environmental remediation projects across New England, ranging from preliminary desktop and historical studies to investigative site assessments, field sampling events, and report writing. Projects include Phase I and Phase II environmental due diligence for confidential retail petroleum clients, remediation investigations for US Army Corps of Engineers, US Navy, and US Airforce, and several CERCLA Superfund sites.
• Characterized geology at various field sites through hydraulic conductivity testing, groundwater elevation contour mapping, groundwater quality testing, soil and bedrock characterization, and contamination plume tracing.
• Trained in environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Experience with reporting regulatory and compliance standards.
• Validated large-scale chemical datasets through US military chemical database (FUDSChem).
• Yielded representative data while adhering to quality assurance protocols and prioritizing safety in the field.
• Reorganized fieldwork preparation and structure to maximize timeline efficiency and project budget, observing potential problems or setbacks throughout a remediation event.
• Earned client recognition on government CPARS evaluation for performance on a USACE remediation project, aiding the addition of future company government contracts.
Weiss Summer Research Fellow – College of the Holy Cross May 2019 to August 2020
Two-year recipient of donor-funded research
• Conducted statistical analysis on avian tendencies to migrate out of native habitats as a function of meteorological and
climatological fluctuations using RStudio.
• Presented findings at Holy Cross Biology Research Symposium.
May 2018 to August 2019
• Traveled throughout Midwest and Southwest United States with research teams from the Utah Museum of Natural History and Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History to locate and excavate Triassic fossils.
• Prepared and catalogued fossil specimens in the Utah Museum of Natural History collections departments.
CERTIFICATIONS / TRAINING
• Government Certifications: OSHA 40-HOUR HAZWOPER, Federal Level I Certification July 2020 to Present
• Hazardous Contaminants: PFAs Sampling Education Training, Asbestos Awareness
• Fieldwork – Geological characterization, various methods of groundwater, surface water, soil and sediment sampling, drilling oversight, monitor well development, transducer programming, due diligence site assessments, biodiversity surveys through transects and point-count surveys, extensive camping and outdoor living.
• Critical Thinking – Ability to transform raw data into accessible results, persistent when troubleshooting issues, and creative.
• Technical – ArcGIS, RStudio, Microsoft, water-quality instruments, vertebrate dissections, handling hazardous chemicals and waste, handling fossils and rare specimens.
• Organization and Communication – Meticulously attentive to small details and coordination. Ability to multitask, to work both independently and in groups, and to connect with people of any disposition or background. Asset in larger team communications through use of exceptional emotional intelligence and social awareness. Ability to adapt to problems with a forward-thinking response approach.
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