Recognizing that each student learns differently, I am committed to providing a comfortable learning environment for auditory, kinesthetic, visual, and all other learners. Science and math can be daunting for many students. My teaching inspires students to find their own ways of understanding and draw personal connections to their work, helping them remember the material and take charge of their learning.
My lessons are inquiry-based and geared toward inquisitive students from elementary school to college, especially those interested in pursuing a career in STEM. Subjects are taught starting with general information and then addressing specifics. Small art projects are a part of most lessons, no matter what the subject. Long-term tutoring will allow me to address students' needs in a more nuanced fashion.
Group Lessons will be collaborative and students will learn how to work in a group to achieve a shared goal.
I am a recently graduated scientist with a Bachelor's in Biology, a minor in chemistry, and a concentration in molecular science. During my time as an undergrad, I took a myriad of classes across the STEM spectrum. These include Calculus I, General Chemistry and Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Vertebrate Physiology, Plant Physiology, and Genetics to name a few. I also conducted research at my university, California State University, Monterey Bay, and New York University before becoming a part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center, which specializes in connecting undergraduates to research communities across a wide range of disciplines. I have attended numerous scientific conferences and even have a paper that is close to publication in the Journal of Molecular Liquids.
My teaching/tutoring experience began in college. I was an instructional assistant at a summer tech camp for kids ages 5-15 where I assisted in teaching classes in coding, filmmaking, animation and game design, and content creation. In recent years, I have been an instructional teaching assistant for a class entitled Practical Computing for Scientists, in which I provide in-class support and office hours for students struggling with the material. I was also hired to tutor scientific writing at CSUMB but was unable to assume the position due to funding issues related to the COVID pandemic. Most recently, I have been a daycare provider for my three young nieces (ages 5, 7, and 12) throughout the California schools shutdown. I was able to bring the youngest from an inability to identify letters of the alphabet to reading 6 and 7 letters words in 6 months. I have worked with the middle daughter to boost her mathematics skills and she can now add and subtract with proof of her work and the ability to explain her reasoning. The oldest was having trouble with pre-algebra and I was able to boost her test scores and her confidence in her math skills.
I am in the process of applying to be a substitute in the California School system and passed the CBEST with a combined score of 150.
Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics
Enhancing access to education and providing opportunities for growth, success, and excellence among marginalized groups. Increasing appreciation for STEAM.
EDUCATION & TEST SCORES
Wageningen University and Research
Wageningen, Gerland, The Netherlands | September 2021-August 2023
Master’s of Science, Organic Agriculture
California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB)
Seaside, California, United States of America | Aug 2016 - Dec 2020
Bachelor of Science in Biology; Concentration in Molecular Science; Minor in Chemistry - cum laude
Awards: McNair Scholar, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Proud Scholar.
SAT (5/2/2015): Math - 560 Reading - 610 Writing - 600
CBEST (5/14/2021): Math - 51 Reading - 52 Writing - 47
TEACHING AND MENTORING EXPERIENCE
CSUMB Instructional Student Assistant | August 2020 - Present
Course: Practical Computing for Scientists. Providing in-class support and tutoring to teach students how to write basic scripts and successfully store, manipulate, and mine data with UNIX, Python, and SQL.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center Ambassador | August 2019 - December 2020
California State University, Monterey Bay - Seaside, CA
Connected undergraduates to research opportunities via classroom and community outreach.
Created and maintained a monthly newsletter on Constant Contact.
Outdoor Wilderness Orientation Workshop Leader | August 2018
California State University, Monterey Bay - Seaside, CA
Lead a mixed group of ten incoming freshmen and transfer students on a 1-week camping trip through Kings Canyon National Park in order to alleviate the anxiety of the first-year experience.
Helped to organize activities such as meal prep, hikes, and site-seeing.
Summer Intern/Teaching Assistant | June - August 2017
Digital Revolution - Long Beach, CA
Taught classes of 4-6 students from ages 6-14 each week.
Facilitated classes on the fundamentals of coding, game design, animation, and filmmaking with platforms including Scratch, Youtube, Photoshop, iMovie, and LEGO Mindstorms ev3.
New York University Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Program | June 2019 - Aug. 2019
PI: Dr. Michael Purugganan - The genetic variation underlying the salt stress response in Oryza glaberrima was investigated using genome-wide association studies. Presented at the 2019 SACNAS Conference and the 2020 UCLA National McNair Conference. *Manuscript in progress.
CSUMB Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center Scholars Program | Sept. 2018 - Dec. 2020
PI: Dr. John Goeltz - Used high concentrations of TEMPOL in various ionic melts to create an energy-rich, long-lasting, and cost-effective battery fluid with applications for sustainable tech. Presented at the Fall 2019 American Chemical Society Conference under High Concentration of TEMPOL in various Ionic Melts.
*Published in the Journal of Molecular Liquids as Finding Balance with Deep Eutectic Solvents: High Concentrations and Improved Conductivities for the Off-the-Shelf Nitroxide TEMPOL.
Language: English (native), Spanish (conversational)
Computers: R/RStudio, SQL, Python, Jupyter, UNIX, VirtualBox, Photoshop.
Laboratory: PCR, gel electrophoresis, bacterial cloning, ELIZA, mid-IR.
Horticulture: controlled rice hydroponics
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