I believe that each student is capable of success. My job, as a teacher and tutor, is to find out how my students learn, capitalizing on their unique learning style and skills, and strengthening areas that they find less intuitive. Much of my approach involves learning how my students think and leveraging this knowledge to support them in the most effective way possible. Armed with insight as to how we can succeed together, my students and I practice new concepts and skills in several contexts in order to cultivate an authentic fluency in the subject matter. Reading, writing, dialogue (and of course, PRACTICE!) and are tools I use to expand on my students' previous knowledge and preferred learning modalities. I want my students to know they have assets that we can utilize to find success, and that we will work together to always improve.
Since my first experience tutoring English language learners in high school, I have been very interested in helping students to succeed by giving them the support they need specifically for their unique needs, assets and learning styles. I studied Biology at UC Santa Barbara, receiving both Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Secondary Math and Science Education. I taught math and science at a private school for 5 months, and am now a teaching credential candidate at UC Davis.
If I have to travel more than 10 miles, there will be an additional flat fee of $5.
Science and Biology Teacher at Eureka School of Santa Barbara (August 2019 - December 2019)
● Designed curricula, assignments and tests for 3 small classes.
● Met the varying needs of students with different backgrounds and learning styles.
● Responsible for discipline and the maintenance of a productive learning environment.
Educator for People’s Self-Help Housing (July 2019 – December 2019)
● Worked independently to support 12 student-tenants in math and reading as well as delivered science/enrichment activities for 3 weeks in summer program.
● Taught as co-educator to help around 20 students achieve expected math and reading levels in after-school program (4 hours/day, 5 days/week).
● Actively communicated with parents in a multicultural, mostly Spanish-speaking environment.
Naturalist at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (July 2019 – November 2019)
● Utilized biological specimens and live animals to engage patrons in hands-on learning about the natural world.
● Drew on knowledge in biology to educate guests on local plants, animals and ecological/evolutionary concepts.
University of California, Davis, CA
Single Subject Science Teaching Credential Candidate (August 2020 - present)
● Receiving high grades in academic classes that address effective teaching practices, learning styles, and equitable education.
● Student teaching and observations in practicum requirement.
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA GPA: 3.14
Biological Sciences B.S.
● Received high grades in introductory biology courses.
● Performed well in laboratory courses in biology, general chemistry and organic chemistry.
● Excelled in many upper-division courses, specializing in classes pertaining to botany.
Minor in Secondary Math and Science Education
● Kids in Nature: Prepared and delivered hands-on lessons about various environmental science topics to 5th graders from local elementary schools. Taught with peers to groups of up to 15 students in an outdoor setting, utilizing models, lectures, activities, etc., and assessing knowledge based on “Next Generation Science Standards” (20 weeks, ~7 hours/week, Fall 2018 – Spring 2019).
● Approximately 30 hours of secondary math and science classroom observations
● Received high marks in 4 other courses covering education and child development.
Global Water Brigade Volunteer (2 weeks abroad in June 2016)
● Worked in a rural community in Honduras - called Huatales, located in the municipality of Amapala - to connect a primary school to a clean water system. Worked closely alongside locals, relying on Spanish for a majority of communication.
Vacaville High School, Vacaville, CA GPA: 4.8
Tutor for English Language Development Students (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)
● Tutored Spanish-speaking high school students in mathematics, developing crucial skills in a second language and gaining first experience as a tutor. Students spoke extremely minimal English at beginning of school year, requiring very comprehensive translation of materials in Spanish as the math teacher did not speak any Spanish
Aaron taught me several integration lessons for my calculus wa2019 board exams. He’s a very patient yet also challenging/engaging teacher. You can tell he really loves to see others do good and grasp concepts they once struggled with.
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