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I am a California Credentialed science teacher working as a science (chemistry and biology) teacher. I believe literacy across content areas is the key to success for any student. As a scientist and science teacher, my goal is to help students understand how important science is in their everyday lives and how science literacy empowers them to become more capable twenty-first century citizens.
I am a scientist with 20-year experience in diagnostic diseases and drug discovery. My work required me to work with a team of dedicated professionals and publish our findings to communicate and explain the discoveries. During my research activities, I had the opportunity to train a group of high school interns for their biotech certificates. Training these young interns inspired me to become a science teacher. I discovered a new kind of work satisfaction when my interns told me, “You are a good teacher! We learned so much from working with you…” Feeding my interns’ desire to learn science felt more rewarding than my experimental results, and I am proud to say that some of my interns chose biology and chemistry as majors in college.
My volunteer work at Jefferson HS, student teaching at Lowell HS, teaching at Grant HS, South San Francisco HS made me aware of the importance of developing a science literacy for my students. Although most of my students were proficient in English, they still had difficulty understanding science texts. Science has a complex vocabulary that is difficult even for native English speakers; talking and writing about science means doing science through keen observations, written descriptions, data analyses and evaluations. For me, science literacy means using key vocabulary to explain complex concepts and, most important of all, developing the ability to think scientifically. I think the specialized language of the science textbooks, fast-paced classes, and a lack of support for students after class makes science classes intimidating to students. I noticed that most of my students find difficult to read science texts in order to define scientific concepts. I want to help my students to learn how to study chemistry and biology and how to apply the concepts they learn in exercises. I am a teacher that motivates students to discover their strengths and talents; I also want to transfer my passion for science to my students so that they, too, become science professionals in the future. I can be a role model for all my students, particularly ELL students, who can develop confidence and have academic success through science literacy.
I heard many times students saying that chemistry is “hard.” Being organized could help them to make it easier. I usually communicate to students what is expected to be learned, emphasize what is important, and how to learn the concepts. In the same time, I will ask my students to be organized and self-disciplined in their study.
My goal is to combine my range of experience with my ability to be a compassionate and enthusiastic teacher to help my student be successful in their chemistry and biology classes, SAT exams, and beyond.
I got my MS in a program called "Technology of Organic Chemistry" I studied Organic Chemistry and its application in different fields like drugs, dyes, soap and detergents, polymers, etc. I am confident that I can answer the requirements for Organic Chemistry tutoring, from the chemical bonds and structures of the organic compounds, to all the physical and chemical proprieties of alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amines, amides, and other organic substances.
Great Help — Mariana was very helpful in preparing me for 2 separate exams. She went over an exam review sheets with me on two separate occasions. She was able to provide excellent background to very complex chemistry word problems. She makes sure that you can produce the question on your own, before moving on. ...
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