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Anna M.

Credentialed chemistry teacher with industry and research experience

Palo Alto, CA (94303)

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The most important thing which I learned throughout the process of obtaining my teaching credential and Master of Arts in Education degree was this: Learning should be fun.

Too often, bright and curious elementary-school students advance to middle school and discover that art, movement, and freedom of choice which once made school fun and enjoyable has been replaced by worksheets, forced grouping, and multiple-choice Scantron exams.

Those who retain interest with enough tenacity to advance to high school are only rewarded with further pressure; packed up to 35-deep in a classroom for hours at a time, high school students may struggle to receive individual attention from their math and science teachers.

This is not the fault of any one individual or even of the public education system as an aggregate, yet it is the adolescent student who suffers most within the confines of this structure.

Rather than feel saddened and defeated by these circumstances, I strive to help every student self-actualize and achieve to the best of their abilities. A precedent of success at age 15 to 16 is something every student deserves, and can realistically earn with diligent effort and proper guidance.

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Stated directly - I do my best to compassionately and non-judgmentally figure out where the student is at in terms of understanding the content, and build on that knowledge with every study session.

Scheduling no more than 15 hours per week total, I ensure ample time to prepare for and improve upon every lesson with each of my students.

Please refer to my blog for a detailed description of my tutoring methods.

My industry and research experience is outlined in my qualifications.

Copies of my academic transcripts and awards, California Teaching Performance Assessments, student teaching practicum evaluations (Woodside HS, 2010), sample lesson plan materials, and Master of Arts in Education thesis (published May 2013) are available to prospective students and parents upon request.

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Anna’s subjects

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Algebra 1

I successfully completed Algebra 1 in eighth grade. I then tutored Algebra 1 students while I was in high school as a Study Center Volunteer. During my substitute teaching experience between 2008 and 2011, I taught many classes of mathematics, including Algebra 1. As a credentialed chemistry and biology teacher, I feel that I am well-qualified to tutor Algebra 1.

Algebra 2

I successfully completed an Algebra II/Trig Honors class my sophomore year of high school. I then tutored Algebra II and Trigonometry as a Junior taking Math Analysis Honors (Pre-Calculus and Calculus AB combined) and a senior taking AP Calculus BC.

After college, I worked as a private tutor for high school math and science, helping students taking Algebra II as well as those taking Algebra II/Trig (Honors).

I have a thorough understanding of Algebra II topics, including factoring, graphing, conics (including quadratics), matrices, polynomials, and logarithms. The teaching methods courses I completed as part of my chemistry and biology teaching credentials allow me to be a creative and supportive tutor who effectively prepares her students for exams, quizzes, and regular homework assignments.

CBEST

I passed the CBEST exam in December of 2006 as a prerequisite for a teaching credential program. I was successful in passing the CBEST my first time around because I invested my study time wisely. If you are preparing for this exam and feel that you need assistance, I will be glad to share my test-taking strategies with you.

Chemistry

As a high school student, I scored an 800 on the Chemistry SAT and a 5 on the AP Chemistry exam.

In 2006, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with extensive chemistry coursework at UC Davis. I have industry experience working as a Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Lab Technician and a Clinical Manufacturing Chemist. I also have classroom experience student teaching Chemistry at a high school, and am credentialed to teach high school chemistry and biology in California.

Trigonometry

I successfully completed Trigonometry as part of an Algebra 2/Trigonometry Honors course during my sophomore year of high school. During my junior and senior years, I tutored Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Trig students while I was taking Math Analysis and AP Calculus BC. After obtaining my Bachelor of Science degree from UC Davis, I worked as a tutor of high school math and science students. Then, I entered a teaching credential program, and obtained a California teaching credential for high school Biology and Chemistry. While working on my Master of Arts in Education degree, which I completed in May of 2013, I also worked as tutor for high school math and science students. My background in teaching methods and test preparation strategies makes me highly qualified to tutor high school students, whether they are completing regularly assigned homework or taking stock of their existing knowledge and skills when preparing for exams.

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Education

Univeristy of California, Davis; Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)

National Hispanic University; Master of Arts in Education - Teaching and Learning (MEd)

California teaching credential (#123205950, valid until June 2017) (Other)

Great Tutor! — Our daughter liked her right away and says she explains in a way she understands. Anna has exceeded my expectations. We only had a few sessions and our daughter is already saying she is starting to like science because is is beginning to understand it a lot better. Anna is very easy to communicate with and responds right away, very easy to schedule sessions with and is very flexible. ...

— Roman from Sunnyvale, CA on 12/3/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

An hourly rate of $50 applies to those who demonstrate financial need or have a current IEP/504 Plan on file with their school district.

Travel policy

Anna will travel within 8 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94303.

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