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Erica S.

Santa Ana, CA

$65/hr

College and High School Biology and Life Science Professor

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College and High School Biology and Life Science Professor

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I am a college biology professor. I have a Masters Degree from University of Colorado in Biology as well as an undergraduate degree in Botany and Environmental Biology.

I have experience working in the environmental regulatory and consulting field for 14 years and I have been teaching college since 2002. I teach online as well as in a traditional classroom setting. My experience is varied - I teach a variety of courses at a variety of campuses and have worked with a diverse group of students including adult-learners, military personnel and traditional college and high school students.

I also have three years of experience teaching high school at a private Christian school. My high school experience involves teaching AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, Honors Biology and College Biology to students in grades 9-12. I have experience in AP test preparation and can administer official AP College Board practice tests in AP Biology and AP Environmental Science as well. This includes grading and reviewing results with students to ensure that the student fully benefits from the practice exam.

I have two children of my own and I am happily married. I enjoy working hard and feel that instilling confidence in a students' own abilities and helping students succeed in their academic endeavors is tremendously rewarding.

I am open to tutoring in alternate zip codes depending on the situation (i.e. the schedule and time of day/needs etc...).

I have passed a live scan Department of Justice background check as part of my employment process and volunteering and being a scout leader at our elementary school requires a background screen as well. I have a current background check for tutoring in this venue.

Initially, to ensure parent and student comfort I prefer to tutor in a quiet public place such as library or with a parent present (if at all possible). As a parent, I want other parents to be comfortable with the safety of their child.

If I feel that your tutoring needs could be better served by an alternate tutor I will be honest and communicate this. Additionally, depending on location and situation/tutoring needs I will consider lowering my fee. I do have a cancellation fee because my time is valuable and I believe it is important to communicate that if a student cancels at the last minute or does not show I will need to be compensated. Similarly, I value a student and parents' time and will extend the same courtesy if I am ill etc...

I welcome your questions and look forward to working with you and your child.

Testimonials

"Goes over and above on helping her students!!"

- Sharon, Orange, CA on 11/4/14
Erica replied on 11/5/2014

Sharon, thanks for your comment. Your daughter is a pleasure to work with and I have enjoyed seeing her begin to understand biology and feel more confident with the material.



"Great Tutor"

- Jaclyn, Irvine, CA on 11/11/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Julie, Long Beach, CA on 10/18/14

"Excellent, patient, knowledgeable biology tutor"

- Tom, Newport Beach, CA on 10/13/14

"Great tutor"

- Rebecca, Newport Beach, CA on 4/24/14

"Great tutor and a great student motivator"

- Shahi, Newport Coast, CA on 4/22/14

"Great teacher!"

- Raman, Chino Hills, CA on 3/10/14

"Passionate Science tutor, but can be too verbose "

- Cynthia, Irvine, CA on 2/10/14
Erica replied on 2/15/2014

Cynthia, thanks for your honest and kind review. As I said, I am sorry that the first few lessons were too long. I am glad you were able to express this to me and that we have been able to scale the lessons back to a length that worked better for your daughter.

I look forward to seeing her for our regular session this week.

"Perfect biology tutor"

- Spiro, Orange, CA on 2/9/14
Homeschool:
Biology

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Biology

I have been teaching non-majors college biology lecture and lab since February 2002. I have experience teaching a variety of life science electives for majors (ecology/botany/ocean science and zoology) as well as environmental science.

I have been teaching AP Biology in high school for three years and have taught AP Environmental Science for two academic years.

I have also taught honors biology to freshmen and sophomore high school students.

Botany

I have an undergraduate degree (B.S.) in Botany from Eastern Illinois University (1988). I have taught Plant Biology/Botany at Concordia University several times since August of 2007.

I have also taught coursework in plant anatomy and physiology (form and function), as well as plant evolution and diversity as part of AP Biology as well as college non-majors biology lecture and lab since 2002.

Ecology

I have been teaching non-majors college biology large lecture and lab since February 2002 which includes extensive course work in ecology.

I have experience teaching a variety of life science electives for biology majors (ecology/botany/ocean science and zoology) as well as environmental science.

In addition, I have been teaching AP Biology in high school for three years (which includes ecology course work) and have taught AP Environmental Science for two academic years (which includes ecological topics.

I have also taught honors biology to freshmen and sophomore high school students and ecology is the first unit that we cover.

Genetics

I have been teaching biology since 2002 and part of the core curriculum and student learning objectives is understanding of both Mendelian and human genetics.

I routinely instruct students in both Mendelian and human genetics including mono-hybrid and di-hybrid crosses, discussion of autosomal dominant and recessive conditions as well as x-linked conditions.

I also have experience lecturing in molecular genetics and the role of DNA and RNA in transcription, translation as well as the different types of mutations (frame shift, deletion, insertion, base substitution) and the resulting genetic disorders.

Eastern Illinois University
Univ Colorado
Master's

Education

Eastern Illinois University

Univ Colorado (Master's)

Goes over and above on helping her students!! — Erica genuinely cares about helping her students succeed. She is by far the best tutor we have ever used. Her knowledge in the subject of biology is impressive. As a bonus, she is encouraging and enthusiastic. So grateful to have found such a wonderful person and tutor!! ...

— Sharon, Orange, CA on 11/4/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My hourly rate of 65 dollars applies to cancellations with less than 24 hours notice.

Travel policy

Erica will travel within 20 miles of Santa Ana, CA 92706.


About Erica

I am a college biology professor. I have a Masters Degree from University of Colorado in Biology as well as an undergraduate degree in Botany and Environmental Biology.

I have experience working in the environmental regulatory and consulting field for 14 years and I have been teaching college since 2002. I teach online as well as in a traditional classroom setting. My experience is varied - I teach a variety of courses at a variety of campuses and have worked with a diverse group of students including adult-learners, military personnel and traditional college and high school students.

I also have three years of experience teaching high school at a private Christian school. My high school experience involves teaching AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, Honors Biology and College Biology to students in grades 9-12. I have experience in AP test preparation and can administer official AP College Board practice tests in AP Biology and AP Environmental Science as well. This includes grading and reviewing results with students to ensure that the student fully benefits from the practice exam.

I have two children of my own and I am happily married. I enjoy working hard and feel that instilling confidence in a students' own abilities and helping students succeed in their academic endeavors is tremendously rewarding.

I am open to tutoring in alternate zip codes depending on the situation (i.e. the schedule and time of day/needs etc...).

I have passed a live scan Department of Justice background check as part of my employment process and volunteering and being a scout leader at our elementary school requires a background screen as well. I have a current background check for tutoring in this venue.

Initially, to ensure parent and student comfort I prefer to tutor in a quiet public place such as library or with a parent present (if at all possible). As a parent, I want other parents to be comfortable with the safety of their child.

If I feel that your tutoring needs could be better served by an alternate tutor I will be honest and communicate this. Additionally, depending on location and situation/tutoring needs I will consider lowering my fee. I do have a cancellation fee because my time is valuable and I believe it is important to communicate that if a student cancels at the last minute or does not show I will need to be compensated. Similarly, I value a student and parents' time and will extend the same courtesy if I am ill etc...

I welcome your questions and look forward to working with you and your child.

Testimonials

"Goes over and above on helping her students!!"

- Sharon, Orange, CA on 11/4/14
Erica replied on 11/5/2014

Sharon, thanks for your comment. Your daughter is a pleasure to work with and I have enjoyed seeing her begin to understand biology and feel more confident with the material.



"Great Tutor"

- Jaclyn, Irvine, CA on 11/11/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Julie, Long Beach, CA on 10/18/14

"Excellent, patient, knowledgeable biology tutor"

- Tom, Newport Beach, CA on 10/13/14

"Great tutor"

- Rebecca, Newport Beach, CA on 4/24/14

"Great tutor and a great student motivator"

- Shahi, Newport Coast, CA on 4/22/14

"Great teacher!"

- Raman, Chino Hills, CA on 3/10/14

"Passionate Science tutor, but can be too verbose "

- Cynthia, Irvine, CA on 2/10/14
Erica replied on 2/15/2014

Cynthia, thanks for your honest and kind review. As I said, I am sorry that the first few lessons were too long. I am glad you were able to express this to me and that we have been able to scale the lessons back to a length that worked better for your daughter.

I look forward to seeing her for our regular session this week.

"Perfect biology tutor"

- Spiro, Orange, CA on 2/9/14

Education

Eastern Illinois University
Univ Colorado
Master's

Education

Eastern Illinois University

Univ Colorado (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

My hourly rate of 65 dollars applies to cancellations with less than 24 hours notice.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Santa Ana, CA 92706

Erica’s Subjects

Homeschool:
Biology

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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