I have been a full time High School science teacher since 2009. Currently, I am teaching two CP and one Honor Chemistry in Dorchester Academy, one of Boston Public School District high school. In addition, I also teach a class of elective; Advance Topics in Science: Chemistry of Food and Medicine. Prior, I have taught AP and Honor Chemistry, IB Science, CP Chemistry, Physics and CP Biology in districts with diverse student body. Currently I hold licenses to teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics (8-12) in Massachusetts. Trained academically for many years, I will be able to help students in many areas including, but not limited to, sciences, math and most high school subjects, SAT, SAT2, ACT, and test prep like, GRE, MCAT, ISEE etc ...
I am a native of Hong Kong from where I have earned my B.Sc. (major in Chemistry and minor in Marketing) and M.Phil. degree in Organometallic Chemistry at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before I came to US in the late 80's. I earned my PhD degree from the Physical Science Division of the University of Chicago on 1993, working with highly-strained, cage-shaped, non-natural products, specifically the cubane and cubylcarbinyl systems. I determined the fastest rearrangement rate of any aliphatic hydrocarbon radical at the time. My graduate research there also involved the attempted alternative route for the synthesis of pentaprismane and mechanistic study of an novel ring system. Afterwards, I did postdoctoral research in area of antisense/antigene drug design at University of California Santa Barbara and later at Boston University working on design, synthesis and photonic study of novel designer dyes for industrial and military applications. Over those years in academia, I have equipped myself with knowledge of a wide range of sciences, math disciplines and skills, which I find extremely useful for my tutoring students.
I also tutor beginner Chinese and work well with ESL/ELL/ESOL students. I am fluent in written and classic Chinese and speak both Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.
Prior to teaching high school science, I have worked as the FIRST Asian mayoral appointee in Quincy, MA, a city with the influx of Asian immigrants during last few decades. While there, I have had many opportunities of informal teaching with the Asian/immigrant populations; Sunday Schools, classes for older learners, First Time Home Buyer Class, Civic and Citizenship classes, Government System and Democracy in US, Computer and ESL classes...etc. This allowed me to understand the unique needs of these newer Americans, their families, and their school aged students so that I can be helpful for them in their daily lives and schooling in order for them to be successful in US.
My other experience includes serving as Director on the Board of Directors of the South Shore Elder Services, Inc in Braintree, MA for over four years. I served on various committee; Executive, Finance, Public Relation, Program Development... etc. and have gained a full understanding of the operation of a non-profit, government-funded, thirteen million dollars, ASAP (Aging Services Access Point) elder service company in Massachusetts.
For more than ten months, I acted as the Director for the Rhode Island Association of Chinese American in Pawtucket, RI, planning services, recruiting and motivating volunteers, carrying out center operation, organizing community festival, teaching ESL classes and writing grant applications... etc.
I also worked briefly at the Massachusetts State Police, Forensic Services as a civilian employee, in the CODIS DNA division for six months, understanding the CODIS system, STR operation to develop the CODIS profiles from the mandated individuals per MGL chapter 22E, security and privacy protocol, LIMS, DNA collections and other policing tools for civilian employee.
As an IT consultant for many years and my strong interest in IT and computer science, I enjoy learning and mastering a wide range of subject and its associated knowledge. I understand the PC, its composition and functions, as well as its implications to society and humanity.
I am also an active holder of a Massachusetts Real Estate Salesperson license. Although I am not actively practicing residential and commercial sales and rental, I do keep up with market and housing trends.
Last but not the least, I have been serving as Massachusetts Notary Public for many years serving many populations, especially those with limited English ability.
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