I am a professional teacher who devotes most of her time to one-on-one and small group tutoring in Biology, Chemistry (both general and organic), and Biochemistry.
I have 16 years of experience teaching students of ranging abilities, enrichment classes, and standardized test preparation (SAT II, AP, NY regents, GRE subject tests). I have developed a system of one-on-one tutoring over Skype, so my classes are not limited to the residents of the Boston area.
I started my education at Russian State Medical University, Moscow and got my bachelor’s degree in Biology and Biochemistry from Brandeis University, Boston. I worked as a research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital and was a coauthor of three scientific papers published in international peer reviewed journals. After four years of research I became a teacher and taught 9th grade biology course at Milton Public School. In 2000 I started teaching 6-12 science courses at Maimonides High School. Since 2003 I served as a Science Department Chair at the school. Along with teaching, my responsibilities included development, implementation, and evaluation of grades 6-12 curriculum as well as guidance for the new teachers in setting the teaching standards. My AP Chemistry curriculum has been approved by the College Board in 2009.
For many years I have been supervising Middle and High School Science Fair. I introduced several integrated curriculum courses, such as Neuroscience, Environmental Science, and Art and Science. In collaboration with Boston Architectural college, my students started a project on the environmental efficiency of the Maimonides School building.
During my teaching career I have been teaching students at different levels, starting from an introductory and basic Chemistry and Biology courses to AP level courses. It is well recognized that my first hand knowledge of European education system and previous experience in experimental science allowed bringing new perspective to the courses. I maintain professional connections with the scientific community in both academia and industry, which allows for introducing students to the real science and the scientists. Improved academic standing and high tests scores of the students as well as lasting friendship with many of them show efficiency of these methods.
I holds Master of Education degree from UMass School of Education and Mass teaching licenses in Biology (grades 5-12) and Chemistry (grades 5-12). I am consulting a number of Boston area private and charter schools on the science curriculum development. I also facilitate “Scientist in the classroom” program sponsored by Vertex and Momenta Pharmaceutical.
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