Over 600 tutoring hours

Christina C.

Santa Clara, CA


Award-Winning, Credentialed Teacher w/ degrees from MIT, Tufts and USC

Replies in 5 hours
Background check passed as of 5/10/13
5.0 Avg. Rating
474 Ratings
5hrs Response Time
Excellent tutor for my son needing help in Language Arts!
— Camp, Belvedere Tiburon, CA on 7/7/15

Message Christina

Send Christina a message explaining your needs and you will receive a response by email. Have you already emailed Christina or another tutor? If so, you have an account! Sign in now

 This tutor hasn’t set his or her schedule.
Please enter the tutor's email address.
Please enter the student's email address.
Please describe how you heard about us.
I have read and agree to the terms of use. *

Receive responses from additional tutors

If you select this option, WyzAnt will ask interested tutors to contact you by email if they are able to help. A maximum of five different tutors will email you and none of your personal information, including your email address, will be released.

Chemical Engineering


MIT (Chemical Engineering)

Bennington (Master's)


About Christina

I am a career student who has a love for both learning and teaching. I have four degrees: a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT, a M.Ed. from Tufts, a MFA in Writing from Bennington, and an Ed.D. from USC... I collect degrees because it's fun, invigorating, and I'm perpetually curious about how things work. My husband always jokes that next I should get a degree in law (something I might eventually take him up on).

I have taught in urban schools in Boston and Omaha as well as the suburban (and kind of famous) Arcadia High School in the LA area. I have won teaching awards, if you care, but more importantly, I love teaching. I loved making chemistry, science, writing, anything I was teaching relevant. I loved doing demos and having crazy analogies about how Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are a great example of a single replacement reaction.

I have students I still keep in touch with who are married, who are in graduate school, who are at all sorts of different stages of their lives.

When I got married and had a child of my own, I transitioned into private industry and worked briefly as the Director of Data and Research at an education technology company. It was more lucrative financially, but less emotionally satisfying.

Now that I have two small children at home, they take up a lot of my time and energy... yet I find that I miss teaching. I still work as a grant writer, evaluator, and researcher on a consulting basis for a variety of education companies and school districts. However, I am looking to add some tutoring to my days and weekends. It will be nice to earn some money, but more importantly, I miss that aspect of my life.

I am looking to build longer term relationships with a few students. I am most comfortable as a Chemistry or English tutor, though I have also taught algebra and physics, tutored SAT/ACT/GRE and I have performed extensive college application editing for many of my students and friends (for graduate and undergraduate applications).
I am a career student who has a love for both learning and teaching. I have four degrees: a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT, a M.Ed. from Tufts, a MFA in Writing from Bennington, and an Ed.D. from Read more

8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Santa Clara, CA 95051
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent tutor for my son needing help in Language Arts!"

- Camp, Belvedere Tiburon, CA on 7/7/15

"Engaging and patient tutor"

- Jeremiah, Santa Clara, CA on 7/23/15

"Patient and kind..."

- Marianne, San Jose, CA on 3/5/15

"Excellent at providing College Application Essay Guidance"

- VK, Los Altos, CA on 1/1/15

"Great Tutor! "

- Andrew, Pleasanton, CA on 12/6/14

"Smart, patient, and efficient teaching style with very sound materials"

- Jenny, San Jose, CA on 12/2/14

"Patient, dedicated and fun tutor"

- Melanie, San Jose, CA on 10/23/14

"Very patient and motivating tutor"

- Joyce, San Jose, CA on 3/7/14

"Excellent tutor"

- Aida, Saratoga, CA on 2/18/14

"Excellent counseling and highly recommended."

- Shirley, Santa Clara, CA on 2/8/14

"Absolutely The Best Tutor!!!"

- Jeanne, Los Altos, CA on 1/16/14

"Couldn't have asked for a better tutor!"

- Juyun, Cupertino, CA on 12/22/13

"A truly motivated tutor."

- Sarah, Saratoga, CA on 12/8/13

"Fantastic tutor."

- Lauren, Los Angeles, CA on 11/28/13

"Highly recommended!"

- Hiromi, San Jose, CA on 9/28/13

"Great Teacher - Fun, enjoyable and enriching!"

- Suki, Saratoga, CA on 5/11/13

"Great teacher who has a technique to make students understand"

- Naho, Mountain View, CA on 5/10/13

"Awesome Chemistry Tutor - very patient"

- Pete, Santa Clara, CA on 2/18/13
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English, ESL/ESOL, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Chemistry, Sociology
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Algebra 1, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, Career Development,
College Counseling,
GRE, SAT Math, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Career Development,
College Counseling,
ESL/ESOL, Proofreading, Public Speaking

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.

Career Development

As a lifelong student who has switched careers multiple times, I feel I am uniquely qualified to advise in a variety of careers and fields. I have worked as a researcher, an engineer, a manager, a teacher and a director of data and research.


I am a fluent Mandarin speaker -- I have an elementary level education from Taiwan, and am comfortable tutoring basic Chinese (Mandarin) speaking and/or elementary reading skills.

College Counseling

As an experienced high school teacher, I have counseled my students on the college application and decision process. I have edited and counseled many of them as they made the transition to graduate school, and have intimate knowledge and experience of the entire process having received degrees from four different institutions (MIT, Tufts, Bennington and USC).

Public Speaking

I have experience as a competitive high school speech and debate team member, as an educational leader, and also in a professional capacity. I am able to give public speaking coaching and tips for all age ranges, high school and up.


I have coached and edited many personal statements and essays at high school, undergraduate and graduated levels.

Chemical Engineering


MIT (Chemical Engineering)

Bennington (Master's)


Excellent tutor for my son needing help in Language Arts! — A great start with Christina. She is organized, "on-it" and will no doubt challenge my son to get him to the next level in Language Arts. It's only been one lesson so far but I'm very impressed with her approach! ...

— Camp, Belvedere Tiburon, CA on 7/7/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $90.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Christina will travel within 5 miles of Santa Clara, CA 95051.

Background Check Status for Christina C.

Christina C. passed a background check on 5/10/13. The check was ordered by another user through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

After sending a message to Christina, you will be able to order a new background check for $7.99. As part of your tutor selection process, we encourage you to run updated background checks. Please also review the safety tips for hiring tutors.