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Rachel P.

Essex Junction, VT


Certified Science High School Teacher with a PhD in Neuroscience

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5.0 average from 37 ratings
Wonderful Tutor!
— Mitra, Burlington, VT on 9/15/14

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Messiah College
Uniformed Services University


Messiah College (Biology)

Uniformed Services University (PhD)

About Rachel

I have a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology, and in 2013 I finished my PhD program in Neuroscience. I am also certified to teach 7-12 grade science in the state of Vermont.
My desire for teaching developed from my many years tutoring students from elementary to graduate school. Working with students on a one-to-one basis is something that brings me a lot of fulfillment. Seeing the joy in their eyes when they finally grasp a concept is the ultimate reward and what made me decide to pursue a career as an educator.

Because each student is different, I take the time to get to know my students’ learning style so that I can adapt my tutoring to their needs. I enjoy the challenge of having to find different ways to explain the same concept to different students and work with the student, the parents, and teachers in order to help each student develop academically.

I can teach a variety of biology-related classes. I love science and I love to learn and I enjoy the challenge of having to come up with different explanations for the same concept until I can find one that makes sense to the student. I really enjoy helping students when they feel they are "stuck" and can't understand a topic they are studying. I also enjoy helping others organize their academic lives so that they can be more productive and less frustrated. I am very patient and work to adapt my explanations to the student's style and needs.

I have recently tutored students in the following classes:
EHS: Chemistry 100/200 and Biology 100/200
UVM: Chemistry and Biopsychology
Johnson State College: Intro to Chemistry

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my background, the subjects I teach, or if you would like to schedule a tutoring session. I look forward to hearing from you!

*** I also tutor small groups (2-4 people). In this case the rate is $25/person. This is a great option if you like to learn with your peers!***
I have a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology, and in 2013 I finished my PhD program in Neuroscience. I am also certified to teach 7-12 grade science Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Essex Junction, VT 05452
In-person lessons

"Wonderful Tutor!"

- Mitra, Burlington, VT on 9/15/14

"AP Bio Cell Process"

- Jeff, Williston, VT on 11/17/16

"Great tutor"

- Elizabeth, Essex Junction, VT on 12/16/14

"Very good explanations"

- Jeffrey, Johnson, VT on 10/27/14

"Review by my daughter- The best tutor"

- Laurie, Essex Junction, VT on 10/14/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Cameron, Burlington, VT on 10/10/14
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Out of all sciences, Biology is my first love. Biology is all around us, and I find it fascinating to be able to student and understand its many intricacies. While majoring in Biology in college, I was able to take and tutor a number of Biology related courses and have made my life long goal to learn as much as I can about its number of topics. As a teacher, I have had the pleasure of teaching Biology to a number of students and look forward to continue doing so.


My love for Chemistry developed from my interested in Biology. The two are so interconnected that I did not feel my knowledge would be complete without mastering both subjects. I took many Chemistry courses in both college and graduate school and have taught high school students in a classroom setting as well as tutoring students from high school to graduate level. I like to break down concepts and work with what the student already knows in order to reach understanding of more complex topics.


I took Genetics in college and have privately tutored high school and college student in the subject. I am also a certified science teacher and have taught genetics within the science curriculum. Finally, while working on my PhD, I had to use many genetic techniques which allows me to relate theory to real life applications.


I'm originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and grew up with the language. While in school (elementary, middle, and high), I have taken many grammar courses and feel very comfortable with the language.


I took the Biology Praxis on 10/16/13 and obtained a score of 183, receiving the Praxis award of excellence. I also took the General Praxis on 01/15/14 and obtained a score of 180.

Messiah College
Uniformed Services University


Messiah College (Biology)

Uniformed Services University (PhD)

Wonderful Tutor! — When I first approached Rachel I was skeptical about my abilities to learn the material in my chemistry class, but after only a couple of sessions with her I not only had more confidence in my learning capacities, but also felt that I could successfully manage the course. Rachel is patient, understanding, and encouraging. She prepares for each session beforehand and provides additional worksheets ...

— Mitra, Burlington, VT on 9/15/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rachel will travel within 25 miles of Essex Junction, VT 05452.