Meet our Tutors and Staff:
Glenn N. – Expert Tutor
Glenn has a Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford, a Bachleor’s in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and a Minor in Creative Writing. His experience spans work in semiconductor manufacturing to the research & development of new designs in the laboratory holding 2 engineering patent designs. He has taught at DeAnza Community college and is an active volunteer at The Crucible in Oakland. Glenn has always had a passion for math and science. Coming from a family of engineers and teachers his approach to tutoring stems from ensuring anyone can understand the basic principles. He is patient and understanding of the difficulties in wrapping ones head around a problem.
In his spare time, he likes to travel, hike and is an avid fan of board games and sci-fi/fantasy. He also is a beginning woodworker, a soccer fan and likes to reminisce about his college days in fencing. He is a dog person having 3 miniature dachshunds.
Jelena J. – Expert Tutor
Jelena earned her Bachelor of Arts from UC Santa Barbara in Global Studies. After working in the tech field for the past several years, Jelena is now working to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In the process of completing these classes, Jelena is usually the one organizing study groups and helping out fellow students. With this approach, she takes a collaborative initiative to tutoring to make sure each student is involved in the learning process and actively engaged to develop their confidence in study techniques in various subjects.
Throughout high school, Jelena participated in the Health and Bioscience Academy which developed her initial enthusiasm for the Math and Science fields. With this background, she is comfortable tutoring Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and Math in addition to French, English, Writing and History.
Jelena is an avid traveler and has had the opportunity to visit Montenegro, Denmark, Norway, Spain, France, Italy, England and Costa Rica to name a few. In her free time, she is an avid hiker and loves exploring the outdoors.
Olivia H. – Expert Tutor & College Admissions Specialist
Olivia has a Bachelor of Science in Physics with minors in Russian, art, and mathematics. Though she is originally from Colorado, she spent the past year living in Baku, Azerbaijan working as a Private Tutor and then traveling through Eastern Europe with her fiance before settling in San Francisco. She has spent many years tutoring students in both one-on-one and classroom settings.
As a Physicist, and an Artist, Olivia enjoys creative methods of teaching and encouraging students to think outside the box. She also is a natural leader, driven to help young women to pursue their goals in STEM fields. She has created science workshops and founded student organizations focused on exactly this.
In her free time, you will find her running/exploring the city, reading, painting, cooking, and bothering her fiance.
Shubhit N. – Expert Tutor
Shubhit is a graduate from U.C. Berkeley with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and minor in Theater. While in college, he continuously tutored his classmates and served as the Head Graduate Student Instructor. Shubhit believes that a passionate teacher can motivate his/her students to take genuine interest in their academics, which in turn improves their performance. Hence, as a tutor, he wants help students develop a strong understanding of what they are studying and become a confident test-taker. He is comfortable teaching math, physics, economics, finance, accounting and social studies.
Shubhit also has a deep interest in acting. He has performed in plays throughout the Bay Area and acted in several short-films. He likes watching movies and really admires Al Pacino. In his free time, he enjoys playing Cricket.
Bea F. – Expert Tutor
Bea has a Master’s Degree in Engineering for Development from the University of Southampton U.K. and holds two Bachelors in Civil Engineering, one of which she obtained from the University of Brighton U.K. and the other from l’Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France where she is originally from. She has worked in various places around the globe as a water engineer.
Bea has a passion for modeling and encouraging smart study strategies. She has tutored since high school, and has a strong passion for educating young minds. Bea specializes in the subjects of physics, chemistry, math and French. Additionally she can help you prepare for your French SAT subject test.
She has a passion for traveling, cultures, food and architecture. When she is not busy tutoring or working on her career development, she is busy food blogging.
Brian S. – Expert Tutor
Brian graduated from Sonoma State with a degree in Statistics. While at Sonoma State, he took courses such as Introduction and Intermediate Statistics, Probability Theory, Linear Regression and Experimental Design, Calculus 1-4, Statistical Consulting, and Macro/Microeconomics.
Brian been tutoring mathematics for years; first on campus part-time and now professionally full-time. Statistics is his specialty, but he is very equipped to tutor any mathematics his students require. Brian aspires to continue his education in the upcoming years, but for now he is enjoying the rewarding work of teaching mathematics. His love for teaching stems from an understanding that teachers have the ability to have an influence on the newer generation and lifelong positive influences for students. Nothing is more satisfying than knowing that you helped somebody achieve something challenging!
When Brian is not working, he enjoys spending time in the gym, watching sports, or being outside in nature.
Jenny K. – Expert Tutor
Jenny is a senior at Cornell University majoring in Biology (concentrating in Neurobiology) and minoring in East Asian Studies. She plans on attending a Masters program for Genetic Counseling after graduating next fall.
While at Cornell, she has been an AVID tutor, a pre-health mentor, and a teaching assistant for a genetics course. She is also an undergraduate research assistant in a Biophysics lab in the department of Molecular Medicine. With her background, she is most interested in tutoring in biology, chemistry, psychology, and statistics.
In her free time, Jenny loves to hike, run, listen to music, and watch movies (especially any Wes Anderson).
Tyler M. – Expert Tutor & College Admissions Specialist
Tyler has a B.S. in Physics and in Mathematics with a minor in Spanish from Colorado State University (CSU). He has been teaching in all of these subjects (plus some) for over seven years at all levels, and even spent six months teaching in Baku, Azerbaijan. He is able to learn and teach in all styles, making him an empathetic and flexible instructor.
Tyler is an adventurer. As an Eagle Scout, he has backpacked through the Rockies, waded rivers through the rain-forests of the pacific-northwest, and spent this past summer living out of a pack in Eastern Europe with his fiancée before settling in San Francisco.
His love of nature has extended to his academic career as well. Tyler spent 4 years as a research scientist for CSU and NREL, developing new materials and techniques for solar panels in his quest to save the world from fossil-fuels. He even owned a small company designing tools for solar manufacturers.
In his free time, Tyler likes to camp and hike, explore the city, read and write, cook, as well as play all different types of games.
Kristen K. – Expert Tutor
Kristen has a Masters degree in Inorganic Chemistry from San Francisco State University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a minor in mathematics. Her previous work at UCSF and the Veterans Medical Center SF focused on using new technologies to sequence gene mutations in HIV and cancer cells. Currently, Kristen is exploring a career as a high school teacher. She also volunteers her time with Breast Cancer Action, a non-profit organization that aims to reduce Breast Cancer through environmental activism. Kristen enjoys tutoring chemistry, physics, math, history and writing and looks forward to seeing her student’s faces light up when they understand a new concept.
In her spare time she knits, reads fantasy novels and spends time on her sailboat with her dog.
Alberto G. – Expert Tutor & College Admissions Specialist
Alberto studied Physics in Argentina and then came to the states and earned an MBA and a Ph.D. (Biophysics) from Purdue University in Indiana. After graduation, he has worked developing statistical models for the financial industry and the government sector. Alberto is passionate about teaching science (Physics, Chemistry, etc.), all levels of math (including Algebra, Calculus and Statistics) and foreign languages. In parallel to his business career, he has many years of tutoring and teaching experience at the high-school and at the college levels. Alberto is fluent in Spanish, German, Italian, French and Portuguese. Besides learning languages and keeping up with recent science developments, Alberto enjoys spending time in nature, jogging and hiking in the forest.
Courtney M. – Expert Tutor
Courtney holds a B.A. in French with a minor in Music and plans to continue on to become a teacher. She has years of experience tutoring students of all ages in a wide variety of subjects, including French, math, history, and English. She is passionate about teaching and traveling world, having also lived and taught in Canada and France. She believes that tutoring based on engagement, patience, and clarity helps boost students’ confidence and lead to their success.
When she is not teaching, Courtney loves to travel to new places, try new foods, and learn new instruments. She knows how to play six instruments and is currently working on her seventh.
Sonia K. – Expert Tutor
Sonia attended Boston University as Psychology major and French literature Minor. She began tutoring French and Arabic to college students on campus. After moving to the Bay Area, Sonia received a degree in Early childhood Development and completed two years of Spanish. She currently works part time at both Las Positas College Community Ed and Quarry Lane School.
A teacher and tutor for over eight years, Sonia has been creating lessons that engage all learners by applying a variety of teaching methods. In both her positions, she met with parents to keep them apprised of their child’s accomplishments and areas needing extra attention. Sonia is passionate about teaching and forge relationships with her students that help build a sense of confidence and competence.
In her spare time, Sonia loves to Zumba and listens to Pandora. If she’s not exploring her town, she’ll be visiting new countries and learning about their cultures. She also likes to spend time with her family and dog Lola.
Jenica W. – Expert Tutor
Jenica has a Masters’s Degree in Experimental Psychology from California State University, Fresno. With extensive experience with working as an after school teacher for three years for California Teach Fellows, where she assisted children in the Central Valley with developing learning strategies that helped them better reach classroom learning objectives. Additionally, Jenica worked with multiple school districts between the Central Valley and the Bay Area as a substitute teacher for K-12 classrooms for three years, among these districts are: Central Unified, Sanger Unified, and San Carlos Unified. She also had the pleasure to work as a Research Methods Lab Instructor for CSU Fresno for two years, where she taught applied statistical principals and psychometrics to undergraduates. Jenica enjoys assisting children on a variety of topics; such as, English, math, history, psychology, among other subjects. By identifying students learning patterns and current strategies to help guide the tutoring experience, Jenica helps students capitalize on their strengths while minimizing the appearance of their weaknesses. Jenica fosters a compassionate and well-structured learning environment, with allows a fluid and open exchange between her and the student.
In her spare time Jenica loves to walk trails around the Bay Area. She enjoys attending events within the community, like festivals, museums, art galleries that promotes unity and peace and eclectic knowledge. She loves eating exotic foods and yoga. Ultimately, Jenica enjoys socializing and experiencing life and is always up for a new adventure.
Naveed K. – Expert Tutor
Naveed has earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and Masters in Finance, which enables him to give a unique perspective to students on how Math and Science is used in Engineering and Business solutions. Naveed has years of experience tutoring all levels of students in general sciences, chemistry, physics and math. He has a deep passion for tutoring these subjects with an approach that is fundamental, basic and practical. Naveed makes concepts and methodologies very clear and assigns students to practice the concept. By developing an understanding of student needs, he tailors each tutoring program to achieve maximum benefit for the student.
Naveed is an avid sports fan both on and off the couch. When not watching cricket and baseball on TV, he spends his time golfing, playing basketball, running and hiking.
Marty L. – Expert Tutor
Marty graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics For Teaching and a Master’s in Education, and then went on to teach high school mathematics with Aspire Public Schools. Marty has loved teaching/tutoring since 6th grade when he was inspired by his teacher, who made learning feel valuable, engaging, and enjoyable. That experience set Marty on a trajectory to work in the education sector. In high school, Marty took AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Biology, AP American Literature, and AP English Literature, and he passed all those AP Exams. While attending UCLA, Marty participated in the California Teach program, which allowed him to regularly shadow teachers in their classrooms, and also tutored youth through the Chinatown Service Center. As a full-time math teacher, Marty loved working with students, finding ways to make difficult content accessible to them, seeing them achieve things that they didn’t know they could, and opening up their minds about the unbridled nature of mathematics as a profound and extensive art. He has now transitioned into tutoring so that he could have more time to spend with his family while continuing to be a thoughtful, devoted, and transformative educator of young people.
When not tutoring, Marty can be found studying religion, watching superhero movies, playing volleyball, or working on open (unsolved) math problems (like the Collatz Conjecture).
Henry H. – Expert Tutor
Henry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from UCLA. He once worked as a peer tutor at Oakland Technical High School, mentoring students in all 4 core subjects of English, math (Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, etc.), science, and history while tackling on a wide range of honors and AP level courses at the same time. He is also well-versed in the concepts frequently encountered in all levels of biology and chemistry. Henry has additional skills in the area of the interpretative and problem solving capability to help students tackle on Newtonian physics.
Henry has had the opportunity to take the following AP courses as a high school student: Biology, U.S. History, Calculus AB and BC, U.S. Government and Politics, English Literature and Composition, Physics C: Mechanics, Chemistry, and Statistics. Henry is enthusiastic about bringing his expertise to the table and is looking forward to tutoring young students once again in the previously mentioned core subjects as well as Spanish this time around. He seeks intuitive ways to grasp, understand, and retain knowledge of course concepts and will ensure that the student will be able to apply concepts with confidence.
During his free time, Henry partakes in photography, taking portrait, candid, and cityscape photos during occasional outings inside and outside of the Bay Area. He also partakes in various forms of tabletop games as a fun and immersive way to apply problem solving skills and to keep his mind at work.
Jennifer M. – Expert Tutor
Jennifer graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in History. She has tutored middle school and high school in a variety of subjects using the AVID system. She enjoys the challenge presented by figuring out the best way for each individual student to learn, and does her best to help them be inquisitive about all subjects so they can learn why things work as opposed to strict memorization.
Jennifer spends her free time playing violin and participating in a number of historical reenactments events to help teach people of all ages learn about history. She also enjoys sewing and a variety of dancing styles including ballroom and hula.
Matthew C. – Expert Tutor & College Admissions Specialist
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Matt earned his B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Davis in 2009. While there he received an award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his work in ecology, where he contributed to the study of microorganisms associated with intertidal isopods on the Eastern Pacific.
Matt became interested in tutoring in college while volunteering at his university’s tutorial center in order to help students struggling with often-rigorous math and science curriculum, and his passion for tutoring continued after graduation.
When not tutoring, Matt can often be found on the basketball court, soccer field, running, swimming or on his bicycle training for future triathlons. He is also an avid diver and spearfisherman, and his continuing interest in microbiology has recently steered him towards the art of brewing. When his legs hurt, sometimes he just sits down and plays the guitar, which he has been doing for over 12 years. He also never misses a Warriors game. Go dubs!
Nate B. – Expert Tutor
Nate has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting from the University of California, Santa Cruz. During his time at UCSC, he was active in the Economics Association, as well as was one of the founding members of the Gesher Group, an investing and consulting group that now serves over 30 businesses. He spent the latter half of his college years tutoring fellow college students in economics and math as well as children at Bay View Elementary School in Santa Cruz.
Nate has always enjoyed working with students of all ages to achieve their potential. He has lived his entire life in Pleasanton and volunteers within the community refereeing and coaching youth basketball. He is also a NASM certified personal trainer who has helped run several summer fitness camps for middle and high school athletes, as well as worked with many college athletes at UCSC. Nate thoroughly believes that physical fitness and activity is a fantastic way to improve mental well-being. We call Nate a “super tutor” because he can tutor just about anything, from math and science to history and English!
In his free time, Nate enjoys playing sports, riding bikes, lifting weights, and walking his dog Sammie.
Mallika R. – Expert Tutor & College Admissions Specialist
Mallika is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she privately tutored students and enjoyed it so much that she began with Pleasanton Tutoring right after college! She enjoys working one-on-one with students and personalizing teaching approaches to best fit each students’ needs. To her, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing students achieve their academic goals.
Mallika has worked in other industries including research/academia and tech startup operations, so she is familiar with quantifying progress and delivering results. Her favorite measure of success is seeing a student’s smile after acing a class or an exam!
She is a native of the Bay Area and enjoys exploring hikes and beaches, trying new coffee shops, traveling, and doing yoga in her spare time.
Molly S. – Expert Tutor
Molly studied at the Academy of Art University, in San Francisco. She obtained a BFA in illustration. During her studies, Molly honed her skills in creative writing, written communication, and essay building. Since graduation, Molly has worked in the field of children’s media.
Molly has developed assets for children’s books and educational board games. Additionally, Molly has a strong understanding of language arts, reading, and writing. She has a great deal of experience in passing on her knowledge to others. In her spare time, Molly enjoys creating illustrations, bike riding, hiking, and spending time with her dog.
Katrina M. – Expert Tutor
Katrina graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Science and a minor in chemistry. While in college, Katrina tutored college students with documented disabilities in a variety of subjects, including but not limited to, general chemistry, molecular biology, animal biology, genetics, organic chemistry, animal physiology, human anatomy and physiology, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, statistics, philosophy, sociology, and English. Katrina also has experience as an AVID tutor during her high school years.
Katrina now works in the biotech industry as a laboratory technician and contributes to the development of a liquid biopsy assay utilizing Next Generation DNA Sequencing.
While Katrina is not working, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and volunteering at the Oakland Zoo as an Animal Care, Conservation, and Research Volunteer. Katrina is also active at her church and serves as a leadership and academic mentor.
Geoffrey G. – Expert Tutor and College Admissions Specialist
Geoffrey is a native San Franciscan who earned his J.D. from U.C. Hastings after getting his B.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University. After passing the bar exam and beginning his legal career, Geoffrey quickly discovered that his passion lies more in the study of the law than in its day-to-day practice, and now plans to return to school to pursue a career in higher education.
Geoffrey has a wealth of experience teaching the SAT writing and reading sections to high-performing students. He also tutors students of all ages on English composition and grammar, U.S. and world history, U.S. government and economics, psychology, math, and the life sciences. Geoffrey believes that teaching students good study habits will pay dividends across all subject areas, and that every student is capable of excelling at any high school class, honors, AP, or otherwise, with the proper approach.
When he’s not working with students, Geoffrey can typically be found renovating the house he and his wife recently bought in Hayward. If she’s given him a day off, he will be on his computer, working on his latest novel manuscript, still hunting that elusive publishing deal.
Laura H. – Expert Tutor
Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in Human Development from UC Davis, with an emphasis in youth development and 15+ ECE units. She is currently enrolled in Stanford University’s Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate Program, offered through the Stanford Department of Management Science and Engineering. She has worked with private school and public school students in multiple subjects for 10+ years, often working with students for multiple years through elementary school transitions and graduation of high school. Laura’s main tutoring subjects are Elementary math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, History, Biology, Physical Science, English, Writing, Vocabulary, Phonics, Reading, Comprehension, Grammar, Spelling, Study Skills, Organizational Skills, Psychology, College Counseling, and PSAT/SAT/ACT preparations. Laura has additional experience in mentoring and counseling. Her experience includes working with gifted students and students struggling with special needs, difficulties, and/or disabilities. Laura enjoys working with students to build upon their strengths and improve areas of weakness. She strives to build confidence in her students where they see the rewards from their dedicated efforts. She believes in building student skill sets (both in academics and in life) and in preparing students for independent success.
Laura is also a record holding former NCAA student athlete and former semi-pro soccer player, playing with and against many known national team and Olympic players. Her favorite time is spent outdoors being active in sports, recreation, her community, design, the arts, and having fun with family, friends, and her beloved dog.
Kara V. – Expert Tutor
Kara graduated from Woodbury University with a Bachelors of Architecture degree. While at Woodbury she went through leadership training where Kara learned how to work as a team to achieve common goals, how to deal with large responsibilities, and how to balance work and academics – all while remaining a positive example to others. In addition, Kara has plenty of experience tutoring and is confident in helping student in subjects of math, science, history, English and writing.
Kara is currently working as an Architectural Designer for a local firm. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, sewing, gardening and traveling.
Mallory V. – Expert Tutor
Mallory earned her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from San Jose State University and plans to get a Master’s degree in English. Mallory is passionate about students learning in all subjects. Mallory received her teaching credential in both English and Social Studies from Brandman University. She has two years of experience tutoring and teaching middle school students in English, Language Arts, and World and American History. She taught 8th grade U.S. History this year in Alameda County.
In her spare time, Mallory enjoys taking ballet classes and reading everything she can get her hands on.
Robin T. – Expert Tutor
Robin has the gift of encouragement, and realized years ago that she could use this gift as a teacher, tutor and counselor. It is her greatest joy to work with children of all ages by guiding and encouraging them to achieve their goals in and out of school. She loves to learn and believes that all people have the intrinsic desire to learn, to strive to be the best they can possibly be, and it is her life’s goal to direct and educate students to see the value of life with the utmost of importance. Robin’s adventure for learning started 20 years ago, as a daycare provider learning strategic preschool learning skills from Sesame Street Training through KQED. Upon completing a B.A. in Communication, Robin set her sites on becoming a teacher; therefore she continued until she achieved her goal with a Credential to teach and a Master’s in Cross Cultural Education. While raising three sons, substituting in the Pleasanton Unified School District for nine years put her into contact with all grade levels.
Her greatest passion is to have fun learning and trying everything she can and pass this JOY on to others.
Eric G. – Expert Tutor
Eric graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts having earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Eric was a four- year varsity D1 basketball player for the College of the Holy Cross. Eric has many years of experience working with youth, and his strengths consist of math, statistics, biology, Spanish, physics, psychology, history, and reading/writing. Eric believes that practice and preparation are essential tools in learning and becoming a better, more confident student.
In his spare time, Eric enjoys exercising and playing basketball. He also enjoys helping coach his little brothers on their soccer team, and visiting Disneyland with his family.
Samantha R. – Expert Tutor and College Admissions Specialist
Samantha is a Bay Area native who truly enjoys learning and teaching others. She has worked with children as a counselor, nanny, after school teacher and tutor, and preschool teacher. Helping children learn and grow is her passion. In order to help teach others Samantha decided to study a variety of subjects in college. She has five AA degrees (yes, FIVE!) in Humanities, Language Arts, Social Science, Liberal Arts, and Early Childhood Development. She graduated from Las Positas College in 2012 with highest honors in all five areas. She also spent time taking a variety of science classes focusing on biology, math, and chemistry. Additionally, Samantha is an advocate for quality early childhood education, working the Alameda County Child Care Planning Council to help ensure that all children have access to high quality education from the start.
In her spare time Samantha enjoys reading (especially science fiction), practicing the martial art Krav Maga, and exploring downtown Livermore.
Ashely P. – Expert Tutor
Ashley earned a B.S. in Biology from California State University Stanislaus and plans to continue on to graduate school. In college she worked as a tutor and an interpreter. She has many years of experience tutoring elementary school students to undergraduate students from the United States and other countries. Ashley enjoys helping students achieve academic success and building their self-confidence in their studies. In her free time she enjoys salsa dancing with her husband and spending time with friends and family.
Jessica A. – Operations Manager & Educational Consultant
Jessica, our truly amazing operations manager, graduated from California State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She has volunteered with different organizations to help tutor students in a wide variety of subjects. She has years of experience with customer relations and is excellent at problem solving.
Jessica has been working with Pleasanton Tutoring for four years, often working behind-the-scenes on educational projects and tutor-client matching. She is a vital resource and a wealth of knowledge, and can help direct your student to a path of success. In her free time, Jessica enjoys swimming and hiking. She also enjoys spending time with her family and trying new restaurants.
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