Meet our Tutors and Staff
Patricia F. – Expert Tutor
Patricia has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience (Hons.) from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, a Master’s degree in Biochemistry, University of Hannover, Germany and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (Hons.) from the University of Messina, Italy. As a scientist, she has worked around the world in both academic and pharmaceutical positions where she greatly enjoyed mentoring high school, undergraduate, graduate students and research associates.
Patricia enjoys working with students very much, she has a positive attitude and a passion to assist and motivate struggling learners. She finds, from her own experience, that people learn things differently and at different paces; when students struggle with a subject, it’s usually because their learning style conflicts with the style or pace with which it is being taught. Tutoring one on one gives the opportunity to learn at the student’s optimal pace.
In her free time, Patricia enjoys traveling, playing tennis, swimming, playing piano and taking long walks with her dogs.
Glenn N. – Expert Tutor & College Admission Specialist
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.
Hannah N. – Expert Tutor & College Admission Specialist
Hannah earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and French from the University of Oklahoma, where she was the president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and participated in several tutoring and mentoring programs. After graduating magna cum laude, she spent a year in a small town in France working with young children on their English language skills. When it comes to helping students succeed, she believes that a positive attitude is key to building confidence and achieving academic goals. Her specialties include French, language arts skills, general science, psychology, reading comprehension, and history. She is also a National Merit Scholar and thus would be more than happy to work with your student on the PSAT or SAT.
In her free time, Hannah is passionate about traveling all over the world and experiencing as many different cultures as she possibly can. Closer to home, she also enjoys visiting Disneyland and collecting as many Star Wars t-shirts as she can fit in her suitcase.
Aaron R. – Expert Tutor
Aaron holds a BA in Political Science from San Francisco State University, a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Teaching at the University of Southern California. Aaron’s professional experience includes legal clerkships in environmental and employment law, a congressional internship with a sitting United States Senator, and teaching at the primary and secondary grade levels. Aaron enjoys teaching the subjects of AP Us and world history, writing, AP psychology, reading comprehension, geography, social science, and reading.
In his free time, Aaron enjoys reading and writing, attending live music shows, playing the tenor saxophone and rooting for the San Francisco 49ers.
Afsana M. – Expert Tutor
Afsana has Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and is currently working toward her MBA. While completing her undergraduate coursework, she spent many years tutoring her colleagues and found great fulfillment helping them learn and grow as students. Additionally, Afsana has over 9 years of experience tutoring students from elementary through high school in biology, geometry, history, psychology, zoology, and botany. She enjoys tutoring and seeing her students succeed in the classroom. Afsana believes that every student can be successful once they have established good study skills – something she incorporates in her tutoring.
During her free time, Afsana loves traveling to new places, reading new books, hiking, and photographing nature.
Lakshmi R. – Expert Tutor & College Admissions Specialist
Lakshmi has a Master’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering with specialization in Embedded Systems and VLSI Design. She has vast experience in teaching undergraduate engineering students. Lakshmi has strong analytical and problem solving skills and she understands students’ learning styles and adopts appropriate teaching methodologies to bring out the best in each student. Lakshmi has helped students build a strong foundation skills in STEM subjects, thus contributing to their success in regular and AP courses in high school and consistent “A” grades through college. In addition to fostering mastery of course content, Lakshmi strongly believes that success at school and beyond is based on strategy, time management, and self-confidence. Her passion, patience and creative skill-set will drive her students to succeed.
Kory M. – Expert Tutor
Kory earned a Bachelor of Science (with honors) from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where he double majored in Bioinformatics and Mathematics and minored in Computer Science. During his time at Pacific, he tutored students from local high schools in mathematics and participated in multiple research projects; presenting his work at national conferences. Kory has a passion for Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science and loves helping students develop the foundational skills required to excel in STEM. He is patient and understanding and looks to connect with students and learn which study methods work best fit them.
Kory grew up in Pleasanton playing baseball which he continued at the high school and collegiate level. Now, he is an avid sports fan who loves the A’s and Warriors. He also enjoys traveling with his girlfriend, being in nature, playing video games, bowling, and spending time with family.
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.
Winnie Y. – Expert Tutor
Winnie earned her bachelor’s degree in clinical nutrition from UC Davis. During her time there, she also pursued a minor in education and worked with middle school and high school students in science classrooms. Winnie has also spent several summers working as a teacher’s assistant at a summer enrichment camp, where she tutored students one-on-one and in small groups in a 2nd/3rd grade combination class as well as in a middle school algebra class. She also served as a substitute teacher for a 5th grade class and has experience in developing lesson plans and teaching English language arts and math to large groups of students. Winnie has always enjoyed tutoring and believes that positive reinforcement can go a long way in helping students succeed.
In her free time, Winnie loves to try out new restaurants and write Yelp reviews, go out for a jog, and spend time with her pet chicken.
Jessica K. – Expert Tutor & College Admission Specialist
Jessica recently submitted her Ph.D. dissertation in Bioarchaeology and Egyptology at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a M.A. in Osteology from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. In addition to conducting extensive fieldwork as a bioarchaeologist in Egypt, US and Scandinavia, she also specializes in site survey and Geographical Information Systems. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, where she has taught classes in Archaeology, Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Middle Eastern Studies and Reading and Composition. She believes students learn best when they are directly involved and invested in the discovery of their own knowledge through inquiry-based learning. Jessica enjoys tutoring history, reading and writing, psychology, biology, anatomy and physiology, mathematics and statistics. In her free time, Jessica likes traveling, scuba-diving, cooking, and spending time with family.
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.
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.
Ebenezer N. – Expert Tutor & College Admission Specialist
Ebenezer is an MIT alum who earned his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and as a result he is well versed with STEM courses. Motivated by the impact of others in his life, he tutors to enable others develop an interest in science related courses.
It is easier for the human brain to learn new information if it relates to already known information. As such, a striking aspect in Ebenezer’s tutoring technique is to create as many connects as possible to already known material. Hence, creating links to daily activities and subjects like math, chemistry, physics and biology. Ebenezer is incredibly positive and inspirational – your student can’t help but have fun while learning!
When not working, Ebenezer enjoys his hobbies that span photography, cookery, theater arts, medical technologies, chats and movies.
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.
Anne D. – Expert Tutor & College Admission Specialist
Anne earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UCLA. As a pre-health student, she took multiple math and science classes (e.g., General Biology, Zoology, Botany, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry). Anne’s passion for teaching children started when she was in the Philippines. In high school, she volunteered as a tutor to impoverished Filipino elementary students. She carried on this passion to the U.S. where she tutored Las Positas College students on Chemistry concepts. At UCLA, she worked as a teacher assistant at the Early Care and Education Krieger Center. She also volunteered as a UniCamp counselor in which she helped provide a unique outdoor camping experience for at-risk and underserved children by fundraising $500 and leading camp activities. Anne loves tutoring all levels of chemistry & biology, AP psychology, mathematics, writing, ESL and English.
During her spare time, Anne loves volunteering, traveling, hiking, trying different cuisines, taking hip-hop dance lessons, creating Spotify playlists, binge-watching Korean drama or Netflix series, and learning new languages.
Morgan D. – Expert Tutor
Morgan graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in English. Through her major, Morgan has gained experience working in different subjects such as math, history and science due to her university encouraging outside volunteer work in different schools around the Azusa community. In high school, she was a part of AVID and in her later years she became an AVID tutor. She has also gone abroad to Mongolia where she taught students the English language, and also to India where she taught teachers how to approach teaching their students and spent time running summer camps for children.
Through her experiences, Morgan has worked with students at different stages of learning, growth and development which has helped her to understand not every student is the same and each one has a unique way of learning. Her favorite things about her interactions with students are the “aha!” moments when they finally understand what they had been struggling with and seeing students reach their potential. Morgan especially loves tutoring English, writing, history, Spanish, psychology, mathematics, science and biology.
When she is not tutoring, Morgan also enjoys reading, watching T.V., making pottery and spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer M. – Expert Tutor
Jennifer graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelors degree in Modern European History, but her second love has always been mathematics which she studies to the upper division level. She has tutored students in a variety of subjects using the AVID system for many years, although for the past few years she has specialized in tutoring Math at the Middle School and High School levels. 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 (which is a regular challenge to her geometry skills and patience), and a variety of dancing styles including ballroom and hula.
James H. – Expert Tutor
James graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, but has always had a love for studying history. He is currently doing studies of his own in preparation of the Engineering in Training Exam (EIT) as well as the LEED exam. James has always helped his fellow peers with questions about historical events, helped students with mathematics, and have taught students of the AV Robotics club with electronics and mechanics. He enjoys helping people with any problems they may have and enjoys figuring out the best way to solve problems.
James spends his free time studying for his engineering certifications, reviewing movies, and looking up important moments in history. You can’t really understand the current events without understanding the causes that led up to them. Other times he is exercising and practicing carpentry. A hobby of his is designing things from reclaimed materials.
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!
Viji M. – Expert Tutor & College Admission Specialist
Viji has a Master’s degree in Physics and also holds a Bachelor Degree in Education, and she has lots of experiencing teaching Physics and Chemistry for middle school and high school students. Viji actively seek ways to improve students’ learning by keeping their mind open to and by experimenting with ideas, approaches and techniques. She currently works as a substitute at Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. Viji has a Single Subject Teaching Credential for Physics from California and loves to teach Physics, Math and English.
In her free time she loves to cook new recipes, watch movies, loves to drive to exotic places around Bay Area, and spend time with family and friends. Viji also frequents the library and loves reading books.
Josh G. – Expert Tutor
Josh is in his third year of study for a degree in Biological Sciences with a teaching emphasis. He has always had a love for the sciences, especially Biology and Chemistry, and looks forward to inspiring other students. He also enjoys tutoring mathematics, zoology, psychology, anatomy and physiology, and history. Josh has years of experience teaching students of all ages, and has a great ability to keep kids focused while learning difficult concepts. He looks forward to meeting with your students and helping them achieve their academic goals!
When not tutoring, Josh enjoys music, swimming, volunteering for seniors, drawing and creating art.
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.
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.
Mitchell G. – Expert Tutor
Mitchell graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Biology. While at university, Mitchell worked for two years as a Resident Assistant, with a firm belief that hands on work and honesty is the best way to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. He also interned in two labs, one at UCSC working on invertebrates from Cameroon, and the other at UCLA studying the behavior and neural networks of fruit flies. He also volunteered at Santa Cruz High School as a teacher’s aide in 9th and 10th grade Chemistry and Biology classrooms.
Originally hailing from Los Angeles, Mitchell has personally attended over 20 schools in both California and British Columbia and Ontario, Canada, so he believes in approaching students with an open mind and heart, having first hand experience with the diversity of individual students’ learning styles. Mitchell enjoys tutoring STEM subjects, including Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Science, as well as history and French.
On his off days, he enjoys hiking, practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, rock climbing, writing poetry, playing video games, and sleeping in.
Kristen K. – Expert Tutor & College Admissions Specialist
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. She also volunteers her time with Breast Cancer Action, a non-profit organization that aims to reduce Breast Cancer through environmental activism.
In her spare time she knits, reads fantasy novels and spends time on her sailboat with her dog.
Alex G. – Expert Tutor
Alex has a BS in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from UC Riverside, and both a Masters and Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University. At Brown he participated in Experimental Particle Physics research conducted at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. As a graduate student, Alex lead Physics Lab courses of ~20 undergraduate students, was available for office hours, and provided one-on-one tutoring in Math and Physics. He has a passion for understanding and describing, through the language of Mathematics, Physical laws and interactions and enjoys sharing that with others. As a result, his expertise lies in teaching Math and Physics at all levels, as well as some Chemistry. Additionally, through conducting physics experiments at the highest levels, Alex has obtained substantial knowledge in Computer Science and Programming.
When not tutoring you can likely find Alex practicing guitar, playing board games, or planning his next big international thru-hike.
Kelsey B. – Expert Tutor
Kelsey earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and minored in English and Business at Texas A&M University, where she also held elected positions in Alpha Phi Omega, a service organization on campus. As a credentialed teacher, Kelsey taught History for several years in Houston, Texas. She is passionate about making U.S. and world history enjoyable to learn, and loves also teaching English and reading. Kelsey also enjoys tutoring mathematics, science, geography, and ESL. She enjoys crafting engaging lessons that incorporate different learning styles for the benefit of all students.
A native Texan, Kelsey enjoys exploring the Bay Area with her fiancé and dog. In her spare time, she loves going on walks with her dog Olive, reading historical books, and experimenting with new recipes at home.
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.
Emma S. – Expert Tutor
At a young age, Emma fell in love with French and the Francophone culture. Taking French classes in high school, she went on to get her Bachelors in French and International Relations from the University of the Pacific. She studied abroad in France and Morocco while in school. She spent a year teaching English in Casablanca after graduation and also picked up Arabic while there. Her current venture is working with a company contracted by Facebook to help employees relocate to FB offices around the world. Outside of work, Emma loves to tutor all levels of French and looks forward to inspiring your student on the French language and culture.
When she’s not working, she loves traveling to new places, playing tennis and attempting to crochet.
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.
Rohit R. – Expert Tutor & College Admission Specialist
Rohit has a master’s degree in economics from Boston University, and a bachelor’s in economics and history from UC Davis. While in college, Rohit wrote for the student newspaper, the California Aggie, and took notes on trials at the local courthouse. His strengths are math, English, writing, statistics, history, and economics. With experience tutoring students at all levels, he is dedicated to helping students succeed by giving them the tools to tackle problems on their own. Rohit especially enjoys tutoring economics, AP history, Spanish 1/2, general science, writing, and all levels of mathematics.
A Bay Area native, Rohit enjoys writing in his free time, and is currently working on a novel. He is also an avid reader, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
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.
Helory K. – Expert Tutor
Helory is currently a seasoned college student studying to become a registered dietitian, which involves a cross-disciplinary study of mathematics, science and writing. She love to tutor Biology (including AP), Chemistry (including AP), English (including AP), essay writing, grammar, History, Anatomy, Spanish levels 1-3, and Math up to Algebra 1. She has years of experience tutoring middle school students for all subjects, including math, history, writing, reading comprehension, science and Spanish. She aspires to teach students of all ages, especially high school to share her knowledge of life sciences and English. Her goal is to help students gain a better understanding and insight on a subject at a deeper level. This will help them build their knowledge with a strong basis. She looks forward to meeting all of you!
In her time, Helory loves to do gymnastics and dance. She also enjoys baking and trying new restaurants.
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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