Our tutors are selected for their practical, hands-on knowledge and subject expertise. They use this knowledge to help students understand the subject's importance and application, a valuable skill for subject retention. Get to know your tutor below!
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Science, Math and Engineering Tutors
Don has a substantial teaching and academic background. Following his BS in Chemistry from Boston College, Don completed his MS in Electrical Engineering from Lowell, an MBS from San Jose State University, and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Michigan State University. He also holds a teaching credential (Massachusetts) in secondary education. As an educator, Don has taught across several college campuses, including classes in chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, circuit analysis, and math. Most recently, he served as chairman of the Math and Sciences Department at both St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School and Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School. He currently teaches introductory chemistry at Hartnell College in Salinas. In 2009, Don travelled to Tanzania to help build a school for children and was honored by the locals for his service (pictured). Don is available for private tutoring sessions throughout Monterey, Salinas, and Aptos.
Christy graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology with high honors. After working as an ecologist for three years, she moved to Davis to attend graduate school. While at Davis, she received a prestigious National Science Foundation fellowship. Her research focuses on the ecology of mudflat invertebrates. Christy has worked as a UC Davis biology teaching assistant and taught marine science outreach programs for elementary through high school students. She also works with statistics students and high school math students. Christy is currently finishing her PhD in Marine Ecology while living in beautiful Monterey.
English, Writing, and Social Science Tutors
Foreign Language Tutors
Maria was born and raised in San Juan, Argentina, graduating from the National University of San Juan with a professional degree in Architecture in 1987. She has experience in both public and private school environments, working with students in a one-on-one setting to improve their language skills in both Spanish and English. Her language fluency also allowed her to provide interpretation and translation services and was highly recognized in both Los Angeles and Denver, where she worked before moving to the Monterey Bay area. In her spare time, Maria enjoys hiking, cooking, and volunteering at schools.
Sue is a native Californian from Palo Alto, lived in France for 26 years and is bilingual / bi-cultural / bi-national. At UC Berkeley, she studied French, Italian and Latin, where she graduated with a BA in French Literature, with distinction in general scholarship. In France, she worked in a university library, pursued additional studies, worked as a computer programmer and technical writer, all while teaching English to bank, music, science and marketing professionals (Lancôme, L'Oréal). For the past 15 years, she has been teaching both French and English to children and adults of all ages and abilities, providing life-skills training to the lesser-able, guiding parents of special needs children and leading a non-profit organization to enable special needs children with a quality education in France. She has also advised French students in their search for, and application process to, American universities. Sue loves teaching, learning, being a mother, socializing and international exchange of ideas. And as all good French people, she loves eating and talking about food.
Hiroko works with students learning Japanese as a second language. As a native of Japan who has lived in the US for almost half her life, Hiroko is not only able to help students pick up Japanese, but she can also teach cultural nuances for students planing on traveling or living abroad. With academic experience with younger students as well as adults, Hiroko is also able to work with young children learning Japanese. She is based in Carmel.