#Rockstar Tutors

Classroom Matters’ tutors are indeed the “Best of the Bay!” We hire experienced and proven tutors from top universities in the United States and abroad. In addition to a thorough background check, we provide intensive and ongoing training in our philosophy and approach to learning. Our tutors are dedicated professionals who are passionate about working with and supporting young people. Every Classroom Matters staff member receives ongoing training on how to support students with learning differences and cultivate executive functioning skills.

 
  Amanda Burke | Berkeley, CA Senior Tutor   A south Sacramento native, Amanda is a graduate of UC Berkeley, with majors in Art and American Studies and a focus on Race, Culture and Identity in Urban Schools. She has taught art at various elementary schools in the East Bay, worked as an illustrator for the Daily Californian, and co-taught a children’s literature writing and illustration class. Amanda is grateful to have worked with local programs that prioritize under-served youth, social justice, and community involvement.  Amanda strives to be a compassionate ally to her students. She seeks to help her students uncover opportunities for critical thinking and unconventional learning in everyday life. As an educator, she acts as a facilitator, engaging student interests and providing the support they need to become empowered, active learners. In her spare time, Amanda likes to scavenge for and re-purpose street finds, get lost in new video game worlds, read children’s literature, cook cheap and delicious food, explore the Bay via walking and public transit, and of course, make art.   Amanda is Co-Director of the CM Afterschool program, Director of CM Kids' Choice Summer Camp, and tutors K-8 reading and writing, as well as AP English, AP US history, AP world history, and executive functioning.

Amanda Burke | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

A south Sacramento native, Amanda is a graduate of UC Berkeley, with majors in Art and American Studies and a focus on Race, Culture and Identity in Urban Schools. She has taught art at various elementary schools in the East Bay, worked as an illustrator for the Daily Californian, and co-taught a children’s literature writing and illustration class. Amanda is grateful to have worked with local programs that prioritize under-served youth, social justice, and community involvement.

Amanda strives to be a compassionate ally to her students. She seeks to help her students uncover opportunities for critical thinking and unconventional learning in everyday life. As an educator, she acts as a facilitator, engaging student interests and providing the support they need to become empowered, active learners. In her spare time, Amanda likes to scavenge for and re-purpose street finds, get lost in new video game worlds, read children’s literature, cook cheap and delicious food, explore the Bay via walking and public transit, and of course, make art.

Amanda is Co-Director of the CM Afterschool program, Director of CM Kids' Choice Summer Camp, and tutors K-8 reading and writing, as well as AP English, AP US history, AP world history, and executive functioning.

  Arsh Haque | Sausalito, CA    Arsh graduated from Sciences Po, in Paris, France, with a Master in Public Policy, and from the University of Louisville with a B.A. in Political Science. Throughout and after his education, he taught what he learned to others. As a university tutor, he provided small group instruction in elementary physics and nursing chemistry. In this role, he received international tutor training certification, conducted pedagogy research on critical thinking, and trained other tutors. As an entrepreneur, he has founded three education companies: one that facilitated digital language and culture exchange, one that taught hand hygiene protocols to health professionals in India, and one that developed VR education experiences. As a curriculum developer, Arsh has created nationally-recognized summer workshops on constitutional law and university-level content related to economics, statistics, entrepreneurship, and the liberal arts. From this diverse set of experiences, Arsh tailors instruction to the individual learner and brings in multidisciplinary, real-world context.   Arsh tutors all levels of math and science, SAT/ACT test prep, and humanities.

Arsh Haque | Sausalito, CA

Arsh graduated from Sciences Po, in Paris, France, with a Master in Public Policy, and from the University of Louisville with a B.A. in Political Science. Throughout and after his education, he taught what he learned to others. As a university tutor, he provided small group instruction in elementary physics and nursing chemistry. In this role, he received international tutor training certification, conducted pedagogy research on critical thinking, and trained other tutors. As an entrepreneur, he has founded three education companies: one that facilitated digital language and culture exchange, one that taught hand hygiene protocols to health professionals in India, and one that developed VR education experiences. As a curriculum developer, Arsh has created nationally-recognized summer workshops on constitutional law and university-level content related to economics, statistics, entrepreneurship, and the liberal arts. From this diverse set of experiences, Arsh tailors instruction to the individual learner and brings in multidisciplinary, real-world context.

Arsh tutors all levels of math and science, SAT/ACT test prep, and humanities.

  Bethy Qin | Berkeley, CA   Bethy is in her first year at UC Berkeley, pursuing a BA degree in Operations Research and Management Science. She was born in Hangzhou, China, and moved to Los Angeles in 2013 with her parents. As the only family member who could speak English, Bethy was responsible for translating everything, all the time, for her whole family – and still managed to get all of her own schoolwork done! In her spare time, Bethy tutored elementary and middle school students in math and Chinese to contribute to her family’s household income. As such, Bethy fell in love with tutoring and expanded to working with high school students. As a tutor, Bethy is passionate about helping students with organization and time management, and loves boosting academic confidence so her students can achieve any goal set for themselves.   Bethy tutors reading, writing, math, Mandarin, and executive functioning.

Bethy Qin | Berkeley, CA

Bethy is in her first year at UC Berkeley, pursuing a BA degree in Operations Research and Management Science. She was born in Hangzhou, China, and moved to Los Angeles in 2013 with her parents. As the only family member who could speak English, Bethy was responsible for translating everything, all the time, for her whole family – and still managed to get all of her own schoolwork done! In her spare time, Bethy tutored elementary and middle school students in math and Chinese to contribute to her family’s household income. As such, Bethy fell in love with tutoring and expanded to working with high school students. As a tutor, Bethy is passionate about helping students with organization and time management, and loves boosting academic confidence so her students can achieve any goal set for themselves.

Bethy tutors reading, writing, math, Mandarin, and executive functioning.

  Chara Prescott | Berkeley, CA   Senior Tutor   Chara recently moved back to the East Bay from the Sacramento area and is pleased to once again call Berkeley home. Chara lived in a few different places before settling in the Bay Area, including Arkansas, North Carolina, Illinois, and Texas. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and can speak conversational French. Her passions include cooking/catering, live music, hanging out with her family, and especially working with children. Chara is always excited to take on new challenges and is constantly amazed by her three incredible children.   Chara teaches in the CM Afterschool Program and is a Spanish instructor for our Language Enrichment Program.

Chara Prescott | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

Chara recently moved back to the East Bay from the Sacramento area and is pleased to once again call Berkeley home. Chara lived in a few different places before settling in the Bay Area, including Arkansas, North Carolina, Illinois, and Texas. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and can speak conversational French. Her passions include cooking/catering, live music, hanging out with her family, and especially working with children. Chara is always excited to take on new challenges and is constantly amazed by her three incredible children.

Chara teaches in the CM Afterschool Program and is a Spanish instructor for our Language Enrichment Program.

 
  Dasha Zaytseva | Berkeley, CA   Dasha was born in Russia and raised in California. She currently resides in Oakland and considers herself a Bay Area native. Despite having two physicist parents, she grew up having no interest in studying science. She graduated from San Jose State University, where she initially pursued a degree in psychology. It wasn’t until she took a physiology class that she discovered her love of science and decided to change her major to biology. While there, she also discovered a passion for research, and spent over 3 years studying the sensory nervous system. Her research opened up a world of opportunities, including a scholarship to study neuroanatomy in Germany and being published on the cover of Nature Neuroscience. In addition, Dasha began tutoring to help her fellow college students and share her experiences.  After graduating, she decided to give back to her community by tutoring low-income, underprivileged high school students in the Oakland School District. She found that she loved to help students, like herself, who struggled with science courses to realize that science can actually be fun and interesting. In 2017, Dasha was awarded a fellowship from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine to pursue her master’s degree in molecular biology. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and reading.   Dasha tutors anatomy/physiology, biology, chemistry, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Dasha Zaytseva | Berkeley, CA

Dasha was born in Russia and raised in California. She currently resides in Oakland and considers herself a Bay Area native. Despite having two physicist parents, she grew up having no interest in studying science. She graduated from San Jose State University, where she initially pursued a degree in psychology. It wasn’t until she took a physiology class that she discovered her love of science and decided to change her major to biology. While there, she also discovered a passion for research, and spent over 3 years studying the sensory nervous system. Her research opened up a world of opportunities, including a scholarship to study neuroanatomy in Germany and being published on the cover of Nature Neuroscience. In addition, Dasha began tutoring to help her fellow college students and share her experiences.

After graduating, she decided to give back to her community by tutoring low-income, underprivileged high school students in the Oakland School District. She found that she loved to help students, like herself, who struggled with science courses to realize that science can actually be fun and interesting. In 2017, Dasha was awarded a fellowship from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine to pursue her master’s degree in molecular biology. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and reading.

Dasha tutors anatomy/physiology, biology, chemistry, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

  Derek Burle | Berkeley, CA Senior Tutor   A Los Angeles native, Derek grew up knowing he wanted to be involved in both science and music. Derek also felt drawn to math, despite the fact it was always a very challenging subject. He had to work hard to master concepts, and with the help of a tutor, his efforts paid off in high school. Derek went on to study Earth Science at UC Santa Cruz and began his music career there as a bass player. As a many-year, veteran CM tutor, Derek has worked with students in math, science, history, English literature and writing, executive functioning and test prep. Having struggled through math classes in high school, Derek has invaluable insight into how to teach difficult concepts to students who are having trouble grasping material. In addition to Derek’s work with CM clients, he is a gigging musician, and a music teacher specializing in guitar, bass and ukulele. When not at Classroom Matters, you can find Derek playing the bass, at a concert, rock climbing or riding his bike.   Derek is the Tutor Supervisor and tutors chemistry, physics, environmental science, math up to pre-calculus, statistics, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Derek Burle | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

A Los Angeles native, Derek grew up knowing he wanted to be involved in both science and music. Derek also felt drawn to math, despite the fact it was always a very challenging subject. He had to work hard to master concepts, and with the help of a tutor, his efforts paid off in high school. Derek went on to study Earth Science at UC Santa Cruz and began his music career there as a bass player. As a many-year, veteran CM tutor, Derek has worked with students in math, science, history, English literature and writing, executive functioning and test prep. Having struggled through math classes in high school, Derek has invaluable insight into how to teach difficult concepts to students who are having trouble grasping material. In addition to Derek’s work with CM clients, he is a gigging musician, and a music teacher specializing in guitar, bass and ukulele. When not at Classroom Matters, you can find Derek playing the bass, at a concert, rock climbing or riding his bike.

Derek is the Tutor Supervisor and tutors chemistry, physics, environmental science, math up to pre-calculus, statistics, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

  Dinora Murota | Berkeley, CA   Senior Tutor   Dinora graduated from Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in Comparative Literature and minored in Biology. She grew up in Berkeley and attended Berkeley High School. She is very happy to be back in the Bay, where (when not tutoring for CM) she is doing clinical research at CHORI and applying to medical schools. Dinora loves working with kids of all ages and tutored elementary, middle, and high school kids throughout college. In her free time she enjoys traveling – a passion that was sparked when she studied abroad in Granada, Spain – reading, rock-climbing, drawing, and backpacking through beautiful California.   Dinora tutors all K-8 subjects, math through pre-calculus, AP Biology, chemistry, physiology, AP English, writing/essay editing, Spanish, SAT/ACT test prep, and executive functioning

Dinora Murota | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

Dinora graduated from Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in Comparative Literature and minored in Biology. She grew up in Berkeley and attended Berkeley High School. She is very happy to be back in the Bay, where (when not tutoring for CM) she is doing clinical research at CHORI and applying to medical schools. Dinora loves working with kids of all ages and tutored elementary, middle, and high school kids throughout college. In her free time she enjoys traveling – a passion that was sparked when she studied abroad in Granada, Spain – reading, rock-climbing, drawing, and backpacking through beautiful California.

Dinora tutors all K-8 subjects, math through pre-calculus, AP Biology, chemistry, physiology, AP English, writing/essay editing, Spanish, SAT/ACT test prep, and executive functioning

  Dominique McLean | Berkeley, CA   Senior Tutor   Dominique is an East Bay native, raised in Hayward, and a Bishop O’Dowd alum (go Dragons!). She has recently returned home after spending over a decade back east. She has a BA in Spanish from Hampton University with a concentration in business, a certificate in Spanish Translation from American University, and her Teacher’s Assistant certificate from the City University of New York.  She started tutoring in the foreign language department during undergrad, taught adult ESL in Washington, D.C. and New York, and spent the last eight years tutoring, teaching, and mentoring. Her strengths lie in student empowerment, individualized instruction, and building a solid foundation for her students. When Dominique isn’t tutoring, you can find her reading, marathon training, spending time with loved ones, and exploring the Bay Area.   Dominique tutors all K-8 subjects, Spanish, high school English, algebra 1, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, general test prep, college applications, and executive functioning.

Dominique McLean | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

Dominique is an East Bay native, raised in Hayward, and a Bishop O’Dowd alum (go Dragons!). She has recently returned home after spending over a decade back east. She has a BA in Spanish from Hampton University with a concentration in business, a certificate in Spanish Translation from American University, and her Teacher’s Assistant certificate from the City University of New York.  She started tutoring in the foreign language department during undergrad, taught adult ESL in Washington, D.C. and New York, and spent the last eight years tutoring, teaching, and mentoring. Her strengths lie in student empowerment, individualized instruction, and building a solid foundation for her students. When Dominique isn’t tutoring, you can find her reading, marathon training, spending time with loved ones, and exploring the Bay Area.

Dominique tutors all K-8 subjects, Spanish, high school English, algebra 1, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, general test prep, college applications, and executive functioning.

 
  Donatella Carta | Berkeley, CA   Donatella was born in Italy but grew up in Morocco, where she was raised bilingual, speaking both Italian and French. She moved to the United States to go to college at UC Berkeley, where she earned her B.A. in French Literature. After graduate school at San Francisco State University where she earned her teaching credential and Master of Secondary Education, she started teaching at Berkeley High School, where she remained until June of 2017. Donatella always enjoys working with teenagers, as she loves their energy and open-mindedness. She has two sons who also studied and graduated from Berkeley High. In her spare time, Donatella likes to read, study, dance and spend time at the beach.   Donatella tutors all levels of French and is certified to provide student support for both AP and IB exams.

Donatella Carta | Berkeley, CA

Donatella was born in Italy but grew up in Morocco, where she was raised bilingual, speaking both Italian and French. She moved to the United States to go to college at UC Berkeley, where she earned her B.A. in French Literature. After graduate school at San Francisco State University where she earned her teaching credential and Master of Secondary Education, she started teaching at Berkeley High School, where she remained until June of 2017. Donatella always enjoys working with teenagers, as she loves their energy and open-mindedness. She has two sons who also studied and graduated from Berkeley High. In her spare time, Donatella likes to read, study, dance and spend time at the beach.

Donatella tutors all levels of French and is certified to provide student support for both AP and IB exams.

  Gia Park | Berkeley, CA   Gia grew up in both Korea and Pennsylvania and enjoys traveling to various countries. She is a third year undergraduate student studying Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley and after graduation next year, she plans to take a gap year before furthering her education in medical school. When she tutors, Gia enjoys getting to know students and puts a strong emphasis on mentoring. From years of freelance tutoring, she recognizes that students have different interests and learning styles so she tailors her sessions to match each individual’s learning “wavelength” and to foster the student’s interest in the subject. When Gia’s not studying or tutoring, she can be found anywhere on Earth serving on medical mission trips with Medical Servants International or photographing wild animals in her free time.   Gia teaches writing, English, math, biology, physics, psychology, ACT/SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Gia Park | Berkeley, CA

Gia grew up in both Korea and Pennsylvania and enjoys traveling to various countries. She is a third year undergraduate student studying Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley and after graduation next year, she plans to take a gap year before furthering her education in medical school. When she tutors, Gia enjoys getting to know students and puts a strong emphasis on mentoring. From years of freelance tutoring, she recognizes that students have different interests and learning styles so she tailors her sessions to match each individual’s learning “wavelength” and to foster the student’s interest in the subject. When Gia’s not studying or tutoring, she can be found anywhere on Earth serving on medical mission trips with Medical Servants International or photographing wild animals in her free time.

Gia teaches writing, English, math, biology, physics, psychology, ACT/SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

  Ibrahim Belagam | Berkeley, CA   Ibrahim moved as a child from the quiet, snowy suburbs of Utah to the bustling, sunny tropics in Malaysia. After spending many years growing up in Malaysia, his family moved back and settled in San Diego, which he now considers home. Currently, Ibrahim is a fourth year undergraduate at UC Berkeley, pursuing a B.S. in Civil Engineering. His passion for structural engineering stems from his travels while living in Asia, where he developed a love for beautiful architecture and was also exposed to impoverished communities living in derelict housing. Ibrahim aspires to use his degree to better infrastructure development and help those living in poor conditions. With experience tutoring students at many different levels (university, community college, high school, and middle school), Ibrahim is always striving to discover better ways of explaining concepts to his mentees in understandable and relatable terms. When not busy with academics, Ibrahim enjoys reading, riding his bike, seeing new places, and meeting interesting people.   Ibrahim tutors K–8, humanities, chemistry, all levels of mathematics, and executive functioning.

Ibrahim Belagam | Berkeley, CA

Ibrahim moved as a child from the quiet, snowy suburbs of Utah to the bustling, sunny tropics in Malaysia. After spending many years growing up in Malaysia, his family moved back and settled in San Diego, which he now considers home. Currently, Ibrahim is a fourth year undergraduate at UC Berkeley, pursuing a B.S. in Civil Engineering. His passion for structural engineering stems from his travels while living in Asia, where he developed a love for beautiful architecture and was also exposed to impoverished communities living in derelict housing. Ibrahim aspires to use his degree to better infrastructure development and help those living in poor conditions. With experience tutoring students at many different levels (university, community college, high school, and middle school), Ibrahim is always striving to discover better ways of explaining concepts to his mentees in understandable and relatable terms. When not busy with academics, Ibrahim enjoys reading, riding his bike, seeing new places, and meeting interesting people.

Ibrahim tutors K–8, humanities, chemistry, all levels of mathematics, and executive functioning.

  Ivan Vargas | Berkeley, CA   Ivan is a recent UC Berkeley graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. As the oldest of five children, Ivan became a tutor to his four siblings at an early age. His interest in tutoring stems from the different ways each student understands and approaches academic challenges. Understanding each student’s way of thinking and guiding them through the path of understanding the logic and concepts behind mathematics and physics is something he finds rewarding. Aside from his siblings, Ivan has also tutored his college peers in advanced mathematics and physics courses. He aspires to become a teacher and give back to the community that helped him reach many of his goals. Ivan enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and walking his dog.   Ivan is a Spanish instructor for our Language Enrichment Program and tutors physics, all levels of mathematics, computer science, Spanish, and executive functioning.

Ivan Vargas | Berkeley, CA

Ivan is a recent UC Berkeley graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. As the oldest of five children, Ivan became a tutor to his four siblings at an early age. His interest in tutoring stems from the different ways each student understands and approaches academic challenges. Understanding each student’s way of thinking and guiding them through the path of understanding the logic and concepts behind mathematics and physics is something he finds rewarding. Aside from his siblings, Ivan has also tutored his college peers in advanced mathematics and physics courses. He aspires to become a teacher and give back to the community that helped him reach many of his goals. Ivan enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and walking his dog.

Ivan is a Spanish instructor for our Language Enrichment Program and tutors physics, all levels of mathematics, computer science, Spanish, and executive functioning.

 
  James Chen | Berkeley, CA   James is pursuing a double degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), as well as Business, as a first-year student at UC Berkeley. He was born in Houston, TX, but has lived in Salem, OR for the past 10 years before coming to Berkeley. Growing up with three younger sisters gave James an opportunity to tutor starting at a young age. His sisters have played an enormous role in shaping James’ teaching. In high school, he tutored his peers in pre-calculus and calculus, and co-taught a class in VEX Robotics his senior year. James strives to inspire students around him in the same way his parents, coaches, and teachers have inspired him. In his free time, he enjoys tennis, soccer, exploring the outdoors, and single-digit addition.   James tutors physics, all levels of mathematics, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

James Chen | Berkeley, CA

James is pursuing a double degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), as well as Business, as a first-year student at UC Berkeley. He was born in Houston, TX, but has lived in Salem, OR for the past 10 years before coming to Berkeley. Growing up with three younger sisters gave James an opportunity to tutor starting at a young age. His sisters have played an enormous role in shaping James’ teaching. In high school, he tutored his peers in pre-calculus and calculus, and co-taught a class in VEX Robotics his senior year. James strives to inspire students around him in the same way his parents, coaches, and teachers have inspired him. In his free time, he enjoys tennis, soccer, exploring the outdoors, and single-digit addition.

James tutors physics, all levels of mathematics, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

  Kate Williams | Sausalito, CA   Kate graduated UC Berkeley with a BA in History with a focus on 20th Century Europe. After graduating, she had a blast leading and developing educational field trips in San Francisco. She enjoyed finding creative and engaging ways to teach history, archaeology, and ecology to youth. Kate grew up in California’s Central Valley— only an hour away from Yosemite. In her free time, she hikes, listens to podcasts, gardens, and tries to visit every museum within a hundred mile radius.   Kate tutors K-8, humanities, algebra 1, SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Kate Williams | Sausalito, CA

Kate graduated UC Berkeley with a BA in History with a focus on 20th Century Europe. After graduating, she had a blast leading and developing educational field trips in San Francisco. She enjoyed finding creative and engaging ways to teach history, archaeology, and ecology to youth. Kate grew up in California’s Central Valley— only an hour away from Yosemite. In her free time, she hikes, listens to podcasts, gardens, and tries to visit every museum within a hundred mile radius.

Kate tutors K-8, humanities, algebra 1, SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

  Kelly Wong  | Berkeley, CA   Kelly recently graduated from UC Berkeley, where she studied Cognitive Science and Math & Science Education. She has taught 6th grade science in Austin, TX, and Art and English in Hong Kong. She discovered her love of teaching and working with students while teaching Public Health in college, and is now working towards her math teaching credential. Kelly is patient, engaging, passionate about learning, and has experience working with a diverse group of students. She loves all things dogs, desserts, watercolors, riddles, and watching movies that make her cry (happy tears).   Kelly tutors English, all levels of math, and executive functioning.

Kelly Wong  | Berkeley, CA

Kelly recently graduated from UC Berkeley, where she studied Cognitive Science and Math & Science Education. She has taught 6th grade science in Austin, TX, and Art and English in Hong Kong. She discovered her love of teaching and working with students while teaching Public Health in college, and is now working towards her math teaching credential. Kelly is patient, engaging, passionate about learning, and has experience working with a diverse group of students. She loves all things dogs, desserts, watercolors, riddles, and watching movies that make her cry (happy tears).

Kelly tutors English, all levels of math, and executive functioning.

  Kristi Lentz-Taylor  | Berkeley, CA   Kristi is a transplant to Berkeley from northwestern Washington State. She is a certified teacher and holds two degrees in elementary reading and literacy instruction. Then she went to Venezuela and became proficient in Spanish! Upon returning to the U.S. with a passion for Spanish and Latin American cultures, she taught Spanish to high school students for nearly a decade before moving to the Bay Area to study philosophy and theology (at the Graduate Theological Union). She is passionate about the Spanish language, guiding students into proficient communication, and incorporates into her instruction the principles of joyful language immersion learned while teaching at Concordia Language Villages. When she’s not teaching, you can find her going to talks and lectures in this amazing intellectual vortex of the Bay Area, studying social issues affecting Spanish-speaking communities, exploring the beautiful vistas of the Bay Area with her husband, practicing ayurveda and organic living, or participating in English-Spanish language/culture exchanges with immigrants from Central America and Mexico at a non-profit in Oakland.   Kristi tutors K-8 in all subjects (especially reading, phonics and writing), English, Spanish, psychology, and executive functioning.

Kristi Lentz-Taylor  | Berkeley, CA

Kristi is a transplant to Berkeley from northwestern Washington State. She is a certified teacher and holds two degrees in elementary reading and literacy instruction. Then she went to Venezuela and became proficient in Spanish! Upon returning to the U.S. with a passion for Spanish and Latin American cultures, she taught Spanish to high school students for nearly a decade before moving to the Bay Area to study philosophy and theology (at the Graduate Theological Union). She is passionate about the Spanish language, guiding students into proficient communication, and incorporates into her instruction the principles of joyful language immersion learned while teaching at Concordia Language Villages. When she’s not teaching, you can find her going to talks and lectures in this amazing intellectual vortex of the Bay Area, studying social issues affecting Spanish-speaking communities, exploring the beautiful vistas of the Bay Area with her husband, practicing ayurveda and organic living, or participating in English-Spanish language/culture exchanges with immigrants from Central America and Mexico at a non-profit in Oakland.

Kristi tutors K-8 in all subjects (especially reading, phonics and writing), English, Spanish, psychology, and executive functioning.

 
  Kristie Wong  | Berkeley, CA   Kristie is a third-year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, studying molecular and cellular biology. She was born and raised in the Bay Area, and studied abroad in Singapore in 2017, where she interned at a research institute. Along with her work in biological research, Kristie has coding experience, and hopes to study the intersection between biology and computer science in the future. She loves traveling, trying new foods, playing basketball, and going to concerts and stand-up comedy shows. Kristie has mentored and tutored middle school and high school students in the past, and loves teaching as well as learning from others.   Kristie tutors biology, chemistry, physics, all levels of math, Spanish, and executive functioning.

Kristie Wong  | Berkeley, CA

Kristie is a third-year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, studying molecular and cellular biology. She was born and raised in the Bay Area, and studied abroad in Singapore in 2017, where she interned at a research institute. Along with her work in biological research, Kristie has coding experience, and hopes to study the intersection between biology and computer science in the future. She loves traveling, trying new foods, playing basketball, and going to concerts and stand-up comedy shows. Kristie has mentored and tutored middle school and high school students in the past, and loves teaching as well as learning from others.

Kristie tutors biology, chemistry, physics, all levels of math, Spanish, and executive functioning.

  Kyle Lee | Berkeley, CA   Senior Tutor   Kyle was born in Berkeley and grew up in the Bay Area. He graduated from Boston College with BAs in Psychology and Philosophy. He is currently teaching hip-hop dance at the East Bay Dance Center and worked for the Summerfuel program as a dance instructor. Kyle has also combined his passions of travel and education, teaching English, art, and music in a Chinese village. Whilst there, he learned the valuable lessons of managing students and the art of eating noodles. As a veteran tutor, he not only enjoys helping students understand material, but also pushes them to become self-motivated learners and loves working with students in all capacities.   Kyle tutors algebra 1 & 2, geometry, English, reading, writing, and executive functioning .

Kyle Lee | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

Kyle was born in Berkeley and grew up in the Bay Area. He graduated from Boston College with BAs in Psychology and Philosophy. He is currently teaching hip-hop dance at the East Bay Dance Center and worked for the Summerfuel program as a dance instructor. Kyle has also combined his passions of travel and education, teaching English, art, and music in a Chinese village. Whilst there, he learned the valuable lessons of managing students and the art of eating noodles. As a veteran tutor, he not only enjoys helping students understand material, but also pushes them to become self-motivated learners and loves working with students in all capacities.

Kyle tutors algebra 1 & 2, geometry, English, reading, writing, and executive functioning.

  Kyle Moses | Berkeley, CA   Senior Tutor   Kyle loves math and science and wants to share his enthusiasm for these subjects with everyone he meets. He believes they can provide a perspective of the world that is both illuminating and empowering. He recently graduated from UC Berkeley with bachelor’s degrees in physics and astrophysics, where he was fortunate enough to study both the very large, e.g. supernovae and galaxy formation, and the very small, fascinating world of quantum mechanics.  He has been a private tutor for 10 years and really enjoys delving into and exploring topics with his students. In his spare time he does a fair amount of math and physics, but also loves to read, write, play video games, watch movies, skateboard, play the piano and ukulele, rock climb, and go backpacking through nature.   Kyle tutors reading, writing, and English for K-5, all levels of math, AP chemistry, AP physics, astronomy, computer science, SAT/ACT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Kyle Moses | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

Kyle loves math and science and wants to share his enthusiasm for these subjects with everyone he meets. He believes they can provide a perspective of the world that is both illuminating and empowering. He recently graduated from UC Berkeley with bachelor’s degrees in physics and astrophysics, where he was fortunate enough to study both the very large, e.g. supernovae and galaxy formation, and the very small, fascinating world of quantum mechanics.

He has been a private tutor for 10 years and really enjoys delving into and exploring topics with his students. In his spare time he does a fair amount of math and physics, but also loves to read, write, play video games, watch movies, skateboard, play the piano and ukulele, rock climb, and go backpacking through nature.

Kyle tutors reading, writing, and English for K-5, all levels of math, AP chemistry, AP physics, astronomy, computer science, SAT/ACT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

  Larisa Shaterian | Berkeley, CA   Senior Tutor   Larisa is an MA student at UC Berkeley studying Folklore. Her research focuses on political uses of memes on Twitter. She holds a BA from NYU in Media Studies and Arabic. Larisa’s lifelong interests include writing, gardening, and ritual in theater spaces and church spaces. She trained in Shakespeare for two summers at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has a tendency to integrate as many theater games as possible into her teaching. More recently, she has developed an interest in sewing.   Larisa tutors reading and writing at all levels, AP English, AP US and World History, AP psychology, French 1-4, ISEE (lower level) test prep, and executive functioning.

Larisa Shaterian | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

Larisa is an MA student at UC Berkeley studying Folklore. Her research focuses on political uses of memes on Twitter. She holds a BA from NYU in Media Studies and Arabic. Larisa’s lifelong interests include writing, gardening, and ritual in theater spaces and church spaces. She trained in Shakespeare for two summers at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has a tendency to integrate as many theater games as possible into her teaching. More recently, she has developed an interest in sewing.

Larisa tutors reading and writing at all levels, AP English, AP US and World History, AP psychology, French 1-4, ISEE (lower level) test prep, and executive functioning.

 
  Megan Susman | Berkeley & Sausalito, CA Senior Tutor   Megan is a native of Los Angeles, and hopes you won’t hold it against her. Since moving to the Bay, she has tried to integrate, including two summers of working at Camp Kee Tov, as well as investing in a North Face jacket. She recently graduated from Mills, earning her MFA in Prose, and previously received her BA in English from UC Santa Cruz. Between her two degrees, Megan spent a year abroad in Israel, where she worked in a petting zoo on a kibbutz and in a kitchen in Tel Aviv. Her approach to tutoring involves a lot of patience, positive feedback, and most of all – fun! She hopes to instill her love of words, literature, learning, and intellectual risk-taking into others.   Megan tutors writing, English, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning. She can also help with college applications.

Megan Susman | Berkeley & Sausalito, CA
Senior Tutor

Megan is a native of Los Angeles, and hopes you won’t hold it against her. Since moving to the Bay, she has tried to integrate, including two summers of working at Camp Kee Tov, as well as investing in a North Face jacket. She recently graduated from Mills, earning her MFA in Prose, and previously received her BA in English from UC Santa Cruz. Between her two degrees, Megan spent a year abroad in Israel, where she worked in a petting zoo on a kibbutz and in a kitchen in Tel Aviv. Her approach to tutoring involves a lot of patience, positive feedback, and most of all – fun! She hopes to instill her love of words, literature, learning, and intellectual risk-taking into others.

Megan tutors writing, English, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning. She can also help with college applications.

  Meiming Wang | Berkeley, CA   Meiming is originally from Gansu, China. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Sichuan International Studies University. Meiming spent three years teaching mathematics to elementary students, and Chinese to foreigners with Teach For China. Outside of the classroom, Meiming co-founded IntoTheClouds, which is an American/Chinese organization that brings Chinese and American students to rural Chinese communities to perform social impact projects. Her interests include solving jigsaw puzzles, traveling, and cooking.   Meiming is the Mandarin instructor for our Language Enrichment Program.

Meiming Wang | Berkeley, CA

Meiming is originally from Gansu, China. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Sichuan International Studies University. Meiming spent three years teaching mathematics to elementary students, and Chinese to foreigners with Teach For China. Outside of the classroom, Meiming co-founded IntoTheClouds, which is an American/Chinese organization that brings Chinese and American students to rural Chinese communities to perform social impact projects. Her interests include solving jigsaw puzzles, traveling, and cooking.

Meiming is the Mandarin instructor for our Language Enrichment Program.

  Robert Veres | Berkeley, CA   Robert has happily called the East Bay home all his life, and sees no reason to change that anytime soon. He is a fourth-year student at UC Berkeley and is completing his BA in Neurobiology this semester. He hopes to eventually be involved in research to help push the edges of the large frontier of knowledge about the brain, especially in the study of emotion.  With three years of tutoring experience, Robert prefers a more personal, laid-back approach to teaching. He feels this creates a less rigid, less school-like environment, so students feel less pressured and more willing to learn. When not tutoring or nerding out about the brain, you can find Robert listening to music, playing basketball (go Dubs!), running, learning to play bass left-handed, or in search of an adventure somewhere.   Robert tutors biology, chemistry, and physics, all levels of math, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Robert Veres | Berkeley, CA

Robert has happily called the East Bay home all his life, and sees no reason to change that anytime soon. He is a fourth-year student at UC Berkeley and is completing his BA in Neurobiology this semester. He hopes to eventually be involved in research to help push the edges of the large frontier of knowledge about the brain, especially in the study of emotion.

With three years of tutoring experience, Robert prefers a more personal, laid-back approach to teaching. He feels this creates a less rigid, less school-like environment, so students feel less pressured and more willing to learn. When not tutoring or nerding out about the brain, you can find Robert listening to music, playing basketball (go Dubs!), running, learning to play bass left-handed, or in search of an adventure somewhere.

Robert tutors biology, chemistry, and physics, all levels of math, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

  Rosalind Diaz | Berkeley, CA   Senior Tutor   Rosalind is a Ph.D. candidate in English at UC Berkeley. She grew up in Colorado, both her parents are mathematicians, and she has a fondness for math problems, especially geometry. Previously, Rosalind studied English at Yale University, where she concentrated on Shakespeare and early modern drama, and worked as a costume designer for stage plays.  Currently she is working on a dissertation on narratives of alien invasion in contemporary science fiction. Rosalind also enjoys hiking and camping in the beautiful Bay Area. She loves teaching more than anything! When she’s not tutoring with CM or teaching composition at UC Berkeley, she is often teaching gender-neutral partner dance classes. Her tutoring style is mindful, responsive, and student-centered.   Rosalind tutors math through pre-calculus, reading, writing, literature, French 1, ACT/SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Rosalind Diaz | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

Rosalind is a Ph.D. candidate in English at UC Berkeley. She grew up in Colorado, both her parents are mathematicians, and she has a fondness for math problems, especially geometry. Previously, Rosalind studied English at Yale University, where she concentrated on Shakespeare and early modern drama, and worked as a costume designer for stage plays.

Currently she is working on a dissertation on narratives of alien invasion in contemporary science fiction. Rosalind also enjoys hiking and camping in the beautiful Bay Area. She loves teaching more than anything! When she’s not tutoring with CM or teaching composition at UC Berkeley, she is often teaching gender-neutral partner dance classes. Her tutoring style is mindful, responsive, and student-centered.

Rosalind tutors math through pre-calculus, reading, writing, literature, French 1, ACT/SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

 
  Ryan Soe | Berkeley, CA   Berkeley native Ryan shares the same first name and birth hospital as Steph Curry’s second daughter. While attending Berkeley High School, Ryan first learned how challenging this school setting could be, while at the same time discovering how amazing real learning could feel. After years of haunting the local downtown area, Ryan opted for new experiences, leaving home to attend UC Santa Barbara, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2017. While at UCSB, he helped teach chemistry at local high schools and worked with elementary school students helping them design their own science experiments. Ryan also taught general chemistry to college students, using his enthusiasm and down-to-earth-personality to make chemistry relatable to all students. Ryan’s biggest passions in life, in addition to science and education, are music, food, and sports. He can spend hours examining the stats on baseball references or discussing Kendrick Lamar’s lyrics.   Ryan tutors K–8, reading, writing, biology, chemistry, math,   ACT/SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Ryan Soe | Berkeley, CA

Berkeley native Ryan shares the same first name and birth hospital as Steph Curry’s second daughter. While attending Berkeley High School, Ryan first learned how challenging this school setting could be, while at the same time discovering how amazing real learning could feel. After years of haunting the local downtown area, Ryan opted for new experiences, leaving home to attend UC Santa Barbara, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2017. While at UCSB, he helped teach chemistry at local high schools and worked with elementary school students helping them design their own science experiments. Ryan also taught general chemistry to college students, using his enthusiasm and down-to-earth-personality to make chemistry relatable to all students. Ryan’s biggest passions in life, in addition to science and education, are music, food, and sports. He can spend hours examining the stats on baseball references or discussing Kendrick Lamar’s lyrics.

Ryan tutors K–8, reading, writing, biology, chemistry, math, ACT/SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

  Sarah Verley | Berkeley, CA   Sarah is a certified teacher and a new resident to East Bay. She completed both her graduate and undergraduate studies at George Mason University in her home state of Virginia. While teaching elementary school, she discovered her passion for rock climbing. Through rock climbing she got involved with other quirky activities like slacklining and highlining, which introduced her to the endless adventure opportunities offered on the West Coast. A nature and outdoor enthusiast, Sarah is inspired by her new surroundings. Most recently she discovered a passion for nourishing and cultivating a green space and watching it blossom. But her first love was for education. She believes the foundation of education begins with building and fostering relationships. Personalized learning was at the heart of what she did in public education for students kindergarten through sixth grade. She is excited to help students of all ages grow and deepen their knowledge of the world.   Sarah tutors K-8, reading, writing, English, US and world history, psychology, and executive functioning.

Sarah Verley | Berkeley, CA

Sarah is a certified teacher and a new resident to East Bay. She completed both her graduate and undergraduate studies at George Mason University in her home state of Virginia. While teaching elementary school, she discovered her passion for rock climbing. Through rock climbing she got involved with other quirky activities like slacklining and highlining, which introduced her to the endless adventure opportunities offered on the West Coast. A nature and outdoor enthusiast, Sarah is inspired by her new surroundings. Most recently she discovered a passion for nourishing and cultivating a green space and watching it blossom. But her first love was for education. She believes the foundation of education begins with building and fostering relationships. Personalized learning was at the heart of what she did in public education for students kindergarten through sixth grade. She is excited to help students of all ages grow and deepen their knowledge of the world.

Sarah tutors K-8, reading, writing, English, US and world history, psychology, and executive functioning.

  Vreni Michelini-Castillo | Berkeley, CA   Vreni is a multidisciplinary cultural producer, organizer, and educator. Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1999 she became part of the Mexican diaspora migrating to Texas, Georgia, and Virginia. While in Virginia, V taught, rapped, organized and received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2011, she moved to Peru to teach children in the outskirts of Trujillo, then relocated to Qatar where she had her first artist’s residency. In 2014, V received her MFA from UC Berkeley. Vreni has 11 years of international teaching experience working with students from kindergarten to college in China, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Peru, Qatar and the US. She is currently a lecturer at CCA.   Vreni teaches multiple subjects in the humanities, English, all levels of Spanish, K-5, and executive functioning.

Vreni Michelini-Castillo | Berkeley, CA

Vreni is a multidisciplinary cultural producer, organizer, and educator. Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1999 she became part of the Mexican diaspora migrating to Texas, Georgia, and Virginia. While in Virginia, V taught, rapped, organized and received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2011, she moved to Peru to teach children in the outskirts of Trujillo, then relocated to Qatar where she had her first artist’s residency. In 2014, V received her MFA from UC Berkeley. Vreni has 11 years of international teaching experience working with students from kindergarten to college in China, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Peru, Qatar and the US. She is currently a lecturer at CCA.

Vreni teaches multiple subjects in the humanities, English, all levels of Spanish, K-5, and executive functioning.

  Yania Escobar | Berkeley, CA   Senior Tutor   Yania started working at Classroom Matters in 2009 while completing her bachelor’s degree. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in interdisciplinary studies: a self-designed major in which she combined neuro-biology, anthropology, and psychology. Yania has worked as a tutor since high school and continued to fuel her passion in college where she earned a minor in education. Her thesis focused on whole-body learning and cultural education. She is a native of Uruguay and has been in the U.S. for thirteen years. Mindfulness and restorative justice have always been an integral part of Yania’s approach. After college, she participated in a yoga teacher training and a yoga for youth module. In addition, she has taught Capoeira to children of various ages and afterschool Spanish classes. She enjoys working with youth of all ages in small groups and individual settings. Outside of work, Yania likes to read, ride her bicycle, draw, and explore nature.   Yania tutors English, history, science, math, Spanish, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Yania Escobar | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

Yania started working at Classroom Matters in 2009 while completing her bachelor’s degree. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in interdisciplinary studies: a self-designed major in which she combined neuro-biology, anthropology, and psychology. Yania has worked as a tutor since high school and continued to fuel her passion in college where she earned a minor in education. Her thesis focused on whole-body learning and cultural education. She is a native of Uruguay and has been in the U.S. for thirteen years. Mindfulness and restorative justice have always been an integral part of Yania’s approach. After college, she participated in a yoga teacher training and a yoga for youth module. In addition, she has taught Capoeira to children of various ages and afterschool Spanish classes. She enjoys working with youth of all ages in small groups and individual settings. Outside of work, Yania likes to read, ride her bicycle, draw, and explore nature.

Yania tutors English, history, science, math, Spanish, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.