#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.

 
Alejandro Jimenez | Berkeley, CA Senior Tutor   Alejandro is from San Jose and came to the East Bay in 2010 as a UC Berkeley undergraduate. After graduating he worked as a researcher for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency where he focused on juvenile delinquency. With a better understanding of youth he came to the education field seeking more experience working with students directly. He has previously taught intro to research for new Cal students, and most recently he was coordinator for a student enrichment program at City College of San Francisco. He is passionate about coaching students who are ready to learn, discover their talents, and exercise their intellectual abilities. As a young person he was impacted by the influence of young men and he values deeply the role of good tutors and mentors. In his spare time he loves playing basketball, skateboarding, watching the L.A Dodgers, and grilling tasty food.   Alejandro teaches Spanish, humanities, and executive functioning.

Alejandro Jimenez | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

Alejandro is from San Jose and came to the East Bay in 2010 as a UC Berkeley undergraduate. After graduating he worked as a researcher for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency where he focused on juvenile delinquency. With a better understanding of youth he came to the education field seeking more experience working with students directly. He has previously taught intro to research for new Cal students, and most recently he was coordinator for a student enrichment program at City College of San Francisco. He is passionate about coaching students who are ready to learn, discover their talents, and exercise their intellectual abilities. As a young person he was impacted by the influence of young men and he values deeply the role of good tutors and mentors. In his spare time he loves playing basketball, skateboarding, watching the L.A Dodgers, and grilling tasty food.

Alejandro teaches Spanish, humanities, 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 Director of Instructional Support, and tutors K-8 reading and writing, as well as AP English, AP US History, AP World History, college applications and essays, 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 Director of Instructional Support, and tutors K-8 reading and writing, as well as AP English, AP US History, AP World History, college applications and essays, and executive functioning.

Betty Cui | Berkeley, CA   Betty was born in a southern province of China and moved to Los Angeles when she was 15 years old. After graduating from high school, she attended Mount San Antonio City College where she became a teacher's aide, helped organize mathematical events, and held review sessions before and after exams for her students. Betty enjoys getting to know new students and believes that true connection helps foster the tutoring relationship. After two years at MSA City College, Betty transferred to UC Berkeley, where she is majoring in applied math and data science. In her spare time, she enjoys programming and catching up on her sleep.   Betty tutors all levels of math, chemistry, Mandarin, and executive functioning.

Betty Cui | Berkeley, CA

Betty was born in a southern province of China and moved to Los Angeles when she was 15 years old. After graduating from high school, she attended Mount San Antonio City College where she became a teacher's aide, helped organize mathematical events, and held review sessions before and after exams for her students. Betty enjoys getting to know new students and believes that true connection helps foster the tutoring relationship. After two years at MSA City College, Betty transferred to UC Berkeley, where she is majoring in applied math and data science. In her spare time, she enjoys programming and catching up on her sleep.

Betty tutors all levels of math, chemistry, 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 is a Spanish instructor for our Language & Enrichment Program and the cooking teacher for the CM Afterschool 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 is a Spanish instructor for our Language & Enrichment Program and the cooking teacher for the CM Afterschool Program.

Claire Lee | Berkeley, CA   Claire is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, studying Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Finance. As a Southern Californian native, she has experience teaching at her local learning centers, as well as privately tutoring individuals in her immediate communities. Claire is a big advocate of professional development and believes that education plays a huge role in shaping an individual's growth and overall understanding of the world. In addition to her passion for teaching mathematics, she prioritizes vital skills such as goal-setting, self-motivation, curiosity, and open communication. Claire views teaching as beneficial for both student and mentor, exposing each to diverse thinking and ideas from the world around them. In her free time, Claire loves to work out and watch TV shows to achieve work-life balance between her physical and mental health.   Claire tutors reading, writing, all levels of math, basic physics, environmental science, beginning Mandarin, and executive functioning.

Claire Lee | Berkeley, CA

Claire is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, studying Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Finance. As a Southern Californian native, she has experience teaching at her local learning centers, as well as privately tutoring individuals in her immediate communities. Claire is a big advocate of professional development and believes that education plays a huge role in shaping an individual's growth and overall understanding of the world. In addition to her passion for teaching mathematics, she prioritizes vital skills such as goal-setting, self-motivation, curiosity, and open communication. Claire views teaching as beneficial for both student and mentor, exposing each to diverse thinking and ideas from the world around them. In her free time, Claire loves to work out and watch TV shows to achieve work-life balance between her physical and mental health.

Claire tutors reading, writing, all levels of math, basic physics, environmental science, beginning Mandarin, and executive functioning.

Darlene Lie | Berkeley, CA   Darlene is a fourth-year student at UC Berkeley, studying psychology and economics. She is fascinated by behavioral patterns and loves understanding what motivates people to do things. Throughout her academic journey, she's developed an appreciation for learning and believes that knowledge enriches life. She has tutored K-12 and college students with a patient teaching style that is focused on making learning interesting and relevant to the individual. Darlene finds it hugely satisfying to solve a problem or understand a concept after struggling with it for awhile, so she enjoys fostering that kind of persistence in students so they can feel that same sense of victory. She's excited to encourage students and bolster their drive to reach their goals. Darlene enjoys traveling, trying new things, and doing crossword puzzles.   Darlene tutors English, math, psychology, economics, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Darlene Lie | Berkeley, CA

Darlene is a fourth-year student at UC Berkeley, studying psychology and economics. She is fascinated by behavioral patterns and loves understanding what motivates people to do things. Throughout her academic journey, she's developed an appreciation for learning and believes that knowledge enriches life. She has tutored K-12 and college students with a patient teaching style that is focused on making learning interesting and relevant to the individual. Darlene finds it hugely satisfying to solve a problem or understand a concept after struggling with it for awhile, so she enjoys fostering that kind of persistence in students so they can feel that same sense of victory. She's excited to encourage students and bolster their drive to reach their goals. Darlene enjoys traveling, trying new things, and doing crossword puzzles.

Darlene tutors English, math, psychology, economics, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Dee Um | Berkeley, CA    Dee Um  graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Policy, Planning & Development and a minor in Economics. During her time at USC, Dee was an RA in university housing, studied abroad in Shanghai, and worked on research projects related to education and housing policy. In 2016, Dee moved to Berkeley to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at a non-profit providing job training and placement to refugees and asylum seekers. She now works there full-time as a program instructor and manager. Dee finds her work incredibly rewarding, and loves equipping program participants with the skills and confidence to succeed in a new country.  Dee has tutored elementary and middle school students for over 8 years, and more recently has mentored high school seniors through the college application process. Her teaching philosophy has been influenced by her experiences working for organizations such as Camp Galileo and the Center for Talented Youth. Dee approaches tutoring with enthusiasm and flexibility, ensuring that lessons and activities are tailored to each student’s needs. Above all, she wants her students to know that she believes in them and is proud of their efforts.  In her free time, Dee enjoys playing board games, perfecting her latte art, and planning surprise birthday parties. She is proud to live in the East Bay, and hopes to explore as much of it as possible.   Dee specializes in K- 8, reading, writing, English, Spanish 1, and executive functioning.

Dee Um | Berkeley, CA

Dee Um graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Policy, Planning & Development and a minor in Economics. During her time at USC, Dee was an RA in university housing, studied abroad in Shanghai, and worked on research projects related to education and housing policy. In 2016, Dee moved to Berkeley to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at a non-profit providing job training and placement to refugees and asylum seekers. She now works there full-time as a program instructor and manager. Dee finds her work incredibly rewarding, and loves equipping program participants with the skills and confidence to succeed in a new country.

Dee has tutored elementary and middle school students for over 8 years, and more recently has mentored high school seniors through the college application process. Her teaching philosophy has been influenced by her experiences working for organizations such as Camp Galileo and the Center for Talented Youth. Dee approaches tutoring with enthusiasm and flexibility, ensuring that lessons and activities are tailored to each student’s needs. Above all, she wants her students to know that she believes in them and is proud of their efforts.

In her free time, Dee enjoys playing board games, perfecting her latte art, and planning surprise birthday parties. She is proud to live in the East Bay, and hopes to explore as much of it as possible.

Dee specializes in K- 8, reading, writing, English, Spanish 1, 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.

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 ten 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 essays, 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 ten 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 essays, 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.

Kristi Lentz-Taylor | Berkeley, CA Senior Tutor   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, lower level ISEE test prep, and executive functioning.

Kristi Lentz-Taylor | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

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, lower level ISEE test prep, 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 is the Math Club instructor for our Language & Enrichment Program and tutors reading, writing, English for K-5, all levels of math, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, astronomy, computer science, ACT/SAT 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 is the Math Club instructor for our Language & Enrichment Program and tutors reading, writing, English for K-5, all levels of math, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, astronomy, computer science, ACT/SAT 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, lower level ISEE test prep, college applications and essays, 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, lower level ISEE test prep, college applications and essays, 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, college applications and essays, 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, college applications and essays, and executive functioning.

Meiming Wang | Berkeley, CA Senior Tutor   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
Senior Tutor

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.

Rosalind Diaz | Berkeley, CA   Senior Tutor   Rosalind loves helping students build the skills and habits that support long-term academic success. Her tutoring style is infused with warmth, humor, and a lively spirit of curiosity. She works with each of her students to set reasonable goals and practice sticking to a plan over time. She especially loves to help young people feel more confident about their math skills and tap into the creative side of math.  Rosalind recently completed a Ph.D. in English at UC Berkeley, where she received two competitive awards for excellence and innovation in teaching. She holds a B.A. in English from Yale University. Both her parents are mathematicians, so she’s maintained her love of math through all those years studying English! In her free time, Rosalind can often be found crafting 3D geometric origami sculptures of various shapes and sizes.   Rosalind is the Math Club instructor for our Language & Enrichment Program, the evening front desk, and tutors math through pre-calculus, reading, writing, literature, French 1, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Rosalind Diaz | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

Rosalind loves helping students build the skills and habits that support long-term academic success. Her tutoring style is infused with warmth, humor, and a lively spirit of curiosity. She works with each of her students to set reasonable goals and practice sticking to a plan over time. She especially loves to help young people feel more confident about their math skills and tap into the creative side of math.

Rosalind recently completed a Ph.D. in English at UC Berkeley, where she received two competitive awards for excellence and innovation in teaching. She holds a B.A. in English from Yale University. Both her parents are mathematicians, so she’s maintained her love of math through all those years studying English! In her free time, Rosalind can often be found crafting 3D geometric origami sculptures of various shapes and sizes.

Rosalind is the Math Club instructor for our Language & Enrichment Program, the evening front desk, and tutors math through pre-calculus, reading, writing, literature, French 1, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Ryan Soe | Berkeley, CA   Senior Tutor   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
Senior Tutor

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.

Sam Hilkey| Berkeley, CA   Sam has loved math since elementary school, when he would stay in at recess to solve Sudoku and other logic puzzles with his friends. In high school, he discovered a love for supporting others in their learning when he began volunteering in a special needs classroom at the local middle school. Sam got his first chance to lead a classroom while attending UC Santa Cruz, where he TA’d for pre-calculus and statistics, planning and teaching lessons to his sections twice a week. After graduating with a B.A. in mathematics, Honors Cum Laude, he moved to Los Angeles where he taught high school math for 5 years and became department chair for his final two years. When Sam tutors, he puts special focus on asking careful guiding questions that allow students to probe deeper into the content. Aside from tutoring, he also is developing his own free after-school math program targeted to under-resourced East Bay schools. When Sam’s not teaching math, he enjoys playing board games (Catan and chess) and playing sports (volleyball, ping pong, Ultimate Frisbee).   Sam tutors reading, math, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Sam Hilkey| Berkeley, CA

Sam has loved math since elementary school, when he would stay in at recess to solve Sudoku and other logic puzzles with his friends. In high school, he discovered a love for supporting others in their learning when he began volunteering in a special needs classroom at the local middle school. Sam got his first chance to lead a classroom while attending UC Santa Cruz, where he TA’d for pre-calculus and statistics, planning and teaching lessons to his sections twice a week. After graduating with a B.A. in mathematics, Honors Cum Laude, he moved to Los Angeles where he taught high school math for 5 years and became department chair for his final two years. When Sam tutors, he puts special focus on asking careful guiding questions that allow students to probe deeper into the content. Aside from tutoring, he also is developing his own free after-school math program targeted to under-resourced East Bay schools. When Sam’s not teaching math, he enjoys playing board games (Catan and chess) and playing sports (volleyball, ping pong, Ultimate Frisbee).

Sam tutors reading, math, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Sebastian Jindra-Cotilla | Berkeley, CA   Sebastian hails from New York, graduated with a B.A. in anthropology from Vassar College, and recently earned an M.S. at UC Berkeley. He has worked extensively in the education field (high school level math, mostly) in Brooklyn, New Orleans, the Marshall Islands, and Guatemala. He served as an agriculture volunteer with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso and before arriving in Berkeley, Sebastian was director of a non-profit in Costa Rica that aims to bolster bilingual education in underserved, rural areas of the country. Professionally, Sebastian is interested in exploring the intersections of education and agricultural systems and in his free time enjoys books, bikes, boats, and gardens.   Sebastian tutors English, history, science, all levels of math, Spanish, and executive functioning.

Sebastian Jindra-Cotilla | Berkeley, CA

Sebastian hails from New York, graduated with a B.A. in anthropology from Vassar College, and recently earned an M.S. at UC Berkeley. He has worked extensively in the education field (high school level math, mostly) in Brooklyn, New Orleans, the Marshall Islands, and Guatemala. He served as an agriculture volunteer with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso and before arriving in Berkeley, Sebastian was director of a non-profit in Costa Rica that aims to bolster bilingual education in underserved, rural areas of the country. Professionally, Sebastian is interested in exploring the intersections of education and agricultural systems and in his free time enjoys books, bikes, boats, and gardens.

Sebastian tutors English, history, science, all levels of math, Spanish, and executive functioning.

Stephanie Li | Berkeley, CA   Stephanie is a second year student at UC Berkeley, majoring in molecular and cell biology. She moved to the East Bay when she was three and has lived here ever since. Stephanie tutored her siblings when she was younger, so transitioning to more formal tutoring for other students in K-12 was pretty easy. As a student, Stephanie struggled for a long time to find her particular learning style, and hated sitting down for long periods of time. She hopes to help all students discover learning in a way that is enjoyable to them, and also explore material more extensively. Stephanie believes all students should be able to create strong bases for future success, and is excited to contribute to that goal. In her free time, you can find Stephanie running or catching up on some much-needed sleep.   Stephanie tutors chemistry, math, ACT/SAT test prep, and executive function.

Stephanie Li | Berkeley, CA

Stephanie is a second year student at UC Berkeley, majoring in molecular and cell biology. She moved to the East Bay when she was three and has lived here ever since. Stephanie tutored her siblings when she was younger, so transitioning to more formal tutoring for other students in K-12 was pretty easy. As a student, Stephanie struggled for a long time to find her particular learning style, and hated sitting down for long periods of time. She hopes to help all students discover learning in a way that is enjoyable to them, and also explore material more extensively. Stephanie believes all students should be able to create strong bases for future success, and is excited to contribute to that goal. In her free time, you can find Stephanie running or catching up on some much-needed sleep.

Stephanie tutors chemistry, math, ACT/SAT test prep, and executive function.

Talen Rabe | Berkeley, CA   Talen has a BS in mathematics with an emphasis in physics. He tutored throughout college and has worked with students of all ages. Talen enjoys exploring his students' thought processes and guiding those thoughts toward clearer understanding. He understands the joy of figuring out a challenging problem, and believes real learning involves more than just passing the next exam. Talen believes in the power of positive thinking, and works to build self-confidence in his students. His friends know Talen as an accomplished and avid artist. He can often be found painting, taking breaks only to eat and play outside.   Talen tutors math, physics, and executive functioning.

Talen Rabe | Berkeley, CA

Talen has a BS in mathematics with an emphasis in physics. He tutored throughout college and has worked with students of all ages. Talen enjoys exploring his students' thought processes and guiding those thoughts toward clearer understanding. He understands the joy of figuring out a challenging problem, and believes real learning involves more than just passing the next exam. Talen believes in the power of positive thinking, and works to build self-confidence in his students. His friends know Talen as an accomplished and avid artist. He can often be found painting, taking breaks only to eat and play outside.

Talen tutors math, physics, and executive functioning.

Tyger Cohen | Online Senior Tutor   Tyger was born and raised in Berkeley and Oakland. Born into a family of educators going back two generations on both sides, he’s worked as a tutor for seven years. He was the project manager for the Bishop O’Dowd Chapter of Eye to Eye, a nonprofit that promotes self-advocacy in students with learning disabilities through creative art projects. Always with a spirit of adventure, Tyger participated in ecology-based science trips to Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, and to Baja Mexico to assist in research. He has also traveled throughout Europe, especially in Germany, where he holds citizenship. Tyger graduated from Cal State San Luis Obispo, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Food Science. He hopes to attend culinary school next year. Tyger enjoys exploring food, doing Krav Maga, and competing in video gaming tournaments.   Tyger is currently available for online tutoring only and tutors humanities, biology, chemistry, physics, math through pre-calculus, Spanish, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Tyger Cohen | Online
Senior Tutor

Tyger was born and raised in Berkeley and Oakland. Born into a family of educators going back two generations on both sides, he’s worked as a tutor for seven years. He was the project manager for the Bishop O’Dowd Chapter of Eye to Eye, a nonprofit that promotes self-advocacy in students with learning disabilities through creative art projects. Always with a spirit of adventure, Tyger participated in ecology-based science trips to Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, and to Baja Mexico to assist in research. He has also traveled throughout Europe, especially in Germany, where he holds citizenship. Tyger graduated from Cal State San Luis Obispo, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Food Science. He hopes to attend culinary school next year. Tyger enjoys exploring food, doing Krav Maga, and competing in video gaming tournaments.

Tyger is currently available for online tutoring only and tutors humanities, biology, chemistry, physics, math through pre-calculus, Spanish, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

William Oetojo | Berkeley, CA   William recently graduated from UC Berkeley studying Integrative Biology. He began his undergraduate career as an applied math major, so he understands the frustrations and struggles that come along with the subject. He’s been tutoring K-8 math and science since high school and hopes to share his love of STEM subjects with others. Though born and raised in Southern California, he enjoys cold and cloudy weather, which is one of the reasons why he chose to attend Cal! When he’s not studying, William enjoys playing basketball, golf, and trying out new eateries in the bay area.   William tutors math, biology, chemistry, physics, and executive functioning.

William Oetojo | Berkeley, CA

William recently graduated from UC Berkeley studying Integrative Biology. He began his undergraduate career as an applied math major, so he understands the frustrations and struggles that come along with the subject. He’s been tutoring K-8 math and science since high school and hopes to share his love of STEM subjects with others. Though born and raised in Southern California, he enjoys cold and cloudy weather, which is one of the reasons why he chose to attend Cal! When he’s not studying, William enjoys playing basketball, golf, and trying out new eateries in the bay area.

William tutors math, biology, chemistry, physics, and executive functioning.