#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.

  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.

  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.

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.

 
  Darlene Lie | Berkeley, CA   Darlene is a third-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, and executive functioning.

Darlene Lie | Berkeley, CA

Darlene is a third-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, 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 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.

 
  Ian Erlich | Berkeley, CA   Ian was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, in southern California, where he perfected his ability to skateboard to and from various shopping malls. He moved to the Bay Area shortly after graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology. Ian first found enjoyment in teaching while volunteering at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting under-resourced students. He has also worked as a teacher's assistant for a 1st grade classroom, as a facilitator for a 2nd grade afterschool homework club, and as an academic mentor for a middle school afterschool program. He likes to read and draw in his free time, and is currently a graphic design student.   Ian tutors K-5, English, biology, environmental science, and executive functioning.

Ian Erlich | Berkeley, CA

Ian was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, in southern California, where he perfected his ability to skateboard to and from various shopping malls. He moved to the Bay Area shortly after graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology. Ian first found enjoyment in teaching while volunteering at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting under-resourced students. He has also worked as a teacher's assistant for a 1st grade classroom, as a facilitator for a 2nd grade afterschool homework club, and as an academic mentor for a middle school afterschool program. He likes to read and draw in his free time, and is currently a graphic design student.

Ian tutors K-5, English, biology, environmental science, and executive functioning.

  Jonny deBorst | Berkeley, CA   Jonny is originally from Latin America, having grown up in Ecuador, Argentina, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. He moved to California to attend Deep Springs College, and graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies and Development Economics. Jonny has worked as a cowboy in the Eastern Sierra, monitoring rangeland and managing herds of cattle and horses, as well as an educator in high schools, at the Oakland Zoo, and abroad--among many other jobs. He enjoys work and relationships that cross disciplines and cultures, and that lays the groundwork for deeper understanding and motivation. He is working on shaping a life that is centered around service towards people and the environment. In his spare time, Jonny loves to rock climb, hike, and ride his motorcycle.   Jonny tutors English, Spanish, and executive functioning.

Jonny deBorst | Berkeley, CA

Jonny is originally from Latin America, having grown up in Ecuador, Argentina, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. He moved to California to attend Deep Springs College, and graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies and Development Economics. Jonny has worked as a cowboy in the Eastern Sierra, monitoring rangeland and managing herds of cattle and horses, as well as an educator in high schools, at the Oakland Zoo, and abroad--among many other jobs. He enjoys work and relationships that cross disciplines and cultures, and that lays the groundwork for deeper understanding and motivation. He is working on shaping a life that is centered around service towards people and the environment. In his spare time, Jonny loves to rock climb, hike, and ride his motorcycle.

Jonny tutors English, Spanish, 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, 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, and executive functioning.

 
  Kristie Wong | Berkeley, CA Senior Tutor   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
Senior Tutor

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 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, 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 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, 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.

 
  Leon Kenin | Berkeley, CA   Leon is a lifelong student with a love of teaching. He grew up in both Berkeley and Oakland and went to Berkeley public schools from K through 12th grade. The summer after 10th grade at BHS, with just two years of Spanish under his belt, he studied abroad in Mexico and came back fluent. That experience changed everything and he’s had a love for languages and international living ever since. Leon has spent years in Spain and Israel and can now converse in 6 languages. In addition to teaching Spanish at three Bay Area high schools, as well as Jewish meditation and spirituality, he’s been teaching Judo to kids and adults for half of his life. He has bachelor’s degrees in International and Public Affairs and Latin American Studies from Princeton University and a master’s of science in Oriental Medicine from AIMC in Berkeley. Leon says, “I have personally experienced a wide spectrum of socio-economic, cultural, and international environments and this has broadened my horizons and increased my ability to open up students’ minds.” He’s a father of five wonderful kids, has two dogs, and recently got a tortoise.   Leon is a Spanish instructor for our Language & Enrichment Program.

Leon Kenin | Berkeley, CA

Leon is a lifelong student with a love of teaching. He grew up in both Berkeley and Oakland and went to Berkeley public schools from K through 12th grade. The summer after 10th grade at BHS, with just two years of Spanish under his belt, he studied abroad in Mexico and came back fluent. That experience changed everything and he’s had a love for languages and international living ever since. Leon has spent years in Spain and Israel and can now converse in 6 languages. In addition to teaching Spanish at three Bay Area high schools, as well as Jewish meditation and spirituality, he’s been teaching Judo to kids and adults for half of his life. He has bachelor’s degrees in International and Public Affairs and Latin American Studies from Princeton University and a master’s of science in Oriental Medicine from AIMC in Berkeley. Leon says, “I have personally experienced a wide spectrum of socio-economic, cultural, and international environments and this has broadened my horizons and increased my ability to open up students’ minds.” He’s a father of five wonderful kids, has two dogs, and recently got a tortoise.

Leon is a Spanish instructor for our Language & Enrichment Program.

  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 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.

  Owen Carey | Berkeley, CA   Owen was born and raised on the outskirts of Chicago and is extremely passionate about math, science, technology, and music. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in chemical engineering, and subsequently worked two years as a process development engineer for Micron Technology developing world-class computer memory and storage. In the last two years Owen has switched his technical focus to data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence -- with an emphasis on music. Owen is an avid musician who plays guitar, bass, drums, sax and has recently started a part-time role with Humtap as a machine learning engineer working on AI music generation. Owen greatly enjoys working with children of all ages and finds deep satisfaction in "making things click" for kids. He believes that education can and should be a sincerely enjoyable endeavor, and instills fun into all of his teaching! Owen's tutoring style is laid-back, mindful, and engaging!   Owen tutors biology, chemistry, physics, all levels of math, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Owen Carey | Berkeley, CA

Owen was born and raised on the outskirts of Chicago and is extremely passionate about math, science, technology, and music. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in chemical engineering, and subsequently worked two years as a process development engineer for Micron Technology developing world-class computer memory and storage. In the last two years Owen has switched his technical focus to data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence -- with an emphasis on music. Owen is an avid musician who plays guitar, bass, drums, sax and has recently started a part-time role with Humtap as a machine learning engineer working on AI music generation. Owen greatly enjoys working with children of all ages and finds deep satisfaction in "making things click" for kids. He believes that education can and should be a sincerely enjoyable endeavor, and instills fun into all of his teaching! Owen's tutoring style is laid-back, mindful, and engaging!

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

 
  Peter Gunn | Berkeley, CA   Peter graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in economics and political science. Prior to joining Classroom Matters, he tutored students in math and language arts through a university-affiliated program. Peter appreciates that there is no "right" way to learn a concept. He wants to ensure that students who feel confused by what they learned in class have other avenues by which to master conceptual understanding. Outside of work, Peter enjoys rock climbing, reading, and playing the accordion.   Peter tutors reading, writing, English, history, math, Spanish, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Peter Gunn | Berkeley, CA

Peter graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in economics and political science. Prior to joining Classroom Matters, he tutored students in math and language arts through a university-affiliated program. Peter appreciates that there is no "right" way to learn a concept. He wants to ensure that students who feel confused by what they learned in class have other avenues by which to master conceptual understanding. Outside of work, Peter enjoys rock climbing, reading, and playing the accordion.

Peter tutors reading, writing, English, history, math, Spanish, 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 is the Math Club instructor for our Language & Enrichment Program and 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 is the Math Club instructor for our Language & Enrichment Program and tutors math through pre-calculus, reading, writing, literature, French 1, 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.

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.

  Sarah Verley | Berkeley, CA Senior Tutor   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
Senior Tutor

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.

  Shelby Leigh Kremin | Berkeley, CA   Shelby just moved to the East Bay from Chicago and is so excited to call Berkeley her home. She lived in Madrid and Sevilla for 3 years and is fluent in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. She taught high school Spanish for over 7 years, loves working with students, and is extremely passionate about teaching children Spanish! Shelby is also a Holistic Medicine Practitioner and offers wellness techniques that help clear stress from the brain and body. Her passions include; singing, dancing, live music, cooking, traveling, and yoga/meditation.   Shelby is a Spanish instructor for our Language & Enrichment Program.

Shelby Leigh Kremin | Berkeley, CA

Shelby just moved to the East Bay from Chicago and is so excited to call Berkeley her home. She lived in Madrid and Sevilla for 3 years and is fluent in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. She taught high school Spanish for over 7 years, loves working with students, and is extremely passionate about teaching children Spanish! Shelby is also a Holistic Medicine Practitioner and offers wellness techniques that help clear stress from the brain and body. Her passions include; singing, dancing, live music, cooking, traveling, and yoga/meditation.

Shelby is a Spanish instructor for our Language & Enrichment Program.

  Tatty Klass | Berkeley, CA Senior Tutor   Tatty graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in biology. Before teaching, she worked in science research, first studying phosphate levels in Lake Tahoe and later studying western honey bees in Rehovot, Israel. Tatty went on to receive her teaching credential for science grades 4-8 in Austin, Texas. Since then she has tutored grades K – 12, science to middle students since 2013, and math and reading at the high school level. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, cooking, and crafts.   Tatty tutors all types of elementary and middle school science and executive functioning.

Tatty Klass | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

Tatty graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in biology. Before teaching, she worked in science research, first studying phosphate levels in Lake Tahoe and later studying western honey bees in Rehovot, Israel. Tatty went on to receive her teaching credential for science grades 4-8 in Austin, Texas. Since then she has tutored grades K – 12, science to middle students since 2013, and math and reading at the high school level. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, cooking, and crafts.

Tatty tutors all types of elementary and middle school science and executive functioning.

  Vreni Michelini-Castillo | Berkeley, CA Senior Tutor   Vreni is a multidisciplinary cultural producer, organizer, and educator. Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, she became part of the Mexican diaspora migrating to Texas, Georgia, and Virginia in 1999.  While in Virginia, Vreni 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, Vreni 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 California College of the Arts.   Vreni teaches multiple subjects in the humanities, English, all levels of Spanish, K-5, and executive functioning.

Vreni Michelini-Castillo | Berkeley, CA
Senior Tutor

Vreni is a multidisciplinary cultural producer, organizer, and educator. Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, she became part of the Mexican diaspora migrating to Texas, Georgia, and Virginia in 1999.

While in Virginia, Vreni 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, Vreni 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 California College of the Arts.

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

  Wendy Okada | Berkeley, CA   A Bay Area native, Wendy is a graduate of Franklin University Switzerland in Lugano, where she completed her B.A. in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies combined with French Studies. After finishing her master’s degree in History, Theory and the Practices of Human Rights at the Institut des Droits de l'Homme de Lyon in France, she spent time travelling and has worked abroad for the past 8 years.  Wendy is passionate about how education and human rights go hand-in-hand having worked in refugee resettlement, in education for migrant/newcomer youth, and with university students. She is particularly keen on the importance of language acquisition. A keen lover of language herself, she currently speaks French, Italian, and Spanish in addition to English and conversational Japanese. Wendy is also a TESOL certified instructor.  In her free time, Wendy enjoys cooking for her sister, going on adventures with her dogs, reading books about obscure historical moments, debating politics with her friends over tea, embroidering, and having jam sessions with her brother-in-law and father.   Wendy tutors humanities, all levels of French, Italian, beginning Spanish, and executive functioning.

Wendy Okada | Berkeley, CA

A Bay Area native, Wendy is a graduate of Franklin University Switzerland in Lugano, where she completed her B.A. in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies combined with French Studies. After finishing her master’s degree in History, Theory and the Practices of Human Rights at the Institut des Droits de l'Homme de Lyon in France, she spent time travelling and has worked abroad for the past 8 years.

Wendy is passionate about how education and human rights go hand-in-hand having worked in refugee resettlement, in education for migrant/newcomer youth, and with university students. She is particularly keen on the importance of language acquisition. A keen lover of language herself, she currently speaks French, Italian, and Spanish in addition to English and conversational Japanese. Wendy is also a TESOL certified instructor.

In her free time, Wendy enjoys cooking for her sister, going on adventures with her dogs, reading books about obscure historical moments, debating politics with her friends over tea, embroidering, and having jam sessions with her brother-in-law and father.

Wendy tutors humanities, all levels of French, Italian, beginning Spanish, 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.

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