#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 | Senior Tutor   A south Sacramento native, Amanda holds degrees from UC Berkeley in Art and American Studies with a focus on Race, Culture and Identity in Urban Schools. In her 8 years as an educator, she has taught art and children’s literature, co-directed CM’s afterschool program, and worked with local programs that prioritize under-served youth, social justice, and community involvement.  Amanda strives to be a compassionate ally to her students and to help them uncover opportunities for critical thinking and unconventional learning in everyday life. As an educator, she empowers every student to be an active learner by fostering self-advocacy. In her spare time, Amanda likes to scavenge for cool street finds, get lost in new video game worlds, read children’s literature, go to punk shows, explore the Bay via walking and public transit, and make art.   Amanda is Director of Instructional Support, and tutors K-8 reading/writing, AP English, AP US History, AP World History, college applications and essays, ISEE/HSPT test prep, SAT Verbal, and executive functioning.

Amanda Burke | Senior Tutor

A south Sacramento native, Amanda holds degrees from UC Berkeley in Art and American Studies with a focus on Race, Culture and Identity in Urban Schools. In her 8 years as an educator, she has taught art and children’s literature, co-directed CM’s afterschool program, and worked with local programs that prioritize under-served youth, social justice, and community involvement.

Amanda strives to be a compassionate ally to her students and to help them uncover opportunities for critical thinking and unconventional learning in everyday life. As an educator, she empowers every student to be an active learner by fostering self-advocacy. In her spare time, Amanda likes to scavenge for cool street finds, get lost in new video game worlds, read children’s literature, go to punk shows, explore the Bay via walking and public transit, and make art.

Amanda is Director of Instructional Support, and tutors K-8 reading/writing, AP English, AP US History, AP World History, college applications and essays, ISEE/HSPT test prep, SAT Verbal, and executive functioning.

Brandy Williams   Brandy is a Southern California native and has been teaching and tutoring for 6 years. Her tutoring experience began with tutoring college-level organic chemistry II, and from there she fell in love with science education. Brandy taught biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, and geometry at various high schools throughout Los Angeles, San Mateo, and San Francisco. Her favorites, though, are biology and chemistry. Brandy has also worked and volunteered at health clinics in the Bay Area, where she's had the opportunity to apply her scientific knowledge in the real world. Her goal is to be sure students understand the "big picture" and can grasp concepts well enough to be able to explain things back to themselves and their teachers.

Brandy Williams

Brandy is a Southern California native and has been teaching and tutoring for 6 years. Her tutoring experience began with tutoring college-level organic chemistry II, and from there she fell in love with science education. Brandy taught biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, and geometry at various high schools throughout Los Angeles, San Mateo, and San Francisco. Her favorites, though, are biology and chemistry. Brandy has also worked and volunteered at health clinics in the Bay Area, where she's had the opportunity to apply her scientific knowledge in the real world. Her goal is to be sure students understand the "big picture" and can grasp concepts well enough to be able to explain things back to themselves and their teachers.

Chara Prescott | 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 | 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   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, SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Claire Lee

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, SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Darlene Lie | Senior Tutor   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 | Senior Tutor

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   Dee graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Policy, Planning & Development and a minor in Economics. At USC, Dee was an RA,, studied abroad in Shanghai, and worked on research projects related to education and housing policy. In 2016, Dee moved to Berkeley to work at a non-profit providing job training and placement to refugees and asylum seekers.  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 Camp Galileo and the Center for Talented Youth. Dee approaches tutoring with enthusiasm, encouragement, and flexibility, ensuring that lessons and activities are tailored to each student’s needs.  In her free time, Dee enjoys playing board games, perfecting her latte art, and planning surprise birthday parties.   Dee specializes in K- 8, reading, writing, English, HSPT/ISEE test prep, and executive functioning.

Dee Um

Dee graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Policy, Planning & Development and a minor in Economics. At USC, Dee was an RA,, studied abroad in Shanghai, and worked on research projects related to education and housing policy. In 2016, Dee moved to Berkeley to work at a non-profit providing job training and placement to refugees and asylum seekers.

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 Camp Galileo and the Center for Talented Youth. Dee approaches tutoring with enthusiasm, encouragement, and flexibility, ensuring that lessons and activities are tailored to each student’s needs.

In her free time, Dee enjoys playing board games, perfecting her latte art, and planning surprise birthday parties.

Dee specializes in K- 8, reading, writing, English, HSPT/ISEE test prep, and executive functioning.

Derek Burle | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.

Ella Every-Wortman   Ella is an educator and social justice youth worker. Originally from the East Coast, Ella holds a B.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University and a Masters in Teaching in Secondary Social Studies Education from NYU. Ella has taught History with San Francisco Unified School District and served as an Associate Teacher at The IDEAL School of Manhattan, providing individualized learning support in an inclusive classroom setting. Since 2016, Ella has designed and implemented original curriculum on social justice topics for youth development programs. Ella greatly values the individual relationships formed through tutoring and loves to see their students succeed. Outside of the classroom, they are an avid reader and lover of Bay Area nature.   Ella tutors K-5; ISEE/SSAT; 8-12 reading, writing, English, AP English, all levels of world and US history, and executive functioning.

Ella Every-Wortman

Ella is an educator and social justice youth worker. Originally from the East Coast, Ella holds a B.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University and a Masters in Teaching in Secondary Social Studies Education from NYU. Ella has taught History with San Francisco Unified School District and served as an Associate Teacher at The IDEAL School of Manhattan, providing individualized learning support in an inclusive classroom setting. Since 2016, Ella has designed and implemented original curriculum on social justice topics for youth development programs. Ella greatly values the individual relationships formed through tutoring and loves to see their students succeed. Outside of the classroom, they are an avid reader and lover of Bay Area nature.

Ella tutors K-5; ISEE/SSAT; 8-12 reading, writing, English, AP English, all levels of world and US history, and executive functioning.

Josh Quintanilla   Josh is originally from Los Angeles, but has his heart in Northern California. He graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in History and B.A. in Biological Sciences. During his time in Davis, he worked as a peer advisor, taught lab courses, and did volunteer work at Davis High School. In 2017, Josh moved back to LA and took a position in a biotech company as a stem cell biologist. In 2018, he worked as a high school biology teacher and has impacted the lives of his students and those of the other grade levels. He recently moved back to Northern California and now holds a position as a biologist at a nearby laboratory focusing on cellular agriculture. Josh believes every student must be well-rounded in multiple subjects. He stands by the conviction that knowledge must be preserved and passed down to younger generations, in the hopes they can surpass this current generation and be the leaders of tomorrow.   Josh tutors biology, chemistry, algebra I & 2, geometry, Spanish 1-3, history, AP history, pre-calculus, and executive functioning.

Josh Quintanilla

Josh is originally from Los Angeles, but has his heart in Northern California. He graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in History and B.A. in Biological Sciences. During his time in Davis, he worked as a peer advisor, taught lab courses, and did volunteer work at Davis High School. In 2017, Josh moved back to LA and took a position in a biotech company as a stem cell biologist. In 2018, he worked as a high school biology teacher and has impacted the lives of his students and those of the other grade levels. He recently moved back to Northern California and now holds a position as a biologist at a nearby laboratory focusing on cellular agriculture. Josh believes every student must be well-rounded in multiple subjects. He stands by the conviction that knowledge must be preserved and passed down to younger generations, in the hopes they can surpass this current generation and be the leaders of tomorrow.

Josh tutors biology, chemistry, algebra I & 2, geometry, Spanish 1-3, history, AP history, pre-calculus, and executive functioning.

Kristi Lentz-Taylor | Senior Tutor   Kristi is a transplant to Berkeley from northwestern Washington State. She is a former classroom teacher and holds degrees in elementary reading and literacy instruction, as well as certification in Spanish and ESL. She is passionate about the language and literacy, 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 studying at the Graduate Theological Union, volunteering locally and internationally, exploring the beautiful vistas of the Bay Area with her husband, and practicing organic living.   Kristi tutors K-8 in all subjects, K-12 Spanish, lower level ISEE test prep, and executive functioning.

Kristi Lentz-Taylor | Senior Tutor

Kristi is a transplant to Berkeley from northwestern Washington State. She is a former classroom teacher and holds degrees in elementary reading and literacy instruction, as well as certification in Spanish and ESL. She is passionate about the language and literacy, 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 studying at the Graduate Theological Union, volunteering locally and internationally, exploring the beautiful vistas of the Bay Area with her husband, and practicing organic living.

Kristi tutors K-8 in all subjects, K-12 Spanish, lower level ISEE test prep, and executive functioning.

Kyle Lee | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.

Lee Steadman   Lee Steadman was raised in the Berkeley area. Growing up with a parent who was an art professor, they learned early how compassion and creativity help empower students in learning environments. Lee has worked as a mentor in a variety of settings over the years, including as a camp counselor for Queer and Trans youth. They attended the University of Washington, majoring in Disability Studies. There, they directed and helped organize one of the first student-led Disability and Deaf Cultural centers in the country. Their written work has been published in two anthologies, and they received a grant for their work in the field of Disability Studies. Currently, Lee works as an Instructional Assistant at Berkeley High School and is planning to apply this year for a Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on mental health. Lee lives in Oakland with their partner and cat. In their spare time, they love to sing and paint.   Lee tutors K-5 reading, writing, social studies; Spanish 1-3; middle school and high school reading, writing, English and biology; algebra I and geometry; and executive functioning.

Lee Steadman

Lee Steadman was raised in the Berkeley area. Growing up with a parent who was an art professor, they learned early how compassion and creativity help empower students in learning environments. Lee has worked as a mentor in a variety of settings over the years, including as a camp counselor for Queer and Trans youth. They attended the University of Washington, majoring in Disability Studies. There, they directed and helped organize one of the first student-led Disability and Deaf Cultural centers in the country. Their written work has been published in two anthologies, and they received a grant for their work in the field of Disability Studies. Currently, Lee works as an Instructional Assistant at Berkeley High School and is planning to apply this year for a Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on mental health. Lee lives in Oakland with their partner and cat. In their spare time, they love to sing and paint.

Lee tutors K-5 reading, writing, social studies; Spanish 1-3; middle school and high school reading, writing, English and biology; algebra I and geometry; and executive functioning.

Lena Chervin | Senior Tutor   Lena is fascinated by how people learn, no matter what the subject. She loves helping students discover their strengths, reach their goals, and increase their sense of self-efficacy. Her tutoring style is warm, joyful, and pragmatic, with a focus on skill building, both for the academic subject at hand, and for navigating the social and organizational context of learning.  Lena is a Berkeley native and Berkeley High School alum. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology and a minor in Latin from UC Davis, and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Foundational Sciences, Biology, and Chemistry from Cal State East Bay. In addition to her experience as a tutor, she has worked as a middle school science teacher, outdoor educator, and environmental consultant.  In her free time, Lena enjoys hiking, cooking, playing guitar, and improvisational partner dance.   Lena tutors all levels of chemistry, biology and AP biology, math through pre-calculus, writing, Latin, HSPT/ISEE test prep, SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Lena Chervin | Senior Tutor

Lena is fascinated by how people learn, no matter what the subject. She loves helping students discover their strengths, reach their goals, and increase their sense of self-efficacy. Her tutoring style is warm, joyful, and pragmatic, with a focus on skill building, both for the academic subject at hand, and for navigating the social and organizational context of learning.

Lena is a Berkeley native and Berkeley High School alum. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology and a minor in Latin from UC Davis, and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Foundational Sciences, Biology, and Chemistry from Cal State East Bay. In addition to her experience as a tutor, she has worked as a middle school science teacher, outdoor educator, and environmental consultant.

In her free time, Lena enjoys hiking, cooking, playing guitar, and improvisational partner dance.

Lena tutors all levels of chemistry, biology and AP biology, math through pre-calculus, writing, Latin, HSPT/ISEE test prep, SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Megan Susman | 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 | 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.

Pam Stello   Pam is from Massachusetts. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College and also attended Williams College. She went to UC Berkeley for graduate school; she has a M.A. in education and recently returned to complete her Ph.D. She has worked for many years as a tutor and education consultant in different areas of education, including K-12 reading, writing and research, math, test prep and college admissions. Before graduate school, she worked with young farmers in Burkina Faso as a Peace Corps volunteer, and she has continued to work on education, equity and environmental issues in the Bay Area. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens for East Shore Parks and the Richmond Community-Owned Development Enterprise Board and is Co-Chair of the Pt Molate Alliance. In her spare time, Pam enjoys cycling.   Pam tutors reading, English, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, ACT/SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Pam Stello

Pam is from Massachusetts. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College and also attended Williams College. She went to UC Berkeley for graduate school; she has a M.A. in education and recently returned to complete her Ph.D. She has worked for many years as a tutor and education consultant in different areas of education, including K-12 reading, writing and research, math, test prep and college admissions. Before graduate school, she worked with young farmers in Burkina Faso as a Peace Corps volunteer, and she has continued to work on education, equity and environmental issues in the Bay Area. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens for East Shore Parks and the Richmond Community-Owned Development Enterprise Board and is Co-Chair of the Pt Molate Alliance. In her spare time, Pam enjoys cycling.

Pam tutors reading, English, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, ACT/SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Reggie Clodfelter   A writer, a nerd, and a history buff, Reggie is a small-town guy from northern California who has always had an affinity for the classroom. Reggie studied Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, but only after two years of waffling between Lit, Physics, and U.S. History. Having grown up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reggie has always been a fan of the outdoors, whether he’s snowboarding, camping, or just hiking with his dogs through Tilden Park. Reggie moved to Berkeley in 2013 to pursue a career as a professional writer. He has extensive experience as a journalist and has done marketing and public relations for a number of bay area tech companies. He is also a musician whom you may catch playing bass at a local venue in the East Bay. Reggie is excited to share his love of learning with East Bay students and help them find their academic groove.   Reggie tutors reading, writing, English, world and US history, physics, math, HSPT/ISEE test prep, ACT/SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Reggie Clodfelter

A writer, a nerd, and a history buff, Reggie is a small-town guy from northern California who has always had an affinity for the classroom. Reggie studied Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, but only after two years of waffling between Lit, Physics, and U.S. History. Having grown up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reggie has always been a fan of the outdoors, whether he’s snowboarding, camping, or just hiking with his dogs through Tilden Park. Reggie moved to Berkeley in 2013 to pursue a career as a professional writer. He has extensive experience as a journalist and has done marketing and public relations for a number of bay area tech companies. He is also a musician whom you may catch playing bass at a local venue in the East Bay. Reggie is excited to share his love of learning with East Bay students and help them find their academic groove.

Reggie tutors reading, writing, English, world and US history, physics, math, HSPT/ISEE test prep, ACT/SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Rosalind Diaz | 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 CM’s Operations Manager, Math Club instructor for our Enrichment Program, and tutors math through pre-calculus, reading, writing, literature, French 1, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE test prep, and executive functioning.

Rosalind Diaz | 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 CM’s Operations Manager, Math Club instructor for our Enrichment Program, and tutors math through pre-calculus, reading, writing, literature, French 1, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE test prep, and executive functioning.

Ryan Soe | 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 | 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 Bordia   An honors graduate from Cornell University, Sam has had a varied post-collegiate career, working in the shipping industry, consulting, and international development. He recently completed a masters degree in Development Practice from UC Berkeley, where he taught Introductory Economics courses as well as two courses geared for pre-law students (Political Economy and Bioethics). When he is not working on his sustainable seafood start-up, Acari, Sam enjoys travelling, camping, and paying way too much attention to the NFL and NBA landscapes.   Sam tutors HSPT/ISEE test prep, Spanish, economics, humanities, math through calculus, and executive functioning.

Sam Bordia

An honors graduate from Cornell University, Sam has had a varied post-collegiate career, working in the shipping industry, consulting, and international development. He recently completed a masters degree in Development Practice from UC Berkeley, where he taught Introductory Economics courses as well as two courses geared for pre-law students (Political Economy and Bioethics). When he is not working on his sustainable seafood start-up, Acari, Sam enjoys travelling, camping, and paying way too much attention to the NFL and NBA landscapes.

Sam tutors HSPT/ISEE test prep, Spanish, economics, humanities, math through calculus, and executive functioning.

Sara Susanto   Sara   is a second year student at UC Berkeley majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. Born in Australia, she has moved around many times before graduating high school in Michigan and moving to Berkeley for college. Sara has started tutoring programs in her high school and has mentored many younger students from her community. She enjoys learning about her students and forming a connection that motivates the people she works with. As a STEM major, Sara particularly enjoys teaching students about science and math, as they are her favorite subjects to learn about. She hopes to help all students with their education, and guide them towards a brighter future. In her free time, you can find Sara attempting a new recipe or watching The Office.   Sara tutors physics, math, chemistry, and executive functioning.

Sara Susanto

Sara is a second year student at UC Berkeley majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. Born in Australia, she has moved around many times before graduating high school in Michigan and moving to Berkeley for college. Sara has started tutoring programs in her high school and has mentored many younger students from her community. She enjoys learning about her students and forming a connection that motivates the people she works with. As a STEM major, Sara particularly enjoys teaching students about science and math, as they are her favorite subjects to learn about. She hopes to help all students with their education, and guide them towards a brighter future. In her free time, you can find Sara attempting a new recipe or watching The Office.

Sara tutors physics, math, chemistry, and executive functioning.

Seenam Shah   Seenam is a CPR-certified young professional looking to help parents relax and make kids smile! She has tutored children at A Place of Learning, worked in kindergarten classrooms, and babysat various age groups for the past 3 years. She has always been successful in keeping students engaged and focused on classroom subject matters, while ensuring that they also properly develop soft skills such as organization. She attended a medical high school, which provided knowledge of child development and medical care. She is currently an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley with a focus on Astrophysics. She is very patient, easygoing, and optimistic, and gets along very well with children of all ages. She uses positive reinforcement techniques on developing children, and she treats them with the same respect that she extends to adults.   Seenam tutors K-5; 8-12 humanities, AP English, US and world history, psychology, all levels of biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, all levels of math through AP calculus, all levels of statistics, ACT/SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Seenam Shah

Seenam is a CPR-certified young professional looking to help parents relax and make kids smile! She has tutored children at A Place of Learning, worked in kindergarten classrooms, and babysat various age groups for the past 3 years. She has always been successful in keeping students engaged and focused on classroom subject matters, while ensuring that they also properly develop soft skills such as organization. She attended a medical high school, which provided knowledge of child development and medical care. She is currently an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley with a focus on Astrophysics. She is very patient, easygoing, and optimistic, and gets along very well with children of all ages. She uses positive reinforcement techniques on developing children, and she treats them with the same respect that she extends to adults.

Seenam tutors K-5; 8-12 humanities, AP English, US and world history, psychology, all levels of biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, all levels of math through AP calculus, all levels of statistics, ACT/SAT test prep, and executive functioning.

Stephanie Li   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 functioning.

Stephanie Li

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 functioning.

Tyger Cohen | 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. 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 | 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. 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   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

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.

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