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Middle School

Acacia Shyr

Acacia Shyr

Hi! My name is Acacia Shyr and I love being a tutor because I believe that learning is a student’s journey to discovering their passions. The world and your individuality have so much to offer and teach us.

I am an honors graduate from UCLA with a major in Physiological Science and a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology. I have three years of teaching experience, including UCLA’s Infant Development Program, UCLA’s Learning Assistant Program, Devon Review, Franklin Educational Services, and School on Wheels. In these roles, I gained experience helping students with learning differences such as dyslexia and ADHD. My professional goals include becoming a Nurse Practitioner and Professor of Nursing.  

I know that an enthusiastic and caring instructor is the key to an enjoyable class; therefore, I promise to always bring my best to class. My role is to scaffold your journey by providing you with evidence-based study strategies, a safe space to explore, and a structured plan for success. Lastly, I value academic mastery based on understanding rather than memorization and hands-on activities that reveal a topic’s relevance to real life.

Some of my hobbies include cycling, tennis, drawing/watercoloring.

Carielle Spangenberg

Carielle Spangenberg

Hi, I’m Carielle! I’m from Martinez and graduated from Alhambra High School. I attended UC Berkeley, where I completed a Bachelors in Engineering Physics and a minor in Mechanical Engineering, achieving the departmental citation for Engineering Sciences. I’ve been tutoring for a decade now, and I’ve worked at Lafayette Academy since 2018. I specialize in math and physics, as you might imagine – elementary and middle school math all the way through AP Calculus AB, along with Physics of the Universe and AP Physics 1. My other interests include Mock Trial – I competed in high school and I have been helping coach the Alhambra team for 6 years now. When I’m not working, I like to spend my time volunteering, baking, visiting art museums, and travelling.

Katie Crone

Katie Crone

Hi! I’m Katie Crone, a math and language arts tutor from Minnesota. I spent the last seven years in Nashville, Tennessee, attending Belmont University and then teaching students with exceptionalities. My hobbies include writing screenplays, taking care of my obese cat, and begging kids to use commas. Let’s get learning!

Monica Tapiarene

Monica Tapiarene

Extensive experience teaching Spanish, French, and English, in editing, and curriculum development.

Experienced English composition, critical thinking & composition, and literature instructor [from basic to advanced levels–native speakers and multi-lingual students].

Monica taught Spanish from 2013 to 2015 at Napa Valley College and English Composition, Introduction to Literature and Critical Thinking courses from 2005 to 2015.

Monica also teaches English composition and critical thinking & composition to native-speakers, international students, and immigrant students, and teaches academic writing to multi-lingual students at Los Medanos College-Contra Costa Community College District.

Education:

Certificate:  Online Teaching-Contra Costa Community College District

Certificate:  Reading Apprenticeship Program-Contra Costa Community College District

M.A. English-Applied Linguistics – CSUEB

B.A. English-British and America Literature – CSUEB

A.A. Liberal Arts-German, French, Art History – DVC

German, Goethe-Institut, Lima, Perú

PUBLICATIONS:

-NéctarSelected Poems – A Dual-Language Edition with Parallel Text – July 2020
-Olor A Lluvia – September 2020.
-Excerpt from “2050” – SF Chronicle – September 2020

Robert Mcmaster

Robert Mcmaster

My greatest passions in life keep me in academia, and I suspect that will never change. I am a senior student of history at Saint Mary’s College here in Moraga, though for the past three years I have been studying Earth sciences and education, so my academic background is quite varied. My specific areas of expertise in my scholarship of history include the history of the United States and of Europe, both medieval and contemporary, with an overarching theme of military history and warfare, and its evolving relationship with every aspect of human civilization. As I reflect on my experience in the classroom as a volunteer aide in the Oakland Unified School District, and of my time tutoring, I am reminded of the joy of teaching, and of the new insights and perspectives that students over the years have brought me, at least as much as I have brought to them.

High School

Carielle Spangenberg

Carielle Spangenberg

Hi, I’m Carielle! I’m from Martinez and graduated from Alhambra High School. I attended UC Berkeley, where I completed a Bachelors in Engineering Physics and a minor in Mechanical Engineering, achieving the departmental citation for Engineering Sciences. I’ve been tutoring for a decade now, and I’ve worked at Lafayette Academy since 2018. I specialize in math and physics, as you might imagine – elementary and middle school math all the way through AP Calculus AB, along with Physics of the Universe and AP Physics 1. My other interests include Mock Trial – I competed in high school and I have been helping coach the Alhambra team for 6 years now. When I’m not working, I like to spend my time volunteering, baking, visiting art museums, and travelling.

Dominica Masarova

Dominica Masarova

I am a student at Saint Mary’s College of California, majoring in Math with a concentration in Computer Science.

Mark Bachofer

Mark Bachofer

Hello, I’m Mark! I have a BA in both Environmental Studies and International Relations, though I’ve also studied Spanish, Entomology, and English. Since my freshman year of college, I’ve been working on writing my first novel, which I am currently trying to get published! I love teaching, and the spark of comprehension when a student finally understands a difficult problem is one of the most rewarding parts of tutoring for me. I read constantly, play board games often, and enjoy the outdoors! I look forward to helping you with whatever subject(s) you might need a hand with.

Monica Tapiarene

Monica Tapiarene

Extensive experience teaching Spanish, French, and English, in editing, and curriculum development.

Experienced English composition, critical thinking & composition, and literature instructor [from basic to advanced levels–native speakers and multi-lingual students].

Monica taught Spanish from 2013 to 2015 at Napa Valley College and English Composition, Introduction to Literature and Critical Thinking courses from 2005 to 2015.

Monica also teaches English composition and critical thinking & composition to native-speakers, international students, and immigrant students, and teaches academic writing to multi-lingual students at Los Medanos College-Contra Costa Community College District.

Education:

Certificate:  Online Teaching-Contra Costa Community College District

Certificate:  Reading Apprenticeship Program-Contra Costa Community College District

M.A. English-Applied Linguistics – CSUEB

B.A. English-British and America Literature – CSUEB

A.A. Liberal Arts-German, French, Art History – DVC

German, Goethe-Institut, Lima, Perú

PUBLICATIONS:

-NéctarSelected Poems – A Dual-Language Edition with Parallel Text – July 2020
-Olor A Lluvia – September 2020.
-Excerpt from “2050” – SF Chronicle – September 2020

Natalie Fedorova

Natalie Fedorova

I am a soon-to-be graduate of UC Berkeley, studying energy engineering. I am passionate about power systems and renewable technologies, so I spend most of my studies engaged in problem solving and writing up my research. In high school, I took a lot of French classes through the AP level, and even studied abroad for a semester in London and Paris as an undergrad. I continue to love physics, all kinds of math topics, environmental science, and writing. The subject I wish I had more time to study but still really enjoy is history, so I read books and watch YouTube videos about it as a hobby.

Robert Mcmaster

Robert Mcmaster

My greatest passions in life keep me in academia, and I suspect that will never change. I am a senior student of history at Saint Mary’s College here in Moraga, though for the past three years I have been studying Earth sciences and education, so my academic background is quite varied. My specific areas of expertise in my scholarship of history include the history of the United States and of Europe, both medieval and contemporary, with an overarching theme of military history and warfare, and its evolving relationship with every aspect of human civilization. As I reflect on my experience in the classroom as a volunteer aide in the Oakland Unified School District, and of my time tutoring, I am reminded of the joy of teaching, and of the new insights and perspectives that students over the years have brought me, at least as much as I have brought to them.

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