Our Trainer Bios

Maria Marban

Veteran Status Trainer

 
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Maria attended Notre Dame de Namur University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry. She plans to go to medical school once she has completed her pre-med certification. Maria loves reading, painting, dancing, and inventing new recipes! Maria is a seasoned traveler and has been to exciting places like France, China, and Japan. 

Ask for Maria if you need help with...

  • Kindergarten: Number Sense, Phonics, Reading Comprehension

  • Elementary School: Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Social Studies, Science, Spanish

  • Middle School: Science and Mathematics K-8, Algebra 1, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Spanish

  • High School: Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Algebra 1, Geometry, US/World History, Government, AP Courses

  • Test Prep: preparing for the ISEE, SSAT, HSPT or ERB/STAR tests

  • Study Skills: developing strong study habits and test-taking skills, growing as a successful student

Mary Seerveld

Veteran Status Trainer

 
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Mary attended San José State University and graduated with a Design Studies major and Philosophy minor. She fell in love with words at a young age and loves to use them with precision, not only writing her own short stories and poetry but also volunteering her skills as an editor to other hobbyist writers. After college she served with Americorps in Montana, assisting a child-oriented nonprofit with messaging and outreach. In her spare time, she keeps busy with reading, writing, drawing, and all manner of creative multimedia pursuits. She gets a kick out of helping students visualize complex concepts in new ways, and she likes to use memory tricks drawn from cognitive psychology research to help make key ideas stick.

Ask for Mary if you need help with...

  • Kindergarten: Number Sense, Phonics, Reading Comprehension

  • Elementary School: Reading Comprehension, Writing, Creative Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, French

  • Middle School: Science and Mathematics K-8, Algebra 1, Reading Comprehension, Writing, French

  • High School: British Literature, American Literature, Writing, Creative Writing, Logic, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Algebra 1, Geometry, US History, World History, Geography, Government, Cultural Studies, French at any level, AP Literature or History

  • Test Prep: preparing for the ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, ERB/STAR, SAT, or ACT tests

  • Study Skills: developing strong study habits and test-taking skills, growing as a successful student 

Rex Sagayaga

Veteran Status Trainer

 
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Rex attended UC Davis where he earned a BS in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. As a tutor, Rex encourages his students to explain the concept to him before working through example problems and figuring out a method for solving them. Rex enjoys photography, playing golf, and tinkering with computers and other electronics. He aspires to be a medical doctor and obtain a MA or PhD in Neuroscience or Psychology. 

Ask for Rex if you need help with...

  • Elementary School: Science and Mathematics K-8

  • Middle School: Science and Mathematics K-8, Algebra 1

  • High School: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Honors/AP Science, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, Honors/AP Math

  • Test Prep: preparing for the ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, ERB/STAR, SAT, or ACT tests

  • Study Skills: developing strong study habits and test-taking skills, growing as a successful student

Marissa Mihin

Veteran Status Trainer

 
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Marissa graduated from the University of California, Berkley, where she majored in Mathematics and is currently remotely finishing a Master’s degree in Mathematical Logic from Université Diderot Paris 7. Marissa has over 5 years of one-on-one tutoring experience and is dedicated to learning each student’s unique style and providing them with the understanding of mathematical concepts that are necessary for success both in the classroom and out in the real world. Marissa really enjoys reading, in particular poetry, fictional works, and philosophical pieces. Her career ambitions include earning a PhD in Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics to perform research and making the changes necessary to improve the standard mathematics curriculum.

Ask for Marissa if you need help with…

  • Kindergarten: Number Sense, Early Childhood Mathematics

  • Elementary School: Mathematics K-8, Reading Comprehension, Phonics, French

  • Middle School: Mathematics K-8, Algebra 1, Social Studies, Reading Comprehension, Creative Writing, French

  • High School: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus (AP Calculus AB & BC; Single variable and multivariable), Economics, Government, English Literature, American Literature, Writing, Creative Writing, College Essays, French

  • Test Prep: Preparation for the Quantitative/Mathematics Sections of the SAT, ACT, PSAT, ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, or ERB/STAR tests

  • Study Skills: developing strong study habits and test-taking skills, growing as a successful student, and fostering a lifelong appreciation of learning!

Bryce Whitman

Professional Status Trainer

 
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Bryce attended Santa Clara University and graduated with an English Literature major and a History minor. He has always had an equal love of reading and writing fiction, which he fulfilled with his emphasis in Creative Writing. He has also studied Spanish and French and traveled to France and England twice. Bryce likes to make the humanities as easy and interesting as he can for students of all ages!

Ask for Bryce if you need help with...

  • Kindergarten: Number Sense, Phonics, Reading Comprehension

  • Elementary School: Mathematics, Social Studies, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Creative Writing

  • Middle School: Social Studies, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Creative Writing, Test Prep Verbal Sections, Pre-algebra

  • High School: US History, World History, Government, Religious Studies, English Literature, American Literature, Writing, Creative Writing, College Essays, Test Prep Verbal Sections

  • Test Prep: improving your skills specifically in Verbal Reasoning, Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension for the CAASPP, ISEE, SSAT, PSAT, and SAT

  • Study Skills: developing strong study habits and test-taking skills, growing as a successful student

Stephanie Hyland

Professional Status Trainer

 
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Stephanie earned her BA in Intensive Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is experienced in tutoring math, language arts, social studies, the humanities, writing, and grammar. She strives to be a positive role model and supporter of K-12 students by being a listening ear, a knowledgeable resource, and a collaborator for problem solving. Stephanie avidly enjoys reading, running, and cooking. For the long term, she aspires to a career within the field of school psychology.

Ask for Stephanie if you need help with...

  • Kindergarten: Phonics, Reading Comprehension, Number Sense

  • Elementary School: Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Science, Spanish

  • Middle School: Reading Comprehension, Writing, Spanish

  • High School: US/World History, Government, Religious Studies, Writing, Creative Writing, English/American Literature

  • Test Prep: preparing for the Lower Level ISEE or SSAT, the Verbal Reasoning and Writing Sections of the Upper Level ISEE, or the ERB/STAR tests

  • Study Skills: developing strong study habits and test-taking skills, growing as a successful student

Huy Lam Vu

Professional Status Trainer

 
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Huy attended California State University East Bay and graduated with a BS in Mathematics. He is experienced in tutoring mathematics and strives to teach students to achieve excellence in mathematics. In his spare time, Huy loves to read light novels and play strategy games.

Ask for Huy if you need help with…

  • Elementary School: Mathematics K-8

  • Middle School: Mathematics K-8, Algebra 1

  • High School: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus

  • Test Prep: preparing for the Quantitative/Mathematics sections of the SAT, ACT, PSAT, ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, or ERB/STAR tests

  • Study Skills: developing strong study habits and test-taking skills, growing as a successful student

Stewart Allen

Professional Status Trainer

 
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Stewart is currently attending Santa Clara University and working towards a degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Biotechnology. Because organic chemistry is his favorite subject, he plans on going to medical school or pursuing a career in industrial chemistry once he completes his degree at Santa Clara University. Stewart likes to read long stories of fiction, play guitar, surf and prepare delicious meals for his housemates while off the clock. 

Ask Stewart if you need help with...

  • Elementary School: Mathematics, Spanish

  • Middle School: Science and Mathematics K-8, Algebra 1 , Geometry

  • High School: Mathematics including Algebra 2 and AP Calculus, Sciences including AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Biology

  • Test Prep: preparing for the ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, ERB/STAR, SAT, or ACT tests

  • Study Skills: developing strong study habits and test-taking skills, growing as a successful student