Specialties

English, Comprehension, Composition, Creative Writing


Education

B.A. English, UC Berkeley

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Tiffany Lopez

Charlie is a Bay Area native who discovered their passion for STEM at an early age. They enjoy puzzles and increasing their mathematical knowledge, but most of all they enjoy sharing their knowledge with others through teaching. Charlie has an AS in mathematics as well as physics from Foothill College, and is currently pursuing a BA in Mathematics for Teaching at San Francisco State University.


When not practicing math and physics, Charlie likes to listen to and play music. Their favorite instrument is the ukulele, but they are also learning to play the guitar, mandolin, and drums.

Specialties
Math (All Levels) and Physics


Education

B.S. Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz

Teacher

Charlie Westly

Specialties
English, Reading, and Speech Pathology


Education

B.A. Communication Disorders, Holy Names College
M.A. Communication Disorders (Speech Pathology), CSU Stanislaus
Special Education Credential, CSU Stanislaus
Wilson Reading System Certification / Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner

"I think the biggest value they get is the 1-1 time, and where they can focus on the strength and weakness of both children."  

- Jeff. H. (Parent)

Eric was born and raised in the Sacramento area, then moved to the Bay Area shortly after high school. After spending time traveling, he decided to return to school to pursue his passion for literature. Once enrolled at UC Berkeley, Eric steeped himself in the environment of learning by studying creative writing, poetry, and Spanish in addition to literature. He created exchange groups for studying languages and offered tutoring for classmates as well.


It was at University that Eric fully realized his love for learning and his passion for helping others to achieve their academic goals. He lives for the moment a face lights up with the mastery of a new idea. When not absorbed in a book, Eric enjoys writing, playing music, rock climbing, vegetarian cooking, and traveling--especially to destinations where he can practice his Spanish.

Tiffany was born in Daly City and then moved to San Bruno at the age of ten. She spent many years playing sports, participating in school plays and learning all there is to know about baking the perfect chocolate chip cookies. When she was in high school, she found herself volunteering at a Spanish Immersion Preschool in which her passion for teaching had begun. From there, she worked in many classroom and after-school environments, focusing primarily on early elementary and middle school ages. 


In her free time, Tiffany loves going shopping, hanging around the house, and watching Gilmore Girls reruns on Netflix. She is currently in the process of continuing her education and hopes to receive a masters degree in education from the University of San Francisco.

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Eric Elsea

Gina taught Special Education for 34 years in San Mateo and Palo Alto, and is now semi-retired. She is looking forward to continuing to teach reading for a few hours each week at TRA, and we are lucky to have her. When she is not teaching, Gina can be found working in her garden, taking long walks with her husband and three little dogs, and catching up on her reading.  

Gina Williams

Specialties

All Subjects (Grades K–5), Math and English ( Grades 6–8)
High school Spanish or higher level Spanish

Education

California Teaching Credential (in progress)

M.A. in Education, University of San Francisco (in progress)
B.A. in Liberal Studies - Sonoma State University 2016
Credentialed Substitute Teacher


Teacher


Gabbie is a native "East Bay-er" with a wide range of educational experiences that feed into her own teaching methods. Having been diagnosed with ADD at 6 years old, and a visual-auditory-processing disorder, school was hit or miss with years spent in both the remedial and GATE or rapid learning class (sometimes concurrently.) However, she fought her way through and now holds a Bachelors of Science in AstroPhysics from UCSC, the top Astrophysics program in the country.


Gabbie's teaching philosophy is that every person learns differently, and she loves finding methods that work for each student. Gabbie believes everyone can learn and make sense of any concept or formula; the key is a teacher who can breakdown the jargon to everyday language and give concrete real world examples until the student not only "gets it" but could teach the concept from memory easily. Gabbie wants students to know that it does not matter if they have a learning disability, dyslexia, or just a good old fashioned hatred of numbers (and when there are letters mixed in with the numbers  [Surprised] ,) Gabbie has got their backs. She helps students find a pleasant way of learning math (maybe even fun!) and science that makes sense to them!


Gabbie has worked with students ages 9 to 71, from the formal classroom to individual tutoring, to online teaching/tutoring to outdoor education. Her passion for supporting students in math and science comes through with her sense of humor, intrinsic love of all math, and her philosophy that the more people comfortable with math and science the better the world will be!

Gabbie Blachman

Specialties
Math (All Levels) and Physics


Education

A.S. Mathematics & Physics, Foothill College

B.A. Mathematics, San Francisco State University (In-Progress)