Math Tutor

Degree: A.A. English & Humanities, B.B.A. Economics & Statistics from the University of Hawaii, California State Elementary & Secondary Life Teaching Credentials, M.B.A. Management (in Aviation) from Embory-Riddle Aeronautical University

My #1 hobby is watching critically acclaimed movies and documentaries, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball (P.S. My #2 team to cheer for is the SF Giants). My interests are reading news online and emailing friends and family. My Fun Things are doing anything with my family, relatives and friends, and teaching math. I wish I was still young enough to play baseball and softball, both of which I did for almost 45 years.

I love to teach math; the staff and students at SurferMath provide me with a wonderful environment to do what I love to do. At SurferMath I can concentrate on teaching young students who are eager to learn and improve their math skills, and I don't have to worry about all the other "jobs" that a "normal" teacher has to perform at school, although I do miss the rapport I had with a classroom full of friendly and caring students.

Q: Why do you rarely find mathematicians spending time at the beach?
A: Because they have sine and cosine to get a tan and don't need the sun!


Math Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Mathematics from Chico State
Calif. Teaching credential: Sonoma State

I love working with young people mostly because they are so funny. Students seem to love or hate mathematics, but all of them struggle at one time or another. I love sharing that even math geeks have struggled with understanding math.

I love animals, I have 2 cats and 2 dogs, all are very spoiled. I work in my garden and sew clothes for my grandchildren.

Q: Why is a math book always unhappy?
A: Because it always has lots of problems. 


Math Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Forestry and Conservation from UC Berkeley. Multiple subject credential and single subject credential in mathematics.

I like to read science fiction, cook, take closeup photos of flowers, and hang out with my wife when I'm not teaching or tutoring.

I like tutoring at SurferMath because I can tutor for each student's needs and ability and hear lots of "A-ha! I understand now!"

Q: You know what numbers seem odd to me?
A:  Numbers that aren't divisible by 2!


Math/English Tutor

Degree: B.A. in Psychology from UCLA

I love working with students because I enjoy making a positive impact on the future.
In my free time, I like walking my dog, hanging out with my cat and riding my horse. 

Q: Why was 6 afraid of 7?
A: Because 7 8 9!


Math/English Tutor

Degree: B.A. in Psychology from Vanguard University ; Master of Education in Innovative Learning from Touro University of California

Working with students feels like an investment in the future. It is an effort that is well worth our time and dedication. On a less serious note, it's just plain fun. Work is never boring and is often full of laughter.

I love playing music, watching movies, and reading!

Why do so many math teachers wear glasses? It improves division.


Math/English Tutor

Degree: B.A. in Fine Arts from Pacific Union College

I like to see the future of our society think, solve problems and grow. 

I love Martial Arts, hiking, animating, racing when time allows, flying, and spending time with my son and wife.

“It is difficult to understand the universe if you only study one planet”  ― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy


Math/English Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Human Development & B.A. in English from UCD; MA in Education from UCD; Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential w/Single Subject Authorization in English

I like working with students because it is very rewarding and I thoroughly believe in education. I want to inspire students to be passionate learners and critical consumers of information.  

I love to travel, read books, go on hikes, hang out with my friends, do puzzles, watch TV shows & movies, and have as many beach days as possible.

When I was young there were only 25 letters in the alphabet. Nobody knew y.


Math/Chemistry/Language Arts Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Chemistry and Minor in French from UCI; M.Ed in Teaching and Learning from UCSD; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Chemistry

I enjoy inspiring a love of learning and discovery with children. I am passionate about helping children to become active, engaged critical thinkers.

When I'm not teaching, I love to get outdoors and explore via hiking, biking, and camping. I love playing cello, ballet, eating, and reading. And I live for traveling!

You can't trust atoms; they make up everything.


Math/English Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Mathematics Education from Brigham Young University

I am a firm believer that anyone can learn and everyone should be given the best opportunity to learn. I like working with students to widen their possibilities in life. I also love seeing the light in their eyes when they understand something that has been difficult for them.

I like music, playing games with my family, and being outdoors

We all know 6 was afraid of 7 because 7 "ate" 9. But why did 7 eat 9? Because you are supposed to have 3 squared meals a day.


Math/English Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Sonoma State University

School is hard. Sometimes it just takes one bad test, bad class, or bad year to discourage students from achieving their full potential. I like working with students because sometimes it just takes a little bit of one-on-one time to inspire confidence in a subject. I love learning from others and I love helping to improve skills and tackle new ideas!

I love dancing, exploring new parts of California and hanging out at home with my dog!

Q: Why did the chicken cross the Mobius strip?
A: To get to the same side!


Math Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Earth Science from Whittier College

I have found great satisfaction and joy working with young people.  It's rewarding to make a difference.  I have many years of experience teaching in the classroom as well as coaching.  I connect well with adolescents and teenagers and enjoy helping them navigate challenging situations, both in and out of the classroom. The experience of working with individuals who need help and my continuing love of Mathematics has led me to tutoring students who need help with Math. Students who need tutoring are stuggling with Math and/or "don't like Math" so I enjoy the challenge of making Math "fun" and teaching the Math concepts in a way that makes it more understandable to them.

My main hobby is traveling and skiing. I also love spending time with my family.

Q: What did the zero (0) say to the eight (8)?
A: "Nice belt!"


Math/Science/English Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Exercise Biology from UC Davis

When I work with students, I want to be able to provide academic help and offer insight to help students become successful and well-rounded. It is rewarding to know I can play a part of my students' growth in learning. 

I love to run. What started out as a fun extracurricular in high school has turned into a personal outlet that lets me challenge myself mentally and physically. I also enjoy listening to podcasts, coaching youth sports, watching Survivor, taking cool classes at the community college, and spending time with my friends.

Q: Why are there only bad chemistry jokes?
A: Because all of the good ones Argon.


English/Language Arts Tutor

Degree: B.A. in English from Sonoma State, Single Subject English Teaching Credential from Sonoma State, MA in Education from Touro University

I like working with students because I truly believe everyone can learn. I like to create those personal connections to help students find a way to access their ability to learn. 

My hobbies include reading, playing music, watching movies, video games, and being with friends and family.

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” - C.S. Lewis


Math Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Molecular Biology and Biophysics from Yale; M.D. from University of California, San Diego

I believe the best way to understand anything is to have to teach it to someone else. I often learn more from the student than he or she learns from me.

I love reading classics (I read Ancient Greek and (some) Latin), and reading poetry and fiction. I am always learning new areas of mathematics (currently real analysis, point set topology, and number theory). I write poetry, and my book "By Parked Cars" was praised by John Ashbery.

There is an old story about Einstein's violin playing that musicians told each other for years: when Einstein played sonatas with the famous pianist Artur Schnabel and missed an entrance, Schnabel snapped at him: “Albert – can’t you count?”