Tom Lewis

Math Tutor/Owner

Degree: B.S. in Mathematics from UC Davis; Single Subject Teaching Credential from UC Berkeley.

I love my jobs, both as a classroom teacher and as the owner of SurferMath. Working with kids has always been a love of mine - whether it is helping students find the equation of a line, add fractions, raise their SAT score or find a college that is a perfect fit for them working with Napa Valley families and students is very rewarding to me.

For fun outside of education, I love to do outdoor adventures with my wife and kids- hiking, disc golf, camping and gardening. I also like to compete in triathalons, build things, listen to a wide range of music and watch movies. I also love to travel and spend time with extended family.

There are three kinds of people in this world: those that count and those who can't.

John

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!

Marilyn

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. 

Mike

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!

Julie

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!

Patrick

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

Aryana

Math/English Tutor

Degree: B.A. in Political Science from Princeton University, Certificate in the History and Practice of Diplomacy

Sarah

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.

Catherine

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.

Alicia

SAT Program Director/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!

Jeff

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!"

Alexa

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.

Meaghan

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

Jamie

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?”