Tutor Spotlight

 

Adrion Perez

Baruch College
Political Science Major with double minor in International Business and French
Math Tutor
Adrion recently graduated from Baruch College with a BA cum laude in political science, with a double-minor in international studies and French—all while being a math tutor! What’s rewarding about being in the classroom? “Knowing that young people look up to me inspires me to be great,” says Adrion. He recalls one moment where he helped a student solve a difficult equation, who then exclaimed “’I got it!’ loud enough to hear in the hallway. The joy she exhibited in that moment for what she describes as her least favorite subject serves as one highlight in particular for me.” In addition to gaining diversified professional experience, Adrion has learned that “teaching others proves leadership skills and builds character.” As he explores the next steps in his career, he will also take a wealth of transferrable skills with him.
 

Carolina Guadalupe Garcia

BMCC
Computer Network Technology Major
Computer Science Tutor
Carolina is a Computer Network Technology major at BMCC. As a computer science tutor for high school students, she uses a variety of internet resources to adapt to remote tutoring. She collaborates with her host teacher to create introduction lessons for the students to easily understand before diving in. The key to tutoring online? Communication. “Communication is very important between the tutor and the teacher,” Carolina explains. “We are always thinking of new ideas before classes to help students with assignments.” She also encourages students to communicate with their teachers and ask questions often in class. “That will make a huge difference [when receiving] a grade.”
 

Chloe Broom

Baruch College
Actuarial Science Major
Math Tutor
Chloe studies Actuarial Science at Baruch College, and joined Tutor Corps in the spring of 2019. As a math tutor, she really enjoys helping students master their skills! During the year that she has worked with us, Chloe has developed ways to communicate difficult subjects in simpler terms, and has learned to “efficiently adapt to different environments, which are skills that are very helpful in any kind of profession.” When asked how she would encourage a potential tutor to apply to Tutor Corps, Chloe responded: “[Tutor Corps] not only provides you the skills and resources to work in a classroom, they provide you the skills and resources for developing your academic and professional career.”
 

Heba Shoaeib

Macaulay Honors (Queens College)
Mathematics Secondary Education Major
Math Tutor
Heba joined Tutor Corps in the fall of 2019, and she definitely hit the ground running. As part of the Macaulay Honors program at Queens College, Heba aspires to be a high school math teacher. One advantage of a soon-to-be teacher working with Tutor Corps? “Working with teachers side-by-side,” says Heba. “In college, we learn to teach by observing teachers and reading textbooks, but by joining Tutor Corps, I am able to work with wonderful teachers, not next to them.” “Being part of Tutor Corps has helped me learn so much about being a professional,” she continues. “From how to write emails properly, to how to address racial issues in the workplace, the monthly professional development seminars have taught me a lot. There is a type of sensitivity in the workplace that can only be learned in a comfortable work environment, and I am grateful that Tutor Corps taught me that.”
 

Laura Jimenez

City College
Mathematics Secondary Education and Business Administration Double Major
Math Tutor
Laura is a double major in Mathematics Secondary Education and Business Administration at City College. As one of our very first tutors, Laura joined our inaugural cohort in the spring of 2017 as a computer science tutor, and later switched gears to tutor math. Something that motivates Laura is seeing students’ faces light up when they finally understand a topic they were struggling with. “I walk into the classroom every day with the goal of sharing that moment with a student,” she says. Tutor Corps has also benefitted Laura outside of the classroom, allowing her to build her network with teachers, principals, and other tutors. “I have been able to aid in the recruiting process and attend professional development meetings that have improved my analytical skills,” she explains. “I know I can always count on the Tutor Corps team to help me academically, professionally, and personally when I need it.”
 

Levan Morales

BMCC
Math Major
Math Tutor
Levan is a math major at BMCC, and he’s been putting his math knowledge to good use since joining Tutor Corps in 2019. One highlight of Levan’s time in the classroom is interacting with students, and “encouraging them to strive to do better.” When he isn’t building students’ skills, Levan also improves his own, practicing his professional communication and developing working relationships with school staff. His hard work and discipline leaves him far ahead in his career goals!
 

Michelle Luo

Baruch College
Actuarial Science and English Major
Math Tutor
Michelle is a recent actuarial science graduate from Baruch College who joined Tutor Corps in 2019. While she originally wanted to become an actuary, it didn’t take her long to find out that her passion was teaching! “Working in a school made me realize how much I actually would like to work in one,” Michelle says. “I found a new passion for wanting to build my own intellectual knowledge as well as pass it on to younger people who look up to us.” Michelle is an example of what could happen when you keep an open mind, and think outside the box of your designated major or intended career. As she puts it, “You never know what opportunities are out there in the world, and what you might find to be a small part-time job may be where you discover who you really are and what you really like.”
 

Petr Mitsel

Brooklyn College
Computer Science Major
Computer Science Tutor
Petr studies computer science at Brooklyn College, and joined Tutor Corps in the spring of 2019. In one of many of Petr’s successes as a tutor, he taught a class of 6th graders how to convert decimals into binary numbers. “I got to feel what it’s like to stand in front of a class and try to get them to absorb information in a meaningful way,” he says. Our tutors do more than just instruct--they also serve as positive role models for DOE students. “[This job] has allowed me to act as a mentor to young kids and expand their perception of what is possible after middle school,” says Petr. “I successfully convinced several students to apply to specialized high schools in NYC that they were not even thinking of applying to.” He also gets to talk about his college experience, possibly even motivating future Computer Science majors or Brooklyn College students in the process.
 

Sally Ocran

Hunter College
Childhood Education Grades 1-6 Major
Math Tutor
Sally, a Childhood Education major at Hunter College, supports high school students as a math tutor. To sum up her experience so far, she calls it both “challenging and fulfilling.” Because students have other concerns besides academics, engaging with them can be tough—but not impossible. As Sally explains, “The best moments are when students you work with refuse assistance, and prove to themselves and you that they can build on the knowledge they have learned to succeed.” Sally also says that students shouldn’t be discouraged by virtual learning. Her words of advice? “It is okay to feel frustrated and overwhelmed. Take a break when you need to and always ask for support.”