About Me

University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts: May 2000
Major: Political Economy of Industrial Societies
Cumulative GPA: 3.3

St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA
Single Subject Foundational Math w/CLAD
Multiple Subject Credential w/ CLAD
Cumulative GPA: 4.0

Work Experience

Canyon Middle School, Castro Valley, CA, Geometry, Algebra I, and Pre-Algebra Teacher

  • Led Geometry students to 100% proficiency in CST’s; Algebra I students to 92% in CST’s
  • Had highest homework completion percentage and lowest number of D’s and F’s in Math Department
  • Received extremely favorable formal and informal performance reviews from administrators and colleagues

Redwood Christian Schools, San Lorenzo, CA, 7th Grade Pre-Algebra Teacher

  • Led students to highest cumulative end-of-year standardized math test scores in twenty years
  • Developed critical thinking and mathematical aptitude of 7th graders using Saxon Math 87 curriculum
  • Facilitated positive, enthusiastic learning environment using varied large and small group instructional methods

Thornton Junior High, Fremont, CA, Algebra Teacher

  • Led students to 65% proficiency in Algebra CST’s; Department average was 42%
  • Engaged, motivated, and challenged 155+ students of varying abilities (GATE, EL, IEP) through implementation of competitive math games, songs, critical thinking activities, dynamic lecture, and structured note-taking
  • Greatest strengths: Student engagement, classroom management, humor, organization, work ethic, and helping perennial strugglers in math to increase their self-confidence and aptitude.

Adams Middle School, Richmond, CA, Math Tutor – All Levels

  • Improved academic aptitude, self-confidence, and achievement of struggling, “at-risk” 6th – 8th graders through individual, small group, and in-class tutoring for Math and History

SCORE! Educational Centers, Antioch, CA, Assistant Director

  • Supervised Advantage Program area for 300+ members, increasing student success and confidence
  • Conducted daily Parent Conferences by updating parents on child’s progress and setting goals for their child

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Born and raised in Hawaii, I am chill, love to laugh, and have fun. Math is not the end-all-be-all for me; I view it only as a vehicle to teach students about life: that with clear instruction, passion, perseverance, and repetition, complex things can be made easier.

I love sports. I’m a huge Warriors, Raiders, and Athletics fan.

I LOVE hiking, the ocean, and the outdoors. Here are some of my favorite pictures I/my friends have taken of me:

Check out my other pictures here: https://www.instagram.com/cvmathguy/

I love food and trying new things!  In fact, I was on Season 13, Episode 4 of Check, Please! Bay Area.  Check out the episode here:

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