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Zahraa Alnajaar

Arabic

Zahraa makes learning Arabic a cultural adventure. She believes students learn best when they understand not just the subjects and verbs, but the art, music, geography and history that enriches and informs the language. A veteran teacher with 13 years’ experience, Zahraa is on the cutting edge of using technology and online learning resources to enhance her students’ understanding and enthusiasm for Arabic.

Zahraa is a lecturer in Arabic at American University and teaches classes at both the Middle East Institute and Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies. She has a PhD in literature from Aleppo University.

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Ingrid Biedron

Biology | Environmental Science | Math | English | Writing

Ingrid is a scientist who is not afraid to get her hands dirty. From the Pacific Islands to the icy North Atlantic, Ingrid has worked to sustain marine life and mitigate climate change. She is an adjunct professor of Biology at both Georgetown and Boston University, and an environmental scientist at local NGOs.

Her work at the intersection of research and public policy brings depth to her teaching approach and helps her students connect the dots between science, politics and their daily lives. Ingrid earned her PhD from Cornell, where she designed and taught the university’s undergraduate writing course.

With an interdisciplinary background and a patient teaching style, Ingrid is the right tutor for students who want help with both study skills and a wide range of content.

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Nicole Bonan

Biology | Test Prep | General Studies

Nicole is a PhD candidate in Biology at George Washington University and has taught introductory Bio labs at American University, inspiring dozens of non-science majors each year to appreciate the connections between the life sciences and their daily lives. She loves helping students get their hands dirty in the lab, and has served as a mentor to undergraduates pursuing their first independent research projects.

A true humanist, Nicole excels at helping students across the range of subjects, coaching them in writing today and Math tomorrow. And as a lifelong Washingtonian and National Cathedral School alumna, she has a unique ability to relate to our local students and coach them through the juggle of high school in the DMV.

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Erin Conn

AP Biology | AP Chemistry | AP Environmental Science | Math

Erin’s passion for science education has led her to become an unexpected role model for gender equity and diversity in STEM and higher education. After some timely tweets on women in science went viral, she was able to raise funds to establish the Women in Science and Education organization at Georgetown, where she is completing her PhD in Biochemistry.

Her love of teaching is driven by the extraordinary mentors she herself has enjoyed, and she hopes to pay that forward by inspiring scientific curiosity in a new generation of high school students.

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Kenisha Ford

Math | Physics

From NASA to IBM to the National Genome Center, Kenisha offers her students the benefits of her long and varied career at the forefront of applied physics. Her fascination with the physics of the everyday is infectious, and she challenges her students to find excitement and relevance in their coursework.

Kenisha is completing her doctorate in Physics at Howard, and she teaches there and at Anne Arundel Community College, where she is an adjunct professor. But her love of teaching is not limited to the classroom – in the summer, she can be found planning egg drops with elementary school students at the STEM enrichment camp she founded with her mother and sister.

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Sarah Gonzales

Math | SAT/ACT Prep | English | History

In addition to managing the business, mentoring tutors and supporting parents, Sarah loves working with students. Her versatility means she is a good fit for students who want a comprehensive approach to academic support.

She works with busy juniors and seniors trying to juggle test prep and a demanding AP schedule, students with some learning differences who need help with Math, Writing and overall study skills, and students who need a serious confidence boost in Math. Her hands-on approach with both students and their families means she never takes on more than 10 students at a time.

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JJ Harkema

AP U.S. History | AP World History | AP European History | AP Government

Born and raised in the Netherlands, JJ is uniquely positioned to help students grasp history’s sweeping trends. He offers students a fresh appreciation of the events, values and unexpected twists that make our country what it is today and prepares them for the big picture analytical thinking the AP exams require.

He is particularly adept at helping students tackle AP courses with heavy reading loads and emerge with their sanity intact.

JJ has more than a decade of experience working for leading management consulting firms on three continents and holds master’s degrees in economic history and U.S. Government from the University of Leiden and in public policy from Erasmus University.

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Claire Healy

Greek | Latin | English | History

Claire takes the Classics off the shelf and into the realm of heroes and battles with Vergil, Caesar, and Cicero. She spent four summers teaching drama and improv to high school students, which helps her captivate even the most reluctant Classics students.

Trained in Latin and Greek at Georgetown University, she gets students detangling their ablative from their accusative, while her background in clinical neurolinguistics helps her decode how students learn language.

Claire graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Classics, and her current research on the intellectual culture of the library of Alexandria informs her interdisciplinary approach to teaching literature, language and history.

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Caitlin Jordan

AP English |History | Spanish

Caitlin is a lover of all things literary. She is pursuing her Master’s in English Literature at Georgetown University. Caitlin has taught Middle School and High School English in Florida and Idaho, where she served as a full-time residential advisor and summer camp counselor. Her experience both living and working with adolescents gives her an empathy for her students’ goals and interests, and makes sure she keeps them laughing. From the passionate reader to the reluctant writer, Caitlin loves meeting her students where they are and helping them find their inner bookworm. Whether they are vexed by grammar or bored by literature, Caitlin loves building her students’ understanding of the English language from the ground up. Watch out: they may even learn to love Hawthorne and Dickens!

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Carol Kong

AP Chemistry | AP Calculus | AP Statistics

Carol is the go-to tutor for juniors and seniors with that terrifying mountain of AP STEM classes.
She currently teaches introductory chemistry labs for non-science majors at American University, and with humor and patience, she loves helping students connect the classroom and their daily lives. As an undergraduate at SUNY Plattsburgh, she ran the school’s busy Math tutoring center, where she coached hundreds of students through the perils of Calculus and Statistics. Carol is the right tutor for any student who needs a confidence boost and wants their AP classes delivered with a side of unflappable calm and a huge smile.

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Esther Lee

AP Economics

Esther breathes life into supply and demand curves. As a teaching assistant for introductory Economics at Georgetown, and a veteran tutor of AP Economics, she knows exactly how to introduce the “dismal science” in a way that connects to students’ real-world experience.

Esther also brings a business sensibility to her teaching. She is an investment banker, and helps her students relate textbook Economics to the exciting world of high finance.

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William Martin

AP English | Writing | Math | SAT | ACT

You will never meet a more organized person that William. From to do lists to binders to calendar apps, there is no productivity hack William has not tested. He loves helping students quiet the whirlwind of high school and find techniques that enable them to stay focused, work smart, get sleep and find balance.

William is currently pursuing his Master’s in English at Georgetown, and he loves helping students decode the mysteries of good writing. As an undergrad at Brown University, William led a college readiness program that provided SAT tutoring to underserved students in Providence high schools, and he brings that spirit of community outreach and accessible educational support to Tungsten Prep. William believes the greatest teachers help students find and amplify their unique gifts and discover their joy in learning.

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Kristen Mastropole

SAT and ACT Prep | Curriculum Development

From the Arctic to the Galapagos, Kristen has crossed the oceans as a climate scientist with a passion for biodiversity. She has more than a decade of experience as a tutor, most recently as the director of STEM education at a tutoring center in Hong Kong. Kristen’s breadth of experience with high school students benefits all our students, and she helps design curricula for both standardized tests and general study skills.

And while her research vessels may have taken her to the far corners of the Earth, Kristen always returns to her native DMV, and her students find relevance in her own hometown experiences as a graduate of Georgetown and the Holton-Arms School.

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Stanley Maxson

AP U.S. History | AP World History | AP Government | English and Writing

For Stan, history is not about memorizing dates and names. It is an opportunity to develop empathy for the challenges people and societies faced and to draw from their mistakes and triumphs to better understand our present. Stan’s dynamic approach to the web of history, politics and government helps students build critical thinking skills and master the arts of research and writing.

Stan is a PhD candidate in U.S. History at the University of Maryland, where his research focuses on the unexpected and creative ways African-Americans organized during Reconstruction to build a collective political voice. He has taught undergraduate History and Writing, and even taught English in South Korea. Stan is the ideal tutor for students drowning in dense textbook history, or those who need help with reading comprehension, research papers or analytical writing.

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Brittney Menefee

AP Chemistry | AP Calculus

Brittney is pursuing a PhD in analytical chemistry from Howard University. When she arrived on campus and discovered there was no local chapter of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), she went ahead and founded it!

Brittney applies that same hands-on approach to teaching chemistry; she believes that when students truly understand and implement concepts, there’s no need for memorization. She also loves to bring chemistry out of the textbook and into the real world – ask her how they make green ketchup and purple Sprite!

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Evans Mullan

AP Calculus | AP Statistics | AP Economics

Evans is a mathematician on a mission. As a middle school Math teacher and basketball coach at Mater Dei in Bethesda, he spent five years helping young men become thoughtful citizens and lifelong learners, and he carries those values to Tungsten Prep. He has a Master’s Degree in Math and Statistics from Georgetown, but is equally versed in History, English and Physics.

His teaching experience gives him insight into what teachers and parents expect from students, and his versatility makes him an ideal fit for students who want help across a wide range of subjects.

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Joan Reger

AP Biology | AP Chemistry | AP Statistics | Physics | Math | English | SSAT

We defy you to find a subject Joan can’t teach. Joan is pursuing a PhD in Biology at Georgetown. But she first fell in love with the sciences as a high school student, when great teachers helped her discover the excitement of researching our biological world. She loves tutoring because it helps her pay that forward, and she mentors students with great patience and warmth, gently encouraging them to find their own full potential. A true humanist, Joan is as much at home in the realm of writing and literature as she is in the sciences, and she logged hundreds of hours tutoring high school students in both STEM subjects and English while attending Emory University. She is the ideal tutor for students who want a versatile and confidence-boosting guide and welcome support in multiple subjects.

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Tyler Rippel 

AP Biology | AP Chemistry | AP Environmental Science | Math | English

Tyler understands what it’s like for students who struggle. A self-described procrastinator and easily distracted student in high school, Tyler has made it his mission to help a wide range of learners find study habits that work for them and passions that consume their attention. Now a doctoral candidate in Biology and Ecology at Georgetown, Tyler is as comfortable in a salt marsh as he is in the classroom.  

Tyler was a star middle-distance runner at Villanova, so he also understands how to help busy athletes juggle schoolwork, sleep, and sports. Tyler is the right fit for students who need help across a variety of subjects, and those who need support in developing better time management and study skills.

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Erik Roodzant

Latin | Greek | English | Math

You’ll never call them dead languages again! Erik loves helping students bring the Classics alive. Let him connect Caesar with modern politics and Homer with Star Wars! Erik is pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree in Classics at Georgetown. As an undergraduate at Stanford, he tutored students in Math, English and test prep. He is the ideal tutor for the Classics student who also needs help with other subjects and wants support on study skills.

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Bushra Shamma

Algebra | Geometry | Pre-Calculus

Bushra’s lively and relatable approach to tutoring is informed by her two decades of experience teaching high school Math and her experience as a banking and IT executive. Bushra taught Math at some of the most rigorous schools in Washington and New York, including The Potomac School, The Spence School and The Dalton School, and has experience guiding both the most gifted math learners and inspiring those who have never really seen the point of Math.

She holds a Master’s in Education from Harvard and an MBA from MIT. When she is not teaching, Bushra is an accomplished artist whose work has been featured at juried shows both in Washington and internationally.

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Emily Somberg

French | SSAT | Middle School General Studies

Emily was raised halfway between Washington and Paris and serves as linguistic and cultural interpreter for her students. She helps students get to the bottom of French grammar, encouraging them to understand and not merely memorize. She has a particular knack with our middle school students, and her patient and systematic approach helps those newer to homework refine their test taking, critical thinking and time management skills and prepare for the rigors of high school.

Emily is currently a Presidential Fellow pursuing a master’s degree in anthropology from George Washington University. She also serves as GW’s diversity liaison to the School Without Walls.

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Charlezetta “Charley” Stokes

AP Physics | Math

Charley makes Physics a lot less scary. And maybe even a little fun. A veteran of Detroit’s most prestigious STEM high school, Charley can empathize with her students’ journey through the sometimes-terrifying realm of AP Physics and Calculus, and her passion for science helps them come out the other side with a newfound sense of wonder for the natural world. Ask her how she came to love vectors.

Charley is completing her PhD in Physics at Howard, where her research focuses on nanomaterials. From the Ford Motor Company’s Scientific Research Laboratories, to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, to NIST’s Center for Neutron Center, Charley’s work has taken her to the intersection between Physics and daily life. Her unmatched passion helps her students recognize that science is a part of life, and when we put our fears aside, there is nothing we cannot master.

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Lynda Vargha

AP Economics

No one will ever call it the “dismal science” again! Lynda helps students look beyond supply and demand curves to the public policy shifts, global trends and very human motivations that drive economic behavior.

Once a tenured professor of Economics at Skidmore, she left her sleepy town to work at the State Department, where she teaches Macro and Microeconomics to our country’s diplomats both here and abroad. Lynda has a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s in Education from Harvard.

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Janelle Vorreiter

AP Physics | AP Calculus

Janelle has spent the last two decades contributing to some of the most exciting aerospace projects of our time, including the Mars Rover and the International Space Station. She has a PhD in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, where she taught both physics and engineering courses.

Janelle helps her students connect the dots between their Math and Physics classes and the exciting real-world applications these disciplines offer. As an engineer, Janelle offers a hands-on approach to problem-solving and helps students advance beyond rote textbook learning to discover the joy in scientific inquiry.

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Chris Wickham

AP Calculus | AP Statistics | History | English | Spanish 

A world traveler with an enthusiasm for public policy, Chris helps students connect the dots between the classroom and the real world. Chris was a Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, where he designed and taught an American history curriculum in Spanish, and taught Middle School Math in China.

As a statistician at the Government Accountability Office, Chris translates big data into informed public policy recommendations on issues from health care to education, and his experience finding the big picture amid an overwhelming mass of information is good practice for coaching his students to find meaning in a textbook, prioritize tasks and interpret a teacher’s instructions.  Chris was a standout cross country runner at Swarthmore, so he also empathizes with student’s need to juggle school work with demanding sports and extracurricular schedule. Chris is a great tutor for students who need support across a wide range of subjects or want help in the highest levels of Math.

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Ramsin Yadgar

AP Calculus | Earth Science | AP Chemistry |AP Biology | AP Physics | AP Computer Science | English and Reading Comprehension  

Ramsin’s lifelong passion for the sciences led him to an early career as an engineer, but his interest in helping people brought him to medicine. He draws on his varied experiences – from a Fortune 500 company to Silicon Valley start-ups to clinical work with patients – to empower his students to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit, be resilient in the face of obstacles, and approach teamwork with compassion and humility. As a medical student at George Washington University, he has tutored medical students in both the sciences and humanities, helping them understand the multi-faceted aspects of medicine as it relates to the human condition.

Ramsin began his tutoring career in high school and through college, and he hasn’t stopped since. A proud Californian, he believes the diversity of his home state and his experience working with a wide range of students enables him to adjust his instructional style to suit the unique needs of each learner. Ramsin is the right tutor for students who need support across a wide range of subject, for those tackling multiple AP classes, and for students who need a motivating role model to help them improve their organizational skills and spark their interest in school.

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Ashley Yiu

AP Computer Science | Chinese

A veteran of both start-ups and traditional Fortune 500 companies, Ashley brings her skills as a software engineer into the classroom. She helps her students see beyond the zeros and ones to the exciting applications of Computer Science – from web design to mobile apps to marketing campaigns.

Ashley is completing her degree in Computer Science and Business at Georgetown. She is originally from Hong Kong, and also teaches Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Rachel Zayas

English | Biology | Chemistry | Test Prep | General Studies

Rachel wants students to believe in the power of science to change lives. She is the founder of a biotech start-up that is developing tools for early-stage cancer detection, and she shares with her students both the exciting real-world applications of science, and the grit and determination it takes to follow your dreams.

Rachel has taught Biology and Chemistry at American University, where she received a Master’s in Biotechnology, and middle school science at charter schools in DC.

Rachel’s versatility makes her the ideal tutor for students who want overall support in science, Math, English and general study skills. Rachel also brings her entrepreneur’s sensibility to Tungsten Prep: when she is not inspiring students, she leads our business development and operations.

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