With over 10 years of tutoring and editing experience, Mrs. Webster specializes in teaching biology, preparing students for standardized testing, and editing college applications. Funny, articulate, and knowledgeable, she is often referred to as "the best teacher" by her students.
Raised by Jewish parents, Mrs. Webster was a National Merit Scholar. Funded by a thirty-thousand dollar writing scholarship, she earned a BS in biology minoring in Studio Art at Lake Forest College, Illinois. She then studied neuroscience at UAB and received a M.S. in Biomedical Science.
Juliet Davoren graduated from Edinburgh University with an M.A. Honours degree. She currently teaches in the Cupertino Union School District, where she gains insights on how SAT and ACT concepts correlate with the school curriculum.
At SpringLight, Juliet has successfully helped students with their college application essays, high school essays, and SAT/ACT preparation. Many of her students have been able to raise their test scores in a short period of time, and her students feel a heightened sense of responsibility and care when working with her. Students she has worked with for college applications have been admitted to Stanford, Yale, MIT, and more.
In her spare time, Juliet shares her Scottish cultural background with others by teaching Scottish Country Dance to adults and children in the Bay Area.
Matthew Sloane graduated from Pomona College in 2015, majoring in computer science and minoring in philosophy. The summer after his first year, he received funding to work alongside a Pomona English professor to do research in Seoul. Throughout his time at Pomona, he was a teacher's assistant for a number of courses in the computer science department.
Instructor Kenton Freemuth (Pomona College, Class of 2015) is a professional freelance writer based in San Francisco. At Pomona, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and double-majored in English and Philosophy, subjects in which he completed a writing portfolio and senior thesis respectively. He writes professionally for several digital marketing agencies.
Mrs. Milon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from California State University, Fresno and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Golden Gate University School of Law. After practicing law for nine years she turned her attention to raising her family. For the last ten years she has been homeschooling her two children. Her great love of language arts and literature is evident in her passion for teaching her children well in these disciplines and in their other school subjects. She is dedicated to helping students excel in their language arts skills.
Dr. Yang graduated from Peking University and Boston College with a Ph. D. in Physics. With his knowledge in physics, he had the ability to teach in the Department of Physics at Peking University and Boston College. While working at Boston College, Dr. Yang received the "Teaching Excellence Award" and also co-authored the textbook Introductory Physics Laboratory Manual.
In recent years, Dr. Yang has devoted himself to tutoring high school students. He teaches several kinds of math and physics classes, including training for competitions. Many of Dr. Yang's students have made distinguished performances in math and physics competitions and have achieved excellence in their own school courses. His own child has graduated from Harvard University and is now continuing his studies at Stanford Medical School.
Dr. Liu graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering under Prof H Kroemer (who won the Nobel Prize in Physics, 2000) and from Hong Kong University with a BSc, also in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Liu has an extensive research background in semiconductor physics, was a session chairman for various international conferences in semiconductors and Molecular Beam Epitaxy, holds 8 US patents and 2 European patents, has coauthored ~70 semiconductor publications, and was ranked the best researcher at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
Currently Dr. Liu is an instructor at the West Valley Department of Computer Science. He was an enterprise consultant for Oracle, training corporate customers on Java/JEE programming, Java application server, SOA/service bus, and enterprise security, and was awarded Leadership Circle Award (highest honor regarding quality of training) at Oracle University a record 11 times.
Dr. Liu has been tutoring and mentoring middle school and high school students in the areas of (1) Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trig, Pre-Calc, AP Calculus AB and BC, AMC 8/10/12; (2) Physics, AP Physics 1 and 2, AP Physics C (Mechanics and E/M), F=ma and USAPhO; (3) Java programming, AP Computer Science A; and (4) Science Fair, Arduino (as instrumentations for science fair), and IoT (Internet of Things).
Awards his tutored students have received include: (1) Semifinalist, USA Physics Olympiad; (2) Gold Division, USA Computing Olympiad; (3) Qualifier, USA (Junior) Math Olympiad, American Invitational Mathematics Examination; and (4) top awards in Physical Science Category in Regional Science Fairs (Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship) and Qualifier, California State Science Fair.
Dr. Qing Song is our chemistry teachers with a focus on the honors, AP, SAT subject test, and USNCO levels. His teaching philosophy is to emphasize the fundamental concepts of chemistry and chemical principles, and he knows how to apply the key points in those concepts or principles to solve problems. All of his students at SpringLight enjoy his teaching and their school grades have increased quickly in a short time. Dr. Song received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his Masters in physical chemistry from JiLin University. He has been teaching general chemistry and organic chemistry at a college level for many years.
Mahama Nyankamawu graduated from Georgia Tech with an MS in environmental engineering and has an MPA from Columbia University in Environmental and Energy Finance. He has 15 years of teaching experience in science, math, and finance. Mahama is a practicing professional who enhances students’ understanding by linking theoretical concepts with their real world applications.
He co-authored the book entitled ‘Career 3.0: Career Planning Advice to Find your Dream Job in Today's Digital World’ published in 2016.
Mahama is a life coach, professional engineer and teacher with more than 20 years experience tutoring Math and Science. He is passionate about helping students achieve successful and fulfilling lives through practical scientific and life skills.
Mahama is also an NLP practitioner who has taught and inspired thousands of students to earn better grades in school and thrive in life. He uses a unique combination of intellectual and emotional problem approaches that are applicable to many aspects of life.
Desiree Raja Tejero
Desirée Raja Tejero completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. She’s a Spanish and Catalan native speaker and she’s also fluent in English and Italian. Desirée has worked with children for many years.
Anthony J. is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a double major in History and Philosophy. He grew up in Hendersonville, North Carolina. In middle school, he earned the Most Outstanding Student in Social Studies award in sixth grade, and the Most Outstanding Student in Science in the seventh grade. Both awards were yearly accolades decided by the teachers and given to one student in the grade. He entered into the Soil and Water Conversation state-wide speech contest in the 8th grade and placed 2nd in the state of North Carolina. The contest tested students' essay-writing ability as well as their public speaking skills. In high school, he participated in the school’s Mock Trial team, as well as being the first chair trumpet and band captain in the Flying Falcon Marching Band.
Prithvi Raj Maipady
Dr. Kang received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering at the Polytechnic University in New York City. He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher for many years at the CAEFF Center in Clemson, South Carolina and at the NTC Center in Orlando, Florida. His bioengineering research experience is demonstrated in his publications in the Scientific Journal. Dr. Kang has several years of experience teaching SAT II Chemistry and AP Chemistry. He has a great passion for teaching and exploring different facets of science.
Jack Takahashi is a first year medical student at the UCLA School of Medicine. He previously studied Biology at Stanford University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He has experience in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Physiology, Anatomy, Ecology & Evolution, Plant Biology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biostatistics. Jack taught the USABO camp for 2 years in 2015 and 2016 and also has experience tutoring students in AP Biology, physics, and chemistry. Jack loves explaining scientific concepts to others and teaching.
Peter Tang is a Computer Science Minor from the University of Chicago and a software engineer. He graduated from Lynbrook High School and scored 5 on the AP Computer Science A test.
Peter is known as one of the best teachers at SpringLight. Peter's teaching reflects his clear understanding of his students as well as of Computer Science. He has seven years of teaching experience in tutoring groups and individuals.
Mr. A. Chou
Mr. A. Chou received his Bachelor Science degree in a double major, EECS/MSE (Electric Engineering and Computer Science / Material Science Engineering), from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked at semiconductor companies for over 20 years. With a strong science background, he teaches all levels of math, physics, and chemistry, including AP courses. He also has excellent time management and problem-solving skills which will benefit students by allowing them to become more efficient under the pressure of studies.
Oklahoma State University Ph.D in Applied Mathematics
Strong background in mathematics, algorithm design and advanced skills in programming
6 years experience in research using programming language C++
4 years experience in teaching college-level courses
First Prize in China Undergraduates Mathematics Contest in Modeling (CUMCM)
Honorable Award in Mathematics Contest in Modeling (MCM)
Sherry Xiaorui Wang graduated with a Master's in Chemistry from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1990 and a Bachelor's in Chemistry from Tongji University in Shanghai. She continued working at Shanghai Jiaotong University, doing extensive research, teaching classes, and mentoring college students for six years. After moving to the United States in 1996, Sherry focused her efforts on helping the community through non-profit organizations such as the Shanghai Jiaotong University Alumnus Association, Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association, Silicon Valley Women Association, and her church. In 2010, Sherry began mentoring high school students through the Bay Echo Association, which “seeks to inform, counsel, and support both teenagers and parents by offering valuable insight on social issues encountered in the everyday lives of teens and creating a safe environment for conversation.” Inspired by these high school students, Sherry founded SpringLight Education Institute in August 2012 with "Faith, Hope, and Love" as its educational philosophy.
Through the Bay Echo Association and SpringLight Education, Sherry has had the opportunity to meet and get to know students of varying backgrounds. She is passionate about remedying the education achievement gap between students of different socioeconomic backgrounds. With extensive knowledge in Chinese and American instructional methods and experience teaching in both the non-profit and private sectors, Sherry has fresh ideas to remedy the disparity in the quality of California public schools. She is confident that the right reforms can help change California education for the better.