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.
Mrs. Carolyn Milon has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism 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. Carolyn has worked as an English tutor and college essay editor at SpringLight since 2014. Carolyn is dedicated to helping students excel in their language arts skills. Carolyn has successfully helped students with their college application essays, high school essays, and standard test preparation. Her students have been able to raise their test scores in a short period of time, and they feel a heightened sense of responsibility and care when working with her. Many of Carolyn's students have been admitted to their dream colleges after working with her on their application essays.
Padma Ramaswamy graduated from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, with a Bachelor’s degree in English, Psychology and Economics. She pursued post-graduate studies in Computer Software, moved to the U.S., and worked in the IT industry for over 12 years. During her time as manager of e-commerce systems at Sun Microsystems, she was the recipient of the Best Cross-Organizational Teamwork Award. She then turned her energies into raising her children, devoting many hours to tutoring, assisting and volunteering in Los Altos Schools.
Padma has now gone back to her first love: English. At SpringLight, she edits college application essays and helps students with their school writing assignments. She strongly believes that a student’s sense of self-worth is the most precious thing, that every student is uniquely talented, and she encourages them to articulate their true voices through their work.
Padma is also a registered yoga instructor and enjoys teaching yoga, running and hiking.
Ms. Cindy Jin graduated from Peking University with a major in microelectronics. She also has tutored high school math and physics (AP Calculus and AP Physics) in the Bay Area for more than 5 years. Her teaching is logical, clear. She has helped many students have improved their GPA and inspired them to love science. She has over 22 years of software engineering experience in the communications industry.
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.
Dr. Yi He
Dr. He holds Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry. She has twenty years' teaching experience at college level. She is an expert in teaching general chemistry/ AP Chemistry and USNCO (US Chemistry Olympiad). 何博士毕业于上海交大应用化学系，二十年美国大学教学经验， 专长于普通化学， AP化学， 化学奥林匹亚。
Dr. Moses Ho received a Ph. D. in chemical engineering from Penn State University. He worked at Semiconductor and optical companies in Bay Area for over 24 years. He has a strong science and math background, and has been a private tutor for more than 3 years. He can explain the concept of the math and science logically to the students.
Dr. Paul Du
Dr. Du has taught mathematics to high school and college students for more than 15 years. He holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Ottawa and a MS in mathematics from Wuhan University and was a mathematics instructor at Tsinghua University as well as with AoPS. Dr. Du currently teaches mathematics at De Anza College. He has taught and tutored high school math subjects and test preparations including SAT Math, AP Calculus and AMC 8/10/12 for many years. Dr. Du enjoys working with students of different backgrounds and helping them gain better understanding of concepts, improve math problem solving skills, and achieve high scores in standardized tests.
Courses Dr. Du teaches include: Calculus AP and I-IV, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Finite Mathematics, Statistics, Precalculus, and Intermediate Algebra.
Dr. Fan graduated from Peking University and UC Berkeley with Ph. D. in Engineering. He has tutored and taught math for many years from algebra to calculus for all level students. Many of them got 5 on AP Calculus BC, 800 on SAT Math and high scores on competitions, and most of them have improved their grades. He also taught Java and web software development courses at Software College in Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications for many years in his spare time.
In college, he had the privilege of taking classes from some truly extraordinary professors and was lucky to be their teaching assistant. By helping students to understand the concepts, skills, and solve the problems, he felt that good teaching is an art and fun. He likes to start with fundamental contents and skills, to fully understand why and how, and to move on to harder problems. He also likes to give some fun examples of how math solves real-world problems and how math is useful and important. When students get better and better, they no longer feel math is that hard, but is fun to learn. Students are different, and they all have great capabilities; just to be patient while encouraging them to realize and reach their potential.
Mr. Felix Huang has taught math, computer science, and physics to high school students in learning centers in the Bay Area for over 10 years. He has helped many students pass the AMC 10, 12, and AIME. He also helped several students to advance on USACO Bronze, Silver, Gold to Platinum. In computer science students to advance on USACO Bronze, Silver, Gold to Platinum. He is passionate about helping students overcome their barriers and reach challenging goals. He helped students gain profound understanding on the math, computer science, and physics. He works as software engineer in multiple areas including Java, C++, Python programming, backend data, and optimization problems. As background, he received a M.S. in Math from U of Washington, M.S. in Computer Science from U of Arizona, and a B.S. in Math from National Taiwan University.
Ms. Grace Heffner graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gordon College with a B.A. in History and Museum Studies/Public History. Her high school education was through an online cyber school, and she is very familiar with remote and online teaching/learning. She teaches history full time at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Boston while also managing online learning platforms for remote students. She is passionate about sharing an honest and accurate history of the United States, and this love for our country’s story began when she was young. Ms. Heffner is eager to help students succeed both inside and outside the classroom by helping them grow critical thinking, writing, and study skills.
Brandon Dauphinais has worked for over 15 years in technical communications, marketing, and direct advertising. After getting his degree in English and Communications, Brandon spent several years working for various corporations and governmental entities both in the US and abroad. Seeking a greater challenge, Brandon decided to form his own agency and consulting company. Since then, Brandon has consulted with companies on 3 different continents and helped them "fix their broken marketing." When not working to help his clients, Brandon enjoys reading old books, lifting heavy weights, and spending time with his beautiful wife and precocious children.
Ophir Silverman has a combined 6 years of industry experience in technology with 4 years of professional teaching. As a teacher, he was able to provide students with a fun, approachable, and practical introduction to programming of all kinds, from solving problems with Data Science to developing Mobile Applications, Websites, and Services.
Ophir strives to teach programming through relatable examples and to give students the skills they need to complete their own projects and land internships or professional opportunities. He enjoys producing music, designing software, and going on outdoor adventures with his beautiful fiance and daughter.
Ophir holds a BS in Computer Science and BA in Philosophy from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
Mahama Nyankamawu graduated from Georgia Tech with an MS in environmental engineering and has an MPA from Columbia University in Environmental and Energy Finance. 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 a practicing professional who enhances students’ understanding by linking theoretical concepts with their real world applications.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adam Xu qualified for the USACO Platinum and scored a 5 on the AP computer science. He has taken the AP CS class at Lynbrook and as a result is familiar with the struggles of high school Java programming and AP CS assignment/projects. This puts him in the best position to help other students going through the same struggles. As an experienced SpringLight AP Computer Science teacher, his past students who took his AP CS prep class enjoyed it and scored 5. All of his students say that they learned a lot from him not only to prepare for AP CS test, but also to do well in their high school programming classes. He has been teaching AP CS classes at SpringLight since 2016. He is one of our most popular instructors.
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.