BA—Cal State Fullerton
Launching his teaching career in Oakland, California Jared learned many strategies to help struggling, at-risk students to succeed. He then taught English and writing in Los Angeles, becoming the literary coordinator–disseminating strategies, materials and advice to other teachers to help them them hone their skills. Moving to Massachusetts in 2004, Jared taught high school English at a k-12 charter school for seven years. He took a leadership role as high school coordinator, gaining invaluable experience working with teachers, counselors, principals and administrators. His last year, he taught special ed high school English.
In Seattle, Jared is taking his patience, understanding and experience beyond the classroom, as coordinator of Apple Tree Achievement.
Testimonials from Jared’s students and colleagues
“Some of my fondest memories and my most inventive literary pieces were made in Jared’s class and I owe it to his dedication and enthusiasm for the course.”
– Deanna Marshall—Former student–now studies at Northeastern Univ.
“Jared has taught students of various ages, skill levels and backgrounds giving him a wealth of experience in understanding students’ needs, skills and abilities.”
– Lora DeSalvo–High School American History Teacher
“Jared is an advocate for his students and thinks of creative ways to help them learn and be successful. These qualities make him uniquely qualified to support children’s academic progress.”
– Alicia Scafidi—Adjustment Counselor
“What impressed me the most about Jared were the connections he made with students. He would take immature uncooperative 8th graders and guide them in high school and they miraculously became cooperative and invested students.”
– Ted Hersch—K-6 Principal
Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Southern Oregon University. She earned her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University. She also holds an Associate of Science degree and Site Supervisor permit in Child Development.
Prior to moving to Seattle in January 2013, Mary held the position of English as a Second Language Program Manager and Support Teacher at Jamacha School in San Diego County. During this time, she worked with students in intervention programs, improving test taking skills, increasing standardized test scores, and supporting classroom academics with differentiated instruction.
Mary has taught a wide variety of students with different ages, cultural backgrounds, and learning disabilities. She is passionate in her belief that all students can learn and works hard to help them overcome any difficulties and build upon their strengths. Knowing effective study, organization and time management skills are key to academic success, Mary is eager to help each of her students build effective study habits.
Along with her passion for education, Mary enjoys reading, spending time with her family, playing with her dogs Wendy and Parker, and collecting literature. With over 500 titles in her collection, mostly Young Adult and Children’s books, she is never without a book to read to, or share with, a student!
I am originally from Norwalk, Connecticut moving to Seattle in the late 1970’s. I graduated from Shorecrest High School in Seattle and played many different sports including baseball, basketball, soccer and track. I attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, graduated with a B.A. in Accounting, and currently working on my Masters degree in Education. I have been teaching professionally for over 10 years including as an instructor at the Washington Academy of Performing Arts. I am also a song writer and had co-written and recorded a number of Folk Rock and Country Rock guitar parts for the “Guy Madison Band” which had been played on many US Radio Stations reaching the top 10 Billboard charts. My other interests include photography, the guitar, traveling, and scuba diving.
Ji is an academic tutor specialized in math and science with additional emphasis in standardized test prep, including SAT and AP. As a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Washington & Jefferson College, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry with minor in Neuroscience. At W&J, he served as an tutor for introductory biology course, and has taken coursework in biology, chemistry, and physics. Since graduation, he has tutored numerous students for math and science in Seattle areas for both high school and undergraduate students.
Subjects: Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Biology (High School and College), Chemistry (High School and College), Physics (High School and Non-Calculus 1st Year Physics in College), SAT Math, and AP exams for selected science subjects.