Casey has a BS in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Nevada Reno and loves being be an EDMO Coach! She has been tutoring children, of all abilities, for over 6 years. Casey understands that while learning can be challenging, it can also be fun! She loves to communicate with the parents and students. She welcomes feedback and new ideas so she can implement the suggestions into future sessions. Casey hopes that this will encourage continued excitement and curiosity within the students. She loves yoga, hiking, as well as other outdoor activities.
Branden couldn't be anymore excited to be joining EDMO for his first year as an instructor! Branden is a New York State certified music teacher and has been teaching music in schools all over Long Island and New York City for over 5 years. Branden can lighten up a room with his teaching. Through his energy, passion, and care for his students needs, he develops lessons that caters to every learner and he excels at building a love for any topic he teaches. He received both his bachelor's and master's degree from Five Towns College where he majored in Music Performance and Music Composition. He is incredibly excited to bring his knowledge and love of music to his students! Outside of music, Branden enjoys fitness, martial arts, cooking, and taking care of his two bunnies, Arya, and Simba.
Julissa Martinez is a recent college graduate from the University of California Merced, where she obtained a bachelors in Psychology and Public Health. She is bilingual; fluent in English and Spanish. The passion to create a space where she can help kids develop and grow to their best of their abilities with surrounding support and an encouraging environment is what strives her to be the best version of herself when working with kids. She has always been learning and working with kids from babysitting family members to volunteering and obtaining jobs focused on kids. Her career goals involve working with kids because she loves the experiences she's had with them; kids uplift and create a fun working environment. She enjoys including mindfulness and problem solving practices in her work. Education is a critical component in a kid's development so when she can do something to provide help or support, she is driven to take on that opportunity to get kids striving in all that they do. We can all strive to be the best version of ourselves.
Marissa is new to the EDMO family but stoked about being with such a great group of people! She has been working with children for almost 10 years now, both teaching and tutoring. Marissa received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona and shortly after decided to become a certified Yoga instructor! She loves to share her passion for Yoga and learning with everyone she meets. Marissa believes that creating a positive environment for youth is the key to a beautiful future for the world.
Music instructor, Fitness instructor, Writer, Editor, Artist.
Jordie Marie Rippon is A graduate student studying Creative Producing and Management at CalArts. She has previously received a Bachelor's of Science in Technology Communication and Theater. She loves to create an environment that makes it fun to learn and loves to encourage and empower kids to think about problems differently as a tool to help solve the problem.
Victoria is a creative individual who has an interest in many different fields of work and study. From a young age she was always involved in after-school programs and extracurricular enrichment, and this has spurred her to tutor and coach various age groups and skill levels. She has a passion for community driven activities, strong commitment to positive development and growth, and an interest in mentoring young adults through shared experience. Victoria has a B.A. in English from San Diego State. She volunteers as a Zumba Instructor for SF Park and Rec, has previous experience as an Assistant Varsity Basketball coach, and this past summer worked as an EDMO Maker Instructor.
She believes that motivating and directing others in a supportive, cooperative, and collaborative way leads to an engaging and FUN learning environment.