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.
Since the age of 12, Benji has worked with EDMO, and has gained a respect and love for both the philosophies of kindness & courage and the transformation of kids able to be in its positive environment. With over seven years of experience with both counseling and tutoring in English and Grammar, Benji is hoping to be able to help facilitate a more focused learning environment in the home (and give parents a well deserved break!). Younger than most Coaches on the site – as a Freshman at Whittier College – Benji will bring youthful energy and positivity to whoever he works with. Benji believes that the best way to connect with kids beyond tutoring a subject is by engaging in their interests, while sharing laughs along the way.
Nicole earns a sense of satisfaction when she breaks down a difficult math concept in order for someone else to understand. She understands the difficulty behind the subject and strives for others to see her passion for mathematics and how it applies to real-life situations. She likes to work with kids because the connections that she makes with them are the highlight of her day. When she works with kids, she sees their potential to succeed in a subject and wants to find ways to help motivate and challenge them in order to further their learning. She is currently a second-year Mathematics major at the University of California, Irvine and is working towards a concentration in Mathematics for Education with a Secondary Teaching Certificate. Her hobbies include traveling, photography, and trying new restaurants.
Sydney has been with Camp EDMO for over 12 years –– as a camper for seven, then a leader-in-training, counselor, and now… an EDMO Coach! She is currently a rising sophomore at UC Berkeley, with an intended major in Media Studies and minors in Journalism and Spanish. Aside from her passions for working with children, writing, and language, Sydney is an avid traveler, volleyball player, artist, and tutor. In fact, when she’s not editing her friends’ essays or leading repeat-after-me songs at summer camp, you’ll likely find Sydney at JoAnn’s Fabrics, passing a volleyball around, or planning her next trip abroad. Though learning can surely be difficult sometimes, Sydney hopes to inspire the same enthusiasm in kids for education and trying new things that she too developed at EDMO.
Gavin is excited to be joining EDMO for his first year as instructor! For the past two years, Gavin has taught English (literature, writing) and Music (piano, violin, voice, theory and history) online from fourth grade to college level. He is passionate about a liberal arts education including the academics and the arts, and loves working with children across the nation. He graduated from Concordia University Irvine in 2020 where he majored in Humanities- Music Education and also minored in music. He is living in Orange County California going to school as a graduate student majoring in a Master's of Music History and Literature at California State University Fullerton.
Music instructor, Fitness instructor, Writer, Editor, Artist.
Brenda has a B.A. in Mathematics with a Teaching Concentration from UC Berkeley. She loves working with youth and has been working in the education field for about eight years. Brenda is currently working as an after school program instructor and a kindergarten aid at an elementary school in Oakland. She believes that education is extremely important and can change your life. Brenda soon wants to become a high school math teacher. She believes that her purpose in life is to be a part of kids' learning experience and make math easier to understand, less scary, and more fun. Brenda is here to help!
Harrison is a rising sophomore at Chapman University pursuing a double major in Documentary Filmmaking and Business Administration. Outside of school Harrison spends his time rock climbing, taking photos, and reading. He has a been an EDMO camper, leader-in-training, and instructor over the last 12+ years. But now Harrison is excited to share his passion for learning as an EDMO Coach!
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.
Nicole is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema with a double minor in Animation and Computing Applications. She has chosen to pursue education because she believes technological skills are important to have in this new age of technology! Nicole is passionate about animation, programming, film, and art. Her favorite things to do when she’s not studying are drawing, painting, playing tennis, and surfing.
Sam was born and raised in San Francisco. An alum of CSB, University High School, and Camp EDMO. His roots are in SF but he has lived in China and South Korea. His 5th grade Mandarin teacher sparked his interest in Chinese and as a result, Sam spent his junior year of high school living in Beijing with a Chinese host family and is returning for 4 years of college with NYU in Shanghai on a merit scholarship. His interest in being a coach comes from his experience in being a Camp EDMO counselor, an Eagle Scout, and a mentor and tutor for kids and seniors. Sam has experience coaching both in-person and online. He believes that the key to learning is making it fun. By getting kids excited about a subject they want to learn more and school becomes an activity instead of a chore.
Valeria is currently majoring in Computer Science at San Francisco State University. As the oldest in her family, she has always been the source of entertainment for her younger siblings and cousins. Last summer, she worked as an EDMO Tech Instructor and absolutely loved how curious all of the campers were about computers and programming. Along with tech, she also loves learning about different cultures and languages, especially through art and literature. She hopes that she can one day make foreign languages and cultures more accessible and exciting for children through programming games and websites.
Annie received a B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and will complete her M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from San Jose State in December 2020. Annie's goal in education is to make a connection with every student she works with. She seeks to help kids develop through compassion and exploring their interests. Annie is dedicated to promoting social justice and cultural awareness to help students develop an informed and open-minded perspective on the world. She also believes in laughter and fun in education. She has experience in working with students in STEM fields as well as Social and Emotional Learning. She has experience with academic and career counseling, and has worked with children from ages 3-18.
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.
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.
Brandon is a past EDMO summer camp instructor and he is currently working toward his BS on Public Health with a concentration on Health & Wellness and a Forensic Certificate at Chico State. Brandon has been involved in education since he was 12 years old, volunteering at summer programs in San Francisco. During his last year in high school, Brandon was part of a program called Peer Resources a collaboration with the University of San Francisco for future educators. He has lived in multiple countries and has even been to the Model United Nations in Switzerland, World Intellectual Property Organization, and the World Health Organization. Brandon loves to teach and help others and he stands for equality and the right to education for everyone!
Kristy is a professional visual artist, linguist, teaching artist, and community organizer with more than a decade of experience teaching and tutoring in a variety of subjects. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish Literature from Georgia State University and a Certificate in Spanish to English Translation from NYU. She is also a TEFL certified ESL teacher and has been teaching English and Spanish to students of all ages for over 10 years. She is an international muralist and has organized and participated in art projects and festivals all over the world. Kristy is passionate about youth development and has worked as a Teaching Artist for the past 5 years, teaching the art of muralism to New York city youth. She loves working with kids of all ages and seeing their confidence grow as they master the skills that used to intimidate them.
Paula is someone who truly values diverse interests and passions. As an older sister, she has loved working with kids and helping them learn. She is pursuing a B.A. in English Literature, minor in Global Public Health, and a Pre-Med track at UC Berkeley. Her passions are fighting for equal health opportunities for disadvantaged youth and building relationships with different communities. Ever since she was young, Paula’s mother has always told her that the one thing that no one can take away from is her education. However, children today continue to face various educational barriers and Paula hopes to help ensure equal educational opportunities for everyone. She values all education and loves to teach a wide variety of subjects. She really loves reading, playing with her dogs, and exploring new ways that she can be involved with her community.
Emily Cline is excited to be an EDMO Coach! She is currently an undergraduate student at UCLA studying environmental science with concentrations in conservation biology and GIS. Emily loves working with kids because of the unique connections you can make and the invaluable perspective that kids have to offer. She is passionate about education, and believes that learning should be an immersive, engaging experience for all.