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Biology

In biology, no subject is too small or too big to study! EDMO coaches can work with students at all grade levels to explore all the living things on Earth, from microbes to megafauna, and deepen kids' understanding of ecosystems. You can ask the coach to focus on a particular area that fascinates your child, or they can provide support on specific concepts covered in kids' schoolwork. Recommended materials: Writing utensil and paper
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Al Wong

Al Wong just graduated from Mills College with a BA in Environmental Science. Although they received a degree in Environmental Science, Al has their fair share of experience in sewing, book binding/construction, theatre arts, and photography. They have worked with students of varying ability and age, and they believe in equity in education and amplifying the voices of the unheard. They look forward to learning and growing with EDMO students!

Maia Kueny

Maia has spent the past four summers with Camp EDMO, and is very excited to return as an EDMO Coach! She really enjoys working with young people, and has had the opportunity to do so as both a swim teacher and an EDMO camp counselor! To her, there is nothing more rewarding than making a difference in someone's life through education. Maia believes that with hard work anything is possible, and has brought this belief with her in her life as both a student and a teacher. She has a passion for math, science, and music, and is currently the Assistant Drum Major for her school's marching band. Maia plays the flute, the oboe, and the alto saxophone, and also conducts music. In her free time Maia enjoys reading, hiking, running, doing her math homework, and searching for good jokes.

Kim Gardner

Kim has been coaching and teaching a wide range of subjects for over 10 years, finding her passion when she was 17. She studied psychology for her BA at CSU Sacramento and accomplished her MA in Behavior Analysis from Capella University. She taught special needs students and their families for four years before exploring life as the art instructor KimChi! She is passionate about helping youth develop their critical thinking skills and self confidence through her teaching and tutoring.

Bethany Ryan

Bethany is an EDMO intstructor and coach who brings enthusiasm and years of experience to her EDMO coaching. She has worked with many kids from teaching reading as an Title 1 Teacher to tutoring kids as young as pre-school all the way to high school age. She believes all subjects can be made fun to learn, even difficult subjects like math and writing. Her wide-range of other experience also allows her to bring in many opportunities to learn from crafting embroidery to making useful projects out of cardboard to learning Chinese.

Casey OBrien

Casey is studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Nevada Reno and is so excited to be an EDMO Coach! She has been tutoring children, with all sorts of abilities, for over 4 years. Casey understands that learning can sometimes be hard, but also knows how fun it can be and wants to share that experience. She loves yoga, hiking, as well as other outdoor activities.

Malcolm Curtis

Malcolm Curtis is a life long learner that looks to build | lead | teach. A certified personal trainer, master resiliency trainer, motivational speaker, and mindset professional. He loves to work with youth to help them find their inner superhero. Curtis believes that each of everyone has untapped, and an unlocked greatness inside of them. His belief is it just takes someone with belief to unlock that potential. He expects a lot because he gives a lot. The ultimate goal is to make your good, better, and your better, best.

Anne Lockmiller

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

Julissa Martinez is currently on her 4th year of college at the University of California Merced, majoring in Psychology and Public Health. She is bilingual; fluent in English and Spanish. The passion to create and 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 working with 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. Education is a critical component in a kids 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.

Dominique Martinez

Dominique is in her twelfth year of teaching. She will begin the 2020-2021 school year as a 4th grade instructor, but has had experience working with a wide range of students from K-Adults. She is currently in the process of completing her Master of Secondary Education with a credential in General Science. Additionally she completed her Bachelor degree at the University of California, San Diego. Currently she holds her Adult Teaching Credential in the areas of Math, Physical Science, ESL instruction, and Social Science. She is a Google Certified Educator who understands the needs of learners and the applications they must learn to become successful in a blended learning classroom. Dominique believes in educating the whole child with the main concept that the parent is the primary educator.

Tina Barrentine

Tina Barrentine's favorite sound in the whole world is "Aha!" when a concept finally clicks in the mind of a child. She loves one-on-one teaching and figuring out what works best for each child. She home schooled her own three children through high school and has tutored other students from elementary school through college. She has worked as a tutor for a nonprofit after school program, an elementary school, a preschool, a library based service for adult literacy and GED prep, and for anyone who has reached out for help. Her life's motto is "Be available," and she strongly believes in doing whatever works best for each student to achieve success.

Jordie Marie Rippon

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.

Paula Nordstrom Miranda

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.