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Creative Writing

Most kids are bursting with stories—and EDMO coaches can help them put them down on paper! Our coaches can help students of all ages and skill levels engage with their creative side by writing. Through exercises and readings, students will learn how to develop their own craft and style. Their coach can also 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!

Erika Lutz

Bringing a 20+ years of experience as an artist, designer, and director, she believes in nurturing healthy hearts and minds through playful curiosity, creativity, and mindfulness based learning. Formerly VP of Design at Lumosity, her creative leadership and design produced top-ranking mobile apps, educational games, films, and broadcast television that have earned Emmy Award-winning recognition. She received her BFA from VCU School of the Arts in Communication Arts & Design, where she later taught animation and experimental storytelling. Erika has been a guest teacher at the Cartoon Art Museum, The Academy of Art, and AIGA, and is a mentor for outdoor youth programs through Sierra Club, National Parks Service, and Girl Scouts of America. She is certified as a UC California Naturalist and Leading Creative Ideation from Cooper U.

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.

Benji Lenett

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.

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.

Nicole Carlson

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mary Cron

Mary Cron specializes as an English tutor and values teaching young minds how to master the written word while also building self confidence. When Mary was a young student, she had tutors who gave her the self confidence and tools to pursue her dreams. And it is her passion to pass on the same enthusiasm to other young minds. She loves working with kids because as much as she is teaching them, they are teaching her about their world and perspectives. She has extensive experience tutoring in various levels that range from English Composition all the way up to Advanced Placement Literature. In addition, she has an Associates Degree in English Literature while currently working towards her BA at California State University Chico. Mary's passion is to teach young minds about the written word while also giving them confidence in how to express themselves.