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Homework Coach (5th-8th)

As much as kids learn during class time, they often absorb just as much while doing their homework! And EDMO coaches are here to help kids review and make sense of all they're learning. Our coaches are prepared to offer engaging, encouraging 1:1 assistance to support students in literacy, math, or any subject area where their teachers have issued assignments. It's not a chore (well, less of a chore) if they're having fun while they're doing their work! Recommended materials: writing utensil, paper, homework
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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!

Ken Der

Ken is thrilled to have the opportunity to inspire and challenge young minds while rocking the EDMO vibe! He is currently a sapling among the trees at Stanford University who hopes to one day grow into a (tall) civil engineer and city planner. On the side, he serves as the news director at campus radio station KZSU 90.1FM. He has spent the past two summers at EDMO's Alameda site, most recently as a Pro Maker Instructor, but his dedication to working with students began early on as the founder of a local mentoring program. Ken’s passion is guiding students along their quest in discovering their inner genius by leveraging their strengths and interests. You can often catch Ken in his natural habitat on board a city bus, or on the air talking about the news and interviewing fascinating people!

Alia Katz

Mrs. Katz is here to help! She has an A.A in Liberal Arts- emphasis in elementary school teaching and a in B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies. She started as a paraprofessional, working in classrooms for students with moderate to severe autism. She now holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and is considered a California “Highly Qualified Teacher”. She is currently in her 5th year of teaching in middle school grades 6th-8th. She has professional experience providing instruction in all core subjects. She is especially interested in Interdisciplinary Sciences, the basis of NGSS. She is the mother of three teenage sons, all with their own learning styles, needs, and strengths. In her free time (and with students) Alia likes to sing, play the guitar, and research new scientific discoveries.

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.

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.

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.

Logan Vawter

Logan is a rising Junior studying Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is passionate about teaching and loves sharing his interests in the STEM field and beyond with others. Logan is always eager to inspire youth with a love of learning and a hunger for creating. He found his time at EDMO Alameda Earhart very fulfilling and is excited to be back with this online opportunity.

Brenda Berumen

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 Segal

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!

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.

Marissa Espino

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 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.

Sam Kominowski

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.

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.

Brandon Rosas Flores

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!

Kristina M. McCarthy

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 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.