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Homework Coach (K-4th)

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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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.

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!

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 supporting children through the struggles of communication and self-confidence using Academics and the Arts for the last 10 years. She started her career teaching children with autism how to find their voice, and now she uses her expertise to support children with all levels of functioning to grow in confidence. Having faced bullies herself throughout her life, she has grown passionate about teaching parents to understand their child’s behaviors and provide support with navigating the difficulties of being bullied.

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.

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.

Sydney Segal

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.

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!

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.

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.

Valeria Vallejo

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.

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.

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.

Lauren Banchieri

Lauren is so excited to be an EDMO Coach! She is currently a junior at Sonoma State University working on her bachelors in liberal studies, minor in early childhood studies, and a multiple subject teaching credential. Lauren has been a part of the EDMO family for the past 2 years as a counselor, EDMO Live! instructor, and recently an EDMO Clubs Instructor. She has also worked with an after school program for the past few years as an instructor and tutor. Lauren has a lot of experience helping students with homework as well as planning and facilitating fun enrichment activities in a variety of subjects, including math, English, science, and arts & crafts. Lauren believes in leading by example and enjoys supporting her students’ curiosity.

Eric Quirk

Eric Quirk is a dynamic and creative coach that graduated from Fresno State University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. He coaches to inspire his students to be empowered, respectful and creative thinkers in all areas of their life. Eric enjoys laughing, learning, growing his YouTube channel (Code This), and traveling to immerse himself in new cultures and adventures. Getting to know and listen to his students is very important to Eric. He wants his students to laugh, think, and question why because a fun class is a productive class. Eric has been coaching and inspiring kids between 3 to 18 years of age for over 15 years. A positive environment plus positive reinforcement equals creativity and growth.