## Your Rocket Star Math & Physics Tutors

## Revealing Mathematical Beauty to Inquisitive Minds

##### Gerald Morgan

University of California at Berkeley:*B.S. Pure Mathematics*

### Gerald Morgan

Gerald Morgan is an aspiring young mathematician; career-wise, he has over ten years of tutoring experience and five years of teaching at various colleges.

He noticed his strong love for mathematics at the tender age of eight years old. Though difficult, he welcomed the challenge and enjoyed the sense of accomplishment that accompanied solving each equation.

As the years continued his love for math grew and in high school he joined a program called Cosmos. Gerald would later describe this program as a pivotal point in his academic career. Cosmos expanded Gerald's horizons by introducing him to advanced levels of math that he had not known, peaking his curiosity and persuaded him to pursue a degree in Mathematics. He was able to create projects based on real world mathematics and present them to Nobel Laureate.

During his college days he developed a new adoration for the language of math through coding and mathematical research as a part of an organization called UC leads where he was a dedicated member. Through two summers, he was able to do two research projects, one at UC Berkeley and the other at the University of California, San Diego.

Gerald earned his Bachelors in Pure Mathematics from the University of California Berkeley in 2012 and currently attending San Francisco State University to procure his Masters in mathematics.

His enthusiasm and charisma while he speaks the language of math is apparent and his willingness and ability to share that knowledge is unmatched.

## EDUCATION

2012**University of California at Berkeley***B.S. Pure Mathematics*

## EXPERIENCE

*Currently attending San Francisco State University to procure his Masters in mathematics.*

##### Angelique Alexander

Relay Graduate School of Education:*Masters in Secondary Mathematics Education*

SUNY Purchase Conservatory:*Bachelor of Music*

### Angelique Alexander

Angelique has had two passions both of which she has been lucky enough to study and work in professionally. The first is teaching mathematics, the second is Opera.

Angelique pursued a Bachelor of Music at SUNY Purchase Conservatory as a classical Mezzo-soprano. She then went on to study speech pathology and audiology. During her continued studies she taught music lessons on the side and this is where she discovered her passion for teaching.

Angelique went on to pursue a rigorous hands-on Masters in Secondary Mathematics Education at the Relay Graduate School of Education while teaching full time at Midwood High School (Brooklyn, NY). Angelique taught Algebra 1 there for 4 years and tutored all levels of mathematics in school from Algebra 1 - Calculus. She also taught Algebra 1 and Statistics last school year at KIPP King collegiate (San Lorenzo, CA) and has moved on to teach Geometry and Algebra 1 at Dewey Academy (Oakland, CA).

As a teacher, Angelique's strength is her ability to connect with her students and her abilities to break down difficult material with multiple representations. She considers herself extremely lucky to do what she loves every day, working with kids.

*"I like to tell my students, follow your passion and it will lead you to the right path.*

*I went to school for opera and now I'm a math teacher.*

*There are many people that don't know their paths in life so I consider myself lucky.*

*I know teaching math was the right career choice for me because there have been many instances where I've been moody or upset and by the end of the day I can't muster those emotions because my students give me so much happiness."*

## EDUCATION

**SUNY Purchase Conservatory***Bachelor of Music*

**Relay Graduate School of Education***Masters in Secondary Mathematics Education*

## EXPERIENCE

2013-Present*Tutor all levels of mathematics from Algebra 1 - Calculus*

2018-2019**Dewey Academy (Oakland, CA)***Teacher - Geometry and Algebra 1*

2017-2018**IPP King collegiate (San Lorenzo, CA)***Teacher - Algebra 1 and Statistics*

2013-2017**Midwood High School (Brooklyn, NY)***Teacher - Algebra 1*

##### Albert Meng

University of California Los Angeles:*MBA*

Washington University, St. Louis:*M.S. Control Engineering,B.S. System Science and Engineering / Economics*

### Albert Meng

As a lifelong learner, Albert truly enjoys the process of learning, growing, and discovering -- and loves helping others do the same through teaching and tutoring.

As part of his Masters program at Washington University in St. Louis, he taught robotics to 8th graders in inner-city St. Louis. Albert says it was incredibly rewarding to watch students who only knew robots through TV to being able to program their own robots to travel autonomously through a maze.

After working as a systems engineer in aerospace and defense for about a decade, Albert shifted into the healthcare industry, where he helped build medication management programs and develop partnership strategies. He is grateful for his math and science education because it has been the foundation of problem solving -- both in the worlds of engineering and business.

## EDUCATION

2008**University of California Los Angeles**

*MBA*

2003**Washington University, St. Louis**

*Master of Science in Control Engineering*

2002**Washington University, St. Louis**

*Bachelor of Science in System Science and Engineering / Economics*

## EXPERIENCE

2003-2012**Raytheon Company**

*Systems Engineer*

2004-2012**Dale Carnegie Training**

*Trainer / Coach*

2012-2017**DaVita Rx**

*Strategic Development*

2017-2018**CareLinx**

*Partnerships*

##### Jonathan Lupercio

Stony Brook University:*B.S. Physics, Minor in Mathematics*

### Jonathan Lupercio

Having grown up in the Hamptons of Long Island, a physicist is not the first profession that comes to mind. However, Jonathan had developed a passion for science and mathematics at an early age, seeing them as universal languages. He exceled in physics and knew early on that he would pursue it at university. He attended Stony Brook University for its rich and rigorous physics program, as well as minoring in Mathematics.

He joined Professor Marivi Fernandez-Serra on her research team after acing her courses in Scientific Programming and Thermodynamics by the end of his sophomore year. There he learned more advanced programming methods centered around molecular simulations. The teams research focused on simulating icing models of water.

Afterward, Jonathan dedicated some of his time to volunteer and tutor other students in the Physics Help Room, which he himself had used in previous years. Having had many great professors and instructors, he took the best lessons and helped others. He discovered an ability to communicate complicated subjects in an easier and more understandable approach.

His core teaching principle is that of intuition, focusing heavily on ensuring physics and mathematics comes naturally in the thinking of his students.

## EDUCATION

2012-2016**Stony Brook University**

*Bachelor of Science in Physics*

Minor in Mathematics

Minor in Mathematics

## EXPERIENCE

2014-2016**Department of Physics,Stony Brook University**

*Volunteer Tutor*

2014-2016**Fernandez-Serra Research Group,Stony Brook University**

*Undergraduate Researcher*

##### Alexander Sheynis

San Francisco State University:*Double Masters in Mathematics and Physics*

University of California, Davis:*Applied Mathematics,Double Bachelors in Mathematics and Physics*

### Alexander Sheynis

My love of mathematics and physics truly began when I first saw the classic Star Wars Trilogy as a child of about age 7.

Between spaceships with neat designs and lightsabers and the mystical powers of the Force (which one later finds out is a fundamental concept that drives all of physics... not the mystical part but the force part), a young boy's imagination was stolen.

The experiencing of solving a puzzle or working through a problem to see some deep structure of the universe is an every awe-inspiring experience and one I still I feel today.

The course of my life took me through a double bachelors in mathematics and physics at the University of California, Davis, followed by another four year stint there to explore Applied Mathematics.

Thereafter, I worked in the tech industry for a little over five years to quickly realize that I missed discovering the mysteries of the universe and being able to look at the work I do and feel inspired by it.

So I now find myself pursuing a double masters in mathematics and physics at San Francisco State University surrounded by excited peers, supportive instructors, and a whole universe yet to explore.

But I am not just about all work and no play as what little free time I have goes into playing Magic: The Gathering at my local game store (including competitive level events), reading comic books, collecting LEGO sets, and the occasional road trip for new and tasty pie places in California.

## EDUCATION

Currently**San Francisco State University ***Double Masters in Mathematics and Physics*

**University of California, Davis ***Applied Mathematics*

**University of California, Davis ***Double Bachelors in Mathematics and Physics*

## EXPERIENCE

2014-Present**Tech Industry**

##### Sam Uber

Northern Arizona University:*Bachelor of Science*

Mesa Community College:*Associates of Arts*

### Sam Uber

Sam graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Education with a specialization in science. Recently, he completed specializations in Stanford Math Growth Mindset and UC Irvine's Virtual Teaching.

The past nineteen years of teaching has provided him the opportunity to learn and grow alongside students in the United States, Mexico, Ecuador & Venezuela. During that time, he taught all subjects to many different age groups but has always had a special place in his heart for math.

He recently taught Algebra 1 for 7 years at the American School of Puerto Vallarta where he also headed a Math Counts club. He currently teaches multiple elementary math courses online. His hobbies include surfing, snowboarding, guitar, camping, and cooking.

## EDUCATION

1999-2001**Northern Arizona University***Bachelor of Science*

1996-1999**Mesa Community College***Associates of Arts*

## EXPERIENCE

2020-Present**Whitmore School-CompuHigh (Virtual Classroom)**

*Middle School Math Teacher*

2018-Present**E.F. School (Worldwide)**

*3rd & 4th Grade Private Teacher*

2018-Present**Outschool (Virtual Classroom)**

*Virtual Teacher*

2012-2018**American School of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)**

*Middle School Math & Science Teacher*

2015-2018**Private Tutor for an Online Student (Virtual Classroom)**

*AP Physics, Trigonometry, Honors Pre-Calculus Tutor*

2009-2012**Granite School District (United States)**

*2nd & 4th Grade Teacher*

2008-2009**Escuela Anaco (Venezuela)**

*Middle School Life Sciences Teacher*

2006-2008**Colegio Menor San Francos de Quito (Ecuador)**

*6th Grade Science Teacher*

2004-2006**Blue Ridge School District (United States)**

*5th Grade Teacher*

##### JAMES MAGNATTA

Stony Brook University:*B.S. Mathematics, Concentration in Operations Research*

### James magnatta

James began his career in education while attending college in Wilmington at the University of North Carolina. His name got passed from one of his professors to a local family who was in need of a math tutor for their 3 children. Within weeks of his first lesson, his contact information was quickly passed around town and he found himself running a small business soon after tutoring math to both elementary and high school students.

After completing his degree in mathematics, he took on a position at Cape Fear Community College as a math facilitator. In this new environment, he was able to learn a multitude of teaching techniques from seasoned professors further growing his repertoire of math knowledge. This experience instilled the love of teaching in him for years to come.

In 2004 he moved out west to San Diego and established another tutoring business focused primarily on college-age students struggling in math. While in California tutoring, he also worked as the executive director of a local children's foundation, photography teacher, ESL teacher, and CEO of a condiment/catering company.

James thrives in a one on one teaching environment knowing full well the benefits to the student and teacher alike. He enjoys establishing strong connections, alleviating past anxiety related to math, and keeping his students engaged throughout their time together.

For the past 5 years, he has lived internationally, first in Mexico, and now residing in Taiwan. Still teaching as his primary form of income and loving every minute of it. When he is not talking math with students he spends his free time surfing, sailing, exploring, and concocting meals to pass the time.

## EDUCATION

1996-2001**The University of Carolina at Willmington**

*B.S. in Mathematics, Concentration in operations research*

## EXPERIENCE

2000-2020**Private Mathematics Tutor**

2016-2019**VIP Kid**

*ESL Teacher*

2012-2013**Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego**

*Photography Teacher*

2001-2004**Cape Fear Community College**

*Mathematics Facilitator*

##### Felix Rojas

Central University of Venezuela:*Mathematics Masters Student,B.S. Theoretical Chemistry*

### Felix Rojas

With a B.S degree in Chemistry from The Central University of Venezuela, he started delving into physics and mathematics to take on one of the most fascinating areas of knowledge, Quantum Mechanics, and the application of its concepts in the atomic and molecular world.

Quantum Mechanics is the foundation of molecular modeling, and its application into chemistry is called Quantum Chemistry. He has worked collaboratively with many Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics professionals to further familiarize himself with the fundamental ideas of Quantum Chemistry. He's currently pursuing the Applied Mathematics program at UC Berkeley, looking forward to learning from the best.

During this time and learning process he has worked as a pre-calculus Teacher and Calculus Professor Assistant, an enriching experience that has allowed him to demonstrate that through fundamental mathematical concepts we can understand the underlying layers of the world and universe that surround us, and most importantly, how Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, merge together at the atomic level of the cosmos.

For now and always:

Remember that scientific achievement is an entanglement of hard work and a true moment of sole inspiration.

## EDUCATION

2016-2018**Central University of Venezuela (UCV)***Mathematics Masters Student**Mathematics Undergrad: Analysis-I, Analytic Functions, Ordinary Differential Equations*

2010-2015**Central University of Venezuela (UCV)***B.S. in Chemistry (Theoretical Chemistry)*

## EXPERIENCE

2016-2018**Central University of Venezuela (UCV)***Assistant Professor of Calculus*

##### Caleb Nastasi

San Francisco State University:*BA Math for Advanced Study*

### Caleb Nastasi

I graduated from San Francisco State in the Spring of 2020, with honors. There, I specialized in mathematics, while also taking several physics courses. In each semester, I would help other students solve problems and even grade problems for other courses. In the Winter Semester of 2020, I will begin the Master of Mathematics program at the University of Bonn in Germany. I am very interested in pure mathematics, and its applications to theoretical physics. In particular, I would like to investigate the differential topology of banach manifolds and symplectic geometry. After my masters degree, I plan on obtaining my PhD diploma, with the ultimate goal of being a researcher full-time.

My passion for mathematics began in high school - I discovered some olympiad style problems, and was fascinated by the simplicity of some solutions, and the sophistication of others. In my third year of college, I studied abroad in Moscow where I was reinspired to investigate math and physics and eventually obtain a PhD. When I studied abroad, I had the opportunity to assist an advanced group of high school students prepare for the Moscow math olympiad. As a teacher, I learned even more from these problems than I did as a student; I am excited to watch my students develop a confidence and fluency in mathematics.

## EDUCATION

2016-2020**BA Math for Advanced Study,**

*San Francisco State University*

2018**Math in Moscow Program**

*Higher School of Economics*

## EXPERIENCE

2018-2019**San Francisco State University**

*Undergraduate Grader*

2018**Moscow State School No. 57**

*English Math Tutor*

2019-2020**San Francisco Bay Area, CA**

*Private Math Tutor*

##### Dexter Dysthe

San Francisco State University:*M.A. in Mathematics,**B.A. in Mathematics*

### Dexter Dysthe

I am a "late bloomer" of sorts when it comes to discovering my passion for mathematics. I became deeply interested in mathematics while in my sophomore year at San Francisco State University as a Finance major. It was then, through my own independent studies, that I began to realize just how mathematically sophisticated the language of modern finance really is. I changed my major to pure mathematics that semester in order to receive what I deemed proper training to ultimately complete a PhD in finance.

Through my studies I have learned to appreciate just how beautiful mathematics is, and how it is unassailably the most effective tool to study patterns anywhere; from financial markets, to physics, to sports, to just about anything. I believe that the motivation to practice mathematics must be discovered by the individual, and I am excited to watch my students discover what it is about mathematics that gives it purpose to them.

I am currently in my first semester of my MA program in pure mathematics at San Francisco State University and am enjoying the new experience of tutoring. During the last 2 years of my undergraduate, I was a Research Analyst Intern at the San Francisco office of the boutique investment bank Probitas Partners.

## EDUCATION

2019-Present**San Francisco State University***M.A. in Mathematics*

2014-2019**San Francisco State University***B.A. in Mathematics*

## EXPERIENCE

2017-2019**Probitas Partners**

*Research Intern*

2015-2015**Sentieo**

*Research Intern*

2012-2012**City of Burbank**

*Youth Services Worker*

##### Rebecca Malas

Concordia University:

*Masters in Curriculum and Instructional Design with a focus in STEAM Integration*

*BA Triple Major in Physics, Theatre and Secondary Education*

### Rebecca Malas

My love of science started at an early age when I used to watch Star Trek Voyager with my family. Seeing these women leaders in science inspired me to continue to pursue physics and engineering in my dreams to one day reach the stars.

In college, studying physics for my bachelor’s degree, I also quickly discovered that I also have a passion for theatre. The connections between physics and theatre amazed me as I learned about lighting and optics, sound and waves and even set construction and forces side by side. So I added a theatre major and then wondered how to bring them together. At the time, I was the general physics supplemental instructor and discovered how much I loved teaching and helping others reach the same “AHA!” moments that I had. So, three years into my college career, I added another major of secondary education.

After graduation, I had the opportunity to teach in a variety of different schools around the state of Massachusetts. These schools varied greatly in student demographics and access to proper lab equipment. I quickly learned how to make physics labs with materials you can just find around the house. I continue to love drawing these connections between things we experience every day and the mathematical and physical principles students are studying.

I just recently finished up my Master’s degree in curriculum and instructional design with a focus in STEAM integration (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). I wanted to pursue something that helped me integrate all of my passions together and did my thesis work on how to apply this to an online learning environment.

I am an avid adventurous soul and I believe that you can learn physics anywhere at any time. I I love to teach my lessons from whatever corner of the world I’m currently exploring (so be sure to ask where I am!). One day, perhaps my lessons will be taught from the stars!

## EDUCATION

2020

**Concordia University**

*Masters in Curriculum and Instructional Design with a focus in STEAM Integration
*

2014

**Concordia University**

*BA Triple Major in Physics, Theatre and Secondary Education*

## EXPERIENCE

2018-present

**Physics Private Tutor
**

2016-present

**Virtual Learning Academy Charter School
**

*Physics Teacher*

2019-2021

**Eastern Nazarene College
**

*Astronomy Adjunct Instructor*

2017-2019

**Northern Essex Community College
**

*Physics Adjunct Instructor*

2016-2017

**Woburn Public Schools
**

*Physics Teacher*

2015-2016

**Marshfield Public Schools
**

*Physics Teacher*

2014-2015

**Lawrence Public Schools
**

*Physics & Astronomy Teacher*

## Mission Control

##### SEAN ALEXANDER

**Command Pilot**

University of California at Santa Barbara:

*B.A. in Physics*

San Francisco State University:

*M.S. in Physics*

### Sean Alexander

##### Command pilot, owner

##### JILL MACHADO

Mission Control Specialist