# Meet Your Team

An exceptional team of experienced math and physics tutors and teachers who are working physicists at top universities is ready to help you succeed.

#### We are committed to making an impact in the lives of our students and families. Your team of experienced math and physics tutors and dedicated teachers work in tandem with you to help you realize your full academic potential.

## San Francisco Team

##### Sean Alexander

San Francisco State University:*M.S. Theoretical Physics*

University of California at Santa Barbara:*B.S. Physics*

### Sean Alexander

Combining his two passions – physics and teaching – Sean started his successful tutoring business as a sole operator. It was almost too successful – he just didn’t have time to teach everyone who wanted his special service, but hiring students with no teaching experience wasn’t an option. Sean set about gathering an exceptional team of experienced teachers who are, like him, working physicists at top universities.

Sean discovered a fascination for physics when he was just fifteen, when he proof-read a friend’s report on black holes. In one semester, he read every physics book in his school’s library. He was hooked, but his love of teaching came a bit later.

After gaining his degree, Sean got his first teaching job – a semester abroad at a school in New Zealand. Algebra, geometry, calculus, physics, astronomy – teaching all his favorite subjects was wonderful. Back in San Francisco, Sean challenged himself and significantly extended his teaching skills at a school for students with learning difficulties, and it’s now one of his specialties at Alexander Tutoring.

After experience in various teaching situations, Sean is convinced that learning one-on-one is the most effective way to learn. Anyone can do math, he says, if they have the right teacher.

Call Sean now for more information about math and physics tutoring, for you or your child. He looks forward to hearing from you.

## EDUCATION

2006-2009**San Francisco State University***M.S. Theoretical Physics*

1998-2003**University of California at Santa Barbara***B.S. Physics*

## EXPERIENCE

2013-2017**Stanford University**

*EPGY Physics Instructor*

2011-2016**Drew High School**

*Mathematics and Physics Instructor*

2012-Present**Prison University Project**

*Mathematics teacher*

2006-2009**San Francisco State University**

*Astronomy Lecturer*

2008-2009**Stanbridge Academy**

*Mathematics and Astronomy Teacher*

2004-2006**School Down Under**

*Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy Teacher*

##### Howard Isaccson

San Francisco State University:

*M.S. Physics,B.S. Physics*

### Howard Isaccson

Born and raised under the wide skies of Butte, Montana, Howard’s first love is astronomy. A key member of the Kepler Space Telescope missions at UC Berkeley, he brings a unique and exciting perspective to his math and physics teaching at Alexander Tutoring.

"I was born and raised under the dark skies of Butte Montana. My interest in Astronomy began when I was shown Saturn through a telescope by Lloyd Magnuson, my middle school science teacher.

After meandering through interest in different sciences, I landed at the Physics and Astronomy Department at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California. There I collected both and undergraduate and Master's Degree working with Dr. Debra Fischer, focusing my research on exoplanet detection and stellar activity measurements.

After graduation, I began with working at UC Berkeley on the, then recently launched, Kepler Space Mission operated out of NASA Ames Research Center. While the Kepler Space Telescope has ended its primary mission, it is still working with the new moniker K2, and there is still much work to be done."

## EDUCATION

2006-2009**San Francisco State University***M.S. Physics*

2006-2009**San Francisco State University***B.S. Physics*

## EXPERIENCE

2009-Present**U.C. Berkeley***Extra Solar Planet Astronomer*

## Projects

Breakthrough Listen Initiative

Automated Planet Finder

##### 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*

##### Wilder Schaaf

Middlebury College:

*B.A. Physics and Computer Science*

### Wilder Schaaf

My fascination with physics and mathematics began in High School and has been a large part of who I am ever since. I received my BA in Physics from Middlebury College in 2015. Along the way, I developed an interest in computer science and math, in which disciplines I picked up a major and minor, respectively.

At the Center for Quantum Devices in 2013, I received training at the Harvard CNS in the use of sensitive equipment including SEM, TEM, and wet bench training. I engaged in research into the properties of carbon nanotube quantum devices, including the assembly of the testing apparatus, prepping the devices for testing, performing extensive tests on the devices while they were cooled in a dilution refrigerator. I also used the documentation from our testing to write my senior project paper on the characterization of Niobium Nitride superconductors, which we used to sense charge transitions in the nanotubes.

After graduating, I co-founded Pineapple Workshops with two associates. We produced and developed several well-received games for the iPhone and browser platforms. We also managed and developed several projects simultaneously which helped me to further develop my real-world source control and product design skills. My personal technical responsibilities included some front end work (Objective C in Xcode IDE) on Amaze Ball, a single-player puzzle game, and Tile Climber, a high speed concentration game, creation of a level-design algorithm (Java) for Amaze Ball, and full stack development (Ruby on Rails) of TrendSmash, a browser-based Google search term comparison game.

I also worked as a Math and Physics Tutor at College Nannies and Tutors for a year before moving to San Francisco. I tutored approximately 15 middle and high school students a week in all topics science and math. Working with students of vastly different ability levels and finding an appropriate teaching method for each of them taught me to approach problems from many different angles to maximize effectiveness.

I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Physics from San Francisco State University. In my free time I like to run, snowboard, travel and play with Legos.

## EDUCATION

2011-2015**Middlebury College***B.A. Physics and Computer Science*

## EXPERIENCE

2015-2016**College Nannies and Tutors**

*Math and Physics Tutor*

2015-2015**Pineapple Workshops LLC**

*Founder/Software Engineer*

2013-2013**Center for Quantum Devices**

*Undergraduate Researcher*

##### 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*

##### 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**

##### Madalynn Cunningham

U.C. Davis:*B.S. Chemical Engineering*

Solano Community College

### Madalynn Cunningham

Maddy is a recent graduate of University of a California Davis, with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering. She was a transfer student from Solano Community College where she was Vice-President of the Math Club and worked in the Math Activities Center as a student tutor.

During her first year at Davis she attained an undergraduate research position in an electro-chemistry research lab. While finishing her degree at Davis, she continued to grade Calculus homework to keep her math skills sharp.

Her hobbies include cooking, video games, and general nerdy things. She is also a cat mom.

## EDUCATION

2016-2019

**U.C. Davis**

*B.S. Chemical Engineering, GPA 3.17*

2011-2016

**Solano Community College**

## EXPERIENCE

2016-2019

*Grading Assistant*

2014-2019

*Student Tutor*

## San Mateo Team

##### 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*

## New York Team

##### 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*