Tiffany graduated from Calvin College in May 2012 with a major in International Development and a minor in Missions. She is certified to teach English as a foreign language with additional certifications in Business English and Teaching Young Learners.
Tiffany has traveled to eight countries and taught math and ESL in two countries, two states, and two different languages. She is fluent in Spanish and loves learning languages as well as teaching the two she knows. Her favorite part about teaching is getting to work one-on-one with students and being able to really get to know them and personalize their learning. Tiffany loves learning and thinks it should always be fun!
Mike loves to learn, try his hand at new things and solve problems. He regularly uses books, videos and audio from the library. He likes to say that he has a master's degree in "Library". He has a bachelor's in Chemistry from Florida State University and studied for his master's in Education at Western Governors University. He also does a fair amount of handyman tasks around the house including tile, carpentry and plumbing along with general gardening and yard maintenance. He says that learning the fundamentals and keeping them sound is the best foundation for education.
Mike is a father of a three-year-old, and the husband of a woman from Venezuela. They like to take walks and drives, ride bikes, go to parks, frequent the museums, read, paint and play all kinds of silly games. All this of course, before and after eating - they love ice cream.
Mike has taught GED, ESL, high school science through AP, and upper elementary. He is a natural teacher who loves to field all kinds of questions, and give them a, mostly, serious response. He can tutor arithmetic through advanced algebra, including trigonometry and geometry, and science subjects, especially chemistry and biology through the lower college level. He learned English grammar as a result of learning to speak Spanish and so can teach reading, composition and grammar in both languages. He has taught or studied for many tests like the ACT, SAT, GED and state teaching exams so he knows how to read standardized test questions and sort through answers to pick the ones that will maximize your test score. Finally, he likes to play the piano (intermediate level) and sing and can teach how to read music and music theory- Do, Re, Mi!
Julian graduated from Florida International University with a degree in History and a Caribbean Studies certificate. From here, he is currently pursuing a master's degree from Western Michigan University.
As a historian, he was required to read many firsthand accounts as well as literature from different time periods. While reading, it became necessary for him to use critical thinking and writing skills to teach and learn more about history. As a native Spanish speaker, languages come naturally.
While obtaining his degrees in Florida, Julian was a teacher for an afterschool program called Bricks 4 Kidz. He taught kids to use their critical thinking skills to build models using Legos. With an emphasis on using one's imagination and creative ideas, Julian encourages students how to think and learn in a fun learning environment.