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MEET OUR TUTORS

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Aksh Garg

12th Grade

Aksh Garg, founder of IgniteMinds as well as the NYAS Fight Against Covid-19 within our community, is highly interested in math, physics, and machine learning. He's a perfect SAT scorer, ISEF Finalist, and a USNCO qualifier. You can usually find him working on a new project or working with his nationally recognized StellarXplorers team. He hopes to extend the accessibility of education all communities affected with the COVID-19 pandemic. Excited by the possibilities of IgniteMinds, he's working hard to transform the concept into a concrete idea.

Rachel Yu

12th Grade

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Yu and I'm currently a senior at PVPHS. I have a 4.8 GPA, scored in the 99th percentile for the SAT, and also am an AP Scholar. In the past three years, I've also been involved in Varsity Soccer, Math Team, TSA, various honor societies and more. Outside of school, I am the current Service Chairmen of Assisteens San Pedro-South Bay, a volunteer for PressFriends and PTN, and play club soccer. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, playing piano, and trying new things! I also love helping others (kids especially!) and am excited to be a part of IgniteMinds to make a positive impact on my community.

Skylar Lo

12th Grade

Hey everyone! I'm Skylar Lo, a current senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I have a weighted GPA of 4.96 GPA with almost all classes of honors or AP level, of which I am an AP scholar. I also scored 1490 out of 1520 on the PSAT/NMSQT, scoring perfect on the math section. In school, I am also a captain of Academic Decathalon and a member of the school's tennis team. Outside of school, I enjoy playing around with my dog, playing tennis, and hanging out with my friends. I want to be a part of the IgniteMinds team because I think it'll help me work on my ability to teach, especially to younger children. I think this would be a great chance for me to give back to the community, especially in these times of crisis. I can't wait to start tutoring!

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Rhys Moon

11th Grade

Hi! I'm Rhys, and I'm currently a junior at Peninsula High School. Throughout high school, I have maintained a 5.0 GPA and actively competed in Speech and Debate nationally. As an involved student, I also understand that critical and creative thinking skills are crucial in the pursuit of educational excellence. Especially today, skills in rhetorical and quantitative analysis along with effective communication are essential, but recent circumstances have greatly mitigated the ability for students to develop these skills in the virtual classroom setting. Thus, I am excited to offer personalized tutoring to help students achieve success by honing their cognitive abilities. Through teaching, I will emphasize the importance of understanding and applying knowledge rather than rote memorization. I'm honored to have the opportunity to work with you or your child!

Kareem Shaheen

12th Grade

Hi! My name is Kareem Shaheen and currently, I'm a senior at a Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I've always really enjoyed the sciences ever since I was young (Biology, Geography, Physics, etc.) and similarly have been interested in history and international affairs as a current and active member of the Model United Nations program. I understand that with this quarantine comes along with many difficulties for students and as such, I wanted to play my part in the community to help in any way I can.

Sarah O'Malley

12th Grade

Hi! My name is Sarah O'Malley, and I am a member of the PVPHS class of 2021. I am passionate about connecting with others, especially through shared academic interests. Because of this, I am excited to join IgniteMinds as they provide educational and technecial opportunities to our community. Academically, I have maintained a 4.84 (W) GPA and scored in the 99th percentile for the SAT. Some of my favorite subjects are English, Chemistry, and Biology. I also serve as a board member for the service organization Los Amigos, along with my school's chapters of Best Buddies and Mu Alpha Theta. Some other of my favorite things to do are volunteering at my local animal shelter, pole vaulting, and baking!

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Kiku Shirakata

12th Grade

Hello! My name is Kiku Shirakata and I am an involved, passionate, and committed student attending PVPHS, Class of 2021. By being part of this program, I want to help other students enhance their education by improving their academic skills and achievements, as well as building confidence. What I hope to attain through this organization is the opportunity to grow intellectually, gain life skills (communication, patience, creativity, and more), and understand the importance of education.

Russell Chuang

12th Grade

Hello! My name is Russell Chuang. I am a current senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I have a 4.9 GPA, scored in the 99th percentile of the SAT, and participate in many extracurricular programs, such as TSA, Academic Decathlon, and Lit Mag. In my free time, I like to play piano, write poems, and talk to friends. I want to be part of the program because it can act as a precursor to me entering the workforce, simultaneously helping my peers and community. I hope to be able to share my past experiences and gain new ones at the same time!

Maddy Christen

12th Grade

Hey! I am Maddy Christen, a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, and I am extremely glad to be given this opportunity to help students who are struggling academically during this time. I have been involved in various activities such as Newspaper (Opinion Writer), Yearbook (Student Life Writer), Youth & Government, and Teen Court. I have enjoyed learning in my history classes throughout high school like World History Honors, AP European History, and AP US History.  

     Because of this pandemic, education is lacking tremendously. In many cases, teachers are not teaching as much as they used to and are merely giving out assignments to students who do not fully understand concepts. IgniteMinds provides an alternative for those students who are in need of assistance without a large cost. I have been looking for ways to give back to the community without risking the health of others and myself and this opportunity is absolutely perfect. I can't wait to get started!

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Teresa Luo

12th Grade

Hi! My name is Teresa Luo, and I am currently a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. For the past three years, I have been a rower at Long Beach Junior Crew while maintaining good grades academically. I have a GPA of 4.8, scored in the 98th percentile for the SAT, and an AP scholar. I was born and raised in China, so I am fluent in both speaking and writing in Chinese. I scored perfect on the SAT subject test for Chinese, and a near-perfect score for chemistry. On weekends, I also volunteer at Torrance Memorial and practice piano. I'm excited to be a part of the IgniteMinds team because I want to utilize my own knowledge and experience to help students who might be struggling during this time. I hope that I can help as may people as possible through this program and I can’t wait to meet you all!

Danny Park

12th Grade

Hello y’all. I am Danny Park, a current senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. At the moment, I hold many interests in math and science, specifically Applied Mathematics and Data Science for my future path. In academics, I have maintained a 4.96 (W) and 4.0 (UW) GPA, scored in the 99th percentile for the ACT, scored 5s on several APs, scored perfect on both the Math 2 and Chemistry Sat Subject Test, and received a gold medal for both Latin 1 and 2 National Latin Exams (perfect score for Latin 1). In my free time, I practice the cello and speedcubing competitively; for both hobbies, I have received many awards, like receiving First Place in the American Protege International Music Competition and getting invited to play at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and formerly ranked top 15 in the world and top 4 in Asia for the standard 3x3 event. Despite these unprecedented times, I want to provide the same benefits and experiences to those who do not get them, so they can have a wide view on their journeys, problems, etc.

Ashley Yoon

12th Grade

Hi! My name is Ashley Yoon and I am part of the PVPHS class of 2021. I am passionate about academics and education and thus am eager to assist others in their journey to find their own passion. I specialize in marine science but have taken numerous courses in all subjects and maintained a 4.8 GPA, scored in the 99th percentile for the SAT, and committed to several organizations. I am the President of both my school's chapter of Paws4Pals and National Social Science Honors Society and am the Director of Latin Honors Society. I am a 3 year member of PVPHS Teen Court, Yearbook, TSA Teams, and a decorated member of Speech and Debate. I hope to meet you soon and please feel free to contact me!

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Phoebe An

12th Grade

Hey there! My name is Phoebe An, and I'm currently a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. At school, I am a member of Math Team, Link Leader, MUN, and the Yearbook staff. I am also the current Vice President of both our school's Mu Alpha Theta and our student run club, Paws4Pals. Outside of school, I work with kids ages 6-15 at Kumon, I volunteer for South Bay Math Circle, and I tutor privately at the library. In my free time, I love to bake, make playlists, and learn new things (currently, it's sewing). I love interacting with kids and helping them better understand what they learn in school, and IgniteMinds has given me the chance to do just that. I believe everyone has a right to quality education, and I think that this program will give the opportunity to those looking for it.

Josh Tseng

12th Grade

Hey! I'm Josh Tseng, a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I was born and raised in Taiwan and am fluent in Chinese. I'm enjoy solving math problems and am currently enrolled in PreCalculus Honors. In my free time, I like to play video games and tennis (for the school team)! I would love to assist students trying to learn Chinese and math as well as Chinese students who are struggling in math. 

Ronjini Chatterjee

12th Grade

Hi! My name is Ronjini Chatterjee and I'm a current senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I'm involved in Model United Nations and also am a PressFriends board member. I know the pandemic is putting so many people in new and difficult living situations, and I want to do everything that I can to help with the problems that have arisen. When the going gets tough, the tough get going :)

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Anna Mytko

12th Grade

Hi! I’m Anna Mytko and I’m currently a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I have been involved in several school activities including Teen Court, Literary Magazine, Latin National Honor Society, and Newspaper. My two favorite subjects are English and History, and I have always enjoyed both reading and writing. I am a published author, with one of my essays in a book created by the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Outside of school I have been playing club soccer for 11 years and have played Varsity soccer as well. I am also a member of the Peninsula Chapter of National Charity League, and have volunteered over five hundred service hours so far. Overall, I am very excited to be a part of IgniteMinds to help students improve upon their reading, writing, and other language skills. I understand how difficult it can be to learn from home, and I hope that I can make it a little easier for both students and parents. I can’t wait to get started!

Jack Fisher

12th Grade

Hey! I'm Jack Fischer, a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. Aside from classes, I enjoy creative writing, film, and screenwriting. As a two year member of the Palos Verdes Peninsula High School award winning Beard Full of Butterflies literary magazine and president of the school’s first standup comedy club, I hope I can encourage students to enjoy writing and help them in their respective classes.

Kaitlyn Ho

12th Grade

Hi, I'm Kaitlyn Ho! I'm currently a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and am glad to be a part of this program, mainly because I want to be able to provide help to younger students who may need support during this time. I am also part of PressFriends, a program in which middle and high school mentors volunteer to help elementary students in underserved areas to improve their journalism skills. Having already had experience with tutoring/mentoring students, I feel that being a part of the IgniteMinds team is another way do something that I already love to do. I can't wait to meet you all!

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Erica Wan

12th Grade

Hi! My name is Erica and I am currently a senior at PVPHS. During this global pandemic, I wish to contribute what I can to my community. This program has passionate students and I am very honored to be a part of the team. I have a 4.8 weighted GPA, scored a perfect score on my Chinese SAT Subject Test. I’m currently managing a food Instagram account with over a thousand followers and went to different countries to attend business conferences with my parents. I’m also a competitive runner on our varsity cross country team, a part of our TSA Teams for two years, and have played the piano since I was 4. I do a variety of things in my life and there are many activities that I enjoy and I like to make my everyday life fun. I am also responsible, always on top my of work, and always have goals in mind. I love connecting, helping and communicating with other, so I am looking forward to meeting you soon!

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Sophia Poa

11th Grade

Hello! I’m Sophia Poa, currently part of the PVPHS class of 2022. I’m passionate about math and have participated in Math Team in both middle and high school. English is also a subject I appreciate very much as reading has always been a favorite pastime of mine. Hopefully, I can help anyone looking to expand and/or improve their knowledge in these subjects and I look forward to getting to know you!

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Kate Martino

12th Grade

Hi! My name is Kate and I am currently a senior at Peninsula High school. I enjoy running, as I am a captain of my cross country and track team, as well as a leader in Link Crew at my school. I have excelled in science programs and hope to be a part of the community in the future. I love helping others, which is why I am a part of this program. I'm able to adapt well to different students and from tutoring I hope to gain more leadership experience as well as learning even more from others.

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Jennifer Lew

11th Grade

Hey guys! My name is Jennifer, a current junior at Peninsula High School and I'm so excited to join this program. Through IgniteMinds, I hope to use my knowledge to help those struggling through this difficult time. I am involved in different clubs, basketball, research, violin, TSA, and many different organizations. In addition, volunteering has allowed me to earn the Gold Presidential Volunteer Award. I believe that tutoring will help me gain experience to improve myself and others as well. I can't wait to meet all of you!

Erin Suhr

12th Grade

Hi there! I'm Erin and I'm a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. Prior to the shutdowns, I worked at a tutoring facility as a Teaching Assistant where I helped elementary school students with their homework. This position really helped me realize my passion for working with children and I miss it every day. Thus, I was beyond excited when a friend reached out to me about this program and I'm trilled to be able to continue my passion through this online format.

Joon Han Kim

11th Grade

Hi, my name is Joon and I am a junior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High school. I am passionate about learning science and I am a technician for the PVPHS robotics team. Through this program, I hope to help the community in any way possible and make the most out of these trying times!

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Seforah Teferi

12th Grade

Hi! My name is Seforah Teferi and I'm a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I am a part of my school's long distance track team and president of a club called MEDLIFE on campus. I've been wanting to tutor younger students for some time now and was in the process of setting up some sessions before the coronavirus hit. IgniteMinds allows me to gain work/tutor experience and give me the chance to be proactive during this quarantine. I have a younger brother that's a sophomore and I enjoy helping him with whatever questions he has so I anticipate having a good time tutoring other students. This program is a fantastic way to help out the community educationally and something I'm honored to be a part of. Thank you!

Melissa Qin

12th Grade

Hi! My name is Melissa Qin and I'm currently a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I love participating in activities such as Speech and Debate, Science Research, TSA, and more. Outside of school, I enjoy researching at City of Hope Medical Center and running my nonprofit to promote student leadership. At IgniteMinds, I hope to share my passions with students and inspire them to love learning.

Lucas Hong

12th Grade

Hi! My name is Lucas Hong and I'm currently a senior at Palos Verdes High School. I am a dedicated student and enjoy working with kids and helping them succeed. I have maintained a 4.9 GPA and scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, and I received a 5 on my world history AP test. Along with being an Eagle Scout, I play varsity basketball and am a member of the Los Hermanos service group, for which I have received the Gold Presidential Service Award two years in a row. I look forward to meeting you and please feel free to reach out!

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Ananya Chaudhari

12th Grade

Hi! My name is Ananya Chaudhari and I'm currently a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I am very excited to contribute to IgniteMinds and help students adjust to this unforeseen situation. To share a little more about my academic background, I have maintained a 4.8 GPA throughout high school and scored in the 99th percentile for the SAT. Outside of class, I volunteer at Harbor UCLA Health Center and PressFriends and am involved in MUN, TSA, and Mock Trial. My favorite subjects include Biology, Chemistry, and English and I hope I can share my knowledge in these subjects with you.

Elena Lee

11th Grade

I am a junior with a younger sibling myself. I tutor him occasionally and would also like to help others who need help with subjects they are struggling in. Being in this program will help me learn how to interact with younger kids even more and better understand the subject!

Lucas He

11th Grade

Hello, my name is Lucas He, and I'm a junior at Peninsula High School. I want to tutor others in the subjects that I excel in, while also gaining experience from tutoring. I want to make a positive difference in the next generation of children, and contribute to the growth and development of their education. I feel like interacting with children can be enjoyable, as it can not only be educational for them, but also for me.

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Hemlata Pant

UK Year 10

Hi! I’m Hemlata and tutoring is what makes me truly happy. My interests are broad, which makes me an all-rounder. 

I study Biology, Physics, Chemistry, English Literature, Spanish, History and Further Maths. For all these subjects I like to go above and beyond so will always have random knowledge about them on hand. I have previously tutored my brother in Maths and various languages including beginners’ Mandarin so you can trust in my capabilities as a tutor!

Fiona Andersons

Hi! My name is Fiona Andersons, and I am a current senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to help those in need of any support during this stressful and unprecedented time. I am currently the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, The Pen, for the 2020-2021 school year. This past year, I also led the writing department of the yearbook as Copy Editor; I taught, edited, and graded writers on staff. I have spent additional time in the MUN and Varsity Choir programs on campus. Outside of school, I am a correspondent for The Panorama Newspaper, and volunteer with the PressFriends non-profit organization. Last year, I also participated in the High School Honor Choir hosted by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and directed by Eric Whitacre. I look forward to working with fellow students to better their academic careers and offer any guidance, feel free to contact me.

Nathan Wang

12th Grade

Hi, my name is Nathan Wang, currently a senior at Peninsula High School. I have a strong interest in mathematics and physics, particularly quantum physics and theoretical astrophysics (FTL travel, that sort of thing). Some of my hobbies are playing piano and sketching simple pieces. I am part of the Peninsula policy debate team on a nationally ranked team, and I travel to other states to compete in national circuit tournaments. I want to join IgniteMinds to provide the community with quality learning, particularly during these strange circumstances. What I hope to gain from joining this program is to inspire and lead the next generation of great minds.

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Christian Park

11th Grade

Hi! I'm Christian Park and I'm a junior at Peninsula High School. During my time in high school, I have maintained a 4.8 weighted GPA, scored a perfect 800 on every SAT Subject Test I have taken so far, scored in the 99th percentile with a 1510 on the PSAT, and have placed my attention more on STEM-based courses.  I have also participated in several extracurricular activities as a captain of a TSA (Technology Student Association) team, a member of the Peninsula Math Team, and a member of the National Math Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta. As a student myself, I know firsthand how demanding some of the courses in the STEM field can be, and my goal is to help make life and school a little less challenging to others. I am excited to offer tutoring to kids who are interested, and I hope that I can help guide them in a good direction as they continue their academic journeys. 

Grishma Jain

9th Grade

Hey guys! My name is Grishma and I will be an incoming ninth grader in the fall. My favorite subjects in school are currently math and language arts, and I’m very excited to study biology in the following year. When I heard about IgniteMinds, I loved how my love for coding and biology had been combined to research today’s situation. As well as the research aspect, I wanted to help other students academically during these tough times.

Adina Pak

10th Grade

Hi, I'm Adina, & I'm a currently a student at Peninsula High School! My passion in life is to share, whether it is knowledge, music, or experiences! In school, I maintain a 5.0 GPA and am a TSA Teams Captain. I love to perform and express myself through music, and participate in 3 local orchestras and a chamber group, in addition to being the recipient of accolades at local, state and international piano competitions. I would be most honored to share my knowledge acquired through my experiences as a student with your child, and make a difference for the better in the educational journeys of young learners.

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Kan Shimada

11th Grade

Hey, I'm Kan Shimada, a rising junior at Peninsula High School and an avid STEM enthusiast. I direct engineering operations at my high school robotics team, FRC Team 2637, with a focus on electromechanical engineering and project management. Besides robotics, I'm involved in TSA TEAMS, placing among the top teams both nationally and in California, and am President of the PVPHS Japan Bowl Club. Relevant coursework up to sophomore year include AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP World History, Pre-Caluclus Honors, and AP Japanese among others, and I scored in the 99th percentile on the PSAT. I like tinkering and building engineering projects on the side, and am also pursuing an engineering research and development project here at IgniteMinds. Through the tutoring and outreach program, I hope to give back to the community and further educational opportunities for everyone.

Bryce Wong

10th Grade

My name is Bryce Wong. I am a sophomore at Palos Verdes Peninsula High. I am a cadet chief master sergeant in the Civil Air Patrol Air Force Auxiliary program. I have been participating in Science Research for 3 years and have made it twice to county and twice to state. I have also competed in CyberPatriot at the Semi-Finals level. I love helping others and getting them to reach higher levels in what they may be interested in. So many people have helped me get to where I am today, and I want to give back to the community by helping spread my knowledge to others.

Kara Lo

10th Grade

Hi everyone! My name is Kara Lo and I am currently a sophomore at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I'm passionate about science (especially biology) and math. I love helping others and greatly enjoy working with children! I have a 5.0 GPA and took PreCalculus in my freshman year. In school, I have participated in TSA and Science Research, for which I have been awarded the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) award by USC. Outside of school, I like to play piano and have just finished the advanced level for CM. In my free time, I also enjoy pursuing my science research passion in the lab, as well as spending time with my family and friends. I hope to help my fellow students gain a better understanding of math and science. Furthermore, I hope to encourage and inspire them to develop a greater passion for learning. I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge and meeting you all! :)

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Lauren Kim

11th Grade

Hello! My name is Lauren Kim and I'm a rising junior at a Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I am very excited to be part of IgniteMinds and would like to share my knowledge with you. I myself have a younger sibling and I always loved to help my friends in the classroom. I speak both English and Korean fluently. I maintained a 4.46 GPA and always got an A on math. I tutor in Math and Korean. 

Riya Bhuta

11th Grade

My name is Riya Bhuta and I’m an incoming junior. I would love to be part of this program because I want to be able to give back to the community and earn some volunteet hours doing so. I also love kids and I would enjoy working with them.

Maddie Yeh

12th Grade

Hi! My name is Maddie Yeh and I am a senior at Peninsula High School. Academically, I have maintained a 4.0 (UW) and 4.9 (W) GPA and am also involved in activities like newspaper, various honor societies, and TSA at school. Outside of school, I run a business and enjoy learning new skills and helping the community. I’m excited to be a part of IgniteMinds and to help others continue learning during this difficult time. :)

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Victoria Lam

College Sophomore

Hello! My name is Victoria, and I'm an incoming college sophomore. I am majoring in Biopsychology. My interests include psychology, neuroscience, and public health. I believe everyone deserves a high-quality education and to feel valued in the classroom. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you or your child!

Fiona Cho

10th Grade

Hello! My name is Fiona Cho, and I will be a sophomore next year at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I have a passion for math and chemistry, and I enjoy learning about them in my free time as well as sharing my knowledge with others! I compete in math through my school's math team, and am on Peninsula's math team board as the treasurer. I mentor students of all grade levels at South Bay Math Circle, and am on their board as assistant VP. I have prior experience in tutoring in both math and chemistry as well. When I'm not learning about math or chemistry, I like playing the clarinet and talking to my friends. I would love to help students obtain a deeper knowledge of these subjects and share my passion for learning!

Aakash Sankaranarayanan

12th Grade

I am currently going into my senior year of high school. I am really interested in teaching children math and English. This interest was sparked when I realized when I was helping my my brother's friends with their homework, and it was really fun. I also hope to gain some volunteer hours while teaching and gaining some experience in teaching children math and English.

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Venkataditya Nallapaneni

11th Grade

I am a very loyal individual who is very outgoing and determined to get different things done. A few of my friends started to tutor online during this pandemic to just pass time so I thought I might as well start also considering I'm very limited to what I can do this summer. I hope to gain skills that I will be able to utilize in the future.

Vigneshaditya Nallapaneni

11th Grade

I'm a persistent and curious student in anything that I engage in. I always try to perform at the best of my capabilities and encourage others to also. With the situation happening in the world today, life has become difficult for others and being a part of the this program allows me to give help to people in these rough times. No matter what you're giving, anything helps and showing that you care is what makes a difference. Coming out of this program, I hope to enlighten the minds of others and also become a better individual myself. (I prefer working with younger students, around the Elementary School level). Thank you for this opportunity!

Audrey Lu

10th Grade

Hi! My name is Audrey Lu. I'm a sophomore at PVPHS and have a 5.0 GPA. This past year, I was a part of Math Team and TSA, as well as an associate member of Mu Alpha Theta. In my free time, I enjoy reading and hanging out with friends and family! I look forward to being a part of the IgniteMinds team to contribute to the community and help others in the subjects that I enjoy! :)

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Karen Yuan

10th Grade

Hi! I’m Karen, and I am a rising sophomore at Westview High School. I play the piano, and I enjoy coding and doing math. I am dedicated to helping others by tutoring, volunteering, and more, because I can positively impact people’s lives!

Navya Sharma

11th Grade

Hi! My name is Navya Sharma, and I am going to be a Junior at Cypress High School. I'm an AP and honors student, and some of my favorite subjects are Biology, Chemistry, and any type of math. I have a several months' experience working with and teaching kids, and I’m beyond excited for the opportunity to provide more educational opportunities for kids, as well as learn from the experience. 

Eesha Patel

Hello, my name is Eesha Patel. I am looking forward to volunteering this summer with Ignite Mine to help kids have better learning opportunities. Teaching and guiding children is a job that requires not only patience but also motivation and love. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in third grade which resulted in me getting pulled out of school for a few months. Because of this sudden change in my life, I was unable to keep up with my peers and fell behind. However, in my times of hardship and suffering, my teacher took the time to visit me and help me catch up on school work. Seeing my teacher work so hard for me and caring so much about me, left a huge impact on my life. It gave me motivation and comfort that someone was willing to go so far to help me, to push me along allowing me to be able to join my peers again. I am hoping that I can spread this love and warmth I felt with others. I will take pride in whatever I do because I want to show that teacher that she didn’t waste her time on me, that she taught and guided a capable and smart person who can pay forward that same love, kindness, and knowledge. I want to feel the pride and satisfaction of helping another kid who needs that extra push so that they can catch up with their peers.

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Mahika Shah

9th Grade

Hi guys! My name is Mahika. I will be an incoming ninth grader this fall. My favorite subjects in school are math and history. My goal is to teach you guys in a fun and interactive way so you don't get bored. I am really excited to work with any one who books me. It is an honor to become a tutor for Ignite Minds. I love teaching kids and helping them. I have done all throughout middle school. Again I am really excited to work with all of you.

Krisha Basrur

10th Grade

Hello! I'm Krisha Basrur, a sophmore currently attending Cypress High. I am a tutor in elementary math, Spanish 1, and Arts and Painting. I have a younger sibling myself, and I have taught dance to other kids... so I know how its like working with children! I hope to be part of the program to gain experience on working with others, and working with kids is no other great way to begin with!  I hope to help students who struggle in subjects and lend a helping hand for a better learning experience. My mission, just like any other tutor... is to help children glow and grow.

Hayden Fu

10th Grade

My name is Hayden Fu. I am a High School Student, going into Sophomore or 10th grade next year. Along with being a high school student, I do soccer, for both High school and Club. I am interested in this program because I enjoy teaching others. I am willing to tutor in subjects such as World History and Math, because I enjoy those more than other subjects.

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Collin Shiang

11th Grade

Hi, my name is Collin Shiang, and I will be a junior in high school this upcoming year. I am super passionate about teaching and love being able to present new and interesting topics to people. I've always been studious and maintained a 5.0 GPA in school, yet I have also kept a balance by playing sports such as soccer, lacrosse, and football. Volunteering and working with kids is something that I am used to, whether it be through PV Assembly, Los Hermanos, or being a referee in AYSO, which is why IgniteMinds was instantly appealing to me. I can't wait to be able to tutor and educate the young community!

Aaryan Gupta

10th Grade

I am an incoming sophomore at Oxford Academy in Cypress, CA. I have been in Scouting for many years and am now an Eagle Scout. I enjoy reading and playing the piano. I am involved in many clubs at school, including FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition), FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), and Speech & Debate. I enjoy listening to K-Pop and Bollywood music in my free time as well.

Anthony Yoon

10th Grade

Hello, my name is Anthony Yoon. I am going to be a sophomore attending Palos Verdes High School. I am laid back and relaxed person who has a passion
for helping others. I have interests in many academic fields, though i specialize within Mathematics. I have a 4.8 GPA and in addition to that I am a TSA captain, member of Tri-m Music Honor society and Math Club.
I am also passionate about expressing music and myself through violin, receiving awards at the local, state, and international level. Outside of School, i enjoy playing tennis, speedcubing competitively,
and reading books. I look forward to working with kids under the Ignite Minds Program to help students during these troublesome times.

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Ribhu Banerjee

10th Grade

Hi, my name is Ribhu Banerjee. I am currently a sophomore at Don Bosco Park Circus in India. I am engrossed with science and maths especially physics and am also interesed in international affairs. I also like to take part in public speaking events like Debates and Model UNs. I am also the joint-secretary of the CINE club of my schhol.I understand that this lockdown has had a negative impact on students worldwide and as such, I wanted to play my part to help these students excel.

Justin Liu

10th Grade

Hi! My name is Justin Liu, and I’m a rising sophomore at PVPHS with a 5.0 GPA. I’m passionate in the field of computer science and know 3 programming languages fluently: Java, Javascript, and Python. I took APCS A this year as a freshman and specialized in programming on my school’s FRC team. Last year, I also qualified for the semifinals for the national CyberPatriot competition and partook in Math Team. Aside from STEM, I am the secretary of my school’s Mock Trial team and have eight years of experience in fine arts. I look forward to being a part of the IgniteMinds team to help others and share my knowledge!

Olivia Chen

11th Grade

Hello! My name is Olivia, and I am an incoming junior at Peninsula High School. I am passionate about math and English in school because I believe that they are the most foundational subjects in education. I have also had the most fun when it comes to debating on the Peninsula policy debate team. I am excited to join IgniteMinds to encourage students to learn as much as possible during these tough times. :)

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Charlotte Chiang

10th Grade

Hey! My name is Charlotte and I am a rising sophomore at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I am apart of activities in Speech and Debate, TSA, MUN, and more. I love exploring into Forensics, having reached the State Level through Speech. Outside of school I participate in music groups and just completed the advanced level for Piano CM. Being a student with a heavy agenda, I know how crucial it is to be able to understand difficult courses! Having tutoring definitely helps:) With IgniteMinds, I would be able to help others achieve academic success as well! I am so excited to be given this opportunity!

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