What Makes Firefly Tutoring Unique?
Mona and Paul opened Firefly Tutoring in 2012, and know first-hand the needs of the community because they have experienced them. They have 4 children of their own ranging from 2nd Grade to College-Age, who have all gone though
the Seattle public school system. This has helped them develop a particularly insightful perspective in understanding what scaffolding is needed to help each student thrive in our local schools. Their expertise, warm hearts, genuine care for children and mission to spread a love of learning is apparent in Firefly’s high percentage of success stories.
Mona and Paul hire tutors who exhibit the same love of learning and care for the students, making the center a place of fun and community. We're delighted to have such a wonderful team of dedicated tutors from a variety of backgrounds!
Head Math Tutor/Test Prep Advisor
Jarrad has been with Firefly for 6 years, with a Masters degree in Public Policy and Economics, and a Bachelor’s in Math and Finance from McAllister College. His creativity and special blend of inspirational and focused style has turned Jarrad into our most popular math tutor. Kids respond to his ability to describe mathematical concepts in a way that they can relate to, and many have grown from disliking math to excelling in it. We are truly thankful to have Jarrad on our team!
All levels of Mathematics/Test Prep
Briawna is currently a student at the University of Washington studying math. She has spent many years tutoring young people, which has been a constant source of inspiration for her. She loves how students all learn differently, and she often marvels at their creativity and quick problem-solving methods.
Briawna believes that education is more than just academics; we learn skills that will help us navigate the world around us. When she's not studying or working, Briawna enjoys relaxing with tasty snacks and a movie or show. She also loves exploring her creative side through writing stories.
Spanish/Math/Language Arts/Test Prep
Penelope is a former immersion school student from JSIS, who has experience with the Seattle school curriculum because she went through it. As a current sophomore at MSU studying business marketing and economics, Penelope is excited to guide kids going through the same program she went through and help them thrive. In her free time, Penelope enjoys exploring and being active outdoors by hiking and running.
Nia is a Washington local from Sammamish and is currently a student at the University of Washington hoping to major in applied math. She feels that tutoring is an inspiring opportunity to actually make a difference with what she's learned so far. Nia hopes to show students that math doesn't have to be the stereotypical dreaded class in school. In her free time, she likes to go outside, play the piano, travel, or attend concerts!
Math/Language Arts/Test Prep
Mackenzi is a junior at Seattle Pacific University pursuing a a BA in mathematics and a minor in music with the goal of teaching Mathematics! Math challenges Mackenzi to become more analytical and logical. She has felt the frustration of not understanding math which allows her to understand her students’ struggles on a deeper level. As a tutor and a future educator, she wants to bring out the potential of every student and to challenge their preconceived notions about math. Mackenzi strongly believes that math exists beyond the scope of performing calculations correctly. It exists in music, art, science, and critical thinking. Mackenzi would be honored to work alongside your student in their academic journey and to watch them grow as students and as people.
Ashley is currently a graduate student at the University of Washington studying Speech-Language Pathology and completed her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Florida State University. She has spent time tutoring adults and children with developmental disabilities in literacy and has enjoyed the challenge of making learning fun and motivating. In her academia, she studied the building blocks that makeup language and is excited to bring this experience to her students. Outside of tutoring, Ashley enjoys cooking and creating new recipes, exploring the outdoors and traveling!
Tutor Manager/Math/Science/Test Prep
Jackson is a Mathematics graduate from his hometown's University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He's been tutoring for nearly half a decade in most K-12 topics with a knack for upper-level math and science courses. In his view, the human mind has beautiful, intricate capabilities -- no matter how young! Jackson enjoys watching ideas that captivated humans of the past come to full scope in students where they can continue to be appreciated. He strives for every student he encounters to appreciate learning and problem solving as much as he does! Outside of study hall, Jackson enjoys trying new foods, exploring the world, listening to and creating music, and playing the latest Nintendo games!
Bohan is a recent Seattle University graduate with a degree in Actuarial Mathematics -- mathematics of Finance and Statistics. As with any math enthusiast, he has seen many people discouraged or struggling with mathematics and uses that as a source of inspiration to transform their mathematical mindsets. With a strong emphasis on fundamentals, Bohan hopes to work alongside students to get past these hurdles! Outside of tutoring, Bohan prefers to watch TV, go for long walks, watch Science Youtube channels, and weightlift!
Reading/Language Arts/Early Math
Sydney is from Spokane and is currently studying Sociology at the University of Washington to become an occupational therapist after college! Over the past 7 years, Sydney has coached special needs soccer which made her realize how much she loves working with children. She loves the imagination, creativity, and insight students bring, especially when expressed in their writing. Sydney is excited to apply what she has learned by helping others. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys running, reading, and watching movies with her friends and family.
Math/Language Arts/Sciences/Test Prep
Amina is a sophomore at the University of Washington where she is pursuing a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. Amina loves working with children because they always teach her something new or bring a different perspective. She feels honored to be part of her students’ growth journeys as they overleap academic hurdles and scale to new heights. Amina has a great passion for languages and would love to travel the world someday.
Stephen recently moved to Seattle—he loves the rain! —from the east coast, where he earned undergraduate degrees in math and Japanese language and literature. After a year of intensive language study in Tokyo, he passed the internationally administered Japanese Language Proficiency Test at the second highest level, N2, and is currently preparing to take it at the highest level, N1. His experience with Japanese and math has given him unique insight into the needs of students in Seattle’s Japanese immersion programs. Our students love working with Stephen on their math and science studies, and he has very quickly become a highly requested tutor here at Firefly.
Language Arts/Early Math/History/Test Prep
Aidan was born and raised in the Seattle area and has recently graduated from the University of Washington with a major in history and a minor in linguistics. At UW, Aidan has developed lots of experience with critical reading and essay writing which he is excited to share with young learners! Recently, Aidan has also gained teaching experience as a theatre instructor for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Aidan is dedicated to helping young people develop confidence in their literary abilities as a means of unlocking each student’s unique and important voice. In his free time, Aidan enjoys creative writing and performing improv comedy. He believes the Seattle Mariners are the greatest team in the history of baseball.