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 have done a great job of finding tutors who also 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!
Emily joined the Firefly team in Fall 2019. She brings with her experience and passion for teaching. She is currently in a Masters program studying Education Policy at the University of Washington. Before moving to Seattle, Emily spent five years teaching high school English in Charlotte, North Carolina. She also tutored elementary and middle school students in reading and writing skills. Outside of school, Emily enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with loved ones.
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.
Jamie is originally from the Bay Area in California. She is working on her applied Physics degree at the University of Washington. Jamie is one of our most fun and engaging math tutors, because she deeply believes that learning can and should be fun. She enjoys finding ways to apply what she is teaching to make it relevant and easier to remember. Jamie struggled with math when she was young, which helps her relate to her students. Having a couple of amazing teachers who helped her realize that she wasn’t inherently bad at math helped her develop a strong growth mindset. She loves sharing that discovery with her students here at Firefly. Jamie likes drawing and playing video games in her free time.
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.
Jackson is a Mathematics graduate from his hometown 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!
Danielle specializes in math and science tutoring and has extensive experience tutoring all levels of math through college-level calculus. Danielle also has a gift for connecting with our ADD and ADHD students and is comfortable with a wide range of subjects, including reading, writing, and Spanish. Danielle grappled with math as a child. Since then, understanding that anyone can learn to love math and master it has given her an incredible growth mindset that seems to really change the kids she helps at a deep level. Her skill at engaging students and fostering that love of math in them is a wonder.
Kaycie is a University of Washington student working towards her degree in biochemistry. Growing up in Canada, she has spent the bulk of her teen and young adult years volunteering or working with kids, guiding them through the experience of learning (and learning to enjoy) math. From her experience with students of varying ages and backgrounds, Kaycie honed her skills, making her a versatile math teacher. She has been at Firefly for the last year, and she is a proven role model for our students. We are thrilled to have her on our Firefly Team.
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.
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.
Drew is originally from Davis, California, and is currently a third year undergrad at Stanford University studying Human Biology. Having only recently moved to Seattle, Drew has enjoyed exploring the area and making new connections. On the side, Drew is passionate about food systems and leads an online workshop for middle-school youth on cooking, gardening, nutrition, and food justice. Additionally, he enjoys running, painting, and sharing a meal with friends on his free time! Drew is equally excited about working with and learning from young people, and prioritizes dialogue and mutual understanding with every student he encounters.
Middle/High School Language Arts
Aidan was born and raised in the Seattle area and will soon be graduating 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.