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 Language Arts Tutor/Firefly Curriculum Advisor

Tara has been with Firefly for going on 6 years, and she is one of our most requested and loved tutors. She has a Masters in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies. Teaching kids has been a lifelong calling for her, and her special combination of love for children and experience with teaching has helped improve Firefly immensely. Tara loves to be active: hiking, walking her dogs Lili and Liz, running, and yoga are some of her favorite activities. She is an introvert, and connects especially well to our quiet kids (although the loud ones love her too). 


“With education possibilities are endless!”


Tutor/Advanced Math and Science Specialist

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 has a gift of understanding math because she grappled with math as a child and learning 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 current University of Washington student working towards her degree in biochemistry, who 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.  Her many years of working with kids and her experience with different ages and backgrounds, has given her a big toolbox of skills and made her an extremely versatile math teacher. She grew up in Canada, and has been with us here at Firefly for the last year. She is an amazing role model for our students and 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. 


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Head Math Tutor/ Test Prep Advisor

Jarrad has been with Firefly for 5 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!



Nahom graduated from Yale in May 2017 with a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy.  This combination of skills makes him an invaluable explorer of math and learning. His math education continues every day, and he values his work at Firefly because teaching math helps him explore all the different ways that people learn and understand math.  Nahom takes math seriously and is very kind and soft-spoken, so he tends to do well with students who find math intimidating. Because of his background he's able to go above and beyond what students generally learn in class, introducing applications and ideas that help them gain a better understanding of math concepts and how to use them. He's got a knack for boosting his students confidence in their own math and problem solving ability and  often works problem solving and logic activities into his lesson to help students build skills in those areas, so they are more comfortable applying their math knowledge to new types of problems. 


Firefly students love Nahom because he is patient and kind.  We are so lucky to have him!



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.





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