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!

Team

Jarrad

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!

Emily

Tutor

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.

Annie

Tutor

Annie joined Firefly in Fall 2019. Hailing from Northern California, Annie moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where she is studying Biology. Annie comes to Firefly with extensive experience working with young people. She spent her younger years teaching swim classes and working at summer camps, and in the last few years, she has focused her talents on tutoring. Annie is a patient, kind, approachable tutor who likes helping students learn and understand the subjects that they are studying. She loves revealing how they will use these subjects later in their lives, and she hopes that they will realize the rewards of perseverance and discover the genuine joy in learning. Annie is comfortable teaching students across subjects--language arts, math, and science! In her free time, Annie likes reading, swimming, and watching movies.

 

Isaac

Tutor

​Isaac is a native Pacific Northwesterner. Currently, he is studying Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington. In his high school years, he worked as a tutor and as an assistant instructor teaching kids how to code and program robots. When teaching students, Isaac's in-depth knowledge and love of math shine through. His easygoing and upbeat personality helps students feel comfortable taking risks with their learning to strengthen their understanding of concepts. Isaac enjoys finding new ways to explore math, and he values each student's growth from uncertainty to mastery. He believes that education is an invaluable asset in life--from being an informed citizen to finding satisfaction and happiness in life. In his free time, Isaac likes coding, as well and playing and watching sports.

Briawna

Tutor

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. She hopes that students come to tutoring and gain the confidence to become independent learners and find joy in learning. 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

Tutor

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Tara

Head Language Arts Tutor/Firefly Curriculum Advisor

Tara has been with Firefly for nearly 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. Tara's unique combination of love for children and experience teaching has helped Firefly improve immensely. She is an introvert, and she connects well with our quiet kids (although the loud ones love her too). ​Outside of tutoring, Tara recharges by reading, cooking, baking, practicing yoga, and taking walks with her pups Lili and Liz.

Danielle

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

Tutor

​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

Tutor

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. 

Teddy

Tutor

Teddy joined the Firefly team in the Spring of 2020. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington and his master’s degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Teddy understands what it is like to struggle with academics, but now learning is fun and exciting for him, and he loves sharing that with others. For him, teaching is an opportunity to help young people who find school challenging-- helping them learn to lean into the struggle, feel confident in their abilities, discover strategies that help them learn, and become lifelong learners. Teddy believes that education is critical because it opens our minds to many different avenues of thought. Through education, we can begin to gain a better understanding of our complex world. Outside of work, Teddy enjoys spending time in the mountains or on the lakes, as any true Pacific Northwesterner. You can also often catch him watching a military documentary or rereading the same five books. He loves finding quiet time away from the city at his family’s cabin near Steven’s Pass. ​

 

"Nothing I’ve done in my life so far has given me more delight than seeing a young person finally accomplish a goal or comprehend a problem that they have been working on for ages."

Sydney

Office Manager

Sydney joined the Firefly team in December of 2019. Sydney is perfectly poised to run the day to day operations at Firefly. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in psychology from Western Washington University, several years of managerial experience, exceptional organization skills, and experience working in early intervention education. She understands the impact tutoring can have on a person, from her own experience receiving help in her younger years to being an avid tutor herself. Sydney is excited to handle the office management duties for Firefly and to be a part of helping students find their academic strengths. Sydney recently moved to Seattle from Bellingham. Having grown up in Anacortes, she appreciates life in the big city, and she loves all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer--hiking, biking, and coffee!

 

 

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