Are you wondering who's behind Vern Tutoring? Well... come see for yourself!
Michelle Chen: Director and Tutor
Michelle is a dedicated student attending the Kinkaid School. She loves kids, and her goal when co-founding this organization was to help them associate learning with something enjoyable. As a student herself, she tries to develop an understanding of how different students learn best and craft engaging activities accordingly. Michelle excels in academics and consistently earns high honors every school year. She was invited to the Duke TIP National Ceremony at Duke University for her outstanding SAT scores. Additionally, she scored in the 99th percentile on the PSAT, with a perfect score on the math section. Outside of school, she enjoys pursuing her interests in science and math. This year, she was granted the SEFH Rising Star award from the University of Houston for her studies on air quality, and she was the highest scorer of the AMC 8 math contest at her middle school and the AMC 10 math contest at her high school. Finally, she is also a competitive soccer player and loves to play classical music on the piano. You might find her reading a book, writing a short story, or spending time with her friends and family. Michelle hopes to get to know you soon and play some games too! Happy learning :)
Lydia Tong: Director and Tutor
Lydia is a passionate student from Houston, Texas attending Bellaire High School. She maintains straight A’s in a highly competitive program while still playing for her school's district-placing varsity soccer team. Writing is one of Lydia’s greatest passions, and she has repeatedly earned a full score on her essays and final exams. She has also won multiple awards for creative writing. Lydia now writes for Three Penny Press, her school's award-winning newspaper. Concurrently, Lydia loves programming. She won first in the Digital Divas Coding Competition and is pursuing R, Java, and Python. Lydia has prior experience with tutoring from individual 1 on 1s and volunteering at Camp Mi Way for kids with special needs. Some hobbies she enjoys doing are cooking, playing with her cat, and hanging out with her family and friends. Lydia loves helping out eager students, and she is looking forward to teaching and mentoring her students!
Julia is a determined high school student who is thrilled to aid in the education of others. She attends Debakey High School and sustains straight A’s in one of the top schools in the state. She’s participated in competitions like Name that Book and has been acknowledged for her SAT scores by Duke Tip. Julia has also had experience in leadership and teaching roles like small group robotics, one on one flute lessons, and was the president of her middle school band program. She’s also worked with younger students as she volunteers at a summer camp. You can also find her displaying this energy on the soccer field where she gives it her all and thrives to improve everyday. Julia is committed to make learning enjoyable even in these tough times. She understands that learning new concepts or touching up on old material in a virtual setting is a challenge, but it's her goal to engage students in a way that helps them grasp concepts with ease. Can’t wait to meet you in the classroom!
Julia Hu: Tutor
Meena is your local social butterfly and your brainy friend that is ready to help educate kids! She is currently a sophomore at Bellaire High School and is passionate about what she is learning and wants to share her knowledge. From getting recognized for her outstanding PSAT 8/9 scores to qualifying for the Middle School National Speech and Debate tournament, she is eager to teach Vern Tutoring Students! She has has prior experience tutoring kids with autism so she has proven her patience. If you don’t see her doing her homework and facetiming a friend, she is probably learning a new Tik Tok dance! Meena loves cooking, dancing, and watching Korean Dramas. With all that fun, she comes to class with confidence and an attitude to teach. She might also show you a couple of her dance moves in class! She is excited to teach you! :)
Meena Jammi: Tutor
Born in Houston, Malak is a rising high school sophomore at Shadow Creek High School with a love for school and children! If you don’t find her studying at home, you can catch her at the tennis courts, listening to music, watching movies, or maybe even tutoring your student! Malak has maintained straight A’s in advanced curriculum courses while still being on her school’s tennis team and being an active member in many of her school’s clubs. She’s also been recognized on the state level for her SAT scores, and scored in the 99th percentile for both the PSAT 8 and 9. Malak has a bit of tutoring experience, helping her peers learn and master math. As a Vern tutor, Malak hopes to inspire your child to find a love for learning, and she hopes to see your student in class soon!
Prisha Verma: Director and Tutor
Prisha is a diligent student at Shadow Creek High School. Through co-founding Vern Tutoring Classroom, she has found a way to share her passion for knowledge. Understanding that proper teaching methods are essential for students to achieve high academic outcomes, Prisha is determined to make her lessons both informative and compelling. She has jumped an entire grade but still manages to be at the top of her advanced classes with straight A's in every subject. Prisha has won several UIL awards over the years and was recognized multiple times by Duke TIP in her state for her extraordinary SAT and PSAT scores in the 99th percentile. She’s all about STEM at heart, as ever since elementary school she's participated and placed first in district science fair contests. Last year, she won a SEFH Rising Star award for her research on UV radiation, in which she even tested and produced two effective homemade sunscreens. On any given day, you could find her relaxing with a book, exploring the ‘swamp’ by her home, or spending time with her little sister. Prisha loves to help others, and will see you in class! :)
Hey there! I'm Cindy Cui and I'm currently an incoming sophomore at Carnegie Vanguard High School. I'm super excited to be teaching all different types of kids who are looking to excel academically, as well as just meeting and interacting with new students. Currently, I'm really into debate, specifically Lincoln Douglas, and I've competed very regularly, placing 4th speaker nationally in 7th grade and frequently placing top 3 in tournaments hosted by the Houston Urban Debate League in high school. I've always done well academically, scoring a perfect score on the math PSAT 8/9 and 99th percentile for all subjects, and hope to pass on some of my experience to my juniors. When I'm not doing schoolwork or studying, I love spending time with my baby sister, playing tennis, and especially cooking. On lazy weekends, I always enjoy watching anime and hanging out with my friends. With focus being a major problem with virtual environments, I'll work hard to keep class fun and engaging through the semester and I look forward to our tutoring sessions!
Cindy Cui: Tutor
Hi, I'm Julia Nguyen, and I'm a rising sophomore at Kinkaid High School! I love to learn, and I am eager to help other kids learn. As a student at one of the most prestigious schools in the state, I have maintained straight A+'s and earned recognition for my academic achievements. In my freshman year, I won both the Honors History and Honors Geometry awards and received much praise for my writing. I earned a perfect score on my personal narrative, with my English teacher complimenting my vivid imagery and sense of humor. I also got a perfect score on my COVID-19 report for the thoroughness of my research. In addition, I have much experience working with younger kids as a peer mentor and a babysitter. These experiences have taught me flexibility and patience. Lastly, I enjoy a wide range of hobbies. You may find me reading, playing tennis, or practicing the piano. Piano competitions are some of my favorite times of the year as they motivate me to give it all I've got. In 2020, I placed 3rd at the Houston Music Teachers' Association piano contest, and I am currently a finalist at the Texas Music Teachers' Association contest. Through my experiences in school, piano, and life overall, I learned that to succeed, you must be motivated, ask for help, and always aim for improvement. As a tutor, I hope to pass these lessons on to my students while engaging them in fun and interactive classes.
Julia Nguyen: Tutor
Jessica Zhang: Tutor
Jessica is a creative, multitalented fine arts student who’s soared through every grade with flying colors. She’s very culturally diverse, experiencing aspects from China, the UK and the US. As a straight A student, she will be attending Houston’s #1 ranked Private Highschool, The John Cooper School, as a rising freshman in the fall of 2021. Jessica was in her Junior High School’s GTA (Gifted and Talented Academy) Honor Roll, and Honors Band. She has won several UIL prizes and countless awards for her outstanding works. She’s navigated along the art route for nearly 10 years now and hopes to bring inspiration to those interested. Her previous tutoring and volunteering experiences range from art to basic academic subjects. When she’s not intensely immersed in her sketchbook of wonders or doodling on her math homework, she likes to exercise, watch dramas, and hang out with family. She is eager to enlighten you with her knowledge in the form of entertainment, and hopes to see you in her class!
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