Born and raised in southern California, Damon studied Biology at the University of California, Riverside. He is fascinated by science and learning in general, and took a wide variety of difficult college courses to broaden his expertise in many academic fields including biology, chemistry, mathematics, economics, statistics, English, and history.
Damon has been tutoring students for over a decade. In middle school he started his own private tutoring business and helped his peers and younger students in a variety of subjects. In college he was hired by the academic resource center at UCR to work as a professional academic advisor. For three years, Damon honed his skills in teaching and mentoring younger students, mastering the skills needed to effectively teach difficult subjects to his pupils. Damon believes the key to student learning and success is building a close relationship between mentor and student, allowing them to engage the material with a strong support system that the student feels comfortable with.
Damon also worked in a neuroscience laboratory during his study at UCR, conducting research in autism spectrum disorder and environmental neurological toxicology. By collaborating with doctors at Loma Linda Research Hospital and scientists from the US Environmental Protection Agency in North Carolina, Damon presented his research at the 2016 Experimental Biology symposium in San Diego. He has also received an award for “Best Oral Presentation” at the 2016 annual undergraduate research symposium at UCR, as well as acknowledgment from the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society for his achievements as an undergraduate researcher.
After graduation, Damon joined ESM full-time as an academic mentor. Damon lives in sunny Orange County in SoCal and loves visiting the beach in his Volkswagen van and going to Disneyland as often as possible. Always upbeat and energetic, Damon loves meeting new people and making new friends.