Danielle’s desire to help others learn comes both from her own love of education and from understanding the impact that mentorship can have on a student’s success. She credits her own academic achievement in part to her relationships with her mentor.
After a brief stint in culinary school, Danielle spent several years working in customer service before starting a job at a veterinary hospital. She has always loved science, and working in medicine reminded her of how badly she wanted to pursue that career path. At 27, she re-entered college to work toward a degree in bioengineering.
The first year was difficult. Danielle struggled with math anxiety since childhood and wasn’t sure she was capable of college-level mathematics courses. Algebra was more difficult for her than other classes, and the fact that she had to put in more work to master it made her think she was just bad at math. One day, she expressed her fears to her mentor, an engineer with many math classes under his belt. He told her that yes, math is difficult for almost everyone, and it is normal to have to work hard to learn it.
That one comment changed Danielle’s perspective completely. Hearing that even her brilliant mentor had struggled in math made her realize that she was normal, not incapable. She began to think that maybe she could handle a little bit of college math after all. That conversation pushed her to face her fear of algebra, which led to completing a year of calculus, which ultimately led to a love of mathematics that she may have never discovered without his guidance.
Danielle hopes to provide ESM students with the same support and encouragement she has received from her own mentor. Helping students achieve their goals and get the most out of their educational experience is something she finds very rewarding.
Outside of mentoring and studying, Danielle enjoys hiking, reading, and playing video games. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her partner, Danny, and their lazy bulldog, Westley.