As a Portland native, Monica has spent plenty of rainy days indoors reading. All that time as a bookworm instilled in her a great love for adventure and learning. She loves hiking, playing her guitar, and hanging out with her adorable miniature Australian shepherd. She also loves teaching.
Monica believes that education is at the heart of personal growth. She feels that studying for math, for example, is valuable because math teaches you how to solve problems creatively and how to remain logical under pressure. She aims to help her students see the value in learning for the sake of learning. As a mentor, Monica does this by guiding students through the learning process in an empathetic and compassionate way compatible with each individual’s strengths. She believes that learning can be fun if it’s done in a way that encourages students to think without fear of thinking “incorrectly.” Students are encouraged to explore new concepts while treating mistakes as opportunities for learning and improvement.
Monica attended Central Catholic High School, where she was a dedicated student-athlete. It was only in her senior year that she learned how to enjoy math. She went on to receive a bachelor’s in mathematics at the University of Portland. Monica has worked as an academic mentor and college counselor for the last several years, and is committed to helping students find their strengths and develop their passions. Families rely on Monica for help in getting the most out of education through academic tutoring, SAT/ ACT test preparation, and college counseling.