Nadia Domínguez – Owner and Educator
– 15+ years of informal and formal instruction
– 8+ years as a Math and Science tutor
– 3 years as a Teaching Assistant in general chemistry and biology courses
– 3 years as a Professor of Microbiology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology
– 6 years as a research mentor and trainer to undergraduates
My passion for teaching began as a child when I stood in front of a chalkboard instructing my imaginary students on the uses of Π. Though I discovered my calling at an early age, it was not until college that I began tutoring on a volunteer basis at two inner city schools in St. Paul, MN. After a semester of tutoring, I was hooked and started tutoring on an individual basis. After college, I took on jobs at Huntington Learning Center and Lee Education Center in MN as a means to supplement my income and eventually aid in paying for classes towards a graduate degree. Two years after graduating college, I was attending school full-time, teaching general chemistry labs at the University of MN, working at the Minnesota Department of Health AND tutoring 30 hours a week. After my graduate work at the U of M, I moved to Madison to pursue my Ph.D. During my doctoral training at UW-Madison, I sought out teaching opportunities spanning many roles including tutor, TA, curriculum developer and lead instructor, research mentor, and adjunct faculty. Upon receiving my doctorate, I served as a biotechnology outreach specialist and shortly thereafter, began my career as an Assistant Professor. After three years of teaching at the college level, I have returned to my informal education roots and have established a supplemental and supportive education center, e2studio. Tutoring and informal education have long been the highlight of my day, as I take pride and find joy in getting to know my students, building their confidence and providing a sense of empowerment not only academically, but also on a personal level–something that I do not have the opportunity to do as often as I would like at the college level or in any formal classroom.
Blair Perzentka – Reading/Writing Specialist
– Over 6 years of formal instruction as a high school English teacher.
Classes taught: English 9, College Preparatory English, Introduction to College Reading and Writing (dual credit with Madison College), Specially Designed English (to help students with specific goals in their Individualized Education Plans), English Support (for students who need extra skill development in addition to their core English class), Career Communications, GEDo2 program (preparation for taking HSED tests at Madison College, as well as teaching employability skills)
– Wisconsin recipient of the National Council Teachers of English 2014 High School Teacher of Excellence Award
– Professional educator certified to teach English 6th-12th grade, as well as alternative education. Graduate of UW-Madison in Secondary English Education and licensure, Alternative Education licensure earned at Marian University
– Over 3 years as a reading, writing, and English tutor (as a PEOPLE program tutor and as a Reading Specialist at e2 Studio) experience tutoring:
1) as a reading specialist, creating individualized curriculum
2) creating individualized curriculum for writing at the high school and college level (help students with the writing process: outline, draft, incorporate research, proofread, edit/revise papers)
3) serve as a tutor for ACT English, Reading, and Writing within workshops and 1:1 sessions
I remember a specific day in high school when, as a freshman, my geometry teacher asked me to help a junior with the task put forth for the class. At the end of the class, I chose to stay late to report back to my teacher what concepts the student understood and what concepts with which the student struggled. She said to me, “Wow, Blair-you are going to grow up to be a teacher!” It was at that time that I realized how my natural tendencies were to help others and how much I truly loved learning for the sake of learning. From the time that I applied for college, I was aware that I wanted to become an English teacher. In my mind, being able to effectively communicate can mean opportunities being given to a person versus taken away; it is my goal as a teacher and tutor to help students realize their potential and to help level the playing field. I served as a tutor for the PEOPLE program when in college, enjoying working with secondary students. Since graduating from UW-Madison in 2009, I have worked in Sun Prairie’s alternative high school through Forward Service Corporation teaching employability skills. Since the 2010-11 school year, I have taught English at Marshall High School, located in Dane County, just East of Madison. This August, my husband and I will welcome our first child, a girl.
Rose Walters – Educator
– 3 years as a Math and Science tutor
I am a college sophomore studying physics and math at UW–Madison. I fell in love with physics four years ago at West High in Madison, WI. There I took math physics, AP physics, and university physics through Youth Options. I also tutored students in physics and calculus from sophomore through senior year, which is what first introduced me to teaching in any capacity.
Certain subjects like math and physics tend to intimidate even the brightest students. To combat that, I like to break down problems into simpler, identifiable concepts, rather than abstract symbolic expressions. (As a person who always despised memorizing equations, I refuse to tell any students to do such a thing!) I fell in love with physics largely because I was surrounded by educators who clearly loved teaching it and thanks to that inspiration, I hope to do the same for others.