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PrepNow Tutor - Deborah L.

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Deborah's Bio

Well-traveled, independent, and bookish, Deborah holds a BS in chemical oceanography and a PhD in physical oceanography from the University of Washington and has completed a partial year of paralegal studies at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York. Since graduate school, she has worked in academia, first as a researcher and then as a programmer and data analysis assistant. Currently, Deborah serves as physical oceanography subject matter expert for a data center in Texas, which houses interdisciplinary research data from the Gulf of Mexico. As a tutor, Deborah’s core values are learning and sharing knowledge, and she loves the challenge of creative problem-solving.

In graduate school, Deborah worked as a teaching assistant for a graduate physical oceanography class and an undergraduate general oceanography class, the latter of which involved teaching three laboratory sessions a week. Since 2006, Deborah has been tutoring for a prominent test prep company, mentoring students on SAT/ACT prep, math, and chemistry. When asked what she loves about tutoring, Deborah says, “What I enjoy most is helping my students achieve their goals; it's a great feeling when one of my students texts me that they have been admitted to their first-choice college, or passed their end of the year exams!”

Deborah’s time as an instructor has shown her the importance of finding different ways to explain concepts to a student when they don't yet understand the material and to always keep students engaged with the material. As part of her methodology, Deborah often performs mindfulness exercises with students who struggle to maintain focus. Because she personally never enjoyed rote memorization as a student, she also always emphasizes the importance of covered topics and how they might be useful later on.

As a student at the University of Washington, she saw Nirvana several times before they became popular. In graduate school, she received two scholarships, one from the Department of Defense and one from NASA, to pursue studies relevant to climate change. She mostly avoided sports in high school but was involved in gymnastics and has taken jazz and modern dance classes. Deborah is an avid reader, photographer, and collector of vintage jewelry.