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Available – Fedja

Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Programming (including Python and over fifteen programming languages total), Chemistry, Biology, SAT/ACT (full exam), and Languages (English, Bosnian, Spanish, and German)

Hello! I’m Fedja, and I attended high school in Florida. After that, I moved to Northern California to attend Stanford University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, with a special concentration in Astrophysics, adding a cosmic flair to my academic journey.

I then moved again, this time to College Station, Texas where my journey continued at Texas A&M University. At TAMU, I earned my PhD (Physics) in the fascinating world of Single-Electron Resolution Phonon-Mediated Detectors: Progress and Applications.

Upon completing my PhD, I returned to Palo Alto in 2020, venturing into academia and earning my stripes as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University.

Teaching has been my passion for over a decade, including seven years as a Teaching Assistant at Texas A&M. From pre-K all the way to adult-level learning, I’ve had the privilege of sharing knowledge with and being challenged by my intellectually curious students in many settings.

Recently, I had the pleasure of serving as a Lecturer in Physics at Stanford University. My expertise spans a wide array of subjects, including Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Programming (I’m your go-to person for Python and over fifteen other programming languages), Chemistry, Biology, Digital SAT/ACT (full exam), and Languages (English, Spanish, German, and Bosnian).

If you have any questions about these subjects please contact our office to set up a time to meet with me—I’m here to lend a hand!

Ready to meet with Fedja? Email us at info@insight-education.net to find out more information and request a time to meet!

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Available – Gary

All levels of Chemistry - Chemistry Honors, AP Chemistry, and SAT Subject Test Chemistry

Hey there! The name’s Gary, and I’m your go-to chemistry guru. I snagged a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Santa Cruz back when electric cars were children’s toys, then rocked the scene as a tenured chemistry professor at De Anza College for a solid 15 years. Yep, I’ve been stirring up exothermic knowledge for a whopping 30 years now. Currently, I’m hanging out at West Valley College, but I’ve done my rounds, popping up at Santa Clara University, UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State, Cabrillo College, San Jose City College, and Mission College.

Now, here’s where it gets fun. Alongside my college gigs, I’ve been moonlighting as a high school chemistry whisperer since 2011. Whether it’s regular Chemistry or Chemistry Honors or just helping kids survive AP Chemistry and ace the AP exam, I’m there. Oh, and let’s not forget my one-on-one tutoring escapades at Insight—I’ve tackled every level of chemistry, from basic reactions to Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry for those brave Middle College souls.

But hey, teaching’s not just about throwing facts at you—it’s about keeping things lively. That’s why I sprinkle in humor and storytelling to keep you hooked and learning every step of the way. So buckle up, because we’re about to embark on a wild ride through the world of chemistry!


Ready to meet with Gary? Email us at info@insight-education.net to find out more information and request a time to meet!

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Available – Jennifer

SAT all sections, ACT all sections, All levels of Physics, Chemistry (up to Honors), Biology, Math (up to Calc AB), US History, Economics

Well, folks, let me introduce myself – I’m Jennifer. Picture this: I’m a rocket scientist turned educator. Yup, you heard that right! I kicked off my journey with an undergrad degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, then decided to crank up the nerd factor with a Master’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University.

Before diving headfirst into academia, I spent some quality time at the NASA Ames Research Center, geeking out over research projects that were out of this world – literally. But eventually, I figured it was time to share my brainpower with the next generation.

Fast forward 15 years, and here I am, still going strong in the high school academic scene. Math? You betcha. Digital SAT Math and CRW, ACT Math/Science/Reading/Writing, AP Calculus, AP Statistics – you name it, I’ve probably taught it. And let’s not forget about my science chops – AP Physics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Engineering – I’ve got those covered too. Oh, and throw in some AP English, AP History, and AP Economics for good measure.

But hey, my real talent? It’s not just about knowing my stuff; it’s about getting in the trenches with my students and helping them conquer their academic mountains. Whether it’s cracking jokes about quadratic equations or finding the perfect analogy to explain photosynthesis, I’m all about that personalized approach.

So, if you’re ready to blast off into the world of education with a sprinkle of humor and a whole lot of expertise, buckle up – because with me, the sky’s not the limit, it’s just the beginning.

Ready to meet with Jennifer? Email us at info@insight-education.net to find out more information and request a time to meet!

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Available – Meiyi Cheng

I graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor of Science in Management Science, and I’ve spent many years teaching mathematics at both the middle and high […]

I graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor of Science in Management Science, and I’ve spent many years teaching mathematics at both the middle and high school levels, including SAT classes. Teaching at Basis Independent School Silicon Valley was  also a rewarding experience for me as I love working with students and families who are fully engaged and passionate about learning. I’m passionate about helping students discover and maximize their potential, and I feel honored to be a part of such a great community. If you have any questions about Digital SAT Math, Reading, Writing, or Essay Writing, feel free to ask—I’m always happy to help!

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