Meet the Brainiacs

Mr. Michael

Mr. Michael, Sr. Remedial Education Specialist

As early as I could remember, while other children were dreaming about professional athletics or veterinary sciences, I wanted to teach; and after studying locally at Cal State University and abroad in Siegen, Germany receiving degrees in Theology, Liberal Studies, and Education, I set out to do just that. At the onset of my instructional career, after years of working in the public school system, I yearned to provide the kind of education that can only be bestowed upon a struggling student by consistent one-on-one instruction, remediating the root cause of a child’s difficulty while offering instruction that can be readily received and retained. Since 2009, I have had the good fortune of doing just that at the Brain Zone Reading & Tutoring Center. The Brain Zone has become more than a career for me, and Ms. Donna (our founder) along with the other Remedial Education Specialists, have become more than coworkers; this has become the realization of my greatest passion and they have become the most prodigious sources of educational inspiration I could have ever imagined. Thousands of students have come through our doors and each one was granted the attention they deserve from an instructor that is qualified, caring, and conscientious. It is an honor to be the director of such an illustrious educational institution.

Ms. Jasmin

Ms. Jasmin, Team Lead

Since 2009, I have had the joy of being called Miss Jasmin, Brain Zone tutor. I am a 2004 graduate of Chino High School, and after completing classes at Riverside Community College, I enrolled at California Baptist University. When I am outside of the Brain Zone you can find me practicing the piano, singing with my band, at Disneyland, or rereading a Jane Austen novel. I also enjoy baking cookies, cakes and any sort of sugary treats, which I coincidentally also enjoy eating. Every once in a while I dabble in graphic design work to exercise my creative muscles. Working at the Brain Zone has been an amazing journey thus far. I enjoy having the opportunity to work alongside people who care about making a difference in a child’s life by giving each child the tools they need to make reading and learning enjoyable. Every child I’ve had the privilege of working with has offered me fresh perspectives on the world around me and the deep fulfillment of watching them grow and progress in their own personal and academic goals.

Mr. Bob

Mr. Bob, Mathematician

After thirty years of working in the manufacturing industry, in and around Southern California, I changed the course of my working life and decided to further my education and set out in a new direction, that of teaching. In 2008 it was my great honor to receive a degree from California State University Fullerton in Child and Adolescent Studies and a minor focus in Mathematics. It was then that I decided that I would never stop pursuing education and broadening my intellectual horizons with post degree classes. With a degree from CSUF focusing on special education and calculation, I am uniquely equipped to better understand the needs of our Brain Zone students, I have now worked at the Brain Zone for more than ten years in an effort to use these abilities to successfully impact our community. I have found that the Brain Zone provides a warm and welcoming environment for students to learn in, as well as for the Remedial Education Specialists, like myself, who work here. The Brain Zone’s large diversity of available programs, which are tailored to fit the needs of our students, and our highly qualified instructors, offer a comfortable and nurturing learning environment for students and employees alike.

Mr. Rudy

Mr. Rudy

Hello! I am Mr. Rudy, one of the instructors at the Brain Zone. I am a recent graduate from Cal Poly Pomona and now hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I feel that my studies in both developmental and cognitive psychology have helped to equip me for the particular challenges associated with tutoring young minds. However, my knowledge of tutoring is not merely academic: my experience dates back to my own school days, in which several of my elementary school teachers assigned me to struggling classmates in order to help them thrive. In high school, I worked as a teacher’s aide and continued to grow. By the time I reached college, I had taken it upon myself to form study groups and offer personal assistance to my classmates. In recent years, I have also worked as an on-site tutor with local high schools. Through it all, I have discovered the joy of teaching. I take genuine pleasure at facilitating understanding, and seeing a student’s eyes light up as he or she begins to understand something is a great reward. I now look forward to making a positive difference in your child’s life and helping more students succeed.

Ms. Cat

Ms. Cat

My name is Ms. Catherine, but you can call me Ms. Cat. I grew up on the East Coast, graduating from High School in 2006 and quickly pursuing an Associate’s Degree at community college. I then worked toward my Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities whilst traveling the country as a military wife. After seven years of moving from duty station to duty station, my husband and I were excited to finally settle down and call Southern California home. Outside of the Brain Zone, I wear many hats: mother, cook, amateur photographer, movie buff, and creative non­fiction writer, although I rarely wear any actual hats. I feel very grateful to work with people whose collective goal is to help children achieve their academic and personal goals. Through move after move and life’s many milestones, the one constant in my life has been a passion for learning. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of The Brain Zone, where I hope to foster that same enthusiasm for learning in my students. By helping children gain the confidence and skills that will help them to be successful in school, I hope to also show them that learning can be a fun, life-­long venture.

 1461367411Ms. Denise

My name is Denise, and I have had the privilege of working with children for more than 15 years. After working in the public school system helping our youth excel in many different subjects, I was excited to join the wonderful world of Brain Zone in January 2016. Working at Brain Zone has been a wonderful and impactful journey. I enjoy the interaction with our magnificent students. It is a passion of mine to guide our youth and see them learn and grow, not only academically, but socially as well. These children are our future, and I look forward to every day that I get to guide them, teach them, and provide for them the tools necessary for academic and vocational success.