Meet The Team
Ciara grew up on the East Coast and has lived in many states throughout her career. Ciara was inspired by her high school biology teacher to pursue higher education in the sciences. In 2008, she studied Environmental Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY for her undergraduate. Shortly after, she earned her master’s degree in Earth and Environmental Science from Tulane University in 2014. Upon graduation, she has gained invaluable experience in sustainable permaculture, environmental consulting, and environmental education.
In 2016, Ciara began teaching and tutoring science and math to middle and high school students. She has found helping students achieve their academic goals to be an incredibly rewarding and exciting career. Her teaching style is collaborative and engaging, and she is driven to continue learning new teaching methodologies in order to be the most helpful to her students. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, surfing, and playing guitar.
B.S. Environmental Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2012)
M.S. Earth & Environmental Science, Tulane University (2014)
Alexis Madayag was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in the suburban community of South San Francisco. Alexis attended College of San Mateo and San Francisco State University where he graduated with a major in Broadcasting and Electronic Communication Arts and a minor in Counseling. Alexis then found his passion for mixing digital media, art, and human services to empower individuals in the private and public service sector.
To increase his skill set, Alexis decided to return to school to complete an A.A. and certificates in Peer Support Services, Digital Media, and Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Alexis is pursuing a graduate degree in psychology and recently has finished a career technical education credential program at UC Berkeley Extension and is awaiting CA accreditation.
As an advocate for mental wellness and mental health education, Alexis worked as a peer mentor for Cañada College's Bridge to Opportunities Peer Mentorship Program; helping college students adapt to a college setting in order to achieve academic success. Alexis is also a professional DJ, photographer, and a tiny house enthusiast. He is currently a volunteer for the Filipino Mental Health Initiative (San Mateo Chapter) and a speaker/advocate for Seeing Through the Stigma campaign by Heart & Soul, Inc.
Currently, he works as a social science and digital arts teacher at Lydian Academy in Menlo Park.
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Francisca is a second-year fully-employed MBA student from the Bay Area. She graduated with a Bioengineering degree from UCSD and worked as a teacher for two years before moving to accounting and then to her current role as a Senior Relocation Consultant. In her free time, Francisca loves to paint, explore new places, and spend time with friends.
Prior to working as a teacher, Francisca tutored math and science all throughout her high school career as well as one of her college years. She works well with students 7th grade and older. Her specialties include all K-12 math levels (including AP Calculus), Physics (AP in the summer), Chemistry, and Biology.
For parents looking to better their homeschooling techniques during Covid-19 shelter-in-place orders, Francisca is available to offer one-on-one consultation sessions with tips and approaches that work well for various ages.