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Sarah Burnside

Major: Psychology 
Subject Tutoring: Math and Psychology 

Favorite scripture verse: Proverbs 31:8-9 "Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."

Why you decided to be a tutor? I decided to become a tutor in order to assist other students who need clarification on a variety of concepts or topics related to their major. 


Jessica Berrian

Major: Social Work

Subject tutoring: Human Biology

Favorite food: Chicken Cutlets 

Favorite scripture verse: Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”

Why did you decide to be a tutor? I decided to be a tutor because I want to serve my community and be able to see how each one individually strives academically. I love to encourage my friends and I strongly believe that God called me to this job position. 


Joseph Kim

Major: Music and Education
Subject Tutoring: Music Theory and Ear Training

Favorite food: Korean Barbecue

Favorite scripture verse: Phil. 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”

Why you decided to be a tutor? I decided to become a tutor because I wanted to make a difference. When I was in high school, my grades were extremely low until a peer tutored me. Through the peer's help, I was able to understand and ask questions that I was too scared to ask in class. Therefore, I wanted to return the favor to anyone who needs it. 


Kevin Torres

Major: Philosophy
Subject Tutoring: Philosophy

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite scripture verse: Romans 15:20

Why you decided to be a tutor? I have decided to become a philosophy tutor so that I can share my passion for philosophy as well as give back to the Nyack community that has done such a great job in making me part of its family. I plan on reviving the philosophy department by allowing all the students that come through philosophy tutoring to experience the wonder of loving wisdom.


Naanma Yamsat

Major: Computer science 

Subject Tutoring: College algebra 

Favorite Food: Japanese food

Favorite scripture verse: Jeremiah 29:11”’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

Why you decided to be a tutor? Help others love math the way I do


Sibiri Koumbem

Major: Accounting 
Subject Tutoring: Calculus I & II , Algebra, Statistics, Economics, Accounting, Marketing, Management.

Favorite food: Rice, Chicken and mayonnaise on the side. 

Favorite scripture verse: Matthew 7:7 " Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”

Why you decided to be a tutor? I decided to tutor because the only way to help someone is to help him see. Not only eye sight but also mind sight. Anything that can create value for a human being is worth teaching. Education is the beginning of wealth creation.

​Valentina Pshenichnaya

Major: Biblical and Theological Studies
Subject Tutoring: Mathematics

Favorite food: Cheese

Favorite scripture verse: 2 Cor. 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"

Why you decided to be a tutor? I want to contribute to the academic growth of my fellow students.