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Meet the tutors that understand grades as a measure of progress, not of the person!

Jacob Barba, TutorJacob Barba

I first began working with kids and teaching when I was in high school and just never stopped. Being in the role of a teacher or educator has been a big part of my life and I'm proud of the service that I have been able to provide for many years.

A few years ago I went to a local restaurant and was greeted by a young man who immediately recognized me. It had been many years since I had worked with him but he went on to say that I was a great mentor to him and that he was now a college student. There is no doubt in my mind that he will go off and do great things in his life.

It's moments like this that remind me that the work I do is important and that it impacts the community in a huge way. I'm honored to be in a role that is helpful, selfless, and inspiring.


Liz Ruiz, Tutor Liz Ruiz

Hello! My name is Liz, I am a San Diego native, and recent transplant to Albuquerque. I have 7 years of tutoring experience across all age groups, both one on one as well as in a group setting.

Math, Reading, Writing, and Editing are my strong suits, with Math being my personal favorite subject to teach. I am very passionate about working with kids and teens in general and tutoring affords me a fun and rewarding way to do so.

Previously, I worked with UC Berkeley's BUILD (Berkeley United in Literacy Development) program in Oakland, with the City of San Diego's DYH@L (Do Your Homework at the Library) program, as well as as a private tutor. In my spare time I am an avid reader, movie junkie, foodie, and amateur cyclist (very amateur). I love sharing/discussing book and movie recs with my students, as well as helping them achieve their learning goals.


Liz Ruiz, Tutor Dr. Mary "Annette" La russa

Dr. Mary “Annette” La Russa began teaching in 1980 as a math tutor and chemistry lab instructor, while still in college. Since that time, she has earned a double major in mathematics and chemistry, an M.S. degree in chemistry, a Ph.D. in education, and a Ph.D. in mathematics. She has taught students ranging in age from 3 years old to experienced teachers. Much of her teaching success has been with college freshmen who are struggling in math or chemistry. She has taught in public and private schools and colleges, and has taught in informal settings, such as day camp as well as Sunday school.

In the 1990s Dr. La Russa was on a team that developed, administered, and evaluated some of the first teacher certification programs for the prestigious National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In the early years of the 21st century, she took a team of high school students to a private school computer science competition where one girl won first place in an individual competition and a 9th grade team won the 2nd place prize in their team competition. After returning to graduate school in mathematics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. La Russa taught mathematics and statistics at UAB. She was awarded several fellowships, including an NSF-EAPSI award that allowed her to spend the summer of 2008 as a guest researcher at the University of Adelaide in Australia. In the summer of 2009, she was awarded several fellowships to attend international workshops in inverse problem research. Dr. La Russa had the opportunity to teach innovative courses at UAB in mathematics, including teaching an introduction to Mathematical Modeling class for several years. In 2012, she became a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) fellow of the Mathematical Association of America.

Dr. La Russa is semi-retired from public school teaching but is passionate about teaching and helping students of all ages realize their potential. She is especially passionate about helping students whom the schools are failing.


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