Meet the Tutors!
Our team consists of experienced professionals who recognize the power of education and share the same passion for teaching. At Michael's Tutors, we recruit young and bright college students and recent college graduates who have shown mastery of their respective subjects and can help us accomplish our mission. Feel free to browse through their profiles and get to know them better.
"Hi, my name is Michael Arriaga, owner and founder of Michael's Tutors! I recently graduated from California Lutheran University with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, and I plan on returning to school to obtain my MBA within the following year. At a very young age, I developed a passion for helping other students excel in the academic setting. I have previous experience tutoring students, kindergarten through college, in the subjects of mathematics, English, and Spanish! My hobbies include: traveling, learning new skills, and playing soccer and rugby. I am eager to meet you and help you achieve your academic goals!"
"Hi, there! My name is Angelika Pasion. I recently graduated from California Lutheran University with a B.S. in Biology. I am an assistant teacher for Anna Marie Montessori daycare in Orange County. I have also tutored children from elementary school through high school. I enjoy learning new things and sharing them with others, which is why I'm excited to become your tutor. During my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, exploring new places, and exercising. I look forward to working with you and helping you on your path to success."
"I am a Cornell University alumna currently working as a Food Technologist at Beyond Meat. I specialize in K-10 Math and Sciences and hope to share my passion for learning with my students. In high school, I was involved in Marching Band, Field Hockey, and Key Club. I now enjoy spending my free time baking, hiking, and going to the beach."
"Hi, my name is Justin! I'm a UCLA graduate student applying to medical school this year. I love to teach, as I've been a tutor since high school teaching math and Spanish to my peers and classmates. Since then I've been professionally tutoring at Mathnasium for almost two years. On the side, I love to play music! I've been playing piano since I was seven years old. You can also catch me on the basketball courts. I'm no good but I'll pretend like I am."
Francisco Rubio Fernandez
"Hi, I am Francisco. I hold a Bachelors of Arts in Global Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. I am an alumnus of Palisades Charter High School, wherein I had the privilege of taking and excelling in many AP courses. I have over five years of experience teaching people of all ages how to swim, as a lifeguard working for the City of Los Angeles. I am highly adaptable to my students; I have successfully taught children and adults with autism and Down syndrome how to swim and survive in the water. I am currently enrolled at the Santa Monica and Long Beach community college systems working towards my second bachelor's in computer science. I have great interest in international politics and economics, as well as cyber security."
"Hello, I'm Ben. I was born and raised in San Diego, California (Go Padres!). I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics and a bachelor's degree in History from UCLA. I realized the classes I loved the most throughout my education career were due to the amazing educators who made the topic come alive. These educators were always engaging, easily understandable, and demanded excellence of their students. I try to follow their example in my tutoring approach. Learning should be fun and rewarding, not a chore to simply get done. My tutoring method is student led and will always be adjusted to to best fit the needs of the student.
I have four years of tutoring experience working with middle schoolers during an after school mentoring program. I worked directly with students who needed help on homework, test taking strategies, and organizational skills. I also frequently worked in groups of 3-4 students. In this setting, I tutored World History, Ancient World History, and American History."
"Hi my name is Hazel! I'm currently a third year student at UCLA studying Sociology and Social Studies. My interest in tutoring stems from my own experiences. Growing up I did not have the resources available that provided me with additional help in my school work. I now have the opportunity to support and teach students in my own community. Additionally, transitioning to online learning has only created additional challenges for students. As I help my own siblings adapt to online learning, I understand how difficult it can be for both the child and the parent to navigate virtual learning. My ultimate goal is for students to fully understand the subjects they need help in while also finding ways to best support them during virtual learning."
Hello, my name is David. I’m a student at Pasadena City College and will be transferring to CalPoly Pomona soon. I will be obtaining my Aerospace engineering diploma. I was born and raised in Colombia, therefore my first language is Spanish. I also finished high school there with wonderful grades and came to America where I fully developed my English in my first two years. My first experience tutoring was back in my country where I helped my classmates with math, physics, and some English asl. I also was taught a lot of Spanish grammar and vocabulary since it was our main language. One of my main hobbies is playing soccer, and I enjoy it almost as I enjoy science! I’m excited about sharing my knowledge and helping students advance in their studies.
My name is Clark Wey and I am a senior studying chemical engineering at UC Irvine. I have interned twice at Chevron as an engineering intern and have over two years of experience in academic research. In addition, I have over 6 years of tutoring experience. My strengths lie in math and sciences. A fun fact about myself is that I have played over 12 years of baseball. Go, Giants!
Hi! My name is Arman Arya and I am currently a Senior attending East College Prep high school. My passion for education stems from my interests in Psychology, Mathematics, and Chemistry. While tutoring, I aim to develop student-led sessions and nudge students to make their own discoveries that can unveil their love for learning, interests, and passions. My goal is to help students understand crucial concepts and give them the support they need to strive in and out of the classroom. A fun fact about me is that I enjoy coding, reading, and biking in my free time.
Business Marketing Consultant
Sharmaine Pasion is Usui and Tibetan Reiki Master, and a licensed REALTOR® (LIC# 02165710) at First Team Real Estate in Southern California. She is the creator of the Pasion Foundation with a mission to give back to her home village in the Philippines by means of fundraising and scholarship for the local children. Sharmaine is highly educated and has vast business experience. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society, and an MBA with a concentration in International Business. Sharmaine is the business marketing consultant for several start-ups in Southern California, including Michael's Tutors.