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AUSTIN TRINKLE

Founder & Director, Tutor/Coach

B.S. ENGINEERING/ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, STANFORD '14

Austin grew up in Seal Beach. He attended Los Alamitos High School where he was a member of the Junior Honor Guard, National Honor Society, Christian Club, and Street Ministry Club, recipient of the United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, founder of the Ping Pong Club, and team captain for the Swim and Water Polo teams.

 

Austin has been playing water polo since he was 8 years old. He competed at the highest level in club water polo, reaching national medal championships matches 5 times. In high school he was a starter his freshman year, leading his team to 2 Sunset League championships, 2 CIF semi-finalist appearances and 1 CIF finalist appearance. Individually, he was twice named to All-CIF Southern Section Division I First Team, was first-team All-Orange County pick as a senior and a second-team pick as a junior, named to Orange County All-Star Team and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team as a senior, earned 2008 Sunset League Co-Player of the Year honor, was two-time LAHS Player of the Year, named 2007 Long Beach Press-Telegram Player of the Year as a junior, was twice selected to All-Sunset League First Team, named LAHS Offensive Player of the Year in 2006, and was a four-time Scholar-Athlete Award winner. Additionally, Austin competed on the United States National Team for 4 years, traveling to Obrenovac, Serbia, and Calgary, Canada where he competed in the Pan Pacific International Tournament. Austin played 3 years of water polo for Stanford before deciding to focus on school and take on larger roles in the religious groups he is involved in for his last year.

 

At Stanford Austin pursued a degree in Architectural Design. He is especially interested in Integrated Enterprise, Integrated Project Delivery, as well as Building Information Modeling (BIM). Coursework included architecture studio classes, sustainable buildings, IPD, renewable energy, HVAC/building systems, civil engineering, earth systems, solid mechanics, multi-variable calculus and linear algebra. Austin excels in mathematics and enjoys passing on techniques he has learned over the years.

 

Austin has always had an interest in German language and history. He studied german for four years in high school continued his pursuit of the language with college courses. Austin also had the privilege of studying abroad at Stanford’s program in Berlin, Germany. Austin went back to Berlin for a six month internship with an architecture firm, Krüger Schuberth Vandrieke. 

 

Austin credits his success to organization and time management. Those are topics that he enjoys teaching to keen students.

 
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MARK MUELLER

Tutor/Coach

B.A. CLASSICS WITH A MINOR IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES, STANFORD UNIVERSITY '11
M.T.S DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL ‘17

Mark Mueller felt called to coach and teach at an early age and has consistently pursued as many opportunities to learn and improve his craft. He is passionate about challenging students and athletes to reach their full potential, and enjoys encouraging individuals to develop a love of learning. 

As a coach, Mark encourages his student-athletes to utilize consistent time management and study skills. At Stanford University, he studied the functional analysis of movement and nutrition, which provided him with a strong background in speed, power, and agility training. He has a unique personal experience with, and understanding of, injury prevention and rehabilitation, which has influenced his strong belief that constant communication between athletes and coaches is a critical part of athlete safety. Over the past six years, he has developed custom training, conditioning, and strength development programs for athletes at all levels of experience. 

Mark graduated from Stanford in 2011 with a degree in Classics and a minor in Religious Studies. At Stanford, Mark developed strong foreign language, computational, and writing abilities, studying Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Multi-Variable Calculus & Linear Algebra, and majoring in Classics and Religious Studies. His university coursework prepared him to tutor all levels of Mathematics: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus, as well as Physics, History, Religion, Philosophy, Ethics, and Ancient Greek.

Athletically, Mark was a two-sport varsity D-I athlete, who competed in both Football and Track and Field at Stanford University. He is an elite Football, Track and Field, and Lacrosse Coach, having trained athletes at every experience level from professionals to elementary school students. Some of his Stanford athletic achievements include: Three Varsity Letters in Football and four in Track and Field, playing in the 2009 Brut Sun Bowl, 2010 USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, 2011 NCAA All-American Honorable Mention, 2011 MPSF Scholar-Athlete Honors, 2011 PAC-10 All-Academic Honors, being the 2011 Big Meet champion in the 100m, 200m, and 400m, placing 6th in the 2010 Pac-10 Championships in the 200m dash, and qualifying in the 4x400 meter relay for the 2011 NCAA Track and Field Championships. 

He and his beautiful wife, Griffin Mueller, now live in Durham, NC, where he is continuing his pursuit of his calling to teach by working at his master’s degree at Duke Divinity School and to his calling as a coach by assisting with the Varsity Duke Track and Field Team. His wife Griffin now works at Cisco in RTP.

 
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MAYA JACKSON

Tutor/Coach

B.S. BIOMECHANICAL ENGINEERING, STANFORD UNIVERSITY '19

With a passion for service and education, Maya has a background of work as volunteer teacher. She has instructed science labs for 5th and 6th graders at Barton Hill Elementary in San Pedro, California. She also has experience coaching sports camps during her time abroad in South Africa. From these experiences, she has gained patience, flexibility and understanding when working with students from a variety of backgrounds. She hopes to instill a sense of scientific curiosity and genuine interest in learning in her students.

 

Maya is currently a sophomore at Stanford University pursuing a major in biomechanical engineering while completing her premed requirements. These academic interests have lead her to take college courses in physics, organic chemistry, calculus, and biology. Furthermore, she hopes to one day pursue a career in dermatology.

 

Maya attended Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California. In high school, she was a very active member of her school community, participating in programs such as model united nations, eco-community, hands on science, and peer mentors. 

 

Maya is an avid softball player, but in her free time you'll find her exploring downtown San Francisco in search of her next favorite food spot or attending BSU events on campus with friends.

 

She specializes in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, and Softball instruction.

 
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MAX BLOOM

Tutor/Coach

B.A. CANDIDATE LINGUISTICS, LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY, '21

Max first began tutoring in 2011, when he realized that his penchant for helping students move forward with their learning and academics could serve a greater purpose. Since then, he’s worked one-on-one with students to improve their ACT and SAT scores, master the steps and processes involved in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus, and understand grammatical concepts, acquire vocabulary, and improve self-expression in English, Spanish, and French. He’s worked approximately 5000 hours in the one-on-one learning environment. He currently studies Linguistics at Cal State Long Beach and spends his free time drawing, playing tennis, and stretching it out on the yoga mat.

 
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HANNAH HOWELL

Tutor/Coach

B.A. ART HISTORY, STANFORD UNIVERSITY '20

MASTERS CANDIDATE IN SUSTAINABILITY, '21

I am passionate about teaching and mentoring students- both in the classroom and in athletics.  My freshman year at Stanford I began tutoring with Ravenswood Reads, a program where I taught elementary kids reading skills. I have tutored students from Kindergarten through High School in various subjects. I recently graduated this spring with my Bachelors degree, but I will be pursuing my masters at Stanford in Sustainability this upcoming year. 

 

Throughout my 4 years at Stanford I was a member of the varsity softball team, where I balanced both my academics and athletic schedules. In line with my other tutoring experiences, the summer after my junior year I participated in a 3 week civil service trip to South Africa. On this trip I taught elementary through high school students sports specific skills, as well as nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices. 

 

I have a passion for art and the arts (History and English) I am comfortable tutoring in a wide range of subjects. 

 
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GARRETT QUIMBY

Tutor/Coach

B.S. CANDIDATE AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY '21

Hello! My name is Garrett Quimby and I am a 22 year old aerospace engineering student at CSULB, and during the summers I am a lifeguard at Long Beach. I’m a 2016 Los Al alumni and I have been tutoring students for two years now, specifically in courses such as Geometry, Calculus, Trigonometry/Algebra, and Chemistry. I spend my free time fishing, skiing, and working on rockets with the CSULB rocketry club.

 
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MELITA SUTHERLAND

Tutor/Coach

B.A. EARLY CHILDHOOD (LICENSURE), HARDING UNIVERSITY, '17

MASTER OF EDUCATION IN READING WITH DYSLEXIA, HARDING UNIVERSITY, '19

Melita is invested in helping students learn through authentic, multisensory experiences, and is dedicated to serving her students by meeting each and every one of their needs. She has several years of tutoring experience to draw from, and is always willing to try new things in order for her students to succeed.

In college, Melita studied early childhood education with an emphasis on learning how to teach children to read. She worked with children in whole class, small group, and one on one settings. She enjoys the one on one sessions because it allows for relationship building, facilitates specialized instruction, and provides an environment in which she can dynamically accommodate the differing needs of individual students.

Melita has played soccer since she was five years old, a talent that became a big stepping stone for her later in life. It opened the door for a college scholarship, one of the biggest blessings in her life. In addition to playing soccer, she joined the track team her last semester of undergrad, which led to a second scholarship that allowed her to begin earning her masters degree. Thanks to her success during her collegiate sports career, she is a big advocate for student athletes and readily encourages others to play sports in college.

Melita enjoyed and excelled in her math classes as far back as high school; she liked being given a problem and discovering all the different ways to solve it. Math problems became logic puzzles in her mind that always worked themselves into satisfying conclusions.

Melita specializes in math, reading, soccer, cross country, and track.

 
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LAURENCE FERRUFINO

Tutor/Coach

B.S. CANDIDATE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY, '21

Laurence was born and raised in Los Alamitos, California. From a young age, Laurence has always had an interest in science and technology. This interest has continued into high school, where he excelled in upper level STEM courses, and further into college, where he pursues a degree in electrical engineering at CSU Long Beach. He also held internship positions over past summers in the aerospace industry.

 

Sports and physical activity is also a huge part of Laurence’s life, as he played baseball, soccer, football, and basketball in his pre-teen years before he focused on water polo. He honed his skills in water polo by playing for the International Water Polo Club, which paved the path for him to play varsity at the high school level. Laurence continues to improve his fitness by weightlifting throughout his college years.

 

Laurence also takes delight in helping others, whether it be volunteering or academically. He assisted at his local church where he helped with food distribution at Lenten fish dinners and annual carnival events. He also began his tutoring career before joining Sports & Scholars, by tutoring for local students via word of mouth.

 

 Laurence specializes in math, physics, chemistry, stats, and engineering.

 
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AMMAR ALINUR

Tutor/Coach

B.S. CANDIDATE COMPUTER SCIENCE, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, '23

Ammar enjoys tutoring because he believes it is a selfless way of life. Ammar is particularly interested in helping students develop a different approach to education. Education is typically portrayed as a chore, but learning can be much more. Understanding and appreciating education for its worth plays a large role in the motivation to learn, and Ammar strives to share this message when working with students.

 

Through competitive programming competitions, Ammar began to develop a passion for Mathematics and Computer Science. This led him to participate in many coding competitions and work on a wide range of projects in his free time involving Machine Learning, App Development, and Cybersecurity. His breadth has developed from a wide range of subjects in high school and college. Ammar has taken and successfully excelled in 21 AP exams, in subjects ranging from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, and English.

 

Ammar has also played soccer from a very young age, and has been the team captain of his local soccer team in Dallas. His soccer team won the Tournament of Champions which involved over 500 soccer teams from all over North Texas. He also co-founded a before school chess program, spending two hours a week teaching fifteen kindergartners basic chess moves and strategies for three years.

 

In his free time, Ammar enjoys writing comedy skits, performing stand up, reading, working out, playing soccer, and coding.

 

Ammar specializes in Mathematics, SAT Prep, Soccer, and Computer Science.

 
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