Name: 

Albert Ding

Birthday: 

Dec 28, 2001

Grade: 

11

School: 

Oakton High School

Parent Name:

Yumei Wang

Parent Phone Number:

5712411026

Street Address:

12741, Oak Farms Dr

City:

Herndon

State:

Virginia

Zip Code:

20171

Shirt Size:

Small

Describe your tutoring experience if you have any:

In my rising ninth grade summer, I returned to my dad’s hometown in China to tutor the local kids in English with a local non-profit. Because the town is a poor valley town located inland, they couldn’t afford proper education and mostly relied charities and NPOs to provide education for the local children. My fluency in Chinese as well as English was a major asset in this process as it helped me better fit in with the local kids and also allowed me to act as a translator for other instructors who were probably better than me when it came to teaching English but lacked my skill in Chinese. This experience was really fulfilling for me as I saw these young children learning to call their family members that lived out of the country in English. As a group we also had a lot of fun coupled with instruction such as when we played poker and other card games while teaching the kids what “King”, “Queen”, “Jack”, etc. meant in English along with the play that we let the kids perform in English at the end of the 3 week seminar.

What subjects can you confidently tutor?

Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Technology

When will you be able to participate and volunteer in the program?

6/24 - 6/28, 7/1 - 7/5

Cumulative Weighted GPA:

4.3

Briefly introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in becoming a mentor for BranchOut!:

I am an 11th grader at Oakton HS involved in a few extracurriculars including debate and science olympiad. Through my experience in extracurriculars, I learned the importance of a mentor. Because of my debate coach in 9th grade, I quickly went up to varsity and managed to place 3rd in VHSL in my sophomore year. Furthermore, education in STEM in general is important for our country as a whole because of trends that will require our students to have these skill sets to be successful. Particularly, this education should be brought to the underprivileged and those of a low-income to prevent generational poverty. I have experienced this myself in my personal life. Last year, I had the opportunity to tutor the child of one of my mother’s friends in SAT math. Though he was clearly intelligent, his status as a recent immigrant from Nigeria limited his exposure to advanced math education. I was able to help him raise his math score by 150 points and hopefully improve his impression of education. This is why I hope to become a mentor at BranchOut: the opportunity to bring the STEM education to those who do not have easy access to it.

Reference Name:

Edmund Lau

Reference Email:

Reference Job Title:

Mathematics Teacher

Relationship to Applicant:

AP Computer Science A Teacher

Have you participated in BranchOut! before?

No, I have not participated in BranchOut before.

Interested in leadership team?

Yes

Payment Method:

PayPal/Credit