I am currently a senior in high school, and I have been accepted into the Honors Nursing Program at my top choice of colleges. Although I have always had a passion for science, this became more focused during my sophomore year in high school. I had an opportunity to participate in a research science and math program. One of the requirements was to complete a year-long science project for the school science fair. I contacted Carina to see if she would be willing to work with me as a mentor on the project, and a tutor in general during the year to support my efforts to excel and grow in the science field, specifically in chemistry. She graciously accepted. Carinas subject knowledge and teaching qualities were a perfect fit. She was able to present and teach the material in different ways. If I easily answered a problem, we would discuss my critical thought process in arriving at the answer; she would also create additional problems and scenarios for me if I needed more practice with a specific type of problem. If I was having difficulty with a concept or problem, she was able to present the logic required for solving it in a variety of ways. She was able to use non-scientific examples that I could easily relate to, and then apply these examples to the science problem we were solving. Naturally, if you learn best by using scientific concepts, she can teach that way, too. She can work with all levels of learning sometimes, I had trouble understanding simple concepts and the big picture, whereas other times I had difficulty with detailed and complex problems. She was able to help me regardless of the difficulty or type of problem. Carina makes you earn the answer by asking questions, and guiding you to use and reflect upon your current knowledge to see how you can apply it to find a solution. I had an outstanding year, and thanks to Carinas help, my science fair project advanced to the regional science fair! Also, this past year, I took a virtual high school science course dealing with genes and diseases. During one particular unit, I was struggling and couldnt seem to put all of the information together. Fortunately, Carina was able to help me sort through the mess of information in my brain, and she helped clarify the concept. I actually started to enjoy doing the problems, when only a week before I had no clue where to even start to solve the problem. Carina was certainly a key part of my success; not only that, but she was a role model for me professionally.