# Meet The Team!

Who We Are

## Daniel Hale

Co-Founder & Lead Tutor

I have been teaching and tutoring all levels of mathematics for the past 16 years. I started out tutoring high school and middle school students in a 3 to 1 setting at a learning center in Edison. After that I spent a couple of years tutoring and mentoring students at Rutgers University in Precalculus and Calculus. I then earned my Masters Degree in Teaching and taught in Newark for 5 years and Piscataway for 2 years. During this time I tutored students both privately and at a learning center in North Brunswick. I then started YFMT in November of 2017 as an in home tutoring business. I am now the lead tutor at our Math Learning Center. Through these years of experience I have learned that each student has his or her own unique personality with his or her own specific needs. I like to get to know my students on a personal level and believe that this gives me an avenue to relate to them and use this to teach them mathematics.

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## Katie Hale

Co-Founder & Center Director

I believe that in life we should all find something we are passionate about. I am passionate about the happiness of my family and friends, so when my husband decided he wanted to expand his tutoring practice, I knew I wanted to be involved! I graduated from Rutgers University in 2004 with a degree in Psychology and worked as a Surgical Coordinator for a gastroenterology practice for over 12 years. I love hiking, baking, watching movies, singing, and dancing. And I am learning that focusing on attitude and gratitude will get you to places in life you never thought possible. I am here to help with any questions and concerns you might have!

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## Rohan Bhatt

Math, Science, and SAT Tutor

Hi, my name is Rohan and I tutor math and science. I'm an engineer by training with internships held in flavors and fragrances, plasma technology, and petrochemicals, but I've done more teaching than engineering. I've tutored students while in high school and college in both one-on-one and classroom settings. One of the many joys of tutoring is the ability to make learning personal. Learning isn't something that can be mass produced, but the attempt to do so by classrooms and large tutoring companies frustrates students and makes these topics unapproachable. Personal, one-on-one learning lets you approach topics deeply and appreciate the beauty within math and science. As a tutor, I want to inspire a love of learning and curiosity in the world. Outside tutoring, you can find me cooking, listening to podcasts about the universe, and fiddling with my 3D printer.

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## Brandon Wolf

Math and SAT Tutor

Hi! My name is Brandon and I tutor math. I graduated from Cornell University in 2023 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Since then, I have been working as an Actuarial Analyst and studying for the actuarial credentialing exams.

I have tutored all kinds of math, ranging from pre-algebra to college level calculus and linear algebra, since I was in high school. I have worked with students in all different settings (classroom, group, individual, online, etc.) but my favorite is individual. In the one-on-one setting, it is much easier for a connection between student and tutor to develop. As a result, it makes it possible for the tutor to tailor a lesson for a specific student, allowing the student to get much more out of the session.

I have always had a passion for math and problem solving and a belief that math is one of the most useful tools in the world. Not only is it literally useful in the sense of engineering, chemistry, etc., but it also teaches you how to think logically. Through the study of math, you develop tools that are useful in everyday life such as deductive reasoning, estimation, general problem solving strategies and much, much more.

My teaching philosophy is simple: the more you understand, the more you remember. In a lot of math classes, students feel like they are being forced to memorize seemingly useless facts. Students are often told what formula or rule they need to use but they are not told where it comes from or why it exists. My goal as a tutor is to give students an understanding of these underlying aspects that are sometimes missed in class. If a student can understand the “why” of a rule, it is much easier to use and apply the rule. This makes math seem less mysterious and much more approachable to students, allowing them to enjoy and find beauty in math instead of being afraid of it!

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## Jason Gizo

Math and Computer Science Tutor

Hello! I am Jason, and I tutor math. I graduated from Rutgers University back in May of 2023 with a B.A. in Computer Science, and a minor in Mathematics. I have been tutoring math for roughly 5 years, with experience at various learning centers. I was also a Learning Assistant for Calculus II at Rutgers. helping lead recitations for the students enrolled. Math has always been my favorite subject throughout my education. While my favorites are calculus and linear algebra, I have tutored from pre-algebra up to college level proof based math. Math is one of the most important tools at our disposal, and I believe that everyone is capable of excelling in it. My personal teaching philosophy is to never overcomplicate things. I find that many of my students have difficulty translating a lot of the theory-based definitions to practical use, and it is important for me to be able to break it down to be more digestible. Additionally, I find many of my students learn best when they are able to teach the material back to me. Math is a fun and engaging subject, and I think everyone should be excited to learn it!

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## Raj Bhatt

Math, Science, SAT(Math and English), and MCAT Tutor

Hey everyone! My name is Raj, and I tutor math, science, and reading. I graduated from Hopkins in December of 2023, majoring in Biology and minoring in Bioethics. During undergrad, I researched non-invasive spectroscopic imaging, and TA'd Organic Chem Lab for 2 years. I am currently pursuing graduate medical education.

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I have been tutoring since high school, and am very passionate about both learning and teaching. To me, discovery is a joy best shared with others. I am thrilled whenever students 'click' with the material, and can use their understanding to gain a deeper appreciation for the subject they are learning and its importance.

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My teaching philosophy is simple: learning happens through reconstruction. We must break down information into its simplest parts, then explain how these parts fit together. This process of organizing and connecting information is what gives us the depth needed to challenge ourselves, and apply the information in real-world problem solving. As such, I am a big proponent of many evidence-based teaching techniques that utilize these principles – this includes the Socratic Method, active learning, and multimodality, to name a few. I look forward to meeting new students. YFMT is a great place to not just learn, but also grow.

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