Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Education: BS Biology, Brandeis University
Placement: Urban Assembly School of Music and Art
Kinza grew up in Staten Island, the borough of NYC most famous for its ferry and small-town atmosphere. Her interest in youth education began in high school when her biology teacher taught her and her peers about “lol,” also known as the love of learning. While in high school, she served as a science tutor, helping to instill an appreciation for science and a love of learning in her peers. Her enthusiasm for youth education followed her to Brandeis, where she served as an after-school teacher at two local elementary schools. During her undergraduate career, she also served as a tutor/mentor with Let’s Get Ready, a non-profit organization that provides low-income high school students with SAT preparation and college mentorship. She engaged in scientific research during this time as well, honing in on the psychology of child development which furnished her with useful knowledge in educational settings. Most recently, she has served as a biology tutor with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, a non-profit organization that provides year-round, out of school, academically rigorous instruction to low-income public high school students. Kinza is looking forward to instilling a love of learning in her students at UAMA and is excited to be a math BETA for the 2015-2016 school year.