Our founder and CEO, Billy Downing, presented this webinar to the Positive Coaching Alliance on Wednesday Sept. 24 on the college application process.
ESM’s academic mentorship service is expanding, and we’re adding new mentors throughout California.
Today, we welcome Christian Nathaniel Lawrence and Justin Scott in southern California:
Christian was born in southern California but lived in Trinidad and Tobago for ten years of his childhood. He says this experience dramatically shaped his joy of engaging people from varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
At age 16 he moved back to Redlands, CA with his family and finished junior and senior years of high school before heading to Biola University for undergraduate studies in mathematics. Christian considered both engineering and medicine, but found his calling in math education instead. After graduating he taught math Glen A. Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, CA for five years.
“Teaching high school math for five years was very rewarding both as an academic mentor and as a life-mentor for so many students. Words cannot express how blessed I feel to have had the window and voice in so many young adults’ lives through teaching in high school,” he said.
For the next step in his life Christian is studying to become an actuary, a mathematician for insurance companies. He joins ESM as an academic mentor as he prepares to take rigorous actuarial exams.
Justin Scott earned his Masters in African studies from Yale University in 2013, focusing on energy and environmental issues in West Africa. He earned a Bachelors in English Literature from Georgetown University in 2010, where he also ran a unit of the largest student-run business in the world “Students of Georgetown, Inc.”
Justin comes to ESM with a long history of teaching, tutoring, and college counseling, from classrooms in Sub-Saharan Africa to one-on-one settings in Washington, DC. He has a track record of success in each of these locations. In 2011 one of his low-income mentees in DC earned a prestigious Gates scholarship to Northwestern University.
Most recently, Justin has worked as a teaching assistant and grader at UCLA and Yale. He knows what top colleges are looking for, and he knows how to maximize applicants’ potential. He has a passion for helping students edit their essays and develop their creative voices, and his broad skillset allows him to tutor students in subjects ranging from SAT and ACT prep to English, European history, and American history.
Outside of the classroom, Justin enjoys running, playing basketball, producing electronic music, analyzing baseball statistics, surfing, and backpacking.
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