Tess is a sophomore at Howard High School. She thoroughly enjoys working with children and has been part of AST since the summer of 2016. She is part of her school’s Speech and Debate team and Mock Trial team. She had also attended Capitol Debate for several years in middle school. Tess is currently taking 3 AP courses, one of which is Calculus AB AP. She maintains straight A’s in all her classes and an unweighted GPA of 4.0.
Judy is a sophomore at Centennial High School. She has been a part of AST since the spring of 2017, and has taught for three sessions. She has extensive experience with writing inside and outside of the classroom. She received perfect marks for her essays in her Humanities class, as well as winning statewide writing contests, being published in numerous anthologies, national journals, and being a writer for Womxn Magazine. She also has experience with public speaking as a member of the Mock Trial team, who won Circuit Champions this past year, and was invited to attend the Harvard Mock Trial Seminar Program. She has maintained an unweighted GPA of 4.00 throughout high school.
Annabelle: Hello, my name is Annabelle Gao and I am a junior at Marriotts Ridge High School. I have always loved teaching and have, over the years, accumulated much experience in teaching elementary schoolers. I have been teaching with AST since it began last year and instructed its summer classes at New West. As for experience outside of AST, I have worked at Kumon as a instructor for over half a year and tutored with Aristotle Circle Tutors for just over five months. In school, I took 3 AP classes as a sophomore, scored a 5 in all of the corresponding tests, and maintained straight A’s in every subject throughout the year. This year, I am taking 6 AP classes, two of which are English 11 AP and Calculus AB AP.
Athena Verghis: Athena Verghis is a sophomore at Marriotts Ridge High School, where she is involved in the Madrigals choir and multiple clubs. She is also part of the Speech and Debate team and outside of school, she tutors underprivileged students through her church. She spends her free time watching movies and baking with her family and friends.