MSS in 2014
Jaime Weintraub works with seventh-grade students Justin Niessner, center, and Ronnie Smith, on Thursday at Main Street Scholars.
Jaime Weintraub of Half Moon Bay taught intermediate- and high-school English, math, history and humanities, which also included religion and philosophy, for 18 years in Los Angeles before she and husband Jack relocated to Half Moon Bay three-and-a-half years ago.
The move didn’t stop her from teaching. Once a teacher always a teacher. For roughly a decade she has been doing academic tutoring and SAT preperation with students. Currently, she teaches theology to intermediate-school-age girls at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco.
And on top of that, she has made the offices above Main Street businesses in Half Moon Bay, buzz with scholarly activity.
That’s where, last autumn, she and fellow Coastside resident Storm Russell launched Main Street Scholars, through which they provide tutoring, academic coaching and SAT prep to 10th through 12th-grade students primarily but also at other grade levels. Generally, she handles English and related subjects and he handles mathematics and related subjects, but their skills go as far afield as their students’ needs.
We’re trying to support children in academic studies so they have success in school, and build confidence so they can become independent learners,” Weintraub said. It’s a matter of repetition and reinforcement of the material students get in school, resulting in learning, she said. “It’s extra practice or another way to learn.” The pair also helps students with writing papers and assignments. Russell in particular, a former Princeton Review instructor, focuses on math when helping with SAT prep.
He also does a lot of college advising, from his own experience having attended the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, the University of Hawaii, Columbia and San Francisco State universities.
A large part of that advising, he said, is helping people “understand there are many options,” including junior college or delaying college entry. Key to his advising is to seek the right college for the individual. “Look at who you are,” he said, “and find the college that fits you.”
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