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    API Group Picture - Fall 1 2015 --- web


    Abuwani Adil --- web

    Hello everyone! My name is Adil Abuwani and I came from India about two years ago. I am currently a student at LaGuardia majoring in Computer Science. I believe that the best blessing one can receive is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. After all it’s hard work that pays the best interest in the future. Becoming an API Leader for MAT 117, helping students to understand and succeed in math, is the greatest blessing I have ever had and seeing students smile when they do succeed is the dream that I want to accomplish during my time as an API leader.


    ALTAF ARIFA --- web

    Hello, everyone! My name is Arifa Altaf and I am from Karachi, Pakistan. I came to the U.S. about three years ago with an ambition to study at an institution of higher learning. I finished my Associate’s in Arts degree at LaGuardia Community College last year with a G.P.A of 4.0, which I am greatly proud of. Afterwards, I transferred to Hunter College for my Bachelor’s degree. Currently I am enrolled at Hunter College while at the same time working at LaGuardia as an API tutor. I love reading, teaching, and learning new things. I am truly a student of knowledge. My goal is to become an Islamic Scholar and to do in-depth research about my religion, Islam. I want to be an independent learner so that I have a firm belief in what I follow.


    CHAUDHRY BRIAN --- web

    Last year I learned math on the internet during a construction lay-off. Helping people shake off their arithmetical phobias and succeed is something I now find immensely pleasurable. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to maintain a 4.0 GPA and to study mysterious new subjects like math, the Chinese language and computer programming. My major is Electrical Engineering. I enjoy composing poetry and chasing my girlfriend around, in a friendly way. I love LaGuardia Community College and am very proud to be a part of it. Someday I would like to solve Nikola Tesla's lost equations and compose a beautiful album in fluent Mandarin. I would also like for my gravestone to have a number measured in terrawatts on it, representing the installed renewable energy capacity I was responsible for implementing in life. Failing that, I would be very thankful to spend my days peacefully as a mathematics instructor at a public college.


    Chen Liang --- web

    “Quality of what goes in is the quality of what comes out.” – Unknown
    My name is Liang Chen. The above is one of my favorite quotes. For me, the satisfaction of achieving a good grade after putting in much hard work is so rewarding that sometimes it is addicting. I am a Computer Science major at LaGuardia since the fall of 2013. I was introduced to computers at a very young age and have since then taken an interest in software engineering. I would like to design programs for computers and smartphones. I am also an entrepreneur at heart, and my ultimate career goal is to build a tech startup. I plan to transfer to City College in the spring of 2016 to continue my education in the field of Computer Science.


    Chen Siyang --- web

    My name is Siyang Chen. I am an international student from China. Since I came to this country alone with poor English proficiency, I have gone through an enormous amount of difficulties yet I treasure those experiences. I am an ardent believer of hard work and I always stick to my goal.
    I am also dedicated to helping people who need help. That is the reason I joined the API program. It not only offers me the opportunity to help others but also shapes me into a more well-rounded student at LAGCC. I am currently tutoring MAT 119. You are always welcome to come to my tutor sessions. Let's play math as if we invented it.


    CORREA JOHN --- web

    Hello everyone! My name is John Correa. I am a student at Hunter College majoring in biochemistry. This is my second semester at the college. I used to be a LaGuardia Community College student. I graduated with an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts in Math and Science last summer (2012). I am from Ecuador. I was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Ecuador which is a perfect place to live because it is close to the coast and yet surrounded by mountains. I have been living in New York for the last 4 and a half years. What I love about New York City is the fact that you find a variety of people here from different cultures, making it distinctive from other cities. I came to this country because I wanted to study and get a degree so that I could enter a medical field. I now find that being a student at a four year college is so much more demanding. I know I can do it. This is my third year working as a tutor for API, and I feel that because of my past experiences, I have made a tremendous improvement in my tutoring skills. This semester I am tutoring MAT 096 – Elementary Algebra - and I am trying my best to do a good job so that all my students are better able to understand and succeed in this course.


    De La Cruz Osmin --- web



    DIKACZOVA LUCIA --- web sm

    Hi! Nice to meet you! I am working as an Academic Peer Instructor in MAT 096 and for the Center of Modern Languages as a French tutor. I would like to help students who are taking courses that have high-failure rates and students who are struggling in these courses. My major is philosophy. I love to think critically about the world around me and I also love art history. Fall 2015 is going to be my second semester working as an API tutor. I am looking forward to meeting all of you so we and talk about math and philosophy and I can help you pass your courses!



    My name is Marie Drapalova and I am a part of the API program. I tutor math because I personally love it and because I believe many students fear or hate it unnecessarily. I enjoy helping students discover that math is an amazing subject and can be very enjoyable. I am an electrical engineering major at City College and I hope that through my work as an API tutor some of my students will join me and become STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors.

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    Gao Zhan --- web

    Greetings! My name is Zhan Gao and I am currently tutoring MAT117. After being inspired to teach, I am pursuing a career to become a math teacher. As a math tutor for API, I will make sure my students not only understand math, but I also hope to help them enjoy the process of learning. I want to teach them it's ok to make mistakes. Perfection is boring. It is the progress we make towards perfection that helps us achieve excellence. Also, I will always tell my students: “Don't forget to reward yourself for a job well done.”


    GRAFTON JUAN --- web

    My name is Juan Grafton. I am a Nursing major and I tutor SCR 210, which is Medical Surgical Nursing 1. This is my first year as an API tutor, but I am already finding it to be a very fulfilling experience. My goals for API are to both further my understanding of Medical Surgical Nursing by reviewing the course as a tutor and to also help students navigate this difficult course for themselves.


    Gurung Devi --- web

    My name is Devi Gurung. I am a student at LaGuardia Community College and I am currently working as a tutor for the Academic Peer Instruction program. My aim in life is to be a successful business entrepreneur. I am always very passionate about my work. I believe that nothing is impossible if you work hard. Becoming an API tutor has helped me a lot to build up my confidence level. I am so grateful to be a part of it


    Gutierrez Maria --- web

    My name is Maria Gutierrez. I was born and raised in Ithaca, a town in upstate New York. I moved to Brooklyn last May to pursue a degree in Human Services. This is my second year at LaGuardia Community College and I am excited to be graduating in the spring! I'm very eager to learn and explore more about my major. I'm also excited and looking forward to continuing my education at a four year college and then hopefully earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work.


    HASKO ENKELEID --- web

    My name is Enkeleid Hasko. I was born in Albania but raised in Italy. I’ve recently had the opportunity to come and study in the United States. I feel very privileged to be attending a college like LaGuardia, a place where people from all around the world are studying and striving for the betterment of their lives and ultimately that of society as a whole. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with computers and I am fully convinced that humanity’s future is strictly connected with the amazing possibilities offered by these tools. Right now I am studying towards my Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and this is my fourth and last semester here at this college. After completing my Associate’s Degree, I’d like to transfer to a senior college and focus on data mining and/or cyber security. I am lucky to have become part of this amazing team of people known as Academic Peer Instruction, where we are all working towards the common goal of helping our fellow students achieve the fullest of their potential and master classes towards their majors. I am doing my part by tutoring Precalculus (MAT 200), a pivotal preparatory class for calculus. I will do my best to help my students but remember: we can show you the road; you’re the one doing the walking!


    HUANG KUN --- web

    Hi, everyone! My name is Kun Huang and I come from China. My major is Liberal Arts: Math and Science. However, after transferring to a 4-year college, I plan to change my major to Secondary Education. My dream is to become an educator, specifically a high school math teacher. This dream is what led me to become an API tutor. For me, it is a great honor to work as an API tutor during this fall I 2004 semester for the course College Algebra and Trigonometry (MAT 115), I will do my best to help students do better in this course. I enjoy helping students as well as pushing them to reach their full potential. If you are struggling with Mat 115 and want to join my study sessions, feel free to email me at : hk78443956@hotmail.com


    Hyder Farhan --- web

    Hi, I am Farhan. I came to US about 2 years ago from Bangladesh. I am currently a student at LaGuardia Community College majoring in Computer Science. This is my first year as an API tutor and I already like it very much. I am looking forward to help my students to not only get good grades but also show them how fun math is.


    James Leslie --- web sm

    My name is Leslie James and I am a Computer Science major at LaGuardia Community College. I earned a B.S. from Trinity College in 2011. However, I decided to return to school after I discovered my interest in computer science while interning at Girls Who Code, a non-profit that teaches middle and high school girls CS. As for my career goals, I hope to become a developer at a financial services firm, and then eventually start my own company that will develop software to help encourage investment in renewable energy technologies. As someone who used to fear math, but slowly learned to embrace it, I am excited to encourage the students in the MAT 096 class that I am tutoring and help them learn to love the subject as well!


    JENNINGS PAUL --- web

    Hello! My name is Paul and I am from Bed-Sty, Brooklyn. I have been working in the API program as a mathematics tutor for many years. As a result I have found that I not only enjoy the challenge of working with students, tutoring different mathematics courses, but I have decided to pursue a career in Applied Mathematics.


    Kim Bokyung --- web



    Lunan Jr, Anthony --- web

    My name is Anthony Lunan Jr. I spent my early childhood in the Bronx and then was later raised in Suffolk, Virginia. In June 2015, I graduated from LaGuardia Community College with a degree in Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities. Previously, I studied at George Mason University. Next, my goal is to earn my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Ultimately, my dream is to be a certified computer engineer. With the distinct honor of holding an Academic Peer Instruction (API) tutoring position, it is my pleasure to help students in Elementary Algebra (MAT 096) while upholding the program’s principles. Because of my prior difficulties in mathematics and my empathy toward students who are enduring the same academic struggle, I decided to accept this API tutoring opening. I look forward to working with everyone and growing with the program.


    Mahmud Joseph --- web sm

    Growth, development, leadership, and promotion of education are some of my core philosophies. I, Joseph Mahmud, am a psychology major seeking to improve educational institutions in Greater New York. As an API Leader, I’m here to reinforce students in need of a better understanding of MAT119. My satisfaction will be achieved when I can help my peers break away from the stigma of statistics as one of the most dreaded classes in their college careers. Let’s make the fear of math something of the past!


    Mejia Roso Carlos --- web

    Hello, everyone! My name is Carlos Mejia and my major is Computer Science. I have been attending LaGuardia since the spring 2014 semester and hopefully I will grade in the fall of 2016. I then plan to transfer to a 4-year college to get my Bachelor’s degree. As an API tutor, I want to motivate my students to never give up and keep trying, especially now that they have a great opportunity to get better at math and develop their skills in this important subject.


    Muminovic Amela --- web



    Muniz Bryant --- web

    Hello, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Bryant Muniz and I am from Queens New York. This is my third semester as a student at LaGuardia Community College and my first as a tutor for API. I am currently working towards my goal of getting my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts: Math and Science. My dream is to one day become a pulmonologist. This semester I will be tutoring MAT 117 and am looking forward to helping as many people as possible understand the material in this challenging course.


    Nisar Amir --- web

    Hello everyone, my name is Amir Nisar and I am a Nursing major. I was born and raised in United States of America. This is my first semester as an API tutor and I will be tutoring SCB 203 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1, one of the scariest courses in the Allied Health majors. My goal as an API tutor will be to help my students get pass this obstacle and achieve their dream in getting into any Allied Health Care majors. I don’t just want to be a tutor; I want to be my students’ mentor. I will do my best to help students in understanding this course, and I will make sure that their concepts are clear which will help them to apply those theories in to their practical life when they start practicing their desired health care job.


    Pfau Meghan --- web

    Hello! My name is Meghan Pfau and I tutor Math 096,Elementary Algebra, for the Academic Peer Instruction program at LaGuardia Community College. This is my third year at LAGCC. I am majoring in biology. I want to be a scientific researcher and college professor in the future. I grew up in Queens and am of German/Chinese descent. I personally struggled with mathematics my whole life. I hope to inspire students to pursue STEM majors and to guide them in their academic journey.


    ROY KRISHAN --- web

    Hi, everyone. My name is Krishan Roy. I am from Bangladesh, and have been living in the United States since July of 2013. My current major is Liberal arts: Social Science and Humanities. I am graduating this semester and want to major in Urban Studies in a four year institution. I am tutoring Elementary Algebra (MAT 096) this spring 15 semester for the Academic Peer Instruction program (API). Moreover, I really like to critically discuss philosophy and history. When it comes to these subjects, I often create a monologue rather than a dialogue! That is to say, I leave no room for anyone else to talk! However, I am not a bigot, and I am very open to different opinions. Besides math, if you are interested in philosophy, history or literature, feel free to contact me. This is my second time as a tutor. Since MAT 096 is a challenging course, we all need to work hard. Practice precedes success, and there is no other option than practice. I expect I will have a unique experience being an API coach, and a LaGuardia student at the same time. I am very excited to see some happy faces at the end of the semester.


    Salas Balbina --- web

    Hello everyone,
    My name is Balbina Salas. I am a MAT 96 tutor. Three years ago, I came from Mexico to the United States to pursue a better education. I am very excited to work this semester as part of the API program and I am looking forward to contributing to LaGuardia by helping my fellow students become more successful in their math courses. My major is Mechanical Engineering and I enjoy very much helping students understand math and see how they - well some of them - eventually find themselves actually liking math! I am grateful for this opportunity. I am learning from my students and the API supervisors and realize that I am also learning from the other API tutors.


    SALEH SARA --- web

    Hello everyone. My name is Sara Saleh. I was born in Egypt. My major is Liberal Arts and Sciences: Social Science and Humanities. My dream is to become a math teacher, so it will be a great experience to be an API tutor. This will be the first semester that I tutor statistics (MAT 120). I always love to help others succeed and to achieve their goals in math.






    Hi! I am Laverne Summers, and I am a Community Health Worker and Human Services major at LaGuardia Community College. I intend to transfer to Hunter College to do an Interdisciplinary CUNY Baccalaureate Degree and then fast forward to either CUNY Law School or NYU to get a law degree (Juris Doctorate). I am an advocate and Immigration issues are my passion. I am also a community grassroots leader and that is why I want to earn a law degree. With this degree I can aim is to be at the decision making level so that I best help the community. I believe very strongly that the policies that affect communities should have input from the people who know them. As a naturalized American my Immigrant background gives me the cultural, socioeconomic and political dynamics that affect others especially the immigrants here in New York City. My personal standard and motto is “Excellence.” I want to see every student excel; not just get by.


    Tran Nhi Dinh --- web sm

    Hi everyone! My name is Nhi Tran. My major is Computer Science. I am currently a student at LaGuardia Community College. I will graduate in spring of 2016. I like math and I want to help people who are not good at it to feel better and do well in it. I am tutoring MAT 096, Elementary Algebra. Since MAT 096 is a challenging course, we all need to work hard and practice in order to succeed. I expect I will have a great experience being an API tutor at LaGuardia.


    Tuladhar Pakigya --- web

    Greetings!! I am Pakigya Tuladhar, currently pursuing to do better in the field ofcomputing. As you may have already guessed, I am a Computer Science major at LaGuardia Community College and I graduate with my Associates in the Fall of Year 2015. I plan to explore technology as a Virtual Reality Game Programmer and I feel that the platform that API tutoring provides me with, will help me do better down the road of my career. I would be tutoring MAT96 this semester and I hope the teachers and the students that I get to interact with, will look forward to my tutoring sessions as much as I do.



    Hello everyone. My name is Anderson Valencia and I am a native New Yorker. I am currently pursuing my degree in psychology. I became interested in psychology because I truly want to understand people. I myself am not a fan of math and now to be a tutor in this subject is actually quite ironic and funny. But I truly do want to help other students succeed and I know that many students struggle with it. Therefore, if I can facilitate better understanding of the material in the course, Elementary Algebra (MAT 96) then I am more than glad to be a tutor for Academic Peer Instruction (API).


    Villacreses Sofia --- web

    Hello everyone. My name is Sofia Villacreses, I am from Quito, Ecuador. I came to the United States when I was 11 years old. This is my third semester at LaGuardia and I am pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. This is my first time tutoring and working for API. As a kid, I was never good at math, I hated it actually. My father was a very strict person and he was a math genius so he used to get upset when I did not understand math. I passed algebra in high school with a miraculous 65 and I have no idea how I passed the other math subjects that I took in high school. Then when I enrolled at LaGuardia I got placed into MAT 115. I had to work really hard to pass MAT 115. My professor did not allow calculators and my math knowledge was pretty poor. So, I practiced a lot with problems and went to see my professor almost every office hour he had with questions that I did not understand. In the end, I got an A in that class and now I am taking calculus 3. I expected to do horribly in college but my GPA has not gone below 4.0. Based on my experience, I can tell any student that if you really want to accomplish something, you really have to put your best effort forward, even more so when the going gets tough. There is not a single thing out of reach if you really want it.


    WARDEI YASSINE --- web

    Hi, I am Yassine Wardei from Morocco. I graduated from LaGuardia with an Associate Degree in Computer Science (summer of 2012). As many of our Academic Peer Instruction (API) leaders, my name made it to the Dean’s list each semester. I then transferred to City College to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering. I feel a strong connection to LaGuardia and I am willing to give back in any way I can. From my experience working with API and from interacting with students, I can tell you that it is a great program. It not only improves the passing rate of the targeted classes, but also contributes positively to many students’ learning experiences because it introduces concepts and approaches unlike any traditional tutoring method. This semester, I am tutoring MAT119. 


    WU JINFENG --- web

    Hello, my name is Jinfeng. I am currently tutoring MAT96, Elementary Algebra, as an API tutor at LaGuardia Community College. I have completed the following math courses at LaGuardia: MAT107, Math and the Modern World; MAT115, College Algebra and Trigonometry; MAT200, Pre-Calculus; MAT201, Calculus I; MAT202, Calculus II; and MAT203, Calculus III, receiving an ‘A’ grade in each of these courses. I chose to be a tutor because I have several years of tutoring experience and I enjoy helping students.



    My name is Alejandro Zarate and this is my second semester as an API tutor. I currently tutor SCC 201: General Chemistry 1. I came to the college after completing my Bachelor’s degree. I have taken a few classes both in the social and natural sciences that are requirements for medical school. So far, I feel that I have made progress and LaGuardia has been a great place for me allowing me to follow my dream. I’ve met fantastic professors and I’m happy to be here. I am grateful for the opportunity to work as an API tutor and I intend to stay with the API family as long as I can.

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