Meet The Tutors
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REMOTE TUTOR: Math, Physics
Amelia earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Minor in Economics from the University of Rochester. She continued her graduate studies at the University of Southern California where she earned her Masters in Mathematics. During her time at USC, Amelia has served as a Graduate Assistant teaching Calculus 1, 2 & 3. She also has several years experience as a tutor teaching students one-on-one and in small groups in all levels of math and preparing students for mathematical competitions. Amelia specializes in tutoring middle school through upper-level college mathematics, physics, logic, and microeconomics. Currently, Amelia is teaching two math courses at East Los Angeles College. She is in the process of applying to several applied mathematics and bioinformatics doctoral programs in order to continue her mathematical research. We are incredibly lucky to have Amelia on our team. It is rare to find a true mathematics expert who is not only thoroughly versed in complex, advanced concepts, but is also able to explain the most rudimentary material to students of all ages and abilities with clarity. Amelia has a warm, inviting personality, which, coupled with her extensive knowledge of all levels of mathematics, encourages students to set aside their fears and approach math with confidence.
In her spare time, Amelia enjoys playing flag football and the viola
Latin, Greek, Classics and English
Brad has been teaching and tutoring students of all ages since he graduated from Harvard in 2004. During that time, he has taught Latin and English at independent schools in New York and California and done graduate work in the Classics at USC, where he also taught Latin and Greek to undergraduates.
While Latin may not be the most popular subject to study, we are always excited when students choose to pursue the course and have the opportunity to work with Brad. He has made it a life’s mission to instill the same enthusiasm in his students about the ancient world as he has and firmly believes that learning Latin is as valuable for one’s development as a student and a scholar as Math or English Literature. He also understands that learning it, especially at the introductory levels, can be intimidating. As a result, he makes sure tutoring sessions are relaxed and fun, to lessen the intimidation factor of this crazy dead language.
Brad currently teaches middle school Latin at a private school in Orange County. We are incredibly fortunate that he loves teaching so much that he is happy to work with Intelligentsia students in the Los Angeles area, as well. In his free time, he is an avid music collector and occasional musician (drummer). He also loves finding under-the-radar films to watch and new restaurants to try.
REMOTE TUTOR: K-12 Academic Subjects; All levels of ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, SAT, ACT prep
A cum laude graduate of UCLA, Brian has worked in education in a variety of capacities. He taught high school math and English in the first years of a charter school. He also worked as an advisor and instructor at a film school, developing the curriculum of the career services department, and he has privately tutored students over the course of his career. He considers himself a life-long learner and accordingly places an emphasis on making the material he’s teaching relevant to students’ lives. Even in his leisure, Brian finds a way to stay involved in education—during his annual getaway to the beautiful and renowned Telluride Film Festival, he works in the Student Symposium, a distinguished program for high school and college students.
Upon meeting Brian, I was immediately certain that Intelligentsia students would love working with him. His devotion to learning spills over into his teaching style. His commitment to fully understanding the material he’s teaching enables him to efficiently and clearly teach a wide range of subjects to students of all levels. His confidence is contagious and his expectations high. Brian has a knack for bringing out the best in students by keeping them engaged, focused and on track.
In addition to his passion for movies, he loves books and basketball. A native Angeleno, he is a diehard fan of the Lakers, which isn’t very fulfilling these days.
Danielle is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California, Irvine, studying atmospheric chemistry. She discovered her passion for chemistry and scientific research as an undergraduate at Reed College, kicked off by an opportunity one summer to make air quality measurements in the Rockies in Colorado. She immediately fell in love with the day to day aspects of field research including ad hoc problem-solving, moderate manual labor, and working outside, but more than that, she discovered the magic of asking and beginning to answer questions at the bounds of human knowledge. Of making hands-on observations and creatively applying theory learned in school to try to explain those observations. Whether or not someone wants to pursue research and push the limits of human knowledge as a career, science education teaches students how to ask critical questions about the universe we live in and gives them a toolbox to start to find the answers, which is an immensely valuable skill throughout life.
Between teaching chemistry as a graduate student to taking courses in high school and college, Danielle has seen a wide array of general chemistry curricula and therefore has resources to make topics engaging and relevant for a variety of learning styles. As a lifelong academic with some unique learning styles of her own, she understands the importance of finding your strengths and using those to help guide you through challenges. She also loves nothing more than developing creative story-telling approaches, (e.g. dancing her undergraduate chemistry thesis) in the hopes of dispelling the notion that you can only be good at science if you’re a left-brained, analytical thinker.
Lucky for us, Danielle is also a masterful test prep tutor! She jumped at the chance to embark on our rigorous standardized test training program and (not surprisingly) came through with flying colors. She’s got a wonderful, thoughtful, calm, patient demeanor that helps students of all ages focus on the material and master a wide range of subjects and strategies with ease.
When she’s not in the lab or traveling to do science, Danielle enjoys playing on trapezes, wandering through cities with her camera, drawing, painting, and relaxing with good books.
Elementary Education, K-12 History, Math, English
David is an exceptional tutor who has worked with students at all grade levels. He is incredibly smart and passionate about learning and has a contagious sense of humor that Intelligentsia students can’t get enough of, which is a breath of fresh air when wading through pages of math problems. Having graduated from the same university, Tracy and David share a common appreciation for independent thinking and instilling our shared values in Intelligentsia students.
David graduated cum laude from Tufts University, where he majored in International Relations. When he’s not tutoring, he’s busy playing dodgeball or reading history books (seriously). He loves helping all students not only excel, but also enjoy the learning process as much as he does.
REMOTE TUTOR: Biology
Ileasa graduated from Bennington College with a degree in Liberal Arts and has been tutoring since 2008. Her approach to tutoring is to create an environment for students where learning is inspirational and empowering. Throughout her tutoring career, she has developed many techniques to create interactive lesson plans that make learning captivating and approachable. Her passion for education began after her undergraduate career when she had the opportunity to work with exceptional programs like Exploration Summer Programs at Yale University as well as The American Red Cross as a Nutrition Counselor. These experiences, along with tutoring privately, have given her the insight into simplifying material to make learning easier and fun!
Ileasa has taken her premedical science courses at both Boston University and Simmons College, and she is in the process of applying to medical school with a focus in global health. For Ileasa, teaching is an opportunity to help students build confidence when approaching challenges. She believes that using your own fears and weaknesses to overcome adversity in learning is an essential skill, not only for school, but also throughout life.
It was clear upon first meeting Ileasa that she is an ideal match for Intelligentsia families. She brings confidence, intelligence and an upbeat spirit to her teaching style that makes the learning process a truly enjoyable experience.
Chinese, English, Writing
Julia is a Columbia University graduate with a double major in Creative Writing and Chinese. She began taking Chinese her sophomore year of high school after her school picked up the program, and stuck with it throughout college, deciding to pursue a major for the in depth cultural study that came along with it. Having been a student of Mandarin for 7+ years, she knows what it’s like to work at Chinese, and what it took to stick with it. She’s used her Chinese in many contexts, including working translation jobs put into her hands by her college Chinese teacher. She’s here to teach you anything from the four tones of Mandarin to the proper etiquette behind toasting a Chinese boss or co-worker. Passionate about the language and the sudden influx of schools beginning to teach it, Julia believes that learning Chinese is just one step towards conquering the world.
A writer through and through with dreams of becoming a screenwriter, Julia loves writing — and believes that just about any type of writing can be creative, and fun, when you put your mind to it. Julia attended a rigorous academic high school in the Bay Area, College Preparatory School, and picked up extensive essay writing and research paper skills that were put to the test in her collegiate environment. Out of her incoming freshman class in Columbia, Julia’s common app essay was selected as one of 15 essays to be read at a student orientation event that included all of Columbia’s community – essays that were chosen for their strength and for their window into the great diversity behind Columbia’s class of 2015. At Columbia, she honed the craft of the essay, as well as the research paper: in styles ranging from literary analysis to the historical research paper to the scientific paper. Since a Creative Writing major is just as much reading and editing other people’s work as it is writing your own, Julia is expert at editing with detail and constructive, kind communication.
We’re excited to have Julia’s unique expertise at Intelligentsia and grateful for her wide-ranging skill set. If you’ve ever thought about taking the plunge into the Chinese language, but feared the great unknown, Julia’s here to guide you. If you’re looking to hone your writing skills or master the ISEE with a fun, patient, expert leading the way, she’s your gal.
Outside of tutoring, Julia is a writer’s assistant to a pair of upcoming writer-directors in LA, as well as an avid reader, movie watcher, and outdoors seeker. She’s a huge hip hop fan, and will argue the genius of Kanye any day of the week.
English, Writing, History, Math, All levels of ISEE, SSAT, HSPT prep
Julia graduated from Carleton College cum laude with a double major in English/Theater and a Film Studies concentration. She later studied Playwriting at Charles University in Prague before moving to sunny Los Angeles.
She is an award-winning short story author and has written professionally for film and television. Language and narrative have been lifelong passions of hers that she delights in sharing with others, both through her own creative work and through teaching and tutoring. She taught in an afterschool tutoring program in Chicago, tutored students privately, and has volunteered as an adult literacy tutor.
In addition, she has taught gymnastics, circus arts, and theater classes, with a focus on performance and storytelling. Helping her young students push through their self-perceived limits is always deeply rewarding.
We are lucky to have Julia on the Intelligentsia team. She brings passion and expertise as well as a youthful, fun energy to all the subjects she tutors and ensures that all her students not only master the material, but also have a blast along the way.
Julia recently took up ballet and tap; she really wishes she had started at three like everybody else, but it’s still fun a few decades later. She is also an avid hip-hop fan and is always ready to hear your Top Five.
Kirzia grew up in New York and New Jersey, and although she loves math, she will continue rooting for the Knicks. She studied Economics at Boston University, which launched her career spanning from NY to LA, mainly focusing in Operations and Finance for large global companies in the Entertainment and Tech industries. Currently, she is interested in the non-profit sector and bettering her community by working with children and sports. She has been tutoring since high school and particularly loves finding out how students process information to help them grasp topics. As a basketball player, Kirzia loves teamwork and figuring out students’ strengths so they can nail their shots. She uses her different areas of expertise to make learning accessible and fun for everyone.
English; Writing; History; Math through Algebra 1; Special Education; ISEE, SSAT, HSPT Prep
Lindsey graduated from UC San Diego in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and dance. Upon commencement, she jumped directly into the world of education gaining employment at the Boys and Girls Club of East Palo Alto as an English tutor and dance coach. Shortly after her time at BGCP, Lindsey joined Teach for America to work as a special education English teacher for two years. Her time in the classroom taught her to navigate a diverse range of learning differences and develop the scaffolding skills necessary to make knowledge accessible to all her students. While teaching, Lindsey was simultaneously enrolled at Loyola Marymount University to receive a masters degree in Special Education, which she was awarded in 2012.
While many of her post college years were spent in the educational sector, Lindsey also spent over five years performing as a freelance aerialist. She was lucky enough to find opportunities that allowed her to travel across North America as well as many destinations in Europe and Asia. This work helped her to understand the importance of resiliency, flexibility (literally and figuratively), and patience which are also skills she tries to incorporate in her tutoring. Flying through the air is Lindsey’s favorite pastime, but her other greatest joys include playing fetch with her pup, hula hooping on the beach and helping kids write a killer 5 paragraph essay.
REMOTE TUTOR: English, Writing, French, Lower and Middle Levels of ISEE, SSAT, HSPT Prep
Lucy grew up in London, attended City London School for Girls, then spent her “gap year” working in a Paris law firm. She received a BA in English and Theater from Northwestern University in Chicago, where she fell in love with improv comedy, and out of love with winter. Lucy then moved to NYC, and received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University as a Goldberg Fellow. While pursuing playwriting, Lucy provided homework support for learning-different students, under the mentorship of Educational Therapist Susan Micari.
For five years, Lucy worked as a test prep and subject tutor for NYC-based Big Apple Tutoring, and carved a niche preparing students to transition between American and European schools. For the past three years, Lucy has homeschooled a dozen students between the ages of 6-15 in common core subjects and French. She has also built site-specific curricula to enhance the learning experience for traveling homeschoolers. Lucy is passionate about project based learning, and has developed students’ creative projects including “Dreamelia” (a female-driven horror film), and “Whatever The Hell We Want” (a Youtube cooking show).
Lucy is also a writer, producer, and amateur standup comedian. She enjoys meditation, cooking, and cycling.
English, Writing, Math, All levels of ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, SAT, ACT prep
Milan is originally from Portland, OR. While studying at the University of Washington in Seattle, he earned two separate degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in English. His tutoring experience is expansive. He has been a writing consultant for undergraduate and graduate students, worked with middle school students in all subjects, coached ACT and SAT preparation for high school students, and even spent time tutoring ESL students from China in English. He has worked in many one-to-one teaching environments as well as group tutoring.
As a lifelong, multi-disciplinary student, Milan understands how difficult it is for students to deal with a subject they just don’t understand. Often, hard work and long hours can lead to frustration just as much as they lead to success. This is why Milan believes a helping hand can encourage students and motivate them to try harder. Milan believes that being a good tutor requires both competence of the subject as well as empathy for a student’s strengths and weaknesses. Paying attention to a student’s needs and making the learning environment fun and engaging are Milan’s strategies for helping students reach their potential.
On a day off, you can catch Milan exercising, cooking, spending time with friends, or performing comedy.
Math; SAT, ACT prep
Nick grew up in New York, and has loved math for as long as he can remember. By the time he graduated from high school, he had already taken Calculus I, II, and III, as well as linear algebra, and couldn’t wait to continue his mathematics education in college. He graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelors of Arts in mathematics before pursuing a PhD in mathematics at Binghamton University. As a PhD student, he taught a broad range of undergraduate mathematics courses, from elementary statistics to vector calculus and differential equations. He has also led SAT and ACT prep courses for a national tutoring center, and has worked one-on-one with students in various high school and college math courses.
As much as Nick enjoys teaching higher-level courses and working with experienced math students, he finds it even more rewarding to work with students who consider math one of their weaker or least favorite subjects. The core principle guiding Nick‘s approach to tutoring is that every students can forge a pathway towards understanding mathematics when instruction is personalized to appeal to their individual strengths and passions. He has seen students who, in their own words, “couldn’t do math” evolve from failing exams to earning B’s and A’s, all by presenting the material to them in ways that matched their learning styles–ways that they had never seen in school.
In his spare time, Nick enjoys playing tennis, playing the piano, and doing the New York Times crossword puzzle.
REMOTE TUTOR: Biology, Math
Norianne, a SoCal native, graduated from UCLA with her BS and MS in physiology, concentrating in Neuroscience and Anatomy. She then went onto pursue a PhD at UCLA. Norianne has worked as a private science and math tutor since she was in high school. During her Master’s at UCLA, she was a TA and earned a Distinguished TA Award. She then went on to teach human physiology as a part-time instructor at Mount Saint Mary’s University and UCLA Extension.
Norianne’s PhD investigates the processes by which cone photoreceptors in the vertebrate retina detect light and transduce electrical signals for the brain to interpret. When she graduates, she plans to continue on an academic route as a Postdoctoral Fellow in hopes to eventually become an independent research scientist.
To maintain a balanced life style, she makes sure to stay active, dabbles in several art media, and travels as time allows. She also has a special relationship with animals and considers her dog and parrot to be part of her family and key to her success.
Math, Science; All levels of ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, SAT, ACT prep
Rachel graduated from MIT with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She spent the last seven years working as a quality engineer at Edwards Lifesciences developing transcatheter heart valve replacement and repair devices. Her experience in this role allowed her to use her expertise in engineering, along with skills in technical writing, to create life saving technology. Rachel has a great deal of experience working with teams of engineers and manufacturers, and understands how to communicate her ideas and knowledge to a wide range of people to produce the best results.
In addition to her engineering background, Rachel has both a creative and athletic outlet in performing and teaching circus arts. She has several years of experience coaching gymnastics, acrobatics, and aerial arts to both children and adults. Rachel helps her students find success by paying close attention to each person’s strengths, weaknesses, and individual needs, and by creating a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable environment for learning. She is very invested in the progress of her students and understands that regardless of subject matter, whether physical or intellectual, there are many different approaches to learning that will help each individual student reach his or her highest potential.
Rachel loves to share her knowledge and passion for learning with others. She is excited to draw upon her experiences as a tutor, in addition to her time in the workforce, as a member of the Intelligentsia team. We’re thrilled to have someone with her wide range of intellectual, creative and interpersonal expertise onboard and know that Intelligentsia families will be in the best of hands with her at the helm.
As a Jersey Shore native and a California resident, Rachel loves to spend her spare time near the ocean with her family and friends. She is also a huge animal lover and recently adopted two cats of her own from a local rescue.
English, Math, History,All levels of ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, SAT, ACT prep
Rebecca is an enthusiastic and creative tutor who has worked for many years with students in a variety of capacities, including developing and leading lessons on health and environmental responsibility in the Dominican Republic, working as a counselor at children’s summer camps, serving as an after-school mentor and tutor for elementary school students, and providing enrichment and instruction at children’s fitness centers.
As a tutor, Rebecca specializes in supporting students with Math through Algebra 2, English studies through the AP level, all levels of writing, History through the AP level, and Screenwriting and Filmmaking. In addition to content support, Rebecca coaches Executive Functioning, ISEE test prep on all levels, and SAT and ACT test prep.
Rebecca fully credits her education to opening doors for her and infuses that same passion and dedication to learning in her work with her students. She believes learning should be fun and conducive to a student’s strengths and uses her multi-disciplinary background to give her students the tools that fit their personalities and learning styles.
Rebecca began her educational journey studying engineering at Columbia University in New York City before transferring to USC to study film and writing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Cinematic Arts Critical Studies from the University of Southern California, where she then went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen and Television. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys dancing, acting, storytelling, and is currently working on getting a feature film made as the writer/director/actor.
All levels of Math, Physics; All Levels of ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, SAT, ACT prep
We are absolutely delighted to have Rob on the Intelligentsia team! He has just the right fun personality you need in an awesome tutor, whether he’s helping you tackle difficult math and science material or teaching you the skills you need to master those pesky standardized tests.
Rob began tutoring advanced mathematics and physics at the college level in 2015, as he continued his own studies in those subjects. He tutors all levels of math and physics as well as standardized tests and continues to teach his own courses as a Supplemental Instructor in topics like Ordinary Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Advanced Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry. He plans to earn his Ph.D in Cosmology or Astrophysics, and his ultimate goal is to become a physics professor.
His motivation to teach stems from his general passion for multidisciplinary life-long learning, and he aims to excite students to do the same. His teaching method accentuates connections between disciplines that makes students see the reasons topics of science matter at a larger perspective, and this helps students observe that pursuing these careers can be world-changing.
In his free time, Rob enjoys hiking, reading science fiction, and currently, learning computer languages.
Biology, Chemistry, Math; All levels of ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, SAT, ACT prep
Hailing from the great state of Texas, Sanjay is a graduate from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. His love for teaching came through another one of his passions, martial arts. He has been practicing and teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to students of all ages since 2012. This is where his passion for teaching came to life.
Sanjay’s approach to teaching is one of tailoring instruction to the needs of the student. His infectious humor and enthusiasm have led to countless students not only improving in their subject but also enjoying the journey. Marrying the discipline learned from the martial arts with his background in the sciences, Sanjay is able to cultivate a creative atmosphere where students learn to enjoy the process.
When he’s not helping students with their math and science homework or on the mats practicing martial arts, you can see him performing comedy or enjoying the great outdoors on the beach or hiking in the mountains.
Reading, Writing, History, all standard test preparation, special education: all subjects and grade levels
After earning a B.A. in English from the Ohio State University, Scott went on to teach Freshman Composition at Auburn University. Despite enjoying teaching at the university level, he decided to pursue a career teaching at the secondary level. While working in a public school in the Special Education department helping students with various learning and social challenges, he earned his teaching certificate and an M.A. in Secondary Education from Lehigh University. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2012, he has been tutoring students in all grades. He has helped elementary and secondary students with their math, reading and writing skills, prepared them for the independent school and college entrance exams, and assisted college students in writing literary analysis essays. Scott and his wife moved back to Pennsylvania in 2018 so their two children could live near their grandparents and many cousins. While he is thrilled to be a stay-at-home dad during the school year, he misses working with students very much, so he tutors remotely during the summer months when his wife is home for summer break. He plans on returning to full-time tutoring once both the kids are in school.
We are thrilled to have Scott on our team. It was clear immediately that he would be a perfect fit for Intelligentsia families. Scott exudes a magnetic love of learning and knows how to make it personally meaningful and interesting for students of all ages. He is also a human sponge of knowledge. When I first met Scott, he said he only needs to see material once to retain it. Obviously, I had to put this to the test, and sure enough, he proved this uncanny ability to pick up and hold onto new concepts with remarkable ease. What’s even more significant is Scott’s ability to instill that same confidence and enthusiasm in his students.
Scott spends all day with his two adorable boys, a toddler and a soon-to-be-toddler, but after they go to bed, he spends an hour or two reading literature or history; playing a video game, or watching west coast baseball, a documentary, or a TV series if the boys have not exhausted him too much that he needs to go to sleep immediately.
Spanish, Math; All Levels of ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, SAT, ACT prep
Originally from San Francisco, Stuart has been a private tutor since 2008. He began as a senior at Piedmont High School in the Bay Area, working with younger students and continued as a tutor while attending the University of California Berkeley. He went on to graduate early in the fall of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics. Since moving to Los Angeles, Stuart has continued to work with children and young adults in math and Spanish.
Stuart is exactly the type of tutor we value at Intelligentsia. His passion for education is infectious. He truly enjoys guiding students down the road to academic discovery, and his ability to relate the importance of the subject matter, combined with his relaxed, charming demeanor, provide a comforting learning environment for his students.
When Stuart isn’t tutoring, he spends his time writing comedy, playing soccer, and cycling all over Los Angeles.
Writing, History, Math, All Levels of ISEE, SSAT, HSPT prep, College Preparation
Originally from Colorado, Tyler graduated cum laude from Williams College with bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. After stints as a volunteer in Tanzania, East Africa, and a fly-fishing bum in Montana, he received his MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ workshop, where he was a Maytag Fellow.
In addition to tutoring students of all ages, he has extensive experience teaching at the college level. This includes classes in Literature, Composition, Environmental Writing, Communications, Fiction and Poetry at places like Western State Colorado University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Santa Barbara City College. This work has given him a deep understanding of the rigors of the college environment, and of the long-term preparation students need in order to succeed there.
He enjoys working with students in any and all areas of writing, English through the college level, history and social sciences through the AP level, math up to and including geometry and algebra, and all areas of college preparation.
Tyler is also a working writer. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The New England Review, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Story Quarterly, The Common, The L.A. Review of Books, Film International, Jump Cut, and many other places; he is also the book critic at the Santa Barbara News-Press. His book on William Klein’s 1969 cult classic film Mr. Freedom coming out in 2019 from Auteur Press in the U.K.
Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Math
Wouter decided to follow his passion for teaching and change careers to become a physics teacher after working corporate jobs for many years.
After several years of teaching and private tutoring in The Netherlands, he moved his family to Southern California. He is currently putting himself through the U.S. college and university system to experience what his students will be facing and to gain a better understanding of the teaching landscape here. His passion for physics, and science in general, shows in his teaching and tutoring. His thorough grasp of the material enables him to explain difficult concepts and help his students excel.
Wouter is exactly the kind of tutor we seek at Intelligentsia. He is not only intelligent and passionate about the material he tutors, but also devoted to instilling those qualities in his students.
Having worked in the corporate world, as well as at the opposite end of the spectrum, as a SCUBA dive master in the Caribbean, Wouter brings a wide range of life experiences to his teaching style that students find both interesting and inspiring.