I was born in a city in South India called Bangalore, often referred to the Silicon Valley of India. Quite appropriately, when I was 13, my family moved to the Silicon Valley Bay Area to Cupertino, California. In India, I went to Clarence High School, and then in California, I attended Lawson Middle School for 8th grade and Monta Vista High School for 9th-12th grade.
I currently attend Northwestern University at the School of Education and Social Policy, with a concentration in Secondary Math Education, with a second major in French. That means I am currently in a teacher preparation program to receive an Illinois certification for secondary mathematics with a middle school endorsement as well as a K-12 French endorsement. I am working on an honors thesis in French focusing on teaching pronunciation in a beginner French classroom.
I have also been a summer teacher at Breakthrough Silicon Valley for 4 years, which has given me the bulk of my teaching experience for now. Through this program, I have taught different levels of math to students entering 7th, 8th and 9th grades as well as electives such as Mock Trial and French. I also taught a High School Preparation class for one summer and then coordinated the class the next summer, leading other teachers to teach that class.
In my free time, I enjoy reading books (both fiction and non fiction). I tend to have no preference in fiction, but I tend to go for a lot of historical non fiction. I enjoy cooking, which has always been my secret passion. I also dabble in writing fiction from time to time. I am currently working (read: have been going back and forth on this for the last two years) on a novel I wrote for a Nanowrimo challenge many years back, that I hope to eventually finish editing.