Teachers create a space where students can be curious about their world and develop as learners. They help students build skills such as perseverance, critical thinking and evidence-based argumentation that will start in the classroom space and translate to their lives beyond, preparing them to become active members of a community that is bigger than themselves.”

Caitlyn’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Chemistry

“I chose to teach chemistry because it helps students understand more about the world around them. Students are able to see the world through a different lens and interact with their surroundings in a new way.”

Professional Experience

In high school, Caitlyn worked as a chemistry tutor. Through high school and college, she enjoyed helping her peers prepare for assessments. While in college, Caitlyn spent two summers working as a YMCA summer camp counselor.   

On the weekend for two years, Caitlyn participated in the Carnegie Mellon Institute of Talented Elementary and Secondary Students (CMITES) as a teaching assistant. With CMITES, she facilitated lessons on topics including “The science of Harry Potter,” “Lego Robotics,” and others. She came back to tutoring through Cardinal Education for one year.

Caitlyn began teaching at Menlo-Atherton High School during the 2017–2018 school year.


Caitlyn enjoys playing any of the over 100 board games she owns.

Academic Background

  • Stanford University (Master of Art in Education)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering)