Who is Isabel De La Cruz?
I started my tutoring journey in 2008 as an Upward Bound tutor, teaching Science and Math to teenagers from 10th to 12th grade.
I am from San Juan, Puerto Rico and I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I also have a strong background in Computer Programming and Math, since I majored in Computational Mathematics for 3 years at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao.
I started to tutor full time in 2014, and since then, I’ve had the privilege to tutor hundreds of High School students in Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Programming and Spanish. I now work as an actress in film and TV, which is why I tutor online. This gives me the freedom to be there for my students, no matter where I am.
I love working with my students and making sure that they have a good time, especially when they are learning something that they don't particularly like. More often than not, students who believe that they are not good at a particular subject (or just flat out don’t like it) start developing confidence once they see the bigger picture. That’s why I like to focus on making sure my students, not only know what they're doing, but know WHY they are doing it. When I teach Math, for example, my goal is not to turn people into calculators, but into mathematical thinkers. This goes a much longer way than memorizing a bunch of formulas or multiplication tables... I try to make it fun and explain things in simple terms that THEY understand.
Check out what my students and their parents have to say in my Testimonials tab :)
Who am I outside of the classroom?
First of all, I must say that I am incredibly blessed to have a family that supports me and loves me no matter what crazy journey I decide to embark on. My husband, Chris Marks, and I are both actors and YouTubers and we go on many adventures together! Lucky for me, he's a travel agent, so his channel, Be Here, is all about traveling! I'm his camera woman, so you'll see me on pretty much every episode (and may have a laugh or two at my expense). One of the things we love to do together the most is hiking, and living in Georgia makes that a very accessible hobby.
Besides Math and Science, I am also passionate about Financial Literacy, Mental Health, and Healthy Living. I am a huge fan of puzzles, Legos, super-hero movies, baby animals, and chocolate!