Houston Chapter Co- President
Hey! My name is Eric, a rising junior at the Dulles Math and Science Academy in Sugar Land. I am excited to work with students, parents, and tutors as president of the Houston chapter!
The field of education has always been integral to my life. My mother works as a teacher and starting from a young age, I have volunteered at her school to help younger students understand lessons that troubled me. Unfortunately, this also meant that both of my parents were always incredibly preoccupied with their professional careers, leaving little time to support me in school. It would be an understatement to say that it was a challenge to face everything myself, but this inspired a desire to help others overcome the lessons I had difficulty with. Since then, I have always volunteered as a tutor in high school through the Math and Science National Honor Societies. In my junior year, I became the president of the SciNOW club, planning biweekly lessons for elementary schoolers to gain early insight and experience into the field of STEM.
Outside of education, my interests are in business and communication. I am a member of DECA, qualifying for consecutive years in state-level competition. I hope to be able to bring my experience in organizations to foster a sense of community in Aerovate.
I recognize the challenges in our modern education system, which focuses holistically on the classroom instead of the individual. Through Aerovate, I hope to provide personalized attention that allows each student to grow. Each student is unique and deserves the chance to reach their full potential.
Houston Chapter Co- President
Hello! My name is Jackie Ku. I am a senior at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory located in Houston, Texas. I am a member of the Public Forum Debate team at Strake Jesuit and have qualified for and competed in Public Forum State twice. I have a large amount of experience communicating with students and adapting to best serve their wishes. I am a leader in the Crusader Crew Advisory Team at Strake Jesuit, helping to organize events, train about one hundred student leaders, and supervising Freshman Orientation so that incoming students have a wonderful, unique experience. I am also a Freshman Retreat Leader and a House Captain, where I oversee funding and scheduling advisory and religious retreat events. I am also the treasurer and an engineer for the Strake Jesuit Aerospace club. I am extremely passionate about biology and engineering and I sincerely enjoy passing on my knowledge to others.
I have been tutoring at Aerovate since the onset of COVID-19 and I am proud to be a part of this great program. I hope to continue to be a great influence to my students and instill the same sort of fiery passion for their academic interests.
Houston Chapter Vice President
Hello, my name is Joy Zou and I am the current vice president of Aerovate chapter in Houston. I joined Aerovate for my passion of educating and creating bonds with kids. I like to assist others in reaching their goals not just academically but among real life situations while building great relationships.
I am currently attending Micheal E. DeBakey Highschool a medical academy in Houston, Texas. My passions include leadership, research, and biology. I am currently researching at a lab at U of H studying muscle atrophy among different age groups. I also participate in many medical clubs at my school like SOAR which helps with raising money for cancer patients as well as dedicating much of my time to a club called Book Buddies, in which we read to terminally ill children in hospitals to help them fight their challenging journey. I have also taken on clubs like Music as Medicine in which we put together videos of students’ musical talents like playing an instrument and singing, and sending them off to patients in hospitals. My research inspiration came from reading many PubMed and Nature articles on scientific development.
I have a passion for learning new topics and I believe it is something worth sharing among students across the world through Aerovate.