Meet Our Team

Rachel Delmar

Founder and President

Rachel is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is double majoring in Education Policy Studies and Gender and Women Studies with certificates in Public Policy and Disability Rights and Services. She participates in the co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega as well as the fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha, where she serves as a member of their national DEI committee. Rachel has interned for a local middle school and works as a childcare provider and tutor in her community. She is a graduate of Wheeling High school where she served as the Treasurer and Vice-President of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. She is passionate about mental health and DEI policies in schools and strives to provide an equitable education to all students.

Stephanie Tadda

Co-founder and Vice President

Stephanie is a freshman at Illinois State University where she will be majoring in Secondary History Education. She was highly invested in the teaching program at Wheeling High School, where she interned in local elementary, middle, and high schools. She also has three years of numerous tutoring experiences. Stephanie is employed at Organic Life, Nino’s Pizzaria, and just ended her three year position at the Little Wildcat Daycare. She aims to provide as many students as possible with support and resources, so they may grow as both students and individuals. Stephanie has realized it is not a specific grade she loves, but the act of teaching that she cherishes. 

Sophianne Loh

Treasurer

Sophianne is a freshman at Rice University. She plans to combine her love for math, biology, and physics as a bioengineering major. Her many other interests include cross-country and track, playing the violin and piano, and, of course, tutoring. In her free time, you can find her hiking, journaling, and reading. Sophianne has had prior experience volunteering as a tutor for John Hersey High School and as a TA for her local Chinese school. She strives to help students believe in their ability to achieve academically and extracurricularly, as well as help provide a step-by-step action plan to do so. Sophianne is passionate about using this philosophy to create opportunities to succeed for students around the world through Best Step Tutoring.

Victoria Benavides

Secretary

Victoria “Benny” Benavides has received a full ride to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and will attend there in the fall. She will be majoring in social work with a minor in philosophy. She attended Wheeling High School and participated in the congressional Debate team, Journalism, the law pathway and AVID.  Benny enjoys painting, sculpting, and  hiking. In her free time, she enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee on sunny days with her friends. Benny is passionate about making education equitable especially for underrepresented students.

Adithya V.

IT Manager

Adithya is a junior who believes in the power of education. He began his journey in education as a tutor, and is now pursuing medical school. Adithya is a nationally ranked debater and an avid STEM student. In his free time, Adithya works out and practices baseball which he currently plays with his high school. Adithya has also designed numerous websites including a nationally acknowledged debate website which sets the standards for statistics and rankings. Adithya hopes to help students connect with their tutors as easily as possible through a redesigned and updated web interface.

Selina Jiang

IT Manager

Selina is a Junior at William Fremd High School and is a member of the National Honors Society, badminton team, and Public Forum Debate Team. Sophomore year, she went to the state semifinals with her debate partner. She is also placed 4th at IHSA State. Outside of school, Selina plays piano and volunteers for a non-profit organization in order to teach piano to younger students over Zoom. She has played piano for 11 years and passed the Level 12 AIM Exam last year. In her free time, Selina has a passion for photography, digital art, fitness, and baking. She is passionate about working with BST to ensure that all students have a quality education and can excel.

Sam Martin

Volunteer Coordinator

Sam is attending the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where she is a James scholar. She is a political science major with a minor in Spanish. Sam is involved in the ultimate frisbee club, pre-law club, and Latino Student Association at her college. She’s been volunteering in tutoring opportunities for over five years from tutoring at school, the public library, and online. She also volunteers a the CU home in Champaign. Sam has worked at babysitting and dog sitting. In her free time, she enjoys reading science fiction and playing water polo. Sam wants to become a lawyer and help advocate for immigrants and those who have language barriers in the United States.

Emily Parker

Operations Manager

Emily is a sophomore at Quakertown Community High School. She is President of her school’s STEM Club and enjoys competing in STEM competitions. In her free time, she loves to read all kinds of books and play lacrosse. She also volunteers at her local hospital and is part of her school’s Mandarin Club. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field, as she especially enjoys studying neuroscience. Emily is passionate about working with BST. She believes that every person should have access to zero-expense tutoring and quality education.

Makayla Cheng

Graphic Designer

Makayla Cheng is a rising Junior from Southern California. She hopes to pursue a future career in the STEM pathway, specifically engineering. Makayla enjoys doing anything art-related, whether it be graphic design, journaling, painting, or even jewelry making. She loves to meet new people in her free time, and she is also an avid reader who has read over 250 books during quarantine! Makayla has worked as a tutor for a long time, and she truly enjoys helping young kids continue to grow and develop. She believes strongly in helping the future generations flourish.

Adrianna Perez

Primary Curriculum Manager

Adrianna is a senior at Sidney Lanier High School. She is a member of National Honor Society, President of the TAFE chapter at her school, Secretary of student council, and manages multiple school sports teams. She has been tutoring for about two years and loves the thrill of teaching. She also teaches at her local elementary school through her school’s education endorsement. After High School, Adrianna will graduate with a teacher assistant certification and hopes to use that as a way to gain experience as she majors in secondary education during college. She hopes to obtain her master’s in secondary education with a focus on ELA, and teach 10th-12th grade English. In her free time, Adrianna loves to read and write, as well as binge-watch Netflix shows. Adrianna hopes to change the educational system little by little as she goes through her own educational journey.

Isabelle Kramar

Operations Manager

Isabelle is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, double-majoring in Music Composition and Data Science. An active musician, she is a cellist in the University Symphony Orchestra and has been recognized Internationally and Nationally for her compositions. She has also been recognized nationally for her involvement in STEM outreach. In 2019, she received a grant through the National Center for Women & Information Technology and created the first-ever Introductory Artificial Intelligence Workshop for Middle/High School students in Wisconsin. Isabelle is excited to be part of a team that strives to create better access to education and hopes to continue working to impact students’ lives across the world.

Jackie Aguayo

Outreach Manager

Jackie is a senior at John Hersey High School. She is a member of National Honor Society, the World Language Honor Society, and is President of her school’s Latinx club. She has been tutoring for about four years and loves every single moment of it. Jackie is passionate about helping her Hispanic community. She has created a non-profit organization that helps and collects hygiene products that are sent to immigration detention centers in Texas. Currently, she is interning at an immigration law office and aids in legal work within. Jackie wants to inform underserved communities by providing educational support and information that they would not have otherwise. Through BST, she wants to extend that helping hand to those who most need it!

Laura Zeman

Outreach Manager and Graphic Designer

I am a 1st year student at the University of Iowa studying health & human physiology and I’m on the Pre-Physician’s Assistant track. I graduated from Saint Viator High School in 2021 where I ended my high school career by leading the well-known Kairos retreat. I am a volunteer in the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in the Surgical Specialty Inpatient Unit during the school year and I volunteer at Northwest Community Hospital over summer. I also plan to become a Certified Nurse’s Assistant by fall of 2022! I am also a leader in the On Iowa! program at the University of Iowa to help welcome and show support for incoming freshman and/or transfer students. I enjoy helping others without expecting anything in return so I am excited to bring this mindset into Best Step Tutoring and continuing on as I become a PA in the future.

Ziyan Liu

Social Media Manager

Ziyan is a rising junior at Amador Valley High School in Bay Area, California. Ziyan believes in using her voice to create positive change, which is why she participates in many public speaking organizations such as Model UN, speech, and debate.  She currently works at a hospital and a medicinal research facility as a part-time intern to gain experience and is interested in joining the medical field in the future, as she has a passion for saving lives and helping her community. In her free time, she loves to spend time with friends, read a book, or spend time on Tiktok. As a social media manager, she hopes to use social media to connect with other students and to bring new tutors and students to Best Step Tutoring.

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