Chantel Chang Clark
Founder and Tutor
CC's Mauka to Makai Tutoring LLC
Aloha! I was born and raised in ‘Aina Haina, Honolulu; my mother is from Tahiti, and my father is 4th generation from Hawai‘i. I have been an educator throughout almost all of my college years, and began tutoring in 2004. While I enjoy working one-on-one with students for tutoring, I also have experience with teaching in a formal classroom setting at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (undergraduate Oceanography Lab) and Punahou School (high school Algebra 2/Trigonometry and Advanced Pre-Calculus) through the Mentoring at Punahou program. My connection with Punahou remains strong, and I still return to Punahou regularly to substitute for middle and high school math teachers.
My educational journey began at Soto Academy and I graduated from Punahou School. Afterwards, I spent 5 years in Los Angeles to obtain my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California, and graduated with honors and as a member of Golden Key International Honour Society and Phi Theta Epsilon Honor Society. I figured that I would enjoy the profession because of my love for helping others. Little did I realize then, was how much I would come to miss mathematics - a subject that I learned to love in high school and throughout college. After about 4 years of working in hospitals and nursing rehabs in California and Hawai‘i, I went back to school to obtain a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics, and a from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). After graduating with my math degree, I was honored to become a part of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and then went on to study math applications in research for a Master's of Science in Oceanography at UHM. I had so much fun learning about patterns, numbers, and the vast amount of data that is collected to discover and understand the ocean, our earth, our home.
While at UHM, serving as a mentor and Program Manager for the SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge between 2014-2016 brought me great joy. The Maile Mentoring Bridge is a mentoring program that supports Native Hawaiian, kama‘āina, and other underrepresented minorities in their journeys of pursuing a career in the ocean and earth sciences. I enjoy helping students to make the best decisions for themselves and their futures, and to find what they are passionate about.
I hope to share my love for learning and mathematics, and to show students that math is beautiful, powerful, and meaningful!
Dr. Linda Furuto
Education Advisor at CC's Mauka to Makai Tutoring LLC
Dr. Linda Furuto was born and raised in Hau‘ula, O‘ahu. She is a Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Prior to joining UHM, Dr. Furuto was an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Head of Mathematics and Science at UH West O‘ahu. Dr. Furuto completed her Ph.D. at UCLA, master’s degree at Harvard University, and bachelor’s degree at BYU. Research interests include: quantitative methodology, mathematics achievement, ethnomathematics, and access and equity. Dr. Furuto has been a Visiting Scholar of Mathematics at the University of Tokyo, worked in the Boston Public Schools as a research-practitioner in Harvard University’s Inventing the Future project, taught secondary mathematics at the Fiji Technical College, and conducted research at the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Furuto received the 2010 Pacific Business News’ Top Forty Under 40 Award, 2012 UH Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching, University of Hawai‘i President’s Green Initiative Award in 2017, and BYU Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Over the past four years, Dr. Furuto engaged in Hōkūle‘a’s Mālama Honua (“Caring for Island Earth”) Worldwide Voyage as education specialist and apprentice navigator. It is her hope that we will continue to cross oceans as we work toward cultural harmony, historical reverence, and a voyaging spirit in the increasingly interconnected world we live in. Through this we will expand our vision of global kinship, perpetuate our heritage, and encourage stewardship amongst our greater community through commitment to equitable and quality mathematics education at statewide, national, and international levels.