Class Time(s):

Option A: Friday, 3:00 - 3:30 PM PT

Option B: Saturday, 1:00 - 1:30 PM PT

Grades: 1 to 8

Program Leader: Melissa Prince

Program Description: Welcome to the YAPA Kids Psychology program! By joining this program, you will learn all about the human mind. This involves topics such as the human brain, types of psychology, psychological disorders, and more! We will partake in fun-filled activities like personality tests, creating your own theory of well-being, and exploring careers in the field of psychology. Anyone between grades 1-8 are welcome to join and no prior experience needed!

Program Teachers: Melissa Prince, Savannah Storms, Marianne Doss, Harini Dev, Rhea Razdan, Francesca Lam, Jenna Oling, Viviana Cruz, Ava Spalding, Katherine De Paz, Mia Wang, John Cintron, Nyla Maharaj, Meelana Pham, Yukino Wakatsuki, Siya Arora, Dominique Ruedaflores, Elana Collins, Antwnila Haroun, Samantha Castro, Christien Monello,Tyler Turner, Isabelle Reksopuro, Vijayashree Ramamurthy Gayathri, Tanisha Paul, Ruthie Bell, Amelia Smith, Anna Carter, Nya Pitts, Saisha Griffith, Katie To, Priscilla Bissah, Minyu Huang

Teacher Bios

Melissa Prince

Hello everybody! My name is Melissa Prince and I’m a rising sophomore from Ontario, Canada. I am a part of my school’s science club and mental health club. I have had many psychology related discussions with my peers in science club. I am the Co-Vice President of an organization called Daily Tea and we conducted research about specific branches of psychology. Also, I am a member of organizations such as Medical Marvels and Neuroscience Foundation. I look forward to teaching you guys!!

Savannah Storms

Hello! My name is Savannah Storms and I am a high school junior from Colorado. I take AP Psychology and plan to become a psychologist, and I am part of a club at my school called Sources of Strength that helps people be more confident in who they are and identify their "sources of stength" such as family, friends, and mental health. I am also a photography teacher and an art teacher and I look forward to teaching people more about my favorite subject, psychology.

Marianne Doss

Hi everyone, my name is Marianne and I am very excited to be teaching psychology as a high school junior. I am currently tutoring college students and my cousins, and I am certified by Kumon. I absolutely love psychology and science, as I am apart of my school’s physics league and have taken two psychology classes, and am taking AP psychology this year as well. In my future, I am hoping to go into the science field and extensively study psychology. Furthermore, I was a previous Kumon instructor in math and reading, and I cannot wait to spread my knowledge of psychology to others.

Harini Dev

Hi! My name is Harini Dev and I’m a sophomore from Michigan, USA. I'm really passionate about anything related to the mind and how it acts. I've written a small book about the emotional and personal side of mental wellness, from my point of view and experiences. I'm really looking forward to teaching you guys!

Rhea Razdan

Hi! My name is Rhea Razdan and I'm a junior from Conant High School. I am part of my science club and I'm taking AP Pyschology this year. I am a part of the medical clubs at my school where we focus on different branches on medicine (like psychology). I'm excited to start teaching psychology!

Francesca Lam

Hi everybody! My name is Francesca and I’m a junior from Ontario, Canada. I recently studied advanced psychology and sociology and loved the subject! I can’t wait to share what I know with all of you and look forward to meeting soon!

Jenna Oling

Hello everyone! My name is Jenna Oling and I am a senior at Simsbury High School in Simsbury, CT! I am a huge advocate for mental health awareness, and have been super interested in psychology ever since I started going to therapy in 8th grade- I just think it’s so amazing to help others like that. I am currently taking AP Psychology at my school and I absolutely love it! Next year I also hope to minor in psychology at whatever college I end up at! I’m so excited to meet and teach you guys!!

Viviana Cruz

Hey!! My name is Viviana Cruz, I am a rising junior at West Broward High school in South Florida. I have been researching psychology and early childhood development for the past 3-4 years now. I also took the AP Psychology course, and passed with a 4. I am so so excited to share my passion of psychology with you, and hope you enjoy the subject and class as much as I do!

Ava Spalding

Hello! I’m Ava Spalding and I’m a sophomore from Moraga, California. I love learning and science, and my dream job is to work in medicine. Some psychology-related activities I’ve participated in are my schools’ neuropsychology and students in research club, as well as attending neuroscience camps at Stanford. I also have teaching experience working as a volunteer music tutor through my school. I’m really excited to meet you all and get to teaching!

Katherine De Paz

Hi!! My name is Katherine De Paz and I’m a high school senior from Houston, Texas. I throughly enjoyed AP Psychology during my junior year which inspired my passion for cognitive science and psychology. My designated major has been confirmed as psychology in the universities I’ve been accepted into and I even plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology in the future. I love learning about how an individual perceives, learns, and stores information but I’m even more excited to teach it! I’m looking forward to working with all of you!

Mia Wang

Hi guys! My name is Mia Wang, and I am currently a 10th grader in Allendale, New Jersey. I am in Adolescent & Adult Psychology, and Psychology Mind & Happiness. I love learning about cognitive disorders, development of adolescents neurologically, as well as why our body and brain affects our everyday lives! I am in ClubMed and plan on taking AP psychology next year. Psychology is one of the most interesting subjects I’ve learned in High school so far. Hope to you see in class!

John Cintron

Hello! My name is John Cintron and I’m a student at Fort Myers High School. Last year, I took Psychology class and that introduced me to the highly interesting subject! I am also a part of my school’s Science National Honor Society, and science is one of my favorite subjects. I especially love Psychology because it can be applied to everyday life and never gets boring.

Nyla Maharaj

BULA! Im from Fiji Islands and being an immigrant has caused many personal barries in my life. Bu i've gained the strenth to perserver as I leanred the psychology behind peoples actions. I was a former Ap Psychology students and now im taking IB busniess which to my suprise has alot to do with psycholohy. Im so very ecxcited to teach you guys the power of our brain and how it works! Remeber it all started from within <3

Meelana Pham

Hi! My name is Meelana Pham and I’m a junior at Cupertino High School in California. I have a big interest in psychology and have taken many classes to learn more about this science. I love and enjoy teaching students new things and watching them learn and grow as they process the information. I also have experience teaching students from other YAPA programs as well as tutoring at school. I look forward to teaching you guys and hope you all have a fun time in this class learning psychology.

Yukino Wakatsuki

Hey! My name is Yukino and I am a Junior at Franklin High School. I have always enjoyed the topic of psychology, and currently, I am taking IB psychology and have taken other psychology classes in the past. In addition, I am the Vice President of my school’s Science National Honors society and a member of Science Olympiad. I hope to help engage others in my passion of psychology and help expand the kids’ curious minds!!

Siya Arora

Hi everyone! I’m Siya Arora, a sophomore from Los Angeles, California. I am a part of my school’s STEMM Magnet program where we explore many topics related to the field of psychology. In addition, I have recently taken a psychology course at a community college over the Summer which has once again sparked my interest in this fascinating subject. I can’t wait to share my knowledge with you all, see you in class!

Dominique Ruedaflores

Hello everyone! My name is Dominique Ruedaflores and I'm currently a junior from Los Angeles, California. Psychology has always been one of my strongest passions, as I frequently research, watch documentaries, and read books about different psychological laws, theories, and phenomenons. I even took a psychology class last year, where I greatly expanded my knowledge in psychology. All in all, I love understanding and learning more about the human mind, along with its' behaviors, habits, and actions. I am thoroughly looking forward to teaching with you all!

Elana Collins

Hello Everyone! I’m Elana Collins, a sophomore from Dallas, Texas. All the components and elements that going into our actions, behaviors, emotions and thoughts are so complex and this is why I love to dive deeper and explore all the work happening under the surface. I look forward to sharing with you what I know and expanding our knowledge together.

Antwnila Haroun

Hey everybody! My name is Antwnila and Im from Toronto Canada. I really enjoy physcology and the way mind works. I especially enjoy learning about criminals minds and whats caused them to do what they do. Behaviour caused by the way the mind works is extremely fascinating and I'm very excited to share my knowledge with younger kids that are our future.

Samantha Castro

Hello everyone!! My name is Samantha Castro and I am currently a junior at Ramona Convent in Alhambra, California. I have a very keen interest in psychology and plan to become a psychiatrist in the future. I love learning about behavior, disorders, dreams, etc. and even taking AP Psychology to further my learning. Learning is an important part of who I am as in every second we are constantly learning and discovering new information. I am excited to share my knowledge and my further knowledge to other students who share the same passion I have for this subject! I hope to see you guys soon!

Christien Monello

Hello everyone, my name is Christien Monello, and I am currently a sophomore at Bishop Hendricken Highschool. I have always had an interest in the mind and how it works. Psychology has always been a career option of mine and I would love to share my passion with you guys.

Tyler Turner

Hey everyone my name is Tyler. I am a rising junior at Pleasant Grove High in Alabama! I absolutely love psycghology! Recently just finished a dual enrollment course on pyschology. It was very eye open and an amazing learning experience! I have learned so much and I hope to learn much more and spread all of what I learn about human behavior and mental disorders to young students abroad! :) P.S Thank you for this phenomenal opportunity!

Isabelle Reksopuro

Hello! My name is Isabelle Reksopuro, and I'm a sophomore at Clackamas High in Oregon! Ever since I was young, I was enthralled with the workings of the brain and how it works. I'm excited to start learning with all of you and continuing this journey on our quest to discover how our brains work.

Vijayashree R. Gayathri

Hi everyone! I am Vijayashree and I am a junior here in California! I love learning about the intricate systems of our brain, which is absolutely mystical! Combined with the medicine behind the brain's function along with a mix complex pressures and a multitude of other factors, make this subject fascinating for me! My interest for psychology sparked when I participated in my school's Psychology club. I learned so much about Psychology and I can't wait to teach younger students who love psychology or want to discover this field!

Tanisha Paul

Hey everything, my name is Tanisha Paul. I'm extremely interested in the unique workings of the brain and how it has social and mental effects. I am currently apart of a neuroscience club, so I have a bit of an introduction to the amazing concept.

Ruthie Bell

Hi, I'm Ruthie Bell. I love learning about psychology and the ways our brains work. I am so excited to help teach this class, and can't wait to help you all learn more about psychology!

Amelia Smith

Hi everyone my name is Amelia! I'm currently a junior at Potomac Falls High School here in Virginia, and I have a passion for Psychology. I love teaching the kids here at YAPA, and I'm so excited to share my love for Psychology with them!

Anna Carter

Hey guys! My name is Anna Carter, I live in Ontario, Canada and currently in Grade 10. Psychology has always interested me. It's definitly a future career interest of mine! I plan on taking my schools "intro to anthro phyc and sociolgy" course next year. So excited to be apart of this program!!

Nya Pitts

Hey guys I'm Nya I'm from South Carolina and I'm really excited to work with you all!!

Saisha Griffith

Hi! My name is Saisha and I'm a grade 12 student from Toronto, Canada. I loved learning about psychology during my social sciences class last year, and I'm so excited to be able to discuss it with all of the students! I'm particulary interested in personality, psychological disorders, and social psychology :)

Katie To

Hello, my name is Katie and I'm currently a junior! I hope to make psychology interesting to you as the mind a unique and complex place! I'm so excited to teach!

Priscilla Bissah

Hello! My name is Priscilla Bissah and I am fansciated by psychology. I am planning to major in psychology when I go to college. This degree with help me greatly for law school! I enjoy teaching about psychology and learning new things! Thank you!

Minyu Huang

Hello! My name is Minyu and I love learning about psychology, particularly memory and learning. I look forward to having fun and learning psychology with you all!