About Me

Octopus Math is run by Kelli Talaska.  That’s me!

I’ve been tutoring since I was a teenager, and I have over nineteen years of experience teaching, tutoring, and mentoring students.  I took on my first official tutoring student when I was 16 years old, and I have been working in math education ever since.

In addition to tutoring, I currently teach part-time in the Mathematics Department at UC Berkeley.  I am also involved with Epsilon Camp (returning to St. Louis for summer 2016) and several Bay Area math circles, including the Berkeley Math Circle and the Santa Cruz Math Circle.

I have a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan, and I was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley from 2010 to 2013.  My research was in algebraic combinatorics.

Prior to graduate school, I taught math at Lowell High School in San Francisco. I also attended Honors Summer Math Camp as a student for two summers in high school and as a counselor for two summers as an undergraduate.

You can check out my academic CV for even more details (last updated in 2013).

Developing skill and adaptability in math and problem-solving