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MICHIKO SQUIRES, University of Miami

Michiko Squires lives on the edge...of the Everglades! She graduated the University of Miami with a double major in Biology and Computer Science (and minor in Mathematics). She was awarded the National Science Foundation's scholarship for her work in these fields.


At First Class Prep, Michiko tutors high school and college students in all science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), including all AP and SAT II subject exams. She credits her passion and background in science for her ability to inspire students and help them achieve outstanding results. “My background is Science and also Math. It’s what I’m passionate about and I love igniting that same passion within students.”

Outside of First Class Prep, Michiko has worked with the National Park Service in Biscayne National Park, Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. During this time, Michiko was involved in data management and outreach programs related to air quality, water quality, phenology and environmental awareness and protection. As a Park Ranger at Biscayne National Park, Michiko researched, composed, designed and illustrated “Wreck Ashore,” an educational and interactive interpretive Flash program exposing cultural and natural resources of Biscayne National Park to adults and students. She also implemented educational components to reflect State of Florida Educational Standard for 6th-9th grades in Math, Language Arts and Science.

As a Biological Science Technician, Michiko held a critical data management position on the Incident Command Team for National Park Service Baseline Assessment and Response to BP Oil Spill in July 2010. Michiko maintained a chain of custody of collected water and sediment samples, managing field data sheets and photo documentation, preserving collected information in Microsoft Access Databases and QA/QC data from Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and DeSoto National Memorial.