I am a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a BA in the teaching of French. I lived and studied abroad for one academic year in Montpellier, France where I attained native-like fluency as well as had the opportunity to travel around Europe. In fact, I have been to over 27 countries!
After graduating college, I moved to Los Angeles from Chicago to be a founding teacher of a charter high school near USC. I obtained my MA in Middle and Secondary Education, Curriculum and Instruction with an option in Language Arts and Reading from California State University, Los Angeles and will complete my Ed.D in Educational Leadership from UCLA in June 2015.
I have ten years experience teaching and tutoring middle and high school students. I have taught all levels of French, I-AP, as well as English 9 and 10, French film and art history, and SAT and AP prep courses. I also spent three years working for an SAT prep company as a lead instructor and site coordinator where I helped coach instructors how to use data analysis to help students improve their test scores.
I love teaching French, as well as helping students see connections across languages to improve their knowledge of all languages they speak. Reading and writing are also passions of mine, and one of my favorite things to tutor is writing, whether for an English class essay or a college personal statement. I have much experience helping students prepare for college admissions, and it is such an exciting time in their lives that I love to work with juniors and seniors helping them pave their future paths.
With the transition to Common Core Standards and having worked with many students who are English learners or reading below grade level, my tutoring style is focused on trying to expand students' critical thinking skills and be proactive in their own learning so that they continue using these skills in college and beyond.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, dancing/cheerleading, and traveling.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - BA in the teaching of French, French, Education
CSULA; UCLA - MA in Education; EdD in progress, Middle and Secondary Education; Educational Leadership
GRE Verbal: 161
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Writing
8th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
High School English
High School Writing
SAT Subject Test in French
SAT Subject Test in French with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe all students can learn; they just need the right teacher that addresses their individual learning styles and needs.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Model good reading; select texts just slightly above their current reading level that match their interest so they are motivated to want to read. Phonics instruction and books on tape are also beneficial for students struggling with reading comprehension.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Make sure to remind them how it can benefit them in "real life," and make frequent connections to their personal likes, interests, and goals for the future.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I find what works in terms of learning methods, visuals, technology use, and tailor my tutoring to fit their learning preferences.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Flashcards, computer programs or websites, worksheets, mini whiteboards, lots of visuals- i.e. index cards or notes, color coding with highlighters, colored pens, markers, etc.