My passion for education dates back to when I was only four years old, and my parents told me that I could not attend school one day because I was sick. I was inconsolable; my mother had to take me to school for my teacher to explain to me that it was okay for me to miss one day of school. Back at home, my father arranged all of my stuffed animals as my "students" and I was their teacher for the day. My parents continue to recant this story as a testament to my love of learning, as well as for my love of helping others learn.
While I was in high school, I volunteered as a Teacher's Assistant at Golden Harvest Montessori in Milpitas, CA. This was my first true experience aiding in the education of others, and it was an incredibly fulfilling experience. I exercised the school's techniques to help young students learn to read and write. Currently, I am employed by a local university, as a tutor and as a Supplemental Instruction Leader. As a tutor, I work one-on-one with students to help them construct their own learning strategies while providing them with feedback and support as they need it. I recognize that every individual has unique needs and ways of learning, so strategies must be developed accordingly. As a Supplemental Instruction Leader, I hold office hours for students of a particular class to come in and, as a group, we strengthen our knowledge of aspects of the class that were difficult that week. Thus, I am able to create an environment in which students rely on each other for help and support while I provide direction and additional information as needed. I believe my background has provided me with the skills that I would need to perform well as a tutor for Varsity Tutors.
Chapman University - BA, Psychology
ACT English: 31
ACT Math: 30