I'm a recent alumna of the Denver Math Fellows program, where I taught arithmetic, geometry, and pre-algebra to small groups of students at a high-needs urban school. Through other venues, I've taught students from grades 3-12 how to solve word problems, how to study for the ACT, how to organize their time, how to conjugate in Spanish, and even how to drive a car.
As an instructor, I am as focused on the importance of instilling grit, a "growth mindset," and the capacity for productive struggle in students as on content itself. "What can I do?" is a much more important question than "What do I know?" - especially for those of us who have struggled in mathematics (which is almost all of us!)
I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2009, where I was on the Dean's Honor Roll for that academic year. Interestingly enough, my B.A. is in English with a minor in classical singing.
University of Northern Colorado - , English
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Math
High School Level American Literature
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that mistakes matter. If something is easy the first time, you probably already knew how to do it anyway!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I spend first sessions getting to know a student's favorite academic passions, plans for the future, and making sure they and I "click" before diving into light skill review.