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Kate

I am a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross where I received a Bachelors of Art in French. I studied abroad in Strasbourg, France during my junior year, where I initially began tutoring private clients of all ages in English. I returned to France after graduating, to participate in the English Teaching Assistant Program in Bordeaux, where I worked in two elementary schools by helping to facilitate lessons, read stories to students, and work with small groups of students to complete English assignments. It was in Bordeaux that I realized my passion for helping students succeed and went on to serve two years in a 6th grade math class as an AmeriCorps Member through a Teaching Fellowship upon returning to the United States. I continue to serve students by working for an education nonprofit that focuses on increasing students’ grades, attendance, and good behaviors. I do this work because I believe that all students deserve a quality education and that educators can and should do better at providing individualized support to students. In my free time, I also enjoy baking, hiking with my dog, taking on fitness challenges, and crafting.

Undergraduate Degree:

 College of the Holy Cross - Bachelors, French

Baking, fitness classes, arts and crafts, playing with my dog, reading

College English

Conversational French

Elementary School Math

French 1

High School English

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe all students learn differently, so I strive to find what motivates each one. By making the learning process more fun, I hope to instill a passion for learning in all my students!

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would get to know the student as a person to figure out what motivates him or her. I would also ask the student what he or she is learning, to hear about the topic from his or her perspective.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would approach the concept from many different angles. There are a variety of ways to learn a concept, so we would work together until we found the one that stuck!

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Knowing the student's likes and dislikes has been crucial in my tutoring experience. I have been able to really motivate students to practice their writing by choosing topics that excite them. I have also reviewed a lot of concepts using games and fun activities that the student likes.