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Liz

I am a graduate of Washington University in St Louis, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in Humanities and Anthropology. Since graduation, I have worked as a tutor, teacher, and director of tutors at a charter public middle school in Boston. During this time I also received my Masters in Mild to Moderate Disabilities from Simmons College. I have worked extensively with students with a range of abilities, including students with specific learning disabilities, emotional impairments, dyslexia, and ADHD. My teaching experience has given me a deep understanding of the knowledge and habits essential to academic success and has given me the opportunity to hone a variety of strategies that ensure students at each level can achieve their academic goals. While I tutor a broad range of subjects, my favorite ones are Reading, Elementary/Middle School Math, History, and Test Prep. In my experience, tutoring is the most rewarding when a student has that “aha!” moment and achieves a new level of understanding and confidence in his/her abilities. I am a firm believer in the transformative power of education, and I see my role to be that of a facilitator and coach who is there to help the student reach his/her goals through individualized support and rigorous practice. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, practicing my Spanish, and discovering new music. I am also an avid traveler and just got back from a 3 month trip to South America. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!

Undergraduate Degree:

 Washington University in St Louis - Bachelors, History

Graduate Degree:

 Simmons College - Masters, Special Education: Mild to Moderate Disabilities 5-12

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 36

ACT Science: 34

SAT Math: 720

SAT Verbal: 730

GRE Quantitative: 730

loves music and loves traveling

College English

College Level American History

GRE

High School English

High School Level American History

Homework Support

Other

PARCC Prep

Quantitative Reasoning

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all students have the right to a quality education that enables them to pursue and achieve their personal goals. I also believe that all students can learn, and will often surpass expectations, when provided with the supports that they need. Driven by these beliefs, I teach in order to provide my students with: the skills they need to be successful in academia and beyond, a learning environment in which they feel seen and heard, and the opportunity to discover the topics and ideas that excite them. I also believe that learning is a lifelong endeavor that provides meaning and inspiration to our lives. I strive to start my students on this path by making my teaching engaging and accessible. I provide academic support that is based on a student's individual needs, strengths, learning style, and goals. All students need to learn certain skills, but we must consider how individual students will best learn these skills -- the level of complexity at which they start, the pace at which they progress, and the teaching and motivational strategies that should be used. I measure our success by the student's ability to independently demonstrate mastery of the material; my effectiveness is not measured by how much I can explain to the student but by how much the student can ultimately explain or demonstrate to me. I have seen firsthand, and believe strongly in, the power of students discovering within themselves previously unknown abilities, from the student who perfectly sounds out a multisyllabic word with that tricky vowel sound to the student who finally sees the hidden pattern in a certain type of SAT Math problem. Contributing to and sharing in these accomplishments are part of what I love about teaching, and I am committed to working with students and their families to achieve those personal moments of growth and success.