As much as it may not seem like it at the time, every student will one day look back in their life and be grateful for their good teachers. I hope to be one of those people to each person who comes across my path. I know I certainly have mine!
As a young adult growing up with a "best in the nation" Iowa education, I frequently acted out in class because I really was bored and needed more to do. In 6th grade, I had so many detentions that I was not allowed to go on the class field trip! By 7th grade, the administration decided to put me in Talented & Gifted, believing I was not really a bad kid but a student who needed more of a challenge. It was exactly what I needed. By the end of 8th grade, I had made the chamber choir, cheerleading squad and attained the lead in the school play for my freshman year of high school. I carried a straight 4.0 through high school and graduated number one in my class. During the summer before my senior year, I spent 6 weeks in France: two with my school and four completed submerged in a family stay experience I had arranged on my own.
Wanting to stay close to my family, I attended Iowa State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies after studying French, Psychology and Theatre. I returned for graduate work in Political Science (International Relations), was elected as a Senator to the Government of Student Body and retained an research assistantship at International Studies Quarterly during my graduate work.
In 2003, I moved to Istanbul, Turkey to attend Bilgi Istanbul Universitesi as my thesis was to be on Turkey's accession to the European Union. I found myself instead enjoying the wonderful life experience that it is to teach English as a foreign language. I had a class of college students, five levels of students at a private K-12 school, business men and women all as my students during this time. It was a great challenge to communicate at so many different levels within a day and all within a week.
I now tutor many subjects which you can find in my profile. I look forward to hearing from you and to helping you get the most out of the chance you have!
Iowa State University - Bachelors, Psychology, French, Theatre
GRE Analytical Writing: 5
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning requires discipline and creativity.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First sessions are for establishing trust, assessing where the student is at and making every step in working together towards growth.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Figure out what kind of learner she is, help her to get to know herself, understand discipline and get her excited about long-term results.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Use my psychology skills to help uncover why they aren't motivated. Outside help, perspective and encouragement are important parts of all learning.