I proudly call Atlanta home after a good deal of moving around for the last decade.
I am an experienced educator and school leader with a passion for the humanities, the college application process, SAT/ACT test prep, and editing. I began my career as a high school English teacher through Teach For America and have worked in a variety of roles supporting students in the humanities and college applications since then, including working as a humanities instructional coach and charter school leader.
I believe that every student is capable of learning any subject with the appropriate support. When tutoring, I work with my clients to set clear goals and do everything possible to ensure we meet, or exceed, the goals we set. Want to score a 32 on the ACT? Let’s do it. Want to write a college application essay to gain admittance to your dream school? I’m there. Want to get an A on your paper? I’m here to support you. Whatever your goal, I am here to make it happen with you.
Wake Forest University - Bachelors, English and Communications
SAT Composite: 1390
SAT Math: 600
SAT Verbal: 790
High School English
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe any student can master even the most challenging subject with the right support. As a tutor, it is my job to adjust my tutoring approach and style to fit the need of the client to ensure maximum benefit.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, we would begin with introductions, walk through a needs assessment, and set-goals for our upcoming tutoring sessions. After that, we'd jump right into content.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help students identify the areas where they need the most support, and equip them with study habits and tools to support their growth long-term.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe motivation comes through primary levers: clear goals and precise encouragement. If a student were struggling to stay motivated, I would remind her of the goal she set and identify the progress we have made towards that goal.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a concept, I work to diagnose what is causing the difficulty and then adjust my teaching to tailor to that particular need.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I provide a set of transferable reading strategies that work with any text.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Goal-setting, identifying relationship expectations, and gaining a clear needs assessment have led to my most successful tutoring partnerships.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help them discover a dimension of the subject that interests them, or work to connect the subject to the studentニ_s personal interests or passions.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use frequent and short assessments to determine how much the student is learning.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence comes through progress. I frequently share snapshots of progress with students to remind them how far they have come, and to show them the impact their work has on their ability.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs through conversation and a quick diagnostic assessment of subject matter.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Based on the needs of my student, I adapt the type of support I am giving. For example, if I student is already a competent writer, I would spend the majority of our time fine-tuning a piece. If a student is a struggling writer, I would work through every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to final publication.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use question sets, practice prompts, exemplars, and graphic organizers to help students.