I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, an interdisciplinary major that allows students to design their own program of study. My emphasis area was in Neuroscience and Creative Expression; I have an academic background in music, dance, and the life sciences, and I had the opportunity to tutor peers in music theory and piano performance as an undergraduate student. More recently, I completed a 10-month term of full-time service with the AmeriCorps program City Year Detroit, a national non-profit organization that aims to stem the dropout crisis in the United States. It does this by placing diverse teams of AmeriCorps Members in bottom 5% schools. During my time with City Year, I provided support to a class of 37 fourth graders; I co-organized and co-facilitated after school programs and school-wide initiatives; and I provided data-driven interventions in behavior, Math, and English Language Arts to fourth graders at risk of falling off track in those areas.
My passion for education relates to my desire to empower others with knowledge, allowing them to achieve their dreams regardless of their circumstances. This philosophy manifests itself in my instruction style, which I do my best to make extremely personalized, pragmatic, and fun. While my background has given me flexibility in the areas I am able to tutor, my favorite subjects include English, Writing, and standardized test prep. In my spare time, I can be found reading books about neuroscience and physiology, swing dancing, and trying new, complicated recipes. I am excited to be contracting with Varsity Tutors because doing so will allow me to help others reach their educational goals.
Grand Valley State University - Bachelors, Interdisciplinary, Neuroscience/Performing Arts
ACT Reading: 31
GRE Verbal: 165
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization