I recently earned a PhD in Microbiology from Ohio State University. Shortly thereafter, I moved to the Dallas area to be with my fiance. Currently, I am a Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and Associate Professor of Microbiology with Collin County Community College.
I have 4 years of experience in tailoring my teaching techniques to reach individual students. Every person is different, and everyone learns in different ways. I love seeing the moment when the light turns "on" and understanding blossoms.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington - Bachelor of Science, Botany
Graduate Degree: The Ohio State University - PHD, Microbiology
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1490
SAT Math: 720
SAT Verbal: 770
GRE Quantitative: 770
GRE Verbal: 790
GRE Analytical Writing: 790
Reading history, science and science-fiction; photography (nature, landscapes, plants); football (Ohio State Buckeyes!); learning the guitar
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student has a unique style of learning. My goal is to help the student discover their 'style' and to help them learn using methods tailored to them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is focused on establishing rapport, discovering the student's objectives and finding out what they have and have not already tried.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
People are born learners. Sometimes, a student needs to be reminded that they were born with incredible gifts of memory and problem solving. Keeping a log that shows progress is one way of clearly demonstrating improvement over time.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Everything is possible if broken into small enough pieces. Many students do poorly due to anxiety around passing a big test or scoring "high enough" on the SAT, ACT or GRE. I help them shift their focus to one question at a time. One question is very do-able.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
There is always a new way of approaching a question. I excel at finding analogies from a student's own life that open doorways into challenging concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is often a question of relationships - between words, between ideas, between characters. Everyone is good at seeing relationships. Reframing the question as discovering relationships often helps students see the connections.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Often a real-world application of the material will help a student be more focused. Even the most abstract math or literature have real-world analogs that students could find relevant.