I've lived out a dream by becoming a foreign correspondent in Berlin, where I lived for three years and reported for the CBS News Radio network. My reports were carried nationwide. During that time I am proud to have been able to teach at the highest levels in the German capital, instructing political and business leaders in their English usage while also teaching at the Berlin College of Economics and Law. Family commitments brought me back to Los Angeles, where I continue my work as a journalist and teacher. Now I'm proud to be able to help those here in my hometown live out their dreams by getting the education they need to complete their goals.
I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Journalism with a minor in German from Humboldt State University. During some of that time, I lived and worked in Bern, Switzerland, where I completed a foreign exchange program and became fluent in German. I had my first job as a reporter before I graduated from college and I've worked in the business ever since. While working as a journalist, I also obtained a Certificate for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CTESOL) that has allowed me to teach English around the world. I've also been awarded a Leadership Certificate through the a program sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and I became a RIAS Fellow in 1999, having studied European Union politics in Berlin and Brussels. A career highlight came in 2009 when I won an Emmy, broadcasting's highest honor, for my work at ABC7 Television News in San Francisco.
I've worked with all kinds of students here in the United States and abroad. I use the interactive approach, engaging the student with the task at hand, studying the issue, getting actively involved in the topic. Once a study is completed, I activate that learning by getting the student to practice. I then monitor the output and make any corrections that are needed along the way to reinforce the learning process.
I enjoy teaching a wide variety of people, helping them attain their goals. I first listen to what the student wants to do and then, together, we develop a plan of action with goals that are easily attainable. Students usually see progress within a short time and are encouraged with their own ability to learn.
Thanks so much for coming to Varsity Tutors for your learning needs. I think you will be pleasantly surprised how well we work together.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University, Humboldt - Bachelor in Arts, Journalism
State Certified Teacher
Foreign Affairs, Politics, Running, Swimming, Videography, Photography, Writing
AP German Language and Culture
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Geography
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I have a student-centered approach whereby I assess the needs of my client and then develop a plan with that person in order that we meet our goals together.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session usually involves assessing the client's needs and addressing them immediately.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I offer a number of resources which enable the student to attain success.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated through a variety of techniques. They involve everything from expert analysis of needs with an attainable set of goals to positive reinforcement of lesson outcomes.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I break down difficult concepts into easily understood examples that help the student visualize their way to success in learning.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help the student identify what they do and don't understand and then use a variety of strategies to increase comprehension. Strategies can include something as easy as asking appropriate questions to more difficult concepts that include metacognition along with graphic and semantic organizers.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Identifying easily attained goals to start and then visualizing a long-term strategy with markers to demonstrate success usually strengthens the student’s abilities and builds confidence.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Early assessment enables me to understand what drives the student and then techniques are built around motivational concepts, empowering the student and instilling a drive towards success.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Techniques range from concept checking through the use of appropriate questions to exercises built around the study material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Building confidence involves the demonstrated ability to achieve goals while rewarding the student with positive feedback.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by carefully listening to what the client hopes to attain and then working with them to develop a strategy whereby they can easily reach success.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I'm constantly working to assess my student's progress while evaluating their ability to learn from the material being used in the lesson. When problems arise, I quickly adjust the lesson to enable the best possible outcome.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I focus on real-world scenarios using materials that are important to the student in their personal and professional lives. The materials can be a simple as paper and pen, all the way up to the latest technological advances in learning.