I have a New York State certification for Adolescent Education with a concentration in Biology (7-12), a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Seton Hall University, and a Master of Science in Secondary Education from Molloy College. I also attended medical school at St. Matthews University in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands for two and a half years.
My experiences as a student teacher have afforded me the opportunity to interact with diverse student populations and engage them in learning. I worked with 7th and 10th grade science classes with varying academic ability in both classroom and laboratory settings. Some teaching methods used included providing high-interest learning material, multiple means of assessment and instruction, as well as the careful modeling and scaffolding of new skills. I strive to ensure that every student achieves excellence.
My job, as an instructor, is to create an atmosphere that fosters learning. I am a teacher/tutor because I have a passion for guiding students through the learning process, in addition to a passion for the material I present. One of the best ways to foster learning is to demonstrate those feelings to my students. I encourage learning by creating a relaxed environment for students, stimulating conversation about concepts being presented and organizing material in a way that makes it easiest to understand. I treat subject matter as interconnected, emphasizing that everything students are learning fits together into a holistic understanding of the world, from which they develop their personal worldview. Finally, I believe that respect for my students is one of the most important things I can show - not only to encourage their openness to the material I am presenting, but also to inspire them to respect each other and all other humans.
I have an extensive healthcare background that directly impacts the health, safety and development of children. I participated as a volunteer each week as a mentor/tutor for kids at local homeless shelter after leaving medical school. It was this experience that inspired me to re-evaluate my career and return to school to become a teacher.
I have tutored students ranging from ages 11-25 in science (Life Science, Physical Science, Living Environment, General Biology, Earth Science, Anatomy and Physiology, General Chemistry,and Organic Biochemistry) and beginner and intermediate Latin.
I enjoy volunteer, reading, poetry, being outdoors, yoga, meditation, boating, camping, and snow boarding.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Seton Hall - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Molloy - Master of Science, Education
Yoga, meditation, volunteer, reading, boating