I am a graduate of the University of Kansas, with bachelor's degrees in biology and environmental studies. While I am fascinated by the natural world, I also have interests in other fields, such as literature, philosophy, and foreign languages. One of the reasons I like tutoring is because it allows me to use what I have learned in such fields to help others gain confidence in and become excited about a subject. I especially love to tutor in French, which I studied at the Université du Havre and minored in during college.
I believe that curiosity is the most important ingredient in learning. As a tutor, I ask questions to help students come to right answers on their own, and I show students how to ask their own questions as well. I believe in giving my students resources that help them continue learning after tutoring is finished and throughout their lives. In addition, using my knowledge of science, math, the arts, and the humanities, I make connections between different subjects to help my students see how what we're working on isn't so strange after all!
Before beginning to work with Varsity Tutors in August of 2014, I worked in a K-8 school as an intervention math teacher. There, I tutored elementary- and middle-school students in math in small groups. Working in that setting taught me more about how to explain abstract concepts simply and creatively, and about how to use quizzes and evaluations to track student progress. During college, I helped my peers learn French both individually and in small groups; and most recently, I worked as an English language teacher in France, helping small groups of middle- and high-schoolers put their language learning into practice by organizing projects, conversations, and debates.
In my free time, I like to read, write, draw, and learn about topics of interest such as Spanish and world literature.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Kansas - Bachelors, Biology, Environmental Studies
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 30
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 35
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1560
SAT Math: 730
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 770
Artwork, reading, writing
Elementary School Math
High School Biology
High School English
IB Environmental Systems and Societies
IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL
IB Language A: Literature
IB Language A: Literature HL
SAT Subject Test in French
SAT Subject Test in French with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep