I attended Princeton University, attaining an A.B. degree, majoring in English, minoring in theater and achieving proficiency in Latin. For the past several years, I have tutored extensively, working with students from many different countries and age groups. I tutor writing, literature, the college essay, PSAT, SAT (writing and critical reading), Latin, public speaking and European history. When tutoring, my goal is always to listen to my student. I look for a student's specific learning style and approach material in this way. I have worked with students who have been accepted to Princeton and other highly selective universities, offering them advice with college essays and activity sheets. My essay advice is constantly informed by my knowledge of English literature. I have read works from Chaucer in Middle English to Charles Mee with his very postmodern take on language. I have also read Catullus, Caesar, Livy and Virgil in Latin and scanned Latin verse. I love acting and have found this academic textual study informing the parts I play on stage. I enjoyed acting in many productions at Princeton and have done coursework in acting at Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Princeton, BADA at Oxford, and Yale School of Drama. It has also been a joy to help students prepare for forensics public speaking competitions.
What fascinates me about theater, literature, Latin, etc. is the ways in which past generations speak to us in the present with their very similar, very human experiences. Virgil, for instance, describes a dark cave in which the hero Hercules tests his strength. Later, Spenser describes a similar such cave. Finally in our own times, Ibsen sets his final scene of Brand in just such a cave. Here, the protagonist once again examines himself, seeing his own reflection on every wall of the ice cave. The opportunity to sit at a table with a student and reflect upon these words from the past, bringing them into our present, is one for which I count myself truly lucky.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Princeton University - Bachelor in Arts, English
SAT Verbal: 760
SAT Writing: 800
High School English
SAT Subject Test in Latin
SAT Subject Tests Prep