I received my B.A. in Psychology, at Indiana University, my MFA in Theater, at University of Oregon, and my teaching credential at Southern Oregon University. I taught High School Theater, English, Film, and Creative Writing in the Medford area. Since then, I've taught all ages in the Portland Metro area. I love all subjects in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. My absolute favorites are English Literature, American History and Film, all of which I tutor. I also enjoy tutoring Creative writing, Essay writing, Theater Arts and Psychology. I believe in individualizing my tutoring to the students learning style. Many students are not comfortable learning in the standard sit and listen mode, but need to move around, work with their hands, or relate new learning to their other interests. I believe learning should be fun. It is always fun for me to teach and I think my enthusiasm rubs off on my students. I genuinely enjoy tutoring children and teens and I think they know it! In my spare time, I love cars, baseball, reading, writing screenplays and plays, performing stand-up comedy, and storytelling.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology
Graduate Degree: Southern Oregon University - Unknown, Education
Acting, comedy, singing, writing, cars, scooters, reading, crafting, and baseball.
AP US History
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
High School English
High School Level American History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
That each student is an individual with an individual mode of learning new material. I assess and teach to that mode. I also believe that learning should be fun and put in as much levity as possible!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
It depends on the age of the student. I would ask all of them about their experience in school; what they enjoy and what they don't. I will ask to see recent homework or tests to assess their level, and then give a short pre-test to determine where to begin.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teach them the fundamentals of HOW to learn. In English-- phonics coupled with a dictionary and thesaurus, helping them learn to take notes and structure their time, showing them resources for education online, and giving them a sense of accomplishment when they learn something new.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Again, it depends on the age of the student. I like to reward the positive and de-emphasize the negative aspects of learning. All kinds of simple reward systems work with younger kids, and I try to get the parents to create a reward chart for them. For teens, I like to let them engage me in a bit of their conversation-- tell me about a TV show, movie or game before getting down to the work at hand.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Slow down! Go back a step and give them confidence by working on something they are good at, and then break down each part of the new task until mastered. I bring in all forms of hands on objects to teach. For example, real money to teach math is always a hit!