I attended Campbell University and studied Biochemistry for undergrad, followed by medical school at Saint Louis University in Missouri. I started teaching Vacation Bible School when I was 13 and have continued teaching in many avenues, including swim lessons, CPR, and tutoring when I was in college. While I do my best to fit my style to the student and subject, I enjoy an interactive style with lots of questions and discussion the most. In my free time I enjoy sewing, knitting, and swing dancing. I love the outdoors, and go camping and hiking every chance I get. Running and yoga are my favorite ways to stay healthy.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Campbell University - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry
Graduate Degree: Saint Louis University-Main Campus - Doctor of Medicine, Medicine
SAT Composite: 1460
SAT Math: 710
SAT Verbal: 750
Sewing, knitting, music, hiking, swing dance, yoga
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. I see my role as helping students find their best learning methods.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask questions about their learning style and go over materials from their class. I like to use my own sources if they have trouble with the class materials.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My approach is to teach the student my methods for learning and retaining material, as well as the facts and formulas.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Provide examples from the real world that they are familiar with. Such as using the example of a pot-luck dinner to explain VSEPR theory and the sharing of electrons in a metal or ionic solid.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I constantly hear "I've never seen someone so excited about chemistry." I hope that is infectious. I try to bring in medical or other real-life examples as much as possible.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Point it out when the student is correct, and ask them to acknowledge it as well.