I grew up on a farm in New Jersey, an experience that has made me passionate about spending time outdoors and interested in leaving behind bucolic pursuits to study global politics.
After completing the IB program in high school, I attended Tufts University, where I studied International Relations and was a member of a leadership program, Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship. This interdisciplinary major exposed me to the ways that different academic disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, history and economics theorize about the world.
While at Tufts, I had the opportunity to study Spanish abroad in Santiago, where I took classes at the University of Chile law school and political science school, did an internship with a womens empowerment NGO in a marginalized neighborhood, and traveled extensively in the region. I loved this experience of living and learning abroad, and decided to join the Peace Corps.
During my Peace Corps experience, I worked in a small Nicaraguan town, teaching English alongside 4 local English teachers at 4 high schools. I trained over 250 English teachers around the country in various workshops, organized a career and health fair for 300 high school students and provided cultural and language programming for local youth and English teachers. In all of these endeavors, I developed the flexibility, patience, and the strong communication skills necessary to achieve goals and confront obstacles.
My Peace Corps experience motivated me to teach; Im currently a New York City Teaching Fellow and will begin teaching bilingual classes in a primary school in Fall 2015. Im currently teaching summer school to fourth graders at PS86 Kingsbridge Heights in the Bronx and loving it! I am also pursuing a Masters degree in Bilingual Education at Hunter College.
I love tutoring because its wonderful to be able to tailor learning to individual needs and motivations. Ive tutored in high school and college, mainly teaching Spanish, English as a Second Language and Early Literacy, with the Jumpstart program. I consider myself to be very well rounded and skilled at breaking down complex material to engage learners in a variety of ways. I'm also frequently called upon by friends for editing advice. Im looking forward to helping any student that I can!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Tufts University - Bachelor in Arts, International Relations
SAT Composite: 2170
SAT Verbal: 770
SAT Writing: 740
Running, Biking, Reading, Hiking, Traveling, Live Music
High School English
IB Social and Cultural Anthropology
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
As a tutor, it's essential to find common ground between whatever a student is studying and his or her personal life. By making content relevant and exciting to students, they have better engagement and understanding of the material.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Speak with the student about what they see as their interests, strengths, and areas of need. Depending on the subject matter, it might also be appropriate to informally quiz them as well to better understand their level of knowledge.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Provide students with generalizable study strategies or tools that they can use to learn one concept and show the student how to do this with others as well.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
It's important to help students understand the context of a particular passage prior to reading. During reading, I support students by providing them with strategies to check their understanding at periodic points. These strategies vary depending on the type of text, especially given the difference between non-fiction, fiction, or texts in a second language.