I have a curious heart and a passion for learning. I enjoy language, grammar and etymology, exploring the world, history and consciousness, and reading adventures, biographies and poetry. Harry Potter is my favorite, especially Prisoner of Azkaban and Half Blood Prince. I went to EE Waddell HS in Charlotte, NC, where I took 5 AP courses and 4 courses at the local community college. I participated in just about every extra curricular available, including National Honor Society (President), yearbook, volleyball, and I held down a part time job at a coffee shop. I graduated with a 4.25 GPA and went on to obtain my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and French after four years at UNC-Wilmington. I had the pleasure of spending one spring semester in Paris with ma mre d'accueil, Catherine and left dreaming of French phrases and traveling the world. I was also involved in Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society) and UNCW's Yoga Club (VP); I loved being busy and organized through all my adventures. I also teach yoga and pranayama, or breath awareness, which is always helpful during test time!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology, French
Yoga, gardening and reading.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Let's work together to understand the problem, find the answer, apply our knowledge and have some fun along the way.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to get to know my students, understand their needs, and address any immediate concerns.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By helping students to relate to the subject matter personally so they can apply the material to their own lives. Finding a different perspective always helps!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to end each session with a Q&A wrap up and discussion about the material. If we can chat and joke about the subject, I know it's being understood.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Leading students to the correct answer by helping them understand the problem and its nuances so they can work through problems on their own.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try another perspective or angle and never give up, of course.