I've held a variety of positions as an educator, and have ample experience teaching small groups and generating individualized lesson plans and strategies for students. I've just finished a year abroad as a teaching fellow in Southern Israel, where I worked primarily in an underprivileged elementary school teaching proficiency and competence in the the English language. I taught children from diverse backgrounds and language levels, and I particularly utilized creative and artistic projects, in order to generate enthusiasm and learning. These projects included the production of a 20-minute play, an “American Idol”- style competition, and a host of creative writing assignments. I also worked with students to prepare them for the nation-wide standardized tests, meeting with pedagogical advisers and test administrators for training and preparation. As a requirement of my fellowship, I also attended regular lectures and workshops in pedagogical training, sensitivity to learning disabilities, cross-cultural communication, and regional history. Additionally, I learned Hebrew, and worked on a variety of other projects related to community development, urban renewal, cultural appreciation, teaching to different age groups, and the arts. Prior to this fellowship, I have worked as a private tutor, interned in the public education department of a major state museum, and volunteered with an after-school EFL tutoring program for disadvantaged youth.
From these experiences, I've developed a tireless work ethic, as well as a tremendous capacity to adapt to new scenarios, think analytically, and communicate effectively with a wide variety of people. I believe that effective teaching demands passionate, enthusiastic teachers who will invest their full energy and focus into their students, and this is the standard I hold myself to when approaching my lessons. No two students are the same, and unless they are given individualized attention, it can be difficult to assess where a knowledge gap or particular strength that is being under-utilized might exist. I strive to understand my students as individuals and create lessons and strategies tailored to them personally.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Georgia - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1500
SAT Verbal: 710
SAT Writing: 760
Reading, traveling, writing, painting, dancing, hiking, learning new languages
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Finding a way to be passionate about subject is a necessity to motivation. While it may not seem obvious how a subject will relate to one's personal interests, with the right amount of digging and exploration anything can become fascinating and compelling.