I received my Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross in 2010, having majored in English Literature and Russian and Eastern European Studies. I have taught English in China and Thailand to students of all ages, prepared students for international exams, provided coaching for immigration interviews, and worked in both general and special education classrooms in the greater Buffalo region. I am inspired by those I teach and endeavor to help my students channel their creativity and realize their potential while making content relevant outside of the confines of the classroom.
My approach? I have recently completed my Masters in English Education and understand that students of all ages struggle with material at some point in their academic careers. I believe we learn best from teachers we feel genuinely care about us and our success. As a high school ELA and Environmental Science teacher, I work to build strong relationships with my students to better motivate them and get them invested in their work. In addition to guiding students towards a clearer understanding of material, I simultaneously work to impart the importance of non-cognitive skills. Patience, grit, and determination are integral to student success and I work daily to inspire my students to be proactive, take risks, collaborate with others, set goals, and seek excellence for themselves and invest in their futures.
As teachers, we can't ask our students to love Shakespeare or Statistics or SAT prep if we don't! I bring enthusiasm and love of learning to every tutoring session and measure my success by that of my students'.
I spend my spare time reading, finding awesome books to recommend to my students, running, walking my dog, cooking for my friends and family, studying Mandarin, and planning my next trip to Asia.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: College of the Holy Cross - Bachelor in Arts, English Literature
Graduate Degree: SUNY College at Buffalo - Masters, English Education 7-12
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 700
GRE Verbal: 166
reading, running, my dogs
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
CLEP College Composition
CLEP English Literature
College Application Essays
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Get to know your students! I believe in differentiated, individualized instruction, the first step of which is identifying students' strengths and those areas they need support in. I implement a workshop model into my instruction that places emphasis on active engagement and independent practice so students learn through doing. Rigor requires that students are engaged with the material and challenged appropriately based upon their level of mastery. I endeavor to form meaningful relationships with my students to get them highly motivated and invested in their own learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know you! I want to know what motivates my students so we can get down to improving your performance in school or on your standardized tests. Let's sit down and talk about what your goals are, as well as your expectations of your tutor. What's your timeline? Is it realistic? How can we get you to where you want to be effectively, while still having fun learning?