I am a graduate of the University of Memphis from which I received a Bachelor of Arts after double majoring in Journalism and Spanish. During my time at Memphis, I studied abroad at the University of Costa Rica to immerse myself in the Spanish language and Costa Rican culture. I also wrote for the Daily Helmsman, the student newspaper at the University of Memphis, as a general assignment reporter covering a variety of stories, including sports, politics, university news, and features. After receiving my degree, I taught middle school and high school. I taught two Spanish I classes, an 8th grade Honors Spanish class, two Public Speaking/Debate classes (fall semester), and two Journalism classes (spring semester). Student ranged from 8th graders to high school seniors. During that time I also had the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects not only in the classroom but also in a one-on-one capacity with students before and after school if they asked for that help.
Following my stint as a teacher (and assistant basketball coach), I went to law school at the University of Mississippi. During my time as a law student I was a member of the Mississippi Law Journal, the preeminent law review at the university. That consisted primarily of two jobs: editing articles submitted for publication in the Journal, and writing for the Case Briefing Service (a subscription-based publication that provides summaries of the facts and legal holdings of Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases). Following my graduation from law school, I practiced law for three years, primarily in the area of civil defense and workers compensation.
My primary interest outside of academia is the reason I am now live in Los Angeles. I am taking improv and sketch classes at UCB and the Groundlings and perform with my improv team at various theaters around LA. I also enjoy history, current events, trying to stay fit, and watching sports (primarily baseball and basketball). I teach many subjects related to my academic and work experience. I am available to tutor Spanish 1-3, Writing, Essay Editing, College Essays, English, Grammar & Mechanics, and Public Speaking. Given my background as a journalist and lawyer, I have extensive experience writing in a variety of styles and to a wide-ranging set of audiences. I also teach Middle School Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry. I enjoyed math a lot in high school, and it remains probably my favorite subject to teach, especially geometry. I was a member of my high school's Mathcounts team that competed in various competitions, and I believe math can be a fun subject to teach and as well as learn. My teaching style in interactive. I want the student to be as engaged as possible with whatever subject is being taught. That means questions and dialog back and forth are welcome. Tutoring is not just additional class time. It is a one-on-one experience that should be specifically tailored to each individual's needs and learning style. I can't know what that entails without an honest engagement from student about the areas that should be focussed on and the ways in which those needs should be addressed. I look forward to working with you in whatever capacity best enables the student to succeed.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Memphis - Bachelors, Journalism, Spanish
Graduate Degree: University of Mississippi - Unknown, Law
History, current events, baseball, basketball, performing improv comedy, writing/performing sketch comedy
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy when tutoring is to create the best atmosphere in which to motivate the student by finding the ways they learn most effectively and efficiently. Each student approaches studying and learning new concepts differently, and it is imperative to understand how to best convey the subject matter to each individual. Having said that, I generally think the best approach is to create an interactive experience where a student feels comfortable in asking any questions they may have and providing feedback in the moment. Tutoring sessions are different from classroom time because they are obviously designed for individualized attention. The goal of each session should be to improve as much as possible on the lesson at hand. That includes both insuring true understanding of the core concepts and not wasting time belaboring certain aspects of the lesson that have already been mastered. This keeps the student engaged and hopefully instills a feeling that the session is as beneficial as possible.