I have always enjoyed learning languages and immersing myself in the process of gaining fluency. I have lived in both Nicaragua, where I am from, and Germany, and I speak Spanish and German fluently. I have tutored and taught literature and language at various levels--from middle school to college--and I am very engaged in my interaction with students. During tutoring sessions, I focus on learning a student's needs as much through conversation as assessments, and I thrive on the feedback I receive from my students to establish plans and strategies for learning. I have degrees from the University of Notre Dame (in Indiana), the University of Bayreuth (in Germany), and I am working on a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland (College Park).
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Notre Dame - Bachelor in Arts, English and German
Graduate Degree: University of Bayreuth (Germany) - Master of Arts, Literature
Reading, translation, and being outdoors with my daughter.
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
High School English
High School Writing
IB Language ab initio
IB Language ab initio SL
IB Language B
IB Language B HL
IB Language B SL
SAT Subject Test in German with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Have a clear strategy for reaching a goal, but remain flexible as you engage in learning with students.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Listen carefully to their needs and doubts, and then propose solutions and strategies that we can then assess as a team.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Encourage them to think critically from the start by providing exercises, questions, and activities that target their needs. I would allow them to struggle through challenging activities, with interaction with me only when I can provide support that they can use to reach an answer or better writing sample.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Being lively, encouraging, and reminding them that mistakes and even frustration are good steps toward improvement.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Remain encouraging, but also provide a different context for learning that skill or concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I ask questions at different points in the reading, as well as provide strategies for narrating the story in their heads, such that they hear their voice as they read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Building a relationship that is open and based on mutual respect. I like that students feel they can question and challenge an idea and strategy, but in a way that is productive for both of us, and that allows us to enter into dialogue.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Provide a new and different context in which those ideas, skills, or concepts can be used or can be helpful.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Again, come up with a different context in which they can apply what they have learned but would not be able to anticipate based on what we have just accomplished.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encouraging them to become independent learners, such that they hear their voices before mine.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Conversation and questions.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I engage my students-- I take my time to listen to them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
A lot of hand gestures!