I recently moved to the Los Angeles area after graduating from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Drama and History. I have developed a strong interest in teaching over a number of years now, beginning in high school when I was offered a position teaching music at the religious school associated with my synagogue. While holding this position, I discovered that I loved teaching because it brought together two of my passions, learning and performance. Even with a subject not as closely associated with performance, students will not be encouraged to learn unless the teacher or tutor makes every effort to engage them in the lesson. Years later, when I became an apprentice Spanish teacher for the Kenyon College Department of Modern Languages and Literature, I performed Spanish songs for my students in order to put that theory into practice. I also believe that my enthusiasm for the subjects I teach - whether its the Spanish language that I learned as a child, the history that I studied in high school and college, or theater at my local summer camp - comes across very clearly in all of my lessons. I sincerely hope that if I can actively demonstrate to a student why I think a topic is interesting or important, then I can also positively influence their school experience.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Kenyon College - Bachelors, Drama and History
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 780
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 700
SAT Subject Test in Spanish: 700
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 760
European history, stand-up/sketch comedy, high-quality television, all things British, reading, singing, and playing the guitar.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My educational philosophy is essentially to love what you teach. The teachers who have impacted my life the most have always been those who spoke from the heart and never stopped giving me reasons to care about their classes, which is why I've developed a passion for knowledge and an excitement about sharing it. I think of each lesson as a performance that must be thought-provoking and engaging, and I seek to always treat my students exactly as I would want to be treated if I were in their position.