I have been helping students become more successful readers and writers for over fifteen years. After graduating from Northwestern University, I began to teach young children dance in the Chicago Public Schools. It was there that I discovered my love for working with children and decided to pursue a career in education. I began teaching English after completing a Master's degree in Secondary Education at Emory University. At the high school level, I taught English, theatre, the IB English and Extended Essay, test preparation, and dance. I also spent eight years coordinating an International Baccalaureate Programme. I guided students through the program and helped them manage the college application process. I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Education, so now I am conducing research at Georgia State University. I miss my classroom, but tutoring keeps me connected to students all over the city.
Throughout my teaching and tutoring career, I have taught students to master the skills they needed to reach and exceed their goals, including improving school grades and standardized test scores and honing college admission essays to help them stand apart from the crowd. As you can see, I have worked with students of all ages! I enjoy working with students from all grade levels and hope to instill a love of learning as I assist students with their challenges. As a tutor, I strive to the honor the specific needs and concerns of my individual students. It is infinitely rewarding to witness my students move from confusion to confidence.
I am interested in helping young children learn to read and master the basics. Because middle and high school students read and write in all their subjects, and because they are "reading to learn," I can assist with school work and test preparation in most subjects areas. However, my specialties are reading and comprehending literature, organizing writing and research, public speaking, and college transition management. I like to help students understand the age-old question "why are we learning this" and make connections with the real world. I can also help students discover their personal skills and talents through the learning of reading and writing.
I welcome you to reach out and find out how I can help you resolve your academic concerns. I look forward to helping you to become a more confident and fluent student and to nurture your natural communication abilities.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Northwestern University - Bachelors, B.S. Performance Studies
Graduate Degree: Emory University - Masters, Education
GRE Verbal: 168
GRE Analytical Writing: 5.5
Dance, books, outdoor fun, my 6-year old son!
High School English
IB Dance HL
IB Dance SL
IB Theatre HL
IB Theatre SL
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Difficult skills and concepts need to be broken down into smaller parts and stretched out so that students can see them with more detail. For students struggling to grasp concepts, I will teach how to go through the process of breaking it down.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students have the capacity to be academically and personally successful. My role as tutor is to guide students through the learning process so they can meet their goals.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In our first session, I will ask questions that will help me get to know my student and his/her interests. We will then set both short-term and long-term goals for our tutoring sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe that skills and strategies are essential for developing a lifelong love of learning. I focus on helping my students develop skills to help them learn effectively and efficiently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To stay motivated, students needs to believe they can succeed! My tutoring will help students experience success, understand how to succeed, and have fun doing it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To improve reading comprehension, I will help students to learn to process language in smaller units and build their understanding of those units more effectively.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First, we set goals for our sessions and plan ahead. Then, we make sure that we review the basics before moving on to the most difficult aspects of the tasks we're working on. I offer supports students can use to learn to tackle challenges independently.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I believe that enjoyable learning is connected to two essential aspects of a person: prior knowledge and personal benefit. For a student to become excited in a subject, there has to be something to connect it to, and a good reason to learn it. My job is to help students make those connections, both to prior knowledge and to future benefits.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I teach my students to question themselves, to go back, reread, and repeat before moving on to the next task. Students can learn to test themselves for mastery during the learning process.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence develops from the experience of success. A student who begins to feel successful in a subject will become confident with his/her skills and abilities over time.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I use a variety of tools to assess students' needs, such as asking direct questions, giving practice assessments, looking at work samples and grade reports, talking to parents, and even talking to teachers.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Students learn in a variety of ways: verbally, numerically, visually, musically, spatially, and more. I will learn students' learning styles through our interactions and adapt my approach to honor their unique learning needs.