Hello! My name is Kelly and I'm a grad student at Stanford University in Civil and Environmental Engineering. I focus on sustainable resource use and energy efficiency in infrastructure development. I hold a BS in Science, Technology, and International Affairs from Georgetown University. After graduation, I spent over two years working in a low-resource elementary school in southern Peru as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
As a teacher and tutor, I try to understand what motivates and challenges each student. I believe that study skills and critical thinking skills should be integrated into every lesson. As a kinesthetic and visual learner myself, I know how important creativity, motion, and visual aids are when I'm learning; not only will I work towards understanding a student's learning style and tailoring our lesson to suit them, I'll help the student understand for themselves how they best learn.
This past summer, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of trekking in Nepal and visiting the famous temples of India. I love to travel and I'm already planning a trip for next summer to Southeast Asia. Less dramatically, I enjoy long-distance running and I'm trying to work up the courage (and stamina!) for a 50-mile race!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Georgetown University - Bachelors, Science, Technology, and International Affairs
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 34
ACT Math: 36
ACT Reading: 33
ACT Science: 32
SAT Composite: 2230
SAT Math: 730
SAT Verbal: 740
SAT Writing: 760
GRE Quantitative: 165
GRE Verbal: 167
To share a little about myself, I was an athlete (soccer, lacrosse, rugby, tennis, and ultimate frisbee) up through college and a Girl Scout. I play the piano, speak Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and I love to run and read.
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Physics
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student can learn - if they have a teacher who takes the time to get to know them and their learning style. Building their confidence and self-motivation is key.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We would discuss all their classes to understand what they like and dislike about each one. Finding trends in learning habits is important!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I don't tell a student immediately if an answer is right or wrong - I have them explain their reasoning and tell me why they're confident in their answer, then we go over their work, step by step.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It's critical that a student recognizes for themselves the incremental gains they make. Having a student's confidence boost through small victories builds motivation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I'm not afraid to get creative - whether it's launching erasers across a kitchen to understand parabolic motion or making up a chant to memorize vocab, I think a student learns best when they're active and engaged.