I began working for Levine Investments when I was a high-school senior. When college began I opened a small shop called Gypsies Music in Old Town Scottsdale that built custom guitars while still working with Levine Investments in the lending department. A year later I sold Gypsies Music and took on greater responsibilities with Levine Investments, Pacifica Retail Management and eventually, Avery Properties. While working in commercial real estate I won the presidency of Hillel at ASU, started and sold a music management company began working with Saving Arizona Homes, and officially founded the technology company, Symp1e LLC. The responsibility associated with working, creating opportunities for myself and others, balancing a political campaign and maintaining a full time academic schedule proved to be difficult. During college I carried a minor in Real Estate and Psychology, both having to be sacrificed for the building of Symp1e LLC's, Waterall. Despite this, I have made the Deans List multiple semesters and will be featured in the latest textbook (three year contract) by Sage Publishers in a chapter on Social Entrepreneurship for the required Management 300 class of the W.P. Carey School of Business. Balancing it all with the help of close friends and family, I have been able to leave a legacy with the School of Business, as just recently, they have featured an interview and photo in the "Dream. It. Do. It." advertising campaign of 2015.
My major during college was Business Law.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelors, Business Law
Sailing, Woodworking, Biking, Basketball, Baseball
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Let's work together, have fun and stay efficient.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Be as warm as possible, start on the problem area, and leave enough time for a great conversation prior to wrapping it all up. It's that initial conversation that builds trust and instills that confidence that we can get through even the hardest parts, together.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Confidence, organization, and motivation come with a sincere interest in what is being taught. Let's look at a boring situation from as many perspectives as possible-let's have fun and make some of these works come alive.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
A key element of accomplishment is being proud of overcoming a challenge. Staying challenged, engaged, and positive.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Slow down to their pace and try to understand where our communication lapses. For instance, in Math, it's best to move on to a problem that they have been able to do prior, get the confidence back and try to see the linear development of adding that extra piece to the equation. In economics, it's important to have an analogy they can easily relate to.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Practice, break down the paragraphs into a sentence summary of your own words, and write the bottom line summation at the bottom of the passage.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Move at their pace and take the time that's needed. This may be contrary to what was given, but it shows the dedication and the fact that we care about conveying the message at hand while instilling confidence and trust.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate it to something they are truly passionate about. It may be soccer or cars, both of those involve elements of whatever subject they are learning. History of Soccer, Mathematics of the soccer, the science behind polymer based soccer balls, paintings of sports for art...we can relate it all to the core of their interest.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The teach it back method seems to work the best. When we teach it, we really know it and realize where gaps may lie in our explanation.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encourage them to express themselves regarding the subject, have an opinion and make it positive.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Have a conversation with the student and with the parents, and a look at past homework or tests. Let's get the conversation going.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Listen to the student and realize when things are not moving forward. What's needed is always there if we're open to listening for its clear signs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Materials that are relevant to the class they are taking, perhaps library materials and the Internet (if necessary), but for the sake of staying focused, fewer materials are better to convey a simple message.