Growing up with a father who received his PhD, education has always been important to me, and that aspiration helped shape my desire to receive my Masters. I was fortunate to spend five and a half years studying at the University of Miami, while receiving a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Marine Science, with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics, and a Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management. During my time there I studied many of the sciences, tutored students in the sciences and math, and was able to participate and lead research on marine life. After finishing school I was able to assist with teaching at a science summer camp, and now teach high school physics in Denver Public Schools.
I love being able to shape young minds, and help inspire them to choose the sciences as a potential career path. I welcome the challenges and opportunity to help tutor students in science and math so that I can help them better relate to the material and gradually gain an interest in the subject matter.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Miami - Bachelors, biology and marine science
Graduate Degree: University of Miami - Masters, tropical marine ecosystem management
ACT Composite: 30
ACT Math: 34
ACT Science: 33
GRE Quantitative Reasoning: 168
GRE Verbal Reasoning: 154
I love nature and being outdoors. I enjoy skiing, hiking, SCUBA diving, and watching sports.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that teaching and learning are highly dependent on the relationship between the teacher and the student. I start to get to know my student so that I can better relate to them and determine the best teaching style to use while tutoring. I teach by relating the material back to real life so that the student is able to understand the importance of what they are learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I will start by getting to know them through their hobbies and interests. I will then start in on material to gauge what they know and what they may be struggling with. I will also use various teaching methods to see which they relate to most.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner through showing them how to better utilize their book and help teach them how to take effective notes that can be used for studying.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated through positive encouragement for great work.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I take the time to teach that skill or concept a couple of different ways to see if their difficulty in learning just stems from the teaching method. I also will relate it to their life so that it can be better understood.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by reading it with them and asking them questions about the reading so that we can work through the material together and help show them what they should be looking for.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I've found that when working with a student, it is best to provide a lot of encouragement and help them see the material in various ways.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited and engaged with a subject they are struggling in by relating it to their interests and hobbies.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I will use test questions and sample readings to be sure that a student understands the material that I'm teaching.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence in a subject by increasing the difficulty of the questions as we work longer and longer together so that they can see the progress they make in the material.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I will use example problems and utilize the notes and textbook of the student so that I follow along with what their teacher is instructing. I will also utilize documents that show how applicable the material is to the real world.