I am a Georgia native who recently relocated to Colorado. Previously I lived in New Haven, CT, where I worked with young adults who had just finished undergrad. I served as a mentor, helping each one make a decision about the future. I also worked with them on admissions essays and finding their voice.
Writing is hard work. It is especially hard to be authentic and clear. It has been my greatest pleasure to watch my mentees work through the difficulty and come out with a piece of writing they are proud of. It is work I have loved and am excited to continue here in Colorado.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in 2007 from Piedmont College in Georgia, where I studied Philosophy and Religion. In 2010 I earned my Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University. My particular interest is the junction between literature and theology using the tools of textual criticism. In my studies I learned how important it is to be clear and concise in my writing.
Undergraduate Degree: Piedmont College - Bachelors, Philosophy and Religion
Graduate Degree: Yale University - Masters, Theology
I am a performing musician, a writer, movie buff, and woodworker.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in listening. My goal is to help each student best express their thoughts. That can only happen if they are heard.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Teaching is about building trust. I want students to know that I want them to succeed. I'll ask questions, get to know them, and get to know what they want out of our sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Learning to know how to ask the right questions. Without questions, understanding is only an inch deep. I will help students learn how to ask the questions, and let the questions take them deeper.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think progress is the best motivator. Success happens in increments, not all at once. In the middle it can be hard to see that. Sometimes you have to look back and see where you've been.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
There are usually many directions to a skill or concept. Sometimes you have to step back and see if there is a different way to get where we're going.