I received my BA in English/Creative Writing from Denison University in Ohio where I also minored in Theatre. I am currently attending Long Island University/Hudson Campus. Here I am earning my Masters in Secondary Education (English, which I will be finishing at the end of this semester. Then I will be finishing up an Advanced Certificate in Literacy 5-12.
I have been consistently teaching since sophomore year in high school when I designed and taught an Earth Science curriculum at a local nature center for a number of years. Since then, I've tutored Earth Science, taught Sunday School, tutored my peers through college, and am currently completing my student teaching at Rye Neck Middle School. At Rye Neck, I am teaching five sections of 6th Grade ELA Skills to children with a wide range of skills. I have also taught basic English Language lessons to Spanish speakers who want to learn English. I also have experience working with Autistic children.
I offer tutoring services in English, specifically reading comprehension, writing, editing, test-taking skills, and test prep in English-based areas. I love teaching reading and writing because these are most often the areas that students claim to hate. Slowly, I can get students to realize the worlds that reading and writing can open up for them and they begin to love these things that they once hated.
My teaching style is conversation based and filled with the Socratic Method. I believe in not handing a student the answer. Rather we can work through the problem until the student realizes the answer themselves. This leads the student to take great pride in their schoolwork and to have the processes in place to solve the problem on their own in the future. Students are always smarter than they think they are, they just need to learn the ways of studying and learning that work best for them. A teacher is merely a guide until the student can teach themselves. For this reason, I am a great believer in scaffolding, or providing a lot of support in the beginning and drawing away slowly until the student can master the work on their own.
Outside of academia, you can find me doing one of three things usually (or trying to do them all at once fairly unsuccessfully): writing, reading, and directing theatre. I write a mixture of poetry or fiction and my reading tastes run from older British literature to Stephen King. Theatre, whether I'm watching or participating, is a huge passion of mine. I love creating world and characters and these three mediums allow me to do that in very unique ways.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Denison University - Bachelors, English/creative writing
Graduate Degree: Long Island University-Westchester Campus - Current Grad Student, Secondary Education (English)
Reading, writing, theatre, nature walks and movies
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that every student is smarter than they think they are. We just need to figure out how they best learn, and develop strategies based on that style to help the student achieve their academic goals.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I would like to review the last few assignments that student struggled with in school so I could get a baseline assessment on what the student is struggling with. Then I would formulate a plan that works with their strengths as a student, and create goals to work towards during our sessions.