I am experienced tutor with 5 years working with students aged 5-55 from 53 countries. I hold a BA in Sociology from Tufts University and MA in International Finance from the University of Denver. I have taught over 2,000 students and worked in the US, China, Romania, and Italy. I am a published author in US foreign policy and bring a wealth of experience to your tutoring session.
My tutoring ranges from 1 on 1 to group facilitation to formal classroom instruction. Subjects include ESL, TOEFL-prep, writing, reading, public speaking, test prep, literature, essay editing, grammar, college essays, Italian, Romanian, and Spanish. In English and writing, I tutor all levels but specialize in intermediate to advanced levels. Foreign language tutoring is conversational and beginner level support.
I enjoy helping a student learn that key insight to go to the next level. I helped 43 students gain admission into US universities. As a speaker of Romanian, Spanish, and Italian, as well as smatterings of German, French, and Dari, I enjoy sharing ideas and culture. As an instructor, my goals are student-driven. Student’s goals and style shape how I approach each lesson. I mix creativity with experienced precision. A fun lesson for you is a fun lesson for me.
In my own life, I enjoy the outdoors. From skiing to soccer to hiking, I pursue the active life. I am an avid traveler (56 countries) but enjoy good movies.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Tufts University - Bachelors, Sociology
Graduate Degree: University of Denver - Masters, International Studies - Finance
film, photography, movies, visual arts, traveling (from historical and cultural perspective), outdoor activities like skiing, cyclist, hiking, food
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in student-driven learning. Student goals and learning style shape how we work together. I believe teaching should be collaborative, fun, and focused.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first thing I want to do is get to know you, your learning goals, and learning style. Once we have a foundation, let's get to work! Initial sessions are a process of establishing the student-tutor connection while ensuring we make concrete progress.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help students become independent through several mechanisms. One, as we focus on details, I always connect them to larger learning principles. Two, I tie our work to a student's existing knowledge and style. Three, I support student motivation and growth.