I graduated from the University of California at San Diego where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning with a minor in Spanish Literature. During my undergraduate years I studied abroad at the Universidad de Madrid, attended the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and served on the UCSD Marshall College Student Council. I later earned a Masters in Public Administration at the City University of New York as a National Urban Fellow, graduating with honors.
For more than 10 years I worked in local, state and federal government sectors as a professional public administrator, but my passion has always been supporting others through education. I was a Teacher Leader in a Spanish bilingual after-school program and was a substitute teacher for a Spanish Bilingual class, and tutored elementary math and high school Spanish.
Through the UCSD Alumni Association, I reviewed and rated essays of UC San Diego Alumni Scholarship applicants and served as an Alumni Ambassador at high school college fairs.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, movies, traveling, collecting art and spending time with family.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelors, Urban Studies and Planning
Graduate Degree: City University of New York - Masters, Public Administration
Has received volunteer and academic awards; was active in student government, National Urban Fellow, honors soceity
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
4th Grade Math
5th Grade Math
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Writing
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Geography
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Urban Design and Development
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know what the student's expectations are in the session: what he or she is most motivated by and least confident about in their studies or subject area. And I'd create some goals to meet on a step-by-step basis.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Offer guidance and encouragement in the session by suggesting learning resources, tools, and methods to try based on their individual learning style. We'd reconvene to see whether or not those recommendations were successful and make adjustments as necessary.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I see a student's difficulty as an opportunity for me to use a different approach or method by adjusting my teaching approach to accommodate the student's learning style.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First, I would assess how the student is struggling with reading comprehension. Once I determine why the student's approach is unsuccessful, I'd offer new strategies to assertively approach and break down the reading passage and think out loud-what is the writer trying to say? What is the theme of the passage?
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I found that getting to know the student on a personal level works best because it will let him or her know that I am committed to his or her success, and thus, it creates a win-win partnership.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would find ways to make it fun by knowing what other subjects or activities they are most passionate or successful in and helping to channel that enthusiasm to the difficult subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would briefly go over the previous material from the prior session with the student to ensure that they understand the material. I'd also incorporate periodic quizzes to keep the new material that students learned "fresh" in their minds.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I'd build a student's confidence by offering praise with each milestone success, and I'd offer ongoing encouragement when the student faces challenges.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student deserves to be encourage to reach his or her maximum potential. I believe it's important to be a channel in tapping into their gifts and uniqueness during the learning process to bring out the best in them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By giving the students new tools and techniques they can use with whatever special gifts they already have.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would assess where the student is academically by determining what are his or her strengths and weaknesses in basic math and reading skills.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt to the student's needs when I see, based on my evaluation, where more improvement or reinforcement is needed.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use the textbook, a whiteboard, and PowerPoint slides.