I am an award-winning educator who has taught at the college level for 10 years. Before that, I worked in a high school library and helped out youth arts organizations.
I excel at creating a hands-on environment that presses students to immediately use their skills and knowledge. Through a teaching grant, I was able to research and successfully implement game design into my classrooms. I also have had training in developing course assignments grounded in Blooms taxonomy and the Addie system.
Outside of the university setting, I have assisted with youth education and family programming through Penn Museums Mobile Guide program and with Enchantment Theatre Company. For two years, I served as the assistant librarian at an urban high school in New Zealand, where much of my time was devoted to helping high school students understand the basics of conducting keyword searches and navigating the full extent of the librarys resources.
I see myself as a guide to your education. Together, we will develop practical learning techniques that you can use throughout your life. I have a talent for helping students understand complex ideas. I am adept at problem solving and working in a dynamic, multi-faceted environment. Finally, and I think most importantly, I am committed to creating an atmosphere of community within the context of education.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Knox College - Bachelors, Sociology/Anthropology
Graduate Degree: Temple University - PHD, Anthropology
ACT English: 31
ACT Reading: 30
ACT Science: 30
Ballet, modern dance, yoga, hiking, sewing, and knitting.
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
ACT with Writing Prep
AP US History
College Level American History
College World History
MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School World History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I strive to create a dynamic learning environment that ignites students' curiosity and helps them develop immediately transferable skills for critical thinking and research.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to get a sense of the kind of help you want and also of your interests. I think it's important to find ways to make difficult material easier for you to relate to right away. My aim is to have you teach me something about the topic by the end of the first session.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Learning how to learn is one of the most important gifts we can give to ourselves. There's not a single learning technique that works all the time for everyone, but we can explore different strategies that work for you. Then, we can practice breaking big learning tasks into smaller steps.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
In order to learn, we have to be excited about it. We have to find how this knowledge relates to you or answers questions you have about the world. It's not always easy to find it on your own, but that's where I can help.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
We all have different learning strengths - and let's face it, different weaknesses. The first thing we have to determine is whether you need to develop and practice basic skills and knowledge OR if you need to see the problem from a different perspective. Once we know what the obstacle is, we can solve it!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Like all skills, reading takes practice. Let's start with reading a topic or subject you like. I often start by reading out loud with you. We'll examine the passage for words and concepts that are unfamiliar to you, and discuss those within the context of the reading. We'll read it again, and then I'll have you explain what you think is happening. If there are still points that are confusing to you, we will talk about that. After a third reading, I'll ask you to write a summary of the passage in your own words.