I am a professional educator with over ten years of experience teaching high school and college-level math and science. I received my PhD in Science Education from the University of Arizona, and my BA in Astrophysics from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. While my first love is astronomy education, I also taught math (from Pre-Algebra through College Algebra) for five years at tribal colleges, which are community colleges run by tribes. I have tutored many students while they successfully completed their math courses, and I love to see students gain in confidence as they discover that they are fully capable of learning and solving problems on their own. When I'm not working with students, I like to explore nature, read, write, and do logic puzzles!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Mount Holyoke College - Bachelors, Astrophysics
Graduate Degree: University of Arizona - PHD, Education
Enjoys outdoors (beach, hiking), reading, writing, movies, watching shows on Netflix
10th Grade Math
11th Grade Math
12th Grade Math
6th Grade Math
7th Grade Math
8th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
Elementary School Math
High School Chemistry
High School English
Middle School Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to let students lead the teaching experience, and support and encourage them when they need it. Students already know a lot when they come to me, so my time with them is best spent figuring out where the gaps are and helping them create more cohesive understandings so they're ready for assessments and to learn more in the future.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A typical question I might ask a student to get us started is "what do you know about (the concept) already?" This gives me an idea of our starting point, and lets me hear how the student talks about the concept so I can assess the level of their understanding. I would also likely ask "what do you think your teacher wants you to know about (the concept)?" to help the student think about what they need to be able to do on assessments of the concept, and give me information about what we can do to help the student reach that point.