I am a graduate of Washington University in St Louis, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in Humanities and Anthropology. Since graduation, I have worked as a tutor, teacher, and director of tutors at a charter public middle school in Boston. During this time I also received my Masters in Mild to Moderate Disabilities from Simmons College. I have worked extensively with students with a range of abilities, including students with specific learning disabilities, emotional impairments, dyslexia, and ADHD. My teaching experience has given me a deep understanding of the knowledge and habits essential to academic success and has given me the opportunity to hone a variety of strategies that ensure students at each level can achieve their academic goals. While I tutor a broad range of subjects, my favorite ones are Reading, Elementary/Middle School Math, History, and Test Prep. In my experience, tutoring is the most rewarding when a student has that "aha!" moment and achieves a new level of understanding and confidence in his/her abilities. I am a firm believer in the transformative power of education, and I see my role to be that of a facilitator and coach who is there to help the student reach his/her goals through individualized support and rigorous practice. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, practicing my Spanish, and discovering new music. I am also an avid traveler and just got back from a 3 month trip to South America. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Bachelors, History
Graduate Degree: Simmons College - Masters, Special Education: Mild to Moderate Disabilities 5-12
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 32
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 34
SAT Math: 720
SAT Verbal: 730
GRE Quantitative: 730
loves music and loves traveling
College Level American History
High School English
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students have the right to a quality education that enables them to pursue and achieve their personal goals. I also believe that all students can learn, and will often surpass expectations, when provided with the supports that they need. Driven by these beliefs, I teach in order to provide my students with: the skills they need to be successful in academia and beyond, a learning environment in which they feel seen and heard, and the opportunity to discover the topics and ideas that excite them. I also believe that learning is a lifelong endeavor that provides meaning and inspiration to our lives. I strive to start my students on this path by making my teaching engaging and accessible. I provide academic support that is based on a student's individual needs, strengths, learning style, and goals. All students need to learn certain skills, but we must consider how individual students will best learn these skills -- the level of complexity at which they start, the pace at which they progress, and the teaching and motivational strategies that should be used. I measure our success by the student's ability to independently demonstrate mastery of the material; my effectiveness is not measured by how much I can explain to the student but by how much the student can ultimately explain or demonstrate to me. I have seen firsthand, and believe strongly in, the power of students discovering within themselves previously unknown abilities, from the student who perfectly sounds out a multisyllabic word with that tricky vowel sound to the student who finally sees the hidden pattern in a certain type of SAT Math problem. Contributing to and sharing in these accomplishments are part of what I love about teaching, and I am committed to working with students and their families to achieve those personal moments of growth and success.