I am a passionate writer, and my interests are wide-ranging: I have studied and written about prison education, cultural studies, and art criticism. My goal as a teacher is to help bring my love of composition, history, Chinese, and many other subjects to students who want to expand and solidify their own knowledge. I am also a contributing editor of the magazine Guernica where I work with writers on pieces about things like virtual reality, democratic activism in Russia, and the history of apartheid in Namibia.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Cornell University - Bachelors, College Scholar — International Relations, Chinese, Comparative Literature
Graduate Degree: New York University - Masters, Journalism
SAT Composite: 1350
SAT Math: 650
SAT Verbal: 700
GRE Verbal: 161
Hiking with my dog; photography; swimming
College World History
High School English
High School Geography
High School World History
Mandarin Chinese 1
Mandarin Chinese 3
Mandarin Chinese 4
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students benefit from a personalized approach to learning. Teaching requires both a profound understanding of the subject matter on the part of the teacher, and an equally intense desire on the teacher's part to find the most effective way of working with a given student. I prefer to use Socratic methods in teaching; using questions as a way to delimit and build a student's knowledge is a highly adaptable tool.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
At our first meeting, I like to determine the scope of what a student is trying to learn, and then begin to understand a student's educational stumbling blocks. We will discuss the student's personal goals, both for a given subject and for continuing their education beyond a given subject or grade level. I also like to set up a rough plan for how we're going to strengthen their performance, with more details added in the coming sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students must be self-motivated in order to master their course of study. By creating a learning plan based on a student's interests and educational goals, I try to help build a foundation for natural curiosity and confidence.