Originally from Manassas, I graduated from the University of Mary Washington, first with my bachelor's degree in English, and then with my master's in education. I have been teaching elementary school here in Richmond for three years now, and I hope to use my experience to help new students with Varsity Tutors. I have always been a voracious reader, but I am also interested in science, math, and especially history. I'm very comfortable with all elementary subjects, from phonics to algebraic reasoning. My English degree came with a fair bit of writing, so I am also very comfortable tutoring both literature and composition.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Mary Washington - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: University of Mary Washington - Masters, Elementary Education
Reading, Editing, and Working with Students
Elementary School Math
High School English
HSPT Language Skills Prep
HSPT Reading Prep
HSPT Verbal Prep
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy has always been a "breadcrumbs" approach--lead students in the right direction, but don't tell them what to find.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first session with a student, we will have to get to know each other! I will ask students to reflect on their abilities, and I might also work on some informal pre-assessments to see where we are versus where we need to be.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student becomes an independent learner when he or she is inspired to search for answers. I can try to make learning fun by creating lessons that are relevant to a student's interests, so that they actually WANT to learn some things.