I am a doctoral candidate at Cornell University, and hold a Master of Philosophy degree in art history from Cambridge University (UK), and a magna cum laude bachelor's degree from Baruch College with a double major in Art History and English Literature . As you can probably infer, I love going to museums and reading. My goal is to become a professor in the history of art, spending the rest of my life teaching and writing books. During my time at Baruch College, I was a Research Assistant for an art history professor. I proctored and graded exams for a survey art history course. During college I was a Math, ESL, and SAT tutor for Collegiate Academy in Queens. I did private tutoring for ESL students and classes of about ten students for other subjects. Since graduating, I have worked in the art world to get experience before embarking on my graduate studies. I also worked in the Education Department of the School of the International Center of Photography as their Teaching Assistant Liaison. This experience confirmed my goals of becoming an educator. As our dean once said, a classroom is the only place that you can walk into, say the sky is purple, and do something productive with such an absurd idea.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Bernard M Baruch College - Bachelors, Art History and English Literature
GRE Quantitative: 166
GRE Verbal: 164
Reading, visiting museums, and hiking.
AP Art History
College Application Essays
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Writing
History of Architecture
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Progressive inquiry-based learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Map the student's goals and expectations for both of us. For test prep, I would make sure that the student is aware of the basic and logistical structure of the exam. For all other subjects I would ask about any methods, structures, and preferred methods at the student's school. Most importantly, we'd find out more about each other, so I can be more sensitive to anything that the student needs!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Find a structure and schedule that works best for the student. I do a lot of independent research. I became much more productive after I found the right environment and time frame for my work.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Being as encouraging as possible. We are both in it together!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take a step back. Next, find a new approach to the concept. It could mean examining the bigger picture or focusing on a small aspect of it. That part depends on the learning style of the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Break it down. Identify each clause, extract the idea behind it, and see how it relates to other clauses. Vocabulary exercises will not only give the student more confidence, but reinforce these exercises.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Structuring the lesson to be as interactive as possible. I want to hear the student as much as possible!
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
We would work on finding practical or personal connections to the work.