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I graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Africana Studies and a French Minor. After Bowdoin, I worked at the Fay School in Massachusetts where I wore multiple hats. I was a dorm parent for ninth grade girls, basketball coach, track and field coach, ESL teacher, admission officer, Ethics and Wellness teacher, and French teacher. After Fay, I attended Teachers College at Columbia University where I received my M.A. in Education Policy. I love education and I love working with those who want to learn and try new things. I believe the best way to learn is through practice, interactive lessons, and allowing the student to take ownership of their education. My favorite subjects to teach are math, french, and ESL. Personally, I was born in Senegal and love to do West African dance any chance that I get.

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Awa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Bowdoin College - Bachelors, Africana Studies/French

Graduate Degree: Teachers College, Columbia University - Masters, Education Policy


enjoys spending time with family, dancing and choreographing west African dance

Tutoring Subjects



College English

College Essays

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Conversational French


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing


French 1

French 2

High School English

High School Level American History





Middle School Math

Public Speaking



Social Studies

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

As a teacher it is important to build rapport with the students that I work with. Through building this rapport I am better able to individualize the way I work with each child, assuring that they are learning in the format that best works for them. I find this to be very important, especially since each child has a unique way of learning in order to excel.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

First sessions would involve having a conversation with the student to better gage what their learning style is and ways that they learn best. From then, we would be able to structure lessons that work best for that student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

To become an independent learner, I would encourage my students to not only be motivated but to take ownership of their session and their learning. This involves giving me feedback and allowing me to challenge them in new ways.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

To stay motivated, I would provide the student with feedback, set goals, avoid distractions, and make lessons fun and interactive.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

We would slow down to make sure that the student understands the foundational pieces of the skill or concept before proceeding.

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