My interest in education and sense of wanderlust developed very early in my life. I was fortunate to study abroad in high school and this experience ignited my passion for learning. I spent the next many years between the USA and living, traveling, and working abroad - South America, East Asia, Southeast Asia, & Europe - and always welcoming the next new experience. Having spent 20 years overseas, wherever I was posted, I took the opportunity to integrate into my local community and teach local students as well as American students living abroad. My areas of expertise are English, Spanish, and Test preparation: ESL, ELL, TEOFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT.
I found my experiences teaching not only specific subjects, but teaching the experiences and nuances of American culture to be extremely motivating and gratifying. I moved back to the United States a few years ago to be closer to my family as my parents are getting older, and have enjoyed teaching students in the Boston area ever since. Some of the most fulfilling experiences I have had in my adult life have revolved around working with students of all ages and from different cultures and backgrounds – I try to learn as much from my students as they learn from me. When I am not teaching I spend my time reading, cooking, sailing, & traveling.
Suffolk University - Bachelors, Political Science
Georgetown University - Masters, International Relations
What is your teaching philosophy?
Developing clear objectives with each student, constructing methods to work towards and achieve those objectives, constantly measuring the effectiveness of my methods and adjusting according to each student’s needs. Engaging students to be proactive in their learning experience while making it enjoyable for both the student and me.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Familiarize myself with the student, assess their level of ability and identify clear objectives.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By providing them with the tools that will excite and engage them in their learning experience.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
With constant encouragement and by providing interesting and engaging activities and assignments.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try as many approaches as it takes to help the student understand and grasp the challenging skills or concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Through think aloud, read aloud exercises, and shared reading; also utilizing different teaching strategies such as making connections, asking questions, visualizing, and making inferences for example.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Student centered - identifying what works best with each individual student, from brainstorming, analyzing, visualizing, linking/connecting ideas, utilizing active/cooperative learning and lots of discussion.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Creating activities that couple the subject the student is struggling in with genuine interests the student has.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Testing the student normally by in-depth questioning on a subject and asking students to explain subjects effectively and thoroughly.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By not overwhelming them, beginning on the level that they are at, and using encouragement and positive reinforcement.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By working on activities (reading, writing, discussion, questioning) that will assess their level of knowledge and having a clear objective of their goals.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
All of my methods are based on the individual student, and I spend time assessing their needs and goals, personality and interests, and adjust my approach accordingly.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Standard texts and teaching manuals, CD's, videos, publications, articles, and other multi-media sources.