I struggled with math and science throughout my entire academic career. I was smart enough, but I couldn't sit still, was easily distracted, made careless mistakes, and was hopelessly disorganized (I was that kid who lost his backpack twice a day!). Luckily, I was able to overcome my weaknesses as a student with the help of great teachers, and I try to model my own teaching style after those teachers who were able to reach challenging students...like me!
Every great teacher I have had has shared one quality: they were all great communicators. They could breakdown overwhelmingly complex concepts into simple ones, tying every new lesson back to the foundations of the subject. They helped me develop study strategies that fit my learning style to improve my academic performance. Most importantly, they engaged me with the material, and encouraged me to find a personal connection to it. Not every student gets excited about Shakespeare, or trigonometry, or Spanish, but it's my job as a teacher to communicate the relevance of the subject to a student's life, and encourage a love of learning!
Students appreciate my patient, laid back communication style and sense of humor. I have a wide variety experiences and interests (songwriter, filmmaker, NBA Basketball fan, physics nerd) that make it easy for me to interact with diverse personalities!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Loyola Marymount University - Bachelors, Screenwriting
ACT English: 31
SAT Verbal: 710
Band musician, youth group volunteer, writing - comedy web series, song writing, video games, Cosmos series, sports fan
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning should be a conversation. I want my students to be able to have a dialogue with me about the subject matter, as a way solidifying the content and gaining confidence.