I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and English before graduating with my Masters degree in English in May of 2015. I have worked with learners of all ages from many different areas including: high school students in South Korea, elementary to adult students in India, and I currently teach college freshmen at my alma mater. I love working on writing with students of every age; there is something special about crafting a perfect sentence that leads to a stellar paper. I believe that if you expect a lot out of students and learners, then they will rise to the occasion with the right support. When I’m not tutoring or teaching, I enjoy spending time playing with my dog or planning my next big adventure abroad.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Bachelors, Elementary Education and English
Graduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Masters, English
I love playing with my dog and reading. Whenever I get the chance, I travel wherever I can.
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Writing
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
First, I believe that all students have the capacity to learn. Tutoring should be a joint process between the tutor and learner, with both having equal importance in the learning process.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session with a student will be used to get to know one another and set specific goals for the student. Working through these two things early on allow for a positive ongoing experience.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching study skills and transferrable skills is the key to creating independent learners. It is also important that I teach the value of learning in itself, making it interesting and fun!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Having a great one-on-one relationship is the first step to keeping students motivated to learn. I also attempt to know my students on an individual basis so that I know what motivates them. At times, students may be most motivated by taking a quick break in order to clear their heads and regroup.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having difficulty with a skill, I will break it down into smaller, more manageable parts. Going through the steps, with clear and understandable examples will help the student to grapple with difficult/abstract ideas in a way that can be easily be tackled.