A journalism alumnus from Michigan State University, I have a diverse background in feature writing, news reporting, graphic design, typesetting, page layout/design, blogging, event planning/setup, office administration, help desk, and even barbering. Yup. I have a Wisconsin barber's license and can cut a meticulous taper! Currently, I am a marketing consultant for a nonprofit and am writing/editing all of the copy for their new website. As a tutor, I believe in active listening, identifying goals, and working with personal learning styles. Let's work together to achieve and to master your objectives as we "scaffold" knowledge on a week-to-week basis.
Fresh out of my undergrad days, I interned at The Detroit News and Free Press as a copy-editor and as a reporter. I have been published in the Wisconsin State Journal, Lansing State Journal, and several weekly newspapers. I earned my MBA in 2017 and wrote my master's thesis on the efficacy and contributions of online tutoring as a modern pedagogy. That is fancy wording for: "online tutoring is the new thing." I loved working on this long-term, forty-two-page project. Qualitative research and analysis have become new and welcomed core competencies. After my MBA program, I was accepted into the UW-Madison Graduate School into the curriculum and instruction master of science program but decided not to move forward for student-loan-ish reasons. Teaching may not have been the right path for me. Still, it was a great feeling to know I was accepted into such an amazing and nationally recognized program.
In May, I joined the Michigan State University Strategic Communication program, with an emphasis in digital media. I am beyond elated to return "home" to MSU and to continue my academic journey. I LOVE having papers to write and projects to design. So far, I have had final projects featured as "Gold Star" examples for future students and have won a Graduate Student Fellowship/Scholarship. When I'm not nerding-out on tech and social media trends, I like to hang with my dog, play video games, binge-watch Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon ("The Office," "30 Rock," and "Doctor Who" are some favorites), swim, read, write, find spicy vegetarian recipes, and listen to audio fiction podcasts. I am a writer at heart. I am academically restless. I am magnetically drawn to learning. I want to make a difference in the world one sentence at a time.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University - Bachelors, Journalism
Graduate Degree: Broadview University - Masters, Marketing
Outside of tutoring, I like to hang with my dog, play videogames (Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch), watch Netflix and Hulu ("The Office" and "30 Rock" are two of my favorite marathons), swim in the summer, sing in the car, stay current with technology and gadgets, and listen to short story podcasts.
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
6th Grade Reading
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
Basic Computer Literacy
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Business
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
(a) To foster critical thinking skills (b) To help students develop problem-solving strategies (c) To teach writing as a means of expression, rather than drudgery (d) To empower students to function as highly skilled and competent members in their classes and, eventually, in their fields (e) To have fun while doing all of the above
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to start with an icebreaker that I call "Give Two, Take Two." I would share two facts about myself and have you share two things about yourself. Once you know a few things about someone, you are no longer strangers, right? I might ask your favorite singer and/or band too. The music we listen to tells so much about us. Next, I would ask: • What problems are you having? • What do you hope to get out of tutoring? • How would you describe your learning style?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would explain that often, learning is not about knowing the answer right away. Independent learners ponder the appropriate learning and support tools they need to find the answer.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
As a grad student, I understand how classes and homework and projects can become overwhelming. To motivate, I suggest: • Taking frequent breaks to avoid burnout • Explaining your homework, paper, or project to a friend. I bet you'll find that you know more, and are more prepared, than you think. • Thinking about a good grade you received in the past as motivation and proof that you are doing a great job. • Referring to your syllabus as a roadmap for the class, taking one assignment at a time • Taking a one-song break. Make a study break playlist of songs that motivate and pump you up.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Often, it is valuable to use examples from the student's life to illustrate the skill or concept. Reframe the concept in terms that the student can understand. Also, helping them identify the resources to answer the question may passively reinforce the idea.