I am a graduate of Rice University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. I then attended the University School of Law at Austin, earning my Doctorate of Jurisprudence. After a career as a lawyer, and then as a Director of a large business unit in a legal publishing company, I decided to become a teacher because I know how transformational education can be. During my time as a lawyer, I gained first-hand knowledge of how difficult life can be for someone who has little education and how vulnerable they are in this world.
I have taught middle school English since 2013. While I am most passionate about tutoring Literature, Reading, and Writing, I also enjoy tutoring American History and Social Studies. I enjoy helping students understand the power and value of words. Furthermore, a student needs to see the real-world value of what they are learning. My job is to make the material relevant, so that there is a greater enthusiasm for the subject. Learning should be a rewarding experience. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, visiting art museums, walking, and watching the world famous Spurs.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rice University - Bachelors, Political Science and Government
Graduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin School of Law - PHD, Juris Doctorate/Law
I enjoy reading, visiting art museums, walking, and watching the world famous Spurs.
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
Introduction to Poetry
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning needs to be student-centered. My role as a teacher is to provide the necessary tools for a student to access and master the subject matter.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During my first session with a student, I want to familiarize myself with the student's interests and goals. In order for us to work as a team, we need to spend some time learning about one another.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students become independent learners when they are actively engaged with the material. For example, when teaching literature, I may ask students to make a text-to-self connection with a novel, or I may ask them to write a "reboot" of a classic story.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Students can stay motivated when they have a clear sense of what their goal is and how they are progressing. Celebrating milestones as we work toward that goal will keep both teacher and student motivated.