I am a passionate, dynamic educator who will go to the ends of the earth, and back, to ensure my students fully comprehend whatever it is they need or want to learn.
I have a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lesley University. Upon graduating, I became a tutor at the university's Center for Academic Achievement. Following that, I earned a certificate to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from the Boston Language Institute. I then transitioned to EF International, an internationally renowned language academy. Using this experience, I moved to South Korea to teach English as language for over two years. While there, I published a book, wrote a theatrical play, acted for the screen and stage, and was also a radio personality.
With the years of experience I have accumulated in front of the class, working one on one, as well as in front of the stage and camera, working with me is the best way to achieve your academic goals.
Lesley University - Bachelors, English Literature
What is your teaching philosophy?
Utilize as many techniques, tools and approaches as needed to ensure student comprehension.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student: their interests, hobbies, family life and educational history are invaluable in creating the most effective plan of achievement for a student. An assessment to determine the general status of a student's knowledge would follow. If time allows, we would jump right into the materials or problems at hand.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By providing them with the tools necessary to conquer any educational obstacle. This includes different methods of analysis, hands-on tools and techniques to organize and schedule tasks, as well as reputable and reliable sources of information.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Tracking progress and maintaining perspective on goals are hugely important to staying motivated. When you can visualize how much you've done, it's so much easier to see how little you have left to go!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Understand what parts of the concept are difficult (even if it's the whole thing!), and reorient my approach and techniques to play toward the strength of the student. Ensuring the student doesn't get frustrated is also incredibly important. It's okay to not understand something -- it's not okay to become frustrated and shut down! Patience, patience, patience.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Identify specifically what the reading issue is, be it fluency, vocabulary, processing, attention, or anything else, then develop a strategy to tackle those specific issues. These strategies would not only be built around conquering the issue at hand, but would be designed with the individual student's strengths and weaknesses in mind.