Debating, discussing, and continually learning about American society, past and present, are among my favorite activities. This probably explains my genuine enjoyment in helping students deepen their understanding of American history and the social sciences. I received my PhD in political science in 2011 with a specialization in American politics and research methods. Throughout graduate school, I taught my own courses in addition to working as a teaching and research assistant. Currently, I work as an education research analyst for the U.S. Department of Education. I also tutor low-income students from Washington, DC through the non-profit organization, Horton's Kids.
I can help students of all backgrounds improve their subject-area knowledge and advance their educational and career goals by developing and implementing a student-specific learning program.
Undergraduate Degree: Oregon State University - Bachelors, Political Science and Government
Graduate Degree: University of Cincinnati-Main Campus - PHD, Political Science and Government
Running, Biking, Soccer, Reading, Visiting Museums and Monuments
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy emphasizes setting high but realistic expectations, and then developing a clear and systematic plan for achieving them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, the student and I will usually establish a baseline of knowledge on the subject matter, and develop a plan for achieving his or her related goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help students become independent learners by providing or reinforcing the appropriate subject matter context, and by introducing learning tools students can implement to excel on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by showing them why the subject matter we're studying is important, and how it relates to their life in a tangible way.