I'm a writer and teacher living in Oakland, CA. As a teacher, there's nothing I enjoy more than working one-on-one with students. Watching a concept click with a student is one of the greatest joys I've felt as an educator, and one that is often missed in the classroom setting. I aim to engage students intellectually and critically in an effort to make them stronger writers, readers, test-takers, and thinkers. I won't act as an editor for students, for that would be doing them a great disservice. Instead, I plan on helping find and filling the gaps in their education that have held them back from being the best writers they can be. I love learning, I love teaching, and I look forward to working one-on-one with all of you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arkansas at Little Rock - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: Texas State University-San Marcos - Masters, English
Reading, writing, running, walking my dog, exploring the Bay Area, trying to find the most delicious BBQ in the world.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I generally avoid questions such as this because their goal, ultimately, is to talk in absolutes. I don't think teaching, or learning, is black and white. Students learn in diverse ways; what might work for one will fail for another. My goal as an educator has always been to get to know my students and their learning habits, and then adapt my lessons accordingly. If I have a teaching philosophy, I suppose it would be that a teacher must be flexible in their idea of what learning looks like, and be attuned to their student’s needs.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, I would have a conversation with a student about what issues they might be having with the subject in question. From this I would create a list of what we would need to work on. This list would also be something we could refer back to throughout our time together to mark our progress.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I act as a guide to education, not the answer key. Answer keys do nothing to help us learn. Guiding students to ask the right questions to get to the answers is the way we learn, and this is what I do with students.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay involved by getting to know them and their habits and building lessons that involve the things that interest them. Learning needs to be interesting; if it's not, then information doesn't stick with us.