I am a graduate of Mills College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Since graduation, I have traveled back and forth between California and Valparaiso, Chile. In Chile, along with studying and becoming fluent in Spanish, I worked as a certified teacher and tutor of English as a Second Language, teaching children, teenagers and adults at a variety of levels and in a variety of learning environments. In California I have worked with and tutored children at the Elementary school level in several subjects, as well as high school students in English, Literature, ESL and Literacy Recovery. I have two main passions in life: helping others, and language. Tutoring languages is where these two passions come together and I am able to foster and inspire in others this love and enthusiasm for acquiring and improving language and literacy skills. I love bringing entertainment and humor into my teaching, as well as motivating my students and helping them to achieve their individual goals. I believe that no educational goal is too lofty when met with the right level of motivation from the student, and support from the teacher. And if there's anything that my degree in Sociology has taught me, it is that education is the key to individual success as well as to bettering our society as a whole. My long term career goal is to become a bilingual language and speech therapist so that I can help others who have difficulty with language and communication. In my free time I enjoy the outdoors, hiking and camping, going bowling with friends, playing board games, keeping a journal, and of course, watching movies!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Mills College - Bachelors, Sociology
Hiking and camping, reading and watching movies, travel, bowling, baking, thrifting and antiquing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that everyone has great potential if given the right resources and opportunities. But unfortunately it is far too often students are discouraged or lose interest simply because they are not being taught in the right way. We are all unique individuals with different ways of understanding and experiencing the world. It is my opinion that a great teacher is one who unlocks the student's interest and potential through understanding and appreciating that student's personality, interests and individual learning style.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, there is a lot that I hope to learn as the tutor. Firstly, it is important to identify some long term and short-term goals for what the student wants to accomplish and then start to look at some of the specifics for how I can help the student to meet these goals. I also like to get to know my students a little before diving in. I might ask the student about his or her interests, plans for the future, and likes and dislikes. This will help me to be a better tutor for that student as I will be better able to connect their learning to other things that are relevant and important to them. Finally, in beginning to work with the materials, I will try to figure out what the student already knows, what they would like to know, and how I can get them more excited about the subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students who are independent learners are students who obtain two important pieces of the puzzle; 1. They know the strategies, and 2. They are confident. Through teaching my students not only the information they want to know, but also the learning strategies they need, as well as showing them in our sessions that they absolutely CAN do it, I hope to help students be more independent learners.