I have always had a deep passion for learning; knowledge empowers the individual and elevates the collective. This is a major reason why I find mentoring others to be such a rich and rewarding experience. I am able to help others better connect to the true joys and fulfillment that can stem from learning, and in exchange, I have the pleasure of witnessing positive growth and transformation in young minds.
Professionally, I have mentored and tutored children and young people of many ages. I spent two years during my undergraduate working for the Si Se Puede Learning Center where I tutored K-5 students in an underprivileged demographic and conducted fun and interactive lesson plans in math, literacy, science, and writing. I have also tutored middle school and high school students in several math and science disciplines through the National Society of High School Scholars. I earned a dual bachelor's degree in ecology and contemporary dance performance, while continuing to mentor and assist my peers. Although these fields of study may seem to lie on opposite and seemingly unrelated ends of the academic spectrum, I have found that they molded me into an equally rational and abstract thinker and creator. This complementary form of education has allowed me to connect with many different styles of learners, which has ultimately enabled me to mentor a diverse range of people in a way that is both genuine and adaptable. My academic background is most immediately reflected in the life sciences and maths, but I am always thrilled to tutor students in the humanities, particularly essay writing, and social studies. I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to mentor others in a way that cultivates their sense of curiosity and deepens their understanding of our collective reality.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of New Mexico-Main Campus - Bachelors, Biology, Dance
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1230
Naturalist work, Contemporary dance & choreography, Seeing/experiencing performance and visual art, Reading visceral works about the human condition, Cooking, Gardening, Engaging with others over tea, Meeting new friends
AP US History
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
High School Business
High School Economics
High School English
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
The more effort we put forth in cultivating our minds, the more our perceptions of the world broaden and deepen. We develop a keener sense of self, while also developing compassion and understanding for each other and the environment. A lifelong pursuit of knowledge empowers us to become the best versions of ourselves, and I believe that the role of a mentor is a paramount to having success in this pursuit. An ideal mentor offers guidance and insight while also providing a supportive platform for students to follow their own curiosities and carry out their own investigations. Ultimately, the mentor is capable and confident with their knowledge reserve, but also receptive to learning from the student so that they may both work together to elevate the student's opportunities for success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first session, it is important to establish a supportive and encouraging learning environment. I will spend time talking with the student to gain more insight into her or his background and interests, as well as providing some of my own. This allows me to better determine the student's learning style and preferences. We will then broadly examine the subject that the student is requesting help with to illuminate trouble areas, as well as areas that the student feels confident in. Once this overview is established, we will work together to dissect concepts and increase our understanding of individual parts in the system. Finally, we will develop a plan for future tutoring sessions so that we can ultimately synthesize concepts with an increased understanding and comprehension.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is crucial for a tutor/mentor to establish a learning environment that is both encouraging and challenging, but not judgmental. The mentor should also work with the student to develop a better understanding of foundational concepts. When students are in a supportive environment and have an inherent understanding of the basis of a subject, they will feel more empowered to act on their curiosities and deepen their knowledge, thus taking control of their learning and growing into independent thinkers.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It is natural for motivation to manifest itself cyclically. There are some moments where we feel especially motivated and other moments where we feel less so. However, even in moments of weakened motivation, there is always something to be learned. I try to help students reconnect to their joy in learning to overcome these moments of reduced motivation. We will work together to remove a particular concept from its formal context and examine it through a new and creative lens, thus increasing curiosity and investment, and ultimately, increasing motivation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, it can often lead to frustration and decreased motivation. In order to avoid these experiences that hinder a student's success, we will work together to examine the topic through a new lens. Students have a spectrum of different learning styles, and it is often a matter of discovering which style is a best fit. By connecting a skill or concept to a different discipline, perhaps music or an outdoor activity, we can redefine it and take ownership of it to then deepen our understanding and comprehension.