I am originally from New York City, where I lived until 2014. I studied at the Lyce Franais de New York, where I received a completely bilingual education, before finishing my studies at Friends Seminary. I have a Bachelor's Degree from Princeton University, where I danced for diSiac dance company, and also appeared in world premiere productions and films.
I have a great passion for education and learning. I have also always greatly enjoyed teaching, and have taught students of all ages in many disciplines. My specialties lie in languages - French, English and Spanish. I can help with AP classes, SAT subject tests, as well Writing, English Literature and History, Shakespeare and World Religions.
My philosophy on teaching is one of guiding. Students thrive when they become aware of their own potential. To this end, I believe that leading students to find answers on their own by asking them questions, and careful guiding, is the best method. Simply being told an answer is correct is not enough - the student must realize why the answer is correct through the power of their own intellect.
I am patient and flexible as a tutor, and will bring as much enthusiasm to helping you with your intellectual pursuits as I do to my own. I hope we'll have a chance to work together!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Princeton University - Bachelors, Religion, Theater
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 760
High School English
SAT Subject Test in French
SAT Subject Test in French with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
A teacher must guide the student so that the student reaches the correct answer on his/her own, rather than simply dictating it.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Go over some of their previous assignments with them to assess which areas need the most work, and go through incorrect answers with them so they can see how to fix them in the future.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student becomes a more independent learner when they feel confident in their ability to obtain and interpret information. Showing students their own value and building confidence is essential to developing this.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Large tasks seem far more intimidating when they are not broken down. By giving students milestones to reach for along the way, one can incentivize persistence by providing small rewards along the way before the final project.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
It's best to start with the student - figure out which part of the concept is most difficult for them, and then break it down by asking them questions that will lead them to the answer on their own. Every student is different, and so the approach may change, but new information is always best retained when interpreted on one's own.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Most writing will broach only one concept or argument per paragraph. Helping students to identify the operative sentence in each one and then connecting them will simplify the work, and allows them to identify the larger through-line.