Originally I'm from Niagara Falls, NY, but I'm currently working as a forensic DNA technologist in Northern Virginia. I graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA with my Bachelor's in Biochemistry and my Master's in Forensic Science and Law. I was drawn to this major because of my interest in science as well as mysteries (especially Nancy Drew as a kid!). In my free time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, playing tennis, working on arts and crafts, and traveling
My love of learning started at a young age, thanks to my parents and a library card that opened my eyes to a wealth of information. It's my goal to help others enjoy learning as much as I have! I first started tutoring in high school, and I've enjoyed helping students from kindergarten age through college work through challenging concepts to gain a better understanding of the material.
I'm a strong believer that "hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard". Not all subjects come easy to everyone, but with the right attitude, anything is possible. I hope that through tutoring I can help students set and reach their academic goals and establish life-long learning habits.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Duquesne University - Bachelors, Biochemistry
Graduate Degree: Duquesne University - Masters, Forensic Science and Law
ACT Composite: 31
ACT English: 30
ACT Reading: 31
ACT Science: 34
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1470
SAT Verbal: 740
SAT Writing: 730
When I'm not busy with school and work I enjoy making arts and crafts, baking, spending time with friends, playing tennis, hiking, and traveling.
AP US History
College Level American History
College World History
Elementary School Math
High School Biology
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that it is important to learn from mistakes, but not dwell on them. Each day is a fresh start, and yesterday's frustrations shouldn't be the focus. When tutoring, I like to begin the lesson by looking at one's strengths and approaching a problem by using these skills.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I think it's important to make the information being learned relevant to the student. Some topics might not seem to be that useful, but by learning more about the student's interests, I try to relate future lessons back to this information. Also, I think it's important to establish both short-term and long-term goals at the first tutoring session. This ensures that both the student and myself are on the same page, and allows us to track our progress.