Upon graduating from Santa Clara University with a degree in Global Cultural Studies and completing my thesis work on the social and economic effects of coffee production in El Salvador, I was impelled to return. I took a position in San Salvador, counseling mothers on their role in their children’s education. I became aware of the socioeconomic gaps and injustices within their society and dedicated myself to working alongside families to better their situations.
These experiences abroad deeply impacted me and directly influenced my career path. I obtained my certification in Teaching English as a Second Language and was able to provide an enduring skill for the futures of my students. Teaching English to language learners has allowed me to develop my own curriculum and learn how to engage both adults and youth in their own learning processes. This involved advocating and encouraging my students to invest in and have a say in their own communities.
From my previous work experiences, from teaching to social service positions, I have learned that being a teacher is not just teaching the basic subject matter; it is being a mentor, a reliable and accountable person to youth and to all ages. These lessons and insights I have gained influence the work I do as a Tutor.
Santa Clara University - Bachelors, Individual Studies: Global Cultural Studies
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is rooted in cultivating a safe environment, as the base building block for their academic success. As a tutor, I see the main and unique benefit of immediately creating a trusting relationship that working one-on-one can bring. This trust paired with a focus of building confidence in the student, sets the foundation of an environment in which the student is able to try without fear of failure or shame. As a tutor, I would create lessons that engage the student where they are at developmentally, utilizing a combination of learning styles specific to their own. I would ensure the lessons are energetic and exciting to peak their academic intrigue through their own personal interests formed from their environment.