Im currently a student in the accelerated master's program at Emory University's School of Nursing, with the goal of becoming a primary care nurse practitioner. My first bachelors degree is from Dickinson College, where I studied Religion with a concentration in Peace Studies and took a number of Sociology courses. I worked in outdoor education as an overnight camp counselor, coordinator, and eventually assistant director at summer camps for 7 years. I also spent a year as a classroom teacher in Boston elementary and middle schools teaching a conflict resolution and peacekeeping skills course as an AmeriCorps member, and I volunteered throughout college and afterward as a homework help tutor with elementary and middle school age students. I have a deep passion for education and hope to bring it with me into the healthcare field to help people learn how to care for their bodies. Im very excited to be entering back into the direct teaching field after a few years working in a cancer research lab as Ive prepared for nursing school. I love to see the excitement my students and campers have when they learn a new fact or accomplish a new skill, and my goal is to spread that sense of joy and accomplishment. My overall goals for my students are that they enjoy learning, that they understand how what they learn applies to their lives, and that they set challenging but attainable goals for themselves. I tailor my teaching style to match each students unique learning style and take advantage of their strengths. I have taught subjects ranging from math to orienteering to communication skills to music theory through kazoo workshops, and I like to blend my experience as a classroom teacher with my experience in informal teaching environments to keep lesson plans structured but exciting. I work primarily with elementary, middle school and early high school age students. I also take adult learners, particularly for test prep. Students can expect to set their own learning goals with my support, work hard, and celebrate successes just as enthusiastically.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Dickinson College - Bachelors, Religion
Graduate Degree: MGH Institute of Health Professions - Masters, Direct Entry Nursing
GRE Verbal: 164
education, social justice, health and wellness, community building; reading: non fiction, realistic fiction, science fiction; sports: soccer, ultimate frisbee; podcasts: science, technology, news, story telling, and comedy
Anatomy & Physiology
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Chemistry
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe the best way to motivate a student is to help them get excited about the subject! Students should know about interesting and cool examples of their subject in the modern world, and they should understand its application to their own lives. I motivate with lots of positive reinforcement. We will set realistic goals, and we'll celebrate their accomplishment.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Subjects are more interesting when we know how they relate to us. I want my students to know how learning that subject will help them in their own personal lives. I also personally find it helpful to relate a subject I am learning to a subject I am already interested in. For example, if a student loves music, but struggles in math, we can learn about math in a musical context.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
As a tutor, I see myself as a resource for an already capable student. I'm here to help students build their tool kit. My sessions will focus on learning effective techniques for solving problems so that students can apply their knowledge and skills to find answers themselves.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Not every student has the same learning style. If a student is struggling with a verbal explanation, it might be time to draw a diagram, do some writing, or think of a real world example. It also might be time to go back to the basics and look at the problem one simple step at a time. Sometimes, a stretch break or switching to another type of a problem for a bit before returning is a great way to refocus on a difficult concept.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
A person who understands a concept should be able to explain it simply in their own words, and they should be able to apply it. This is the same technique I use for myself when I want to be sure that I understand something new. I want my students to feel comfortable enough with a topic that they could walk me through it as if they are teaching someone else.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
My students and I will work together to set challenging but achievable learning goals. A great way to build confidence is to break down larger goals into short-term goals and celebrate our successes.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A first session is a time to get to start getting to know a student. I want to know what my students care about, what they feel confident in, and what they feel not so confident in, so that I can tailor my lesson plan to make them excited and prepare them to succeed. We'll talk about the student's passions, what they hope to achieve from tutoring, and then we'll jump into doing some problems together. This gives me a chance to see a student's learning style and evaluate their needs so that we can adjust our learning strategies and goals.