I am a veteran educator with more than 10 years of classroom and tutoring experience. My love for helping students succeed has been honed by years of experience in the classroom helping more than 1,000 students meet their potential. I have spent more than eight years as a teacher at Newsweek's best high school in Pennsylvania and one of the top 51 in the country. I am a Villanova graduate with a Master's degree in education and have also spent eight years working in the business management world.
I have helped students analyze literature, improve their writing, research, and rhetorical skills and develop a love of reading. I have tutored in Biology and Intro Science, and am also certified to teach Social Studies and Business and can help you improve your content and writing skills across all of these areas. If you need support with classroom work, writing college essays, or enriching your studies with additional topics, I can help you succeed.
Outside of academia, I am a proud father of two very young boys. I enjoy trail running, fitness, hiking, and the outdoors. I'm an avid reader of news and current events in a variety of fields.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve success.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Villanova University - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: Villanova University - Masters, Education
Reading, Running, Fitness, Skiing
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
College World History
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe learning needs to be individualized for students based on their unique needs, motivations and experiences. I strive to achieve this goal by developing strong relationships and tailoring my instruction to each student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will typically spend time getting to know the student personally, as well as understanding academic strengths and weaknesses. I use this information to tailor a plan for specific to the student’s needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe developing motivation and subject-based skills are more important than simply memorizing content knowledge. My goal is to generate interest and confidence in a subject by helping students grow.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By helping students experience success in a challenging area and by connecting subject work to the real world, I help my students stay motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break the problem down into smaller parts, and scaffold instruction to support the student's incremental learning. I would continually assess progress to ensure the skill or concept is being mastered.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I have experience working with struggling readers. I would employ both modeling and a variety of reading strategies to encourage active reading and note-taking.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that initial assessment of the challenges combined with the formulation of an individualized plan leads to success.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to connect the content to the student’s interests and personal experiences.