I was born in Pasadena, CA and moved east to attend Choate Rosemary Hall in CT. After high school, I earned my B.A. in Art History at The University of Bristol in England, single honours, and my M.A. in Elementary Education from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
I have been a Lead Teacher in Transitional Kindergarten, 1st and 4th grade, as well as 6 years of in-home private tutoring.
I specialize in teaching reading and math to the age of 13. Most of my tutoring has been prepping students for high level math competitions for scholarships or college introductions, for example: Kangaroo Math and entry into The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented youth (Gifted and Talented program). I also help students prepare their applications to private schools by editing student essays and helping craft well written answers tailored to each specific school.
I am very excited to get to know you and look forward to seeing you soon!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Bristol, located in Bristol England - Bachelors, History of Art
Graduate Degree: Northeastern University - Masters, Elementary Education
Sailing, riding and swimming
1st Grade Math
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching is a challenging and multi-faceted profession that I enjoy immensely. The opportunity and ability to expose students to knowledge that causes them to wonder, question and think critically is wonderful. Most importantly, I enjoy showing them how the information that they learn is relevant to their lives and how to apply what they have learned in their daily lives. Application is proof of understanding and without it, you are only studying. My goal as a teacher is to instill my students with the knowledge, inspiration and confidence to succeed. A priority for me, as an educator, is to create a rich, joyful and inspiring classroom environment. My classroom is a community of learners communicating well with each other, engaged in active learning and taking ownership of their learning and success. The atmosphere is one of mutual respect and is built on high expectations for learning, behavior and effort. Students are encouraged and comfortable asking questions, no matter how small, since questioning is a pathway to learning. In teaching the relevance and application of lessons, I make sure to create both long and short-term projects that encompass all areas of study. For example, my first grade classroom built a model city. We used math to plan the layout of the city and play.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
It is important in the "informational session" to ask goals and discover skills and areas of need. Depending on the age of the student, I would ask either their parent or themselves what they are hoping to achieve, then do some fun basic assessments and look at the work required by their teacher. Afterwards, depending on the situation, I may Google their school to find out their philosophy of education and their goals so that I can align my tutoring with all 3 parties: the student, the parents and the school.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Organization and success, as well of lack of fear of failure. From the TK level I teach neat, organized work and always help them work "smarter, not harder". As they achieve success, they are praised for their specific actions that enabled them to do so (as opposed to the vague "good job"). When you are happy and successful you have the courage to explore and work on your own. This can be achieved at any level, from emergent readers to competitive mathletes. It is also very important to teach them that a wrong answer is never wrong, just a work in progress. I teach how to find where the error or patterns of errors come from (math, not little readers) and how to backtrack and re-set.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Show them their amazing progress and successes!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Tease out where they were last confused and start from there. Often if a student is having a problem with skill B they missed some fundamental part of skill A.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First, establish reading level and vocab. Then teach them how to "read for the question" and ignore the superfluous information.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Forming a common bond and goal and good sense of trust, which often comes from understanding their need or frustration.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I LOVE learning and this love is infectious- life is good but even better when you have some success and praise for your hard work.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Constant assessment, both informal and formal. How else can you know when and with what to move forward?
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Make sure that the material is at level, if they are lacking in confidence mix in a bit of below level/known material and praise the wins that they get.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Listen to them and their parents but also follow the assessments.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Get to know them and the parents as well as the expectations of their school. Adapt as necessary, tutoring, in itself IS differentiated learning since you are dealing with the specific needs of that individual child.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depends on the level and need of the student. *Emergent readers- note cards, unlined, and a black sharpie as well as access to books. *Math students or those competing- scrap paper and multi colored pens, highlighters, no 2 pencils and erasers as well as copies of previous test examples of whatever competition they are entering. *Homework/help students- Their homework and workbooks, scrap paper and pens, highlighters and scrap paper.