I am an international education professional who helps students gain the skills and confidence necessary to achieve their ACT/SAT, ESL/ELL, TOEFL, and essay writing goals.
After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, I earned my Master's degree in English Literature at the University of Oregon. I taught freshman and sophomore argumentative writing courses at UO for two years before moving to Shanghai to teach English to adult learners for a year.
In my most recent role, also based in Shanghai, I developed curricula and wrote mock tests for ACT, SAT, and TOEFL courses taught across mainland China. As a result, I've cultivated an understanding of the thought process behind each exam. I combine this knowledge with my three plus years of classroom teaching experience to deliver excellent results.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Bachelors, Political Science and Government
Graduate Degree: University of Oregon - Masters, English
ACT Composite: 35
ACT English: 33
ACT Math: 35
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 34
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1580
SAT Math: 790
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 750
Music, history, badminton, cooking
What is your teaching philosophy?
My results-oriented teaching philosophy is based on the following idea: a student should be able to clearly explain what he or she has learned after a lesson, AND why that lesson is important overall. If the student can articulate both elements satisfactorily, the lesson has been a success. This practice is inspired by some of my own teachers, whose valuing of clear, independent thinking I admire to this day.