I am a Lecturer at Trinity University and St. Philips College, and former lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Classics at UTSA, where I have had the privilege of working with students from a wide variety backgrounds, many from right here in San Antonio. I believe in helping students develop the best possible version of themselves by building studying and learning strategies based on their own skills rather than trying to fit themselves into a cookie cutter approach. I am really excited about the opportunity to work with students one on one. When I'm not in my classroom or writing research, you can find me volunteering in the childcare center at Haven for Hope or trying to learn Bikram Yoga. I am excited to be joining Varsity Tutors, and look forward to helping you learn what you wish to learn so that you can accomplish what you wish to accomplish.
Undergraduate Degree: SUNY at Binghamton - Bachelors, Greek and Latin; Comparative Literature
Graduate Degree: University at Buffalo - PHD, Classics
Reading, Cooking, Dungeons and Dragons
What is your teaching philosophy?
I have taught eleven years at the college level, working with students of all backgrounds, skill sets, and aptitudes. I have also worked with San Antonio High School students for the past five years. In this time, I have learned that enthusiasm and preparation need to be cornerstones of teaching. Students cannot get excited about their studies unless their teachers are excited about them too, and a teacher who has not put the necessary time in before the lesson will not be at his or her best during the lesson. I have also learned to embrace the individuality of my students; it is my job to make them their best selves, not to try make them more like the image of the "good student" I have in my head.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would do a diagnostic test to see what skills the student has and what skills need development. I would also build a clear timetable of what work the student will do and when, so we can accurately mark future progress.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By informing her about the available materials and methods that can help her become a better learner, and by giving her a strong foundation in skills that she can build upon.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By creating small, achievable, and documentable goals so that students can see how far they have come and understand where they are going.