I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor Classical Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and after teaching high school English for three years, I earned a Master of Arts in English from the University of Dallas. During and after earning my MA, I tutored in a community college writing center and taught credit and non-credit college English classes. I recently returned from South Korea, where I taught ESL classes to a wide range of students, elementary-aged to adult. I have experience teaching in both classroom and private settings, and I delight in helping students reach their goals and find their voices in order to better express themselves in both speaking and writing.
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Arlington - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: University of Dallas - Masters, English
ACT English: 31
ACT Reading: 36
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
A good teacher should first be able to foster a desire for knowledge, then facilitate the acquisition of that knowledge, and lastly, equip a student with the necessary skills to build upon the student's foundation so that the student can meet his or her goals.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, my goal is to understand the student's needs and goals. To best do this, I want to get to know the student's learning style as well as the student's likes, dislikes, and general learning preferences. After getting to know each other, we can make a study plan and set short-term goals in order to meet the student's long-term goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
An independent learner is aware of the resources at his or her disposal. A tutor can help a student build a resource toolkit and assist with organization and planning. An independent learner is often goal-oriented, so it is important that students learn to set manageable short-term (finish Friday's paper by Wednesday) and long-term goals (earn a 4 or 5 on the AP Lit exam). Resource access and goal-setting skills are important to becoming an independent learner.