I'm a recent NYU grad. I'm originally from Seattle, Washington, land of rain and flannels (a few of my favorite things!). In Seattle, I attended a very challenging high school called Lakeside. Lakeside taught me to be the hard-working, ambitious, academically-oriented person I am today. This drive definitely made the transition with me into my time at NYU, where I majored in drama with a concentration in musical theatre. Being an actor always made sense with my warm, outgoing, fun personality, and also with my love of kids. I have worked with kids between the ages of three and sixteen for a long time in both professional and theatrical settings. I currently organize and lead school groups that come to New York around the city and provide them with interesting historical facts as well as help make sure everyone is accounted for at all times. I've been a teacher and counselor for different drama camps, mostly for middle-school aged kids and kids with special needs as well. I've always had a passion for education which potentially sparked from helping out my little brother during his middle and high school classes, as well as editing his college essays. I took very interesting education classes in college which only solidified my growing passion.
Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Bachelors, Drama
Drama, dance, music, swimming, hiking and nature walking, traveling, cooking and nutrition, reading science fiction and fantasy
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy's number one rule is clarity. Before moving on to another subject, I make sure the concept is fully understood through relevant practice problems so that it can be applied to the next concept.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I'd make sure we spend some time getting to know each other as people first and foremost. Before jumping in to concepts and practice problems, it is important that the student feels comfortable around me so that he or she can ask questions with ease.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by helping them heavily with their subjects at first, but then by slowly pushing them to attempt more and more problems by themselves without excess guidance. Of course I would always be there if they need assistance or support, but it's important to take off the training wheels at some point.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I'd help a student stay motivated by providing them with little rewards every time they reach a new level of achievement. Whether this is a 5-minute break or a sticker or a funny YouTube video, I find that it is important when students become frustrated for them to have something they are looking forward to that recognizes a new level achieved.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I'd attempt to explain the concept in as many different ways as I can think of to try and see which way clicks with the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
We would start slow. After every paragraph, I'd ask the student what he or she thinks the main point of the paragraph is about. Then we could move on to longer chunks of text.