As a lifelong learner, teaching is not merely an occupation for me but a passion. I truly enjoy my work in the classroom because I learn so much from my students every day. Being a teacher is the greatest adventure I have ever embarked on, and I am excited to continue on my journey as a Varsity Tutor!
When I was in high school I had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania and learn about the system of education for girls there. I was inspired by the strength and dedication I saw in the girls I met- they had many obstacles to overcome in order to attend school, but they did it with grace and great interest. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a teacher, to continue meeting students who are eager to learn and understand the great importance of education as a tool for both success and happiness. In college, I had the opportunity to live on that same Tanzanian campus and teach English to the students there. I fell in love with the energy of the classroom and I thrived on the challenges I faced as a new teacher.
After teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages throughout college I became a Reading and Math instructor for adults in Boston who were working toward their GED/High School Equivalency Certificate. The perseverance of my students led me to believe that I, too, could return to school! Shortly after I moved to New York City, I started Graduate School at the City College of New York where I am pursuing a Masters in Education to work in Bilingual and TESOL classrooms.
I am bilingual in English and Spanish, and from living and learning abroad I understand the great difficulty and joy of learning a new language. My experiences have made me a more compassionate and flexible educator, and I am eager to work with new students who are aiming for success in their educational goals! I can't wait to learn from and alongside you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Gordon College - Bachelors, Spanish & ESL Education
Graduate Degree: The City College of New York - Current Grad Student, Bilingual Education & TESOL
I love learning new languages, traveling, and photography. I really enjoy meeting new people and and going on adventures like rock climbing, hiking, and kayaking. Of course, I love to read and write, and I spend most of my time as a student and a teacher doing those things!
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student can learn, and every student deserves the opportunity, resources, and support to make learning a possibility for them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I want to get to know you -- who you are, what drives you, and where you see yourself in the future. Once I know these things I want to work with you to map out a plan of how to get you there, and how I can best support you. Our first session will help me create individualized lessons for your specific needs and interests. I'll build on your strengths to help you overcome your challenges.