What I hold in highest regard is an environment that is positive, safe, and non-judgmental. The catalyst to learning and self-improvement is the confidence to do so.
I enjoyed and excelled in math and science from high school through my graduate career, taking AP Calculus and AP Biology as a senior in high school. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biology in Wisconsin in 2012 and my Masters of Environmental Science in Washington in 2016. I have worked the last six years in both the government and private sector conducting research for fisheries conservation and control of aquatic nuisance species. I enjoy relating classroom knowledge and skills to everyday application and career goals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Washington State University - Masters, Environmental Science
ACT Composite: 30
ACT Reading: 31
ACT Science: 32
GRE Quantitative: 156
GRE Verbal: 157
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in hands-on, real-world application examples and visual aids. These are the best vehicles by which I learn new material and, by extension, the method by which I believe is best to teach.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, it's important that we get to know one another. Learning a skill can make you feel vulnerable at times, and I value an environment in which you can feel safe to be so.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Becoming an independent learner requires a certain level of confidence and ownership of your own learning. Through creating a safe, non-judgmental environment that fosters confidence and offers a real-world context to the material, students have the capacity to become independent learners.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keeping a student motivated is the same as keeping a student positive. Learning new material can be frustrating, and students can quickly feel defeated. It's important to redirect their thinking towards a positive light and help them to not dwell on their negative thoughts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I believe that reading comprehension comes easily when the reader has a clear mind - something that does not come easily for many of us. This is the first obstacle to overcome, and we can work towards reading comprehension once we've worked on ways to clear our minds.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When first working with a student, I've found it most helpful to ask probing questions, getting to the root of the problem, and pinpointing what concepts or specific skills each unique student is struggling with.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Getting others excited about a subject can only happen if you yourself are excited about a subject. Non-coincidentally, the subjects that I tutor are also the ones I am most excited and passionate about.