I knew long ago that I disliked competitive standardized tests. However, I have found that a curriculum that is insightful, relevant, and driven by a passionate instructor can make education much more worthwhile and engaging for students. As a teenager, doing well in school was not my top priority. The morning of the SAT I was much more interested in listening to my mp3 player than doing well on the test. Fast forward a few years: Today I take my classes seriously and am always looking for ways to improve myself as a scholar. You might ask, "What happened during those in-between years?" The answer is that I discovered several passions. I now have a passion for seeking out ways to change the society we live in, rather than simply sitting back and criticizing it without taking action. I am also passionate about history, language-learning, mindfulness and social and environmental justice. My newly discovered passions have led me to believe that I must strive to be my best possible self in order to help others -- hence my renewed motivation in school. It has also translated into a strong desire to share what I am passionate about with other young people who are on their own journeys through the often unequal (and unfortunately sometimes boring) education system in the United States. I am interested in working as a tutor today (and a teacher in the future) because I believe that my passion for education and my story of transformation from bored to engaged student can help young people who are struggling to succeed.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University-Newark - Current Undergrad, History
the great outdoors, Spanish language and Latin American culture, Chinese language and culture, music (jazz, punk, hip hop, avante garde), social justice, mindfulness, science fiction
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
College World History
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Student-centered and drastically equal. If there is something about my instruction that can be modified to better help the student, I will do my best to do it. I also believe that a positive mental attitude and excellent personal relationships are paramount for any exchange between teachers and students. These are best fostered by equality between teacher and student. I know that I will learn as much from students as they will learn from me.