I am a graduate of Gonzaga University having earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a focus in creative writing. I have extensive experience with editing academic and creative pieces, including, but not limited to, high school and college essays, short stories and poetry. After graduation, I worked in publishing as an editorial intern at both Copper Canyon Press and The Bellevue Club, developing editing skills and continuing to follow my passion for all things literary. Recently, I have decided to return to school, pursuing a Masters in Teaching from Western Governors University, because I believe in helping students prepare for college-level and professional writing. Literary arts are under-appreciated in society today, and I seek to serve students by inspiring their creative tendencies to become well-balanced humans. Therefore, my favorite subjects to tutor are writing, reading and ACT/SAT test preparation in those areas, because students can express their unique selves through discovering what they love about literature. I spent the summer tutoring students in the art of sailing as a boating instructor at Camp Gallagher, a high school overnight camp on the south Puget Sound. Writing an essay is a lot like learning to sail, and my tutoring method draws from concepts of experiential learning. In my spare time, I enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle including running, sailing, rock climbing, skiing and hiking. I am a connoisseur of coffee and poetry, and relish in a raucous game of Scrabble.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Gonzaga University - Bachelors, English, Creative Writing
ACT Composite: 30
ACT English: 32
ACT Reading: 36
Reading; Writing; Running; Hiking; Sailing; Rock Climbing; Cooking; Painting
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in incorporating different learning methods into my teaching philosophy, so that students who learn best by reading, repetition, testing, orally or visually can be successful. Learning should be stimulating and exciting as one's knowledge base expands; therefore, I try to incorporate multimedia resources in my teaching to keep up the energy and variety in instruction.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A first session is typically a get-to-know-you session in which I assess the knowledge base and needs of the student. It is vital to understand the goals of the student and the areas of improvement needed to meet those goals before beginning instruction.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I provide each student with additional resources, especially for standardized test prep instruction, for independent study and to stress the importance of frequent practice. I craft clear strategies and tips for learning, personalized for each student, so they can continue learning beyond our sessions.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
In order to evaluate whether a student understands the material, I put them through a series of mini-evaluations and practices without identifying these evaluations as such. Tests cause anxiety in even the most collected student, and the best way to see if a student has learned the material is if they can explain it to me - teach it to me - after a period of time, like in the next session, to test for retention. Then I evaluate their understanding in a series of various practice questions: fill-in-the-blank, fix the error, short answer, multiple-choice, and real-world application. These practice questions are thrown in randomly to each session to evaluate retention.