Hi, I'm Hilary! I have been working in the field of education for over six years. My specialty is helping with writing assignments, but I also teach literacy, literature, and general Spanish.
I studied secondary English education at the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with a secondary English-Language Arts teaching license for the state of Colorado. I fully created and taught two English-Language Arts classes at a local high school (New Vista High School) during the spring of 2014, including a 'Wilderness Literature' course and an 'Adventures in Travel Literature' course. I taught both courses twice; once during the first quarter of the spring 2014, and again to different students during the second quarter of the same semester. My classes consisted of eight to nineteen students of ages fifteen through eighteen. During this semester, I also co-taught a freshman 'Intro to Writing' class which focused on the fundamentals of various writing styles. Prior to the spring of 2014, I co-taught with English-Language Arts teachers at local high schools and middle schools two mornings each week during the spring and fall semester of 2013. Outside of schools in Boulder Valley School District, I tutored two high school students at the Family Learning Center during the summer of 2012 who initially only spoke Spanish; I worked with them four mornings a week for approximately seven weeks to help them successfully complete four online core classes in English. Additionally, I have tutored CU students in Spanish and English courses on my own on and off for the past few years.
My tutoring style is exceptional and successful because - above all - I take a genuine interest in the student(s) I am teaching. My desire to become a teacher stems from my drive to help others find and hone their talents so that they can be successful at whatever it is they are focused on at any given moment. As a result, I consistently look for personal connections between my students and the material at hand so that they can connect their inner interests and talents with what they are learning in order to make the learning process more applicable and meaningful.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Colorado Boulder - Bachelors, Linguistics, Psychology, Secondary English Education
When I'm not tutoring, my favorite thing to do is be active outdoors! I rock climb, mountain bike, hike, backpack, trail run, and ski. I also have a passion for photography, blogging, and reading.
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe the best way to facilitate the learning process is to tap into each student's unique strengths. By focusing on what each student naturally excels at, we can design a lesson that encourages students to utilize their pre-existing skillset and get them more excited about learning new material.