I am a graduate of Manhattan College and NYU both located in New York. I received a Bachelor of Science from Manhattan College in Secondary Math Education. I received a Master of Arts in Teaching of Mathematics. I was a 2011 Math for America Fellow; Math for America is a selective five - year program with a mission of improving secondary math education. I hold professional certifications in New York State for Mathematics Grades 7 - 12, Mathematics Grades 5 - 6, and Students with Disabilities (Generalist) Grades 7 - 12.
I have been teaching for four years in New York City, grades 6 - 8. I have taught Mathematics grades 6 - 8, Computers, and as a Special Education teacher across subjects ( Math, Science, ELA, Art, Spanish etc.) Prior to teaching full time, I completed two student teaching placements, one in middle school grade 7 and one in high school teaching Algebra 2. Leading up to my time in education I worked at a local YMCA for over five years, starting as a Camp Counselor and working my way up to Assistant Camp Director.
I am comfortable tutoring elementary subject and middle school subjects, particularly math. I also tutor Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Probability. I believe that the key to learning is the student - teacher relationship. The teacher needs to be willing to find the style in which the student learns and the student needs to be open to learning. I would describe my teaching style as flexible and receptive, my teaching style must be fluid because not all students learn in the same way. Some students may learn best by completing ten practice problems while others need pictures and visuals, teachers need to have a solid foundation in their subject area so they can modify their instruction to the needs of the student.
Outside of teaching, I spend my time engaged in Sports and Arts. I am an avid photographer, graphic designer, soccer player and rower. I've played soccer almost my entire life and took up rowing in high school and rowed at the collegiate level. I started photography in High School and graphic design in college. I enjoy both digital and film photography, as well as developing my own film and photographs. I am proficient with both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Manhattan College - Bachelors, Secondary Math Education
Graduate Degree: New York University - Masters, Secondary Math Education
SAT Math: 710
Elementary School Math
ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that the key to teaching is the willingness of the teacher to modify their instruction methods, and this stems from their knowledge of their content area. If you have a solid foundation in your content area and a willingness to teach your student in the way that is best for them, you can modify your instruction to meet the needs of your students.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first want to get to know the student better. What are their interests outside of academics? What subjects do they feel they excel in and why? What subjects do they feel they struggle in and why? How do they feel they learn best? Secondly, I would want to learn more about what the student's expectations and goals are. What do they want to get out of tutoring? What areas do they want to improve in? Is there a target score or grade that they are looking to achieve? Lastly, I would give the student several questions to get a better idea of their thinking process and try to identify areas for potential growth.