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I am a life-long lover of reading, learning, teaching, exploring, and creativity. However, I got a little lost at the end of high schoollike many young people, I struggled to reconcile who I was with what it was I thought I wanted to do, and what others expected of me. I attended Perpich Center for Arts Education, an arts high school, and went straight to New York to attend Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts. I thought that I wanted to study Education, and in this way develop alternative methods of teaching and learning, to help foster our country's most precious resourcestudents, artists, and thinkers. I found college to be incredibly empowering; the more I learned, the more gravitas I felt I had in the world. I ended up as a Liberal Arts major, which is truly interdisciplinary, a convergence of seemingly disparate disciplines. I graduated in the top five percent of my class, and am a recipient of an Andrew Mellon Grant, an award for Excellence in Undergraduate Theses, and the Eugene Lang Community Leadership award.

I believe firmly in the incredible power that lies in teaching and learning, and the power in fostering the growth of different kinds of students. One good teacher can change your life, as they say. The exchange between student and teacher is reciprocal.

It's important as a student to develop a way of managing time and schoolwork that best fits into your lifestyle and methods of learning. Some students naturally have a more strict work ethic, while others struggle with procrastination. I like to work with students to discover their strengths, weaknesses, passions, and dislikes. This helps set up methods of studying and time management. Learning is a process and a journey!

My teaching philosophy is that each student is different, and we should all be able to learn in ways that make it a joyous, exciting, and empowering experience.

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Thea’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Eugene Lang the New School for Liberal Arts - Bachelors, Liberal Arts


Playing music, reading and writing nonfiction, visual art(contemporary and otherwise), feminist literature, cinephile!

Tutoring Subjects


American Literature

AP Art History

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing


Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Social Studies


Spanish 1

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that each student is different, and we should all be able to learn in ways that make it a joyous, exciting, and empowering experience. I believe that teaching is a reciprocal relationship--that the student and the teacher learn from each other.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would talk to the student about their interests; what they're passionate about. Ask them honestly what they like and dislike about school and learning. Understanding this helps us work together; a student should be able to learn in a way that excites them, and we can do that together!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

A student can become an independent learner as soon as they feel they have tools, confidence, and passion. Tutoring is great for that, because when we work one on one there is a lot of time--and a safe space--to build these things. In school, it can be harder to ask questions. Questioning and exploring are very important, and we can do that together.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

It depends on the student; sometimes answering text specific questions is helpful, but other times students do better with visual or graphic aids, such as a Venn Diagram, Story Board, Story Map, etc. A lot of the time oral summarization can be helpful, then we write it down together. I like to "think aloud" while reading with students, as that also helps with comprehension and encourages a student's metacognition.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Really getting to know a student. Developing mutual respect and understanding. I can't emphasize that enough!

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Making sure they feel engaged and passionate. If the subject were math for example, and math was a student's worst subject, then we would work together to find a special skill or way of understanding math that the student has. Approaching things from a unique viewpoint is good, as well as having all the practical tools you need to succeed.

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