I was born in New York City but was mostly raised in New Jersey. After high school, I went to The College of New Jersey where I changed my major several times before finally settling on Political Science.
After college, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in order to teach high school history. I spent four years in the classroom and taught four different courses: World History, AP United States History, Government, Economics, and AP United States Government and Politics. Now, I'm a lawyer and proud graduate of Notre Dame Law School.
Aside from my passion for history and social science, I teach and tutor because I enjoy working with students and I am inspired by them every day. I believe that every student is capable of learning and achieving at a high level.
When not at school or work, I like to read, write, travel, and hike.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The College of New Jersey - Bachelors, Political Science and Government
Graduate Degree: University of Notre Dame - Current Grad Student, Law
Reading, writing, traveling, hiking, football, basketball, and tennis.
High School Economics
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Political Science
High School World History
High School Writing
US Constitutional History
What is your teaching philosophy?
I enjoy working with students, and I am inspired by them every day. I believe that every student is capable of learning and achieving at a high level.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In our first session, I want to learn about you! Expect a lot of questions about how you learn and what you like learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I remind my students, all the time, of their potential. Every is capable of learning and achieving at a high level. It may take more work and/or time, but I'm confident that if you try, you'll learn.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I'd start by troubleshooting. Before we move on, I want to know what you're having trouble with. After we identify the problem, then it's time to find out how to solve it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When I struggled with reading, my mom used to make me read out loud. I do the same thing in my classroom today. I chunk readings (make them smaller) and have students read out loud. It helps good readers to focus.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching students how to find answers, rather than just giving answers! My role as an educator is to empower you to learn.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I think a strong relationship begins with me getting to know you, first. I typically start with a quick survey. I want to know about your past experiences, how best you think you learn, and what exactly you need help with.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I like learning and teaching, and so I try to make it fun. I'll tell jokes and find funny ways to remember facts, formulas, and approaches.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
After we've gone over a particular concept, my next job is to check to make sure you understand it. I'll likely give you a practice question that I've made up. You'll answer it, explain it to me, and we'll go over it. If you don't understand it, we'll try again until you do.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I like reminding students that no one "gets" everything the first time. With practice and patience, not only will you understand it, but you'll be able to explain what we're learning to others.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I'll start off by asking in-depth questions about what you think you need from tutoring. After I've learned about your needs and how you like to learn, I'll plan sessions that meet your specifics needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Our sessions aren't helpful if they aren't conveyed in a format that assists you. So, I adapt lessons based on the ways in which you learn best. If you like to learn by doing, then we'll learn by doing. If you like to understand real-world applications, we'll do that!
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Aside from the materials you bring, I typically have a lesson plan developed, along with some probing questions, check for understanding questions, and helpful tips. If we meet in person, I might bring diagrams or graphic organizers to use.