My interest in education is firmly grounded in the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to engage with academia in the way that best suits them. After graduating with degrees in English literature and public policy, I worked as a classroom teacher in Louisiana. I taught high school math, specifically pre-algebra, algebra I, geometry, and ACT prep and am certified to teach all secondary math. I also wrote curriculum based on the Common Core standards in geometry.
As a teacher, I was committed to getting to know my students’ unique interests and academic needs in order to best assess how they interacted with material. Rather than explain a problem the same way to every student, for instance, I looked for multiple approaches and helped my students understand which made the most sense for them. I also considered their personal background and interests to ensure that they would have the most positive learning experience possible, regardless of how they felt about the content we covered.
In addition to my teaching experience, I have personal success on multiple standardized tests. I achieved exceptional scores on the SAT and GMAT and have extensive experience teaching ACT material. I have a genuine love of learning and a passion for sharing this with students.
In my spare time, I enjoy running, visiting local coffee shops, and exploring Brooklyn.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern California - Bachelors, English
SAT Composite: 2110
Reading, running, New Orleans brass bands, visiting local coffee shops
College Application Essays
College Political Science
High School English
High School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
When I was a full-time teacher, I encouraged my students to set ambitious goals for themselves. I firmly believe that with hard work and perseverance, anyone can learn and reach their fullest potential.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, we would spend time getting to know each other. I'd be especially interested in a student's feelings about school and a subject to understand their current mindset. I wouldn't make any assumptions about their abilities--instead, I'd give a brief diagnostic to set a baseline for their current level. We'd use this to watch growth going forward-- one of the most exciting parts of the learning process to me.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students should be inspired by learning. They also need to understand what makes learning fun and best for them. In addition to identifying areas for growth and teaching specific tools, I would help students understand why these are beneficial and how they can improve their learning experience.