I earned my Bachelor's studying Anthropology and Sociology at Sonoma State University after earning my Liberal Arts and Social Science Associate's degrees at American River College. I intend to return to school for a Master's program in either Public Policy or International Relations.
My youth development experience is extensive and varied; I have experience with after school program administration, special education support, one on one academic and social support during the school day, traditional proficiency tutoring, remote ESL tutoring for K-2 aged students, residential treatment youth, alternative education teaching support, and nannying.
I can provide academic support for general education grades K-8, English, History, Biology support for 9-12 grades, as well as English (composition and literature), Social Science, Liberal Studies and Philosophy at the college level.
My personal favorite subject to tutor is English as I consider myself an advanced writer and researcher with a keen eye for logic, structure, and mechanics.
My personal interests include cooking and baking, hiking and camping, soccer, yoga, coloring, board games, reading non fiction, and volunteering my time with humanitarian organizations.
I strive to make learning a fun and dynamic experience by encouraging my pupils to think outside the box for new strategies. I can skillfully break down difficult or cumbersome material, helping students to build problem solving skills and making assignments more approachable. By teaching to a student's strengths, they become more confident and assertive learners all around.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Sonoma State University - Bachelors, Anthropology and Sociology
Reading, movies, game nights, coloring, spending time with my kitties.
College Application Essays
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Political Science
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone learns best when they are interested in what they're learning and why, and are empowered to strive for their personal best.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Initial "meet and greet" games or icebreakers to establish rapport, and then hopefully we can explore student goals and aspirations in general and how our time together can support that vision.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By helping them to foster good study habits, improve organization, and build accountability.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would ideally work with the student to develop incentive or reward systems; using my ability to quickly recognize when a student needs relief or a break from a stressful problem or assignment.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Break it down to more narrowly identify what part the student is struggling with, and create tools or methods to improve that skill.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Strengthening reading comprehension is an area I have a lot of experience in; I really like to utilize graphic organizers before, after and even during reading if necessary. Graphic organizers can work well for student directed reading and equally as effective when a student is read aloud to, as it provides two different contexts- in one, the student is actively reading and simultaneously having to process the material; in the other, the student can absorb and process the material more passively as an audience.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I help students build their confidence by finding strategies and tools that work for them, from note cards, memorable acronyms, tangible and interactive cues, I try to find the most fitting learning style at hand and maximize it.