I have been working in tutoring in some form since high school, when for two years I volunteered as a mentor to a kindergarten student from a disadvantaged background through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. During my college years, I went on to again serve in a teaching and mentorship role by serving as a camp counselor for children ages 6 to 12. In that role I particularly worked with boys between the ages of 8 to 12 by being their primary supervisor and was responsible for their daily schedules, wellbeing, and helping them have the best experience at sleepaway camp.
In addition, I transitioned into academic tutoring during college. I served as a teaching assistant for three college geoscience courses while pursuing my bachelors in geology, and these roles helped hone my skills in explaining concepts, presenting information and ideas, and connecting with students to help better understand how to aid their learning. For my work as a teaching assistant, I was awarded the 2015 Jan Tullis Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award by the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences of Brown University.
I believe that connecting with students and ensuring clear communication between tutor and student is paramount to successful learning, and I work to create a constructive, collaborative learning environment. Remaining flexible and adapting different learning strategies based on the strengths of each student helps to ensure that each student’s goals will be achieved.
My personal interests include history, geography, playing hockey and golf, and travel. I was a member of a pirate-themed a cappella group while in college so singing and learning sea-shanties also holds a special place in my heart. I live in the wonderful little city of Providence, R.I., and, having grown up in Montana, very much love New England.
I look forward to working with all students, and believe I will serve as a positive force to aid learning objectives. Thanks for your time and attention in getting to know me a little, and I look forward to working with you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brown University - Bachelors, Geosciences
History and geography, hockey, golf, travel.
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Tests Prep
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that different students learn in different fashions, and thus I always aim to create a constructive dialogue between student and tutor. As a result, I (as the tutor) gain a solid sense of how the student is learning, which concepts he or she is grasping well versus those that require more attention, and which learning strategies will be most effective. I try to create a tutoring environment in which the student and I work together to learn and explain the concepts, especially since I believe that the best way to know if a student understands a concept is to have him or her explain or it themselves.