I attended Columbia University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience & Behavior as well as Comparative Ethnic Studies. I completed my graduate education at Relay Graduate School of Education where I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching. Finally, I am currently certified as a general education teacher in New York State. But my passion for teaching extends much further back than my college days.
Ah-hah! This says, Match the word to the definition. My eight year old student, a recent immigrant from Cuba, beamed with pride as he read the directions on his homework without help for the first time-- and at 13, I realized that I wanted to spend my life creating as many ah-hah! moments as possible. After three years as a middle school science teacher in New York City, and many more years as a reading, math and science tutor, I found that for too many of my students, learning boiled down to passively memorizing information well enough to earn a good score on the next exam. As a result, many of my students viewed their education as irrelevant, boring, useless and ultimately devoid of those fantastic ah-hah! moments I found so inspiring.
As an educator, I made it my mission to challenge my students' typical classroom experiences and to instead teach in a way that fosters a love of learning in my students. I believe that students learn best when learning is active, when practice is messy and when content is made relevant. Regardless of the subject, I teach students using active learning experiences in tandem with scaffolded questions that allow students to build their own understanding of content, and encourages them to ask questions of their own. I help students learn more deeply by helping them realize that learning is a process. And as part of the process mistakes they make are not failures, but rather opportunities to slow down, analyze their thinking, and ultimately correct their misconceptions. Finally, I strive to make everything I teach relevant. I want my students to think of their education not as information to be memorized and applied on their next exam or assignment, but as a way of understanding themselves and their worlds more thoughtfully and critically.
When not teaching, I enjoy reading science-fiction novels, learning about new scientific breakthroughs, exploring new music, and spending time with friends and family over home-cooked meals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelors, Neuroscience and Behavior; Comparative Ethnic Studies
Graduate Degree: Relay Graduate School of Education - Masters, Generalist (5-9) with Concentration in Science
I spend my free time reading science-fiction books, cooking, and volunteering at my local community garden.
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
Elementary School Science
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Writing
HSPT Language Skills Prep
HSPT Math Prep
HSPT Quantitative Prep
HSPT Reading Prep
ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Writing
ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Upper Level Quantitative Reasoning
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Study Skills and Organization