I have spent nearly a decade overseas teaching English at a variety of levels, most recently in a university. I hope to help all my students reach their personal best and tap into their innate talents and strengths.
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia College-Chicago - Bachelors, Photography
Graduate Degree: Framingham State University - Masters, Education - Teaching English as a Second Language
film, theatre, literature, podcasts, learning Irish, cycling, dogs
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that students learn best when they are happy and motivated. I also think students should not only learn information, but learn how to learn. My job as a teacher is not only to pass on information, but to pass on the ability to learn effectively when the student is on their own.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student, and make a preliminary study plan to best meet the student's needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It depends on the subject, but when it comes to learning a second language, extensive reading is the best, research-supported method. Ask me more if you're curious!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to have students write down long-, mid- and short-term goals, and then revisit the list from time to time to let them see what they've accomplished and where they need to go.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Slow down, try to approach it from a different angle, and practice, practice, practice. I would look online to find examples presented in a different format or from a different point of view. Sometimes the right image or video can be very illuminating.