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I am a graduate of Florida State University (Go 'Noles). I obtained both my Bachelor's and Master's degree in Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising. I have been teaching at the Art Institute of Dallas in the Fashion Design and Marketing and Management programs since January 2009.

I am incredibly passionate about helping individuals become life long learners, as I believe it's better to teach a person how to fish (so they can eat for a lifetime). I have always been involved with tutoring in one way or another throughout my adult life. I volunteered with the Norwegian Red Cross in Nairobi, Kenya, assisting Somali refugees with English comprehension. I also volunteered with America Reads, where I helped first graders improve their reading ability. While I was at FSU, I was a staff writer for the FSView, and also worked as a freelance writer with the Tallahassee Democrat.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Florida State University - Bachelors, Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising

Graduate Degree:

 Florida State University - Masters, Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising

Reading, Watching movies, spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking.

Adult Literacy

Elementary School Reading

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Spend some time getting to know the student and what their goals are in order to determine how to best assist them during tutoring.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By giving them opportunities to apply what they are learning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Through goal setting and benchmarks. It's beneficial when you have something to work towards.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Simply put: equipping individuals to become lifelong learners.