I am a passionate educator dedicated to youth development and educational equity, with over 12 years of experience working with K-12 students in public schools and various educational settings in the bay area. I obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Women's Studies from UC Berkeley in 2004 and a Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2010 from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I specialize in tutoring English, Writing, Composition, Creative Writing, ESL and Spanish. I obtained my TEFL Certificate (Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate) in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2007, and since then, have been offering private and group ESL classes to adults and young English language learners. I speak Spanish with near-native fluency, after having spent a significant amount of time living in various parts of Latin America, and have over seven years of experience practicing as a bilingual Spanish-English Psychotherapist. I am excited about sharing my passion for the Spanish language and culture with my students. From my experience as a Teaching Artist to K-8 students in San Francisco public schools, I bring my creativity, performing arts background and expertise in childhood and adolescent development into my tutoring relationship with students. I have a student-centered, communicative, and interactive teaching style that emphasizes relationship-building and experiential learning.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, Women's Studies
Graduate Degree: California Institute of Integral Studies - Masters, Counseling Psychology - Concentration - Expressive Arts Therapy
Music, dance, hiking, biking, adventuring in nature, travel, yoga, meditation.
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy involves student-centered, culturally relevant, experiential learning that engages the student through interpersonal communication and dynamic activities that promote learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I get to know my student, their interests, hobbies, goals, and learning style so we can create a collaborative learning team.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By providing tools to empower them to make sense of material and learning to apply them to daily life.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encouragement and positive reinforcement are key. Finding new and creative ways to help the student feel engaged with the material. Making the material relevant to their lives.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Acknowledge the difficulty or challenge and find a different way to approach the concept that provides a new perspective.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Break it down into smaller sections, meet the student where they are, and start with what feels manageable first, and then find a way to help the student understand the general idea of each paragraph before getting more into the details.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
By building a relationship with my students and understanding their needs, challenges, and strengths. Meeting them where they are and building from there.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Try to make the subject relevant to their lives. Use various kinesthetic, visual, auditory and experiential techniques, and engage all the senses to make for a varied learning experience.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Concept checking - have the student demonstrate they've mastered the concept they're learning through independent practice, and then by teaching me how to do it. The student becomes my teacher.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Through continuous positive reinforcement and taking it one step at a time to make it manageable for them to learn.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
If I notice a student is struggling, I'd stop and ask them to tell me about their experience, and then re-adjust the plan to meet their needs. I'd be constantly assessing their comfort level with learning the subject and providing ways to practice and reinforce what they've already learned before moving on. Being in constant communication with my students and meeting them at their developmental level is important.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I'd consider my student's developmental age, level, ability, profession, culture, learning style, and any challenges they face to make the tutoring relevant to them, and take a collaborative approach to working with my student to meet their needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Visual aids, handouts, audio, the internet, whiteboard and markers, art materials, and our bodies for kinesthetic/experiential learning.