I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies, followed a Master’s degree in Forensic Behavior Analysis; all the while tutoring in the university’s student-athlete learning center. Since graduation I have mainly worked as an independent contractor in home support for Alzheimer’s patients and child care. While also working part time as a pool attendant in a country club and tutoring in essay and paper writing. I tutor in a broad range of topics, but most passionate about English, Writing, and Psychology. In my experience helping a struggling student overcome an obstacle and become confident in their new found skills is a very rewarding experience. I am a firm proponent of learning, believing it to be necessary for every aspect of life; for every new skill and knowledge learned, no matter how slight, can change a person’s outlook on life. As such, I hope that each student I work with can experience a measure of this discovery for themselves.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Florida Gulf Coast University - Bachelors, Psychology, Criminal Justice
Graduate Degree: Florida Gulf Coast University - Masters, forensic behavior analysis
SCUBA diving, fishing, reading (almost anything), watching movies (almost anything),playing with my dogs (especially at the beach and park), gardening (so far just tomatoes, basil, and mint successfully; but working on sweet potatoes)
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session with a student, it is important to introduce ourselves and discuss expectations of the short and long-term goals of the tutoring encounters or create them together by discussing problems or concerns with previous assignments. I do this along with establishing a standard, for both myself and the student, as to what is expected during each session.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that the role of a teacher/tutor is to provide opportunities for continual learning and growth, for both the student and myself. To cultivate a safe learning environment, provide tools for the continuation of learning for the student, not only the subject at hand but also for future situations. Finally, I believe that teaching the student to challenge themselves continuously and take that skill to other aspects of their life, not just their education.