Hi! My name is Brooke, and I am a 9th Grade ELA teacher in New York City. I grew up in Rhode Island, and went to college in Pennsylvania. I love to read and write, and I am passionate about passing my love of literature on to my students. I am also passionate about giving them the skills necessary to think critically about the world. I want to push my students to solve complex problems, and never settle for less than their potential. I love to tutor students who may need help in my spare time, because it allows me to continue helping students! I know the value of out-of-school support and I want to help provide that to as many students as possible!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Dickinson College - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: Relay Graduate School of Education - Masters, Education
photography, writing, dance
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in constructivist education. I also believe that students should be the drivers of their own knowledge. I work at a project-based school, and I think that this hands-on approach to education is a much more successful model. In sum, I believe that students should have a voice in their education while also pushing themselves to be stronger students and citizens.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would like to get to know how the student learns best and what the student's interests are. I want to be sure that I know how to best support the student. If a student is a visual learner, I want to know that up front so I can prepare more visual models for our sessions. I also want to know what the student's interests are so I can help connect the material they're learning with their outside knowledge.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I like to push productive struggle in students. So, I encourage students to try all steps that they can on their own, and then go one step further. So, I explain to students that growth only happens outside our comfort zone. So, as soon as you feel completely stuck, try to come to a solution. If it's wrong, you can reflect on why and re-work the problem. If it's right, you just gained confidence to push yourself in the future, and your mind grew.