I have been a student of the world for decades. I am passionate about other cultures, about people, about learning.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: UNC-Asheville - Bachelors, French
Graduate Degree: The University of Tennessee - Current Grad Student, Social Work
My hobbies are reading, running, cycling and playing with my kids. I love historical fiction and learning new things about the world.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe teaching is a partnership between a facilitator and a person interested in doing something new. My role is to facilitate your academic journey.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Some quick trust building would be my first step with a new student. I believe a good rapport is important for students to feel safe learning from someone.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Many times, students feel like it is impossible to know everything. But in all my teaching, I have always tried to instill the idea that learning is a skill, and anyone can learn a skill. It is not necessary to know everything, but rather to know how to learn. If you know how to learn, you can truly do anything.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Jokes. I like joking around. Also I believe we all stay motivated when we believe we're making progress. I am committed to all of my students to remind them of the progress they've made.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Because learning is a skill, it is possible to practice a skill until you get the hang of it. I would approach the concept from different perspectives and angles until we found the right path to understanding.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Helping a student with reading comprehension on any level would require being sure that the student was actively passionate about whatever we're reading. Being interested in the material helps to form necessary connections while reading.