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My name is Shawn Stern and I am currently working in education policy. I am a former teacher, I taught for two years English and Debate in rural Mississippi. I've also worked as a teacher's aid for a special education program as well as an external facilitator of professional development during teacher training workshops. My philosophy for both tutoring and teaching is lecturing is not enough, its better to be creative.

Shawn’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Political Science and Government

Graduate Degree: American University - Masters, Public Administration


Traveling, hiking, poetry, writing, cooking, hanging out with friends.

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

AP U.S. Government & Politics

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Public Speaking

Social studies


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Don't ever teach in a way that would bore you as a student.

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

I generally get a sense of their learning style. I might have them fill out a survey that goes over whether they are an auditory, visual, or lecture based learner. I would also give them work that would allow me to see where their reading level is at.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Each student has a passion and a goal that drives them. My job would be to connect content with that passion in a way that motivates them to be an independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I always believed the best way to motivate a student is to empathize with their frustrations. I will motivate my students by showing empathy. I will also explain that if they work hard, I will work hard to create the best possible lessons.