My mission is to play a small part in helping students achieve their dreams! I am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, BA in Philosophy (2014), and I am currently enrolled at the University of Washington's Master in Teaching Program, Secondary English. In the past few years, my work has been almost exclusively in educational settings with youth. I spent five summers at a summer camp devoted to social and environmental justice, working with all age groups and doing everything from managing a day program to leading extended backpacking trips. I spent a year working as a wilderness therapy field guide, helping students achieve a breakthrough in their personal lives in a backpacking setting in central Oregon. And I was an instructor at an outdoor school in southern California for a year, teaching science, leadership, and outdoor education classes. Not to mention my tutoring experience--in college I tutored high schoolers in all subjects, from math and science to text prep and history. As a Masters candidate for a Secondary English teaching degree, I am most passionate about tutoring English and History, and my high scores on the ACT (36), SAT (1570), and GRE (169) certify my aptitude for tutoring toward standardized tests. I love working with youth, especially high school students--so much that I've devoted my life to it! And I am committed to educational equity, helping students from all backgrounds and with all abilities achieve their goals. When I'm not working with youth or in class, you can find me climbing, hiking, or curled up with a good book.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Notre Dame - Bachelors, Philosophy and English
Graduate Degree: University of Washington-Seattle Campus - Current Grad Student, Masters in Teaching--Secondary English
ACT Composite: 35
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 35
ACT Reading: 34
ACT Science: 36
SAT Composite: 2310
SAT Math: 770
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 740
GRE Verbal: 169
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 790
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 780
SAT Subject Test in World History: 720
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College Level American History
College Level American Literature
College World History
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School Political Science
High School World History
High School Writing
IB Global Politics
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is experiential, conversation-based, and personal. I try to get to know as much as I can about the students, what works best for each, and how to tell when they have achieved comprehension.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would take time to get to know the student and their understanding of the subject material, and I would work with them in a very conversational, open way to make a start in addressing their needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I like to ask the student questions, see if they can explain the concept to me or explain the necessary steps to coming to an answer, and give them the tools and resources to further develop their understanding.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would use a lot of positive reinforcement and emphasize the little successes in the lessons.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
One of my best youth work talents is patience; I would go through similar sorts of problems, using different approaches until achieving a conceptual breakthrough.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I make sure first that I understand where they are in their reading ability before suggesting books and other resources to further their comprehension. This may include audio, using a dictionary, and limiting screen time!
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Always, always positive reinforcement! Celebrate the little victories, and reward improvement.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
My best conceptual tool is having a student explain a concept to me, complete with going through an example question. I also make sure to engage them, asking questions, and encouraging different learning styles to find what fits best.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
My philosophy is that it's best to continue to encourage, focusing on successes, and finding ways to improve that are less harsh or critical and more inviting.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
In order to determine a student's needs, I engage them in conversation, I ask them what their needs are, and I will also go through some questions step by step to determine where the understanding is and where it breaks down.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
My style of tutoring is 100% individualized--I treat each student uniquely depending on what I know about them, their learning style, and how I can best meet their needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The resources I use are practice questions/problems, resources such as textbooks, dictionaries, or calculators, and I will also use visual aids to assist in concept mastery.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategies I rely on most readily are engaging visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning; using a Socratic method of questioning toward comprehension; and positive reinforcement!