I'm a formally trained Spanish bilingual with a four-year degree in Spanish from the College of Charleston. I also majored in Business Administration and graduated Magna Cum Laude, top 10% of the business school, and was a member of the Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. My passion for the language and culture led me to live in southwest Spain for six months. Throughout my life I've had my fair share of frustration with certain academic subjects (Spanish being one of them), but the right combination of personal strategies, patient educators, and extracurricular opportunities afforded me the success I enjoy today along with the opportunity to help others!
Friends characterize me as a mature, honest, hard-worker with contagious ambition. I enjoy staying actively involved in my community and spend a fair amount of my free time volunteering. I'm quite outgoing and enjoy meeting new people, trying new restaurants, and traveling. I enjoy writing and have had a number of pieces published in local and state newspapers on the topic of policing in post-Ferguson America.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: College of Charleston - Bachelors, Spanish; Business Administration
Volunteering with youth, cooking and trying new restaurants, shooting sports, and traveling.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Unhurried and genuine. I'm far from a brainiac, so chances are I've been in your shoes! My ability to relate is precisely what empowers me to accurately assess a student's needs and deliver that "aha" moment in a timely manner.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Start with a simple get-to-know-you, aimed to identify the student's learning style(s), his/her goals, and any reservations about tutoring or education. From there, we'll outline a list of strengths and weaknesses, set realistic goals, discuss supplemental study aids, and devise a plan the student is excited about.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
This is something with which I personally struggled. Therefore, I believe I'm well-positioned to explain how one can "hop on" the pathway to becoming an independent learner without feeling as though it falls beyond one's reach.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Simply put: by building a personal relationship. I want students to know that their goals are important to me, so gestures, like text reminders, can be valuable. I am also familiar with a variety of tools and programs that I know from personal experience help captivate a student's attention and keep them motivated.