I am a graduate from the University of Rochester where I spent 4 year obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Developmental Biology. During that time, I also minored in Psychology as a Social Science. I then completed a fifth year through a "Take Five" program in which students propose and complete a self-created sixteen-credit course itinerary to study for academic enrichment. Currently, I am studying to become a paralegal.
I have experience in teaching during both high school and college. During high school, I participated in a Peer Tutor program, during which I tutored students individually as well as in groups through a "Think Tank" after school program. In college, I was a Teaching Assistant for an upper level biology course along with five other undergraduates. Following that, I worked in partnership with a professor to teach Biology 101, an introductory Biology class for non-science majors. I created a large portion of the course work, lesson plans, and testing material. I also completed two course of Independent Research under the direction of a Biology professor in his lab which studied the reproduction of Drosophila melanogaster.
I'm most passionate about teaching Mathematics and Biology. However, I am able to tutor a wide variety of subjects and I'm open to tutoring students of any age. My teaching philosophy is to equip students with the intellectual tools and skills that they need to tackle academic challenges, first with my guidance and then eventually, independently. As a first generation college student, I was largely left to my own devices to develop effective methods of studying and learning to be successful in my coursework. I find it immensely rewarding to pass along this knowledge in order to help others succeed.
Outside of academia, my passions are my husband and children, reading, politics, knitting, and hiking.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Rochester - Bachelors, Cell and Developmental Biology
Hiking, Reading, Politics, Knitting
Elementary School Math
High School Biology
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
The best way for me to help a student become an independent learner is to show them that they already have or can learn the skills necessary to solve a problem. I encourage students to first brainstorm about the different ways to approach their coursework, and only after selecting the best method should they begin the task of solving a problem. Once students get in the habit of doing this, they can learn more independently in a wide variety of situations.