Hello, I'm Amy! I'm a New York State certified English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. I have a master's degree in TESOL. I taught direct instruction in schools with US curriculum in grades K-12 for 10 years. I taught adult English classes as well. I've taught in Wisconsin, New York, Iowa, California, Kyrgyzstan, India, Myanmar, and China. I taught English through content such as social studies, science, and the humanities. I loved teaching writers workshops and enjoy sitting one-on-one with students to improve their writing or reading strategies. I enjoy learning about my students so I can personalize the learning to their interests. I like learning to be student centered.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, volunteering for various community projects, and making jewelry. And of course, I love to travel and learn about new cultures.
I look forward to tutoring you and traveling with you through your personal learning journey.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Morningside College - Bachelors, Theater with minor in English
Graduate Degree: Teachers College at Columbia University - Masters, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
I enjoy writing, going to live theater, making jewelry, traveling, and hiking.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
There are several things I may try. One is to step away from that concept for a moment and try something else, but come back to it later with fresh eyes and mind. Another tactic I may try is breaking the concept down into smaller pieces. I may try using visuals or hands-on learning materials to help a student understand the skill or concept. I will try presenting it in different ways until I find what speaks to the student.