While earning my Bachelor of Arts degree in English, I spent four years working full time as a Writing Lab Consultant at my college's Center for Student Learning. My experience as a writing lab tutor was my first experience with, and truly ignited my passion for, teaching; as I honed my own writing and instruction skills, I developed best practices to communicate writing skills to students with varying educational backgrounds, writing experience levels, majors, and assignment types. I was ultimately able to gain the highest level of certification in the lab, the Master Level College Reading and Learning Association Certification, after many hours of tutoring and training sessions. I was invigorated by the challenging and rewarding experiences I had collaborating with students to help them develop their writing skills. I was thrilled to watch so many of them become better writers, and more confident students, than when they first entered the lab. This passion for working with students led me to complete my Ph.D. at Arizona State University in the interdisciplinary field of Gender Studies, where I am currently an instructor. I have taught college courses there for the past five years, and in addition to instructing in the classroom, I have greatly enjoyed working with individually students who are interested in going to graduate school, medical school, and law school, to work on their admissions essays and writing samples. Working with students, and helping them be successful, is my true passion, and I bring this passion into every tutoring session I completewhether that be in basics of composition: writing, editing, grammar, and syntax, more advanced questions of English and American Literature, or even some of my most challenging and rewarding sessions: creating thought-provoking application and college essays from scratch.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: College of Charleston - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: Arizona State University - PHD, Gender Studies
I love traveling--taking trips and seeing new places are my favorite things to do. When I'm not on a trip, you can usually find me reading, hanging out with my cat Pear Bear, baking, listening to podcasts, or eating as many nachos as I can get my hands on!