I've been working with kids and teens since I was a teen myself. Beginning with summers spent at a remote wilderness camp, overseeing a rambunctious cabin and leading extensive expeditions, and leading into my study of education, writing, communication and social work in college (alongside theatre, dance and music), I've continually found opportunities to involve myself in teaching and counseling.
I started The Writer's Workshop, a tutoring program for young writers in the community surrounding Millikin University, a housing project in Ecuador for displaced mothers and children, and a freelance business as a casting director specializing in kids and on-set performance coaching.
I tutored at Bread & Roses Advocacy Center in college, was the Spanish teacher for the afterschool K-6th A.C.E. program (Associates in Cultural Exchange), created and edited material for the online education company Apex Learning, ran an afterschool arts program at Sayre Beacon High School, and instructed youth skiing at the Canyons Resort (now Park City Mountain). From there, I went on to coach debate teams and judge regional tournaments with the Western Bay Forensics League, guest lecture in the arts with various universities, and am now intermittently teaching and tutoring in Manhattan and Brooklyn with Behind The Book.
Outside of teaching and performing, I write everyday, have a mentor at The New York Times, am entrenched in the professional published poets circle, advise and edit scripts for screenwriters, and absolutely love helping others develop their voice, style, verbage and language intuition.
I am a quick and informative editor when it comes to tightening a piece, or rather embellishing creative writing to include further imagery and voice.
And as for said voice, I'm an actor and host who has been public speaking all my life. I'd love to help bring comfort and joy to the experience of speaking in front of others in any capacity.
Outside the necessary concepts and mechanics guidance, I believe in creating an engaging environment in which my students can reach for conclusions themselves; expansive creativity being the goal.
Let's have fun!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The Evergreen State College - Bachelors, Self-Directed Interdisciplinary Program
Graduate Degree: University of The Arts Central St Martins London - Masters, Film & Writing
Too many to list! I've been around the world, and will try a hand at anything.
College Application Essays
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
Encouragement leads to enjoyment, which leads to comfort, which leads to familiarity, which leads to growth and exponentially intuitive and creative thought!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I can either dive right into specific material, or get into a thorough chat about their experience, strengths, improvement areas, or all of the above!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I work alongside my students to develop learning tools and tricks as a team, working in real time with material right in front of them as a hands-on, tangible example for future work.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By maintaining a non-judgmental atmosphere, encouragement comes naturally; and when that's instilled as a mood, creativity in how best for an individual to delve deeper into material occurs, which is how one best immerses into something they'll gain from lastingly.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Endless comfortable matter-of-fact / "of course" patience and one method after another is essential for anyone to learn anything, according to their own unique brain!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading is my favorite subject to coax and explore! I've too many positive and creative thoughts for each individual to summarize them generally.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being personable and creative is the key to any relationship that has a goal of growth.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I find that there is a way for anyone to personally relate to any kind of story, problem, or lesson. Bringing personality and of-the-moment reality and analogous metaphor to material is key!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I am intuitive and communicative, and work alongside my students at a pace that clearly works for them.