I am 31 years old and have a masters in science education, specifically biology. I have a love for teaching and I take a creative approach that emphasizes teaching my students reasoning and learning skills rather than direct memorization. I enjoy approaching teaching from different angles in order to assure that my students learn in the way that is best for them.
I am also a ballroom dance instructor and enjoy going to the gym and distance running. I try to stay very active and love meeting all kinds of people.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland-College Park - Bachelors, Cellular biology and molecular genetics
Graduate Degree: University of Maryland-College Park - Masters, Secondary biology education
Ballroom dance, running
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that learning should not only prepare the students for tests, but also should help them develop the reasoning skills essential to success in the long term.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would take some time to listen to the student and really figure out what their needs are. I also would emphasize building rapport with them. Of course, I would also begin to cover the learning material.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I find it very effective to ask leading questions and have students come to conclusions through that. I have also found it very important that the student believes that they can learn and be successful. I like to teach my students to break down large tasks into smaller, more manageable ones.