I'm a bright, motivated person who loves to learn and loves to pass that learning along. I served in the military out of high school, and then spent 15 years in IT, moving up the ladder from technical support to systems administrator to network engineer. I attended college whenever I could throughout my time in IT, however, and last year I left the IT world to attend the University of Texas full time; I'm currently a junior, pursuing a B.A. in English, and will move on to an M.F.A in creative writing after graduation.
My great love is reading and writing, and I'm looking forward to working with others and helping them develop their own appreciation for the joy that can be found in the written word, both in consumption and in creation. I'm also enthusiastic about history and science, and of course, if you're hoping for a career in IT I'm happy to get you started.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Current Undergrad, English
Gaming, Running, Reading, Writing
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School Political Science
High School World History
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Lower Level Writing
ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Writing
ISEE-Upper Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Upper Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Upper Level Writing
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that students learn best when the subject being studied can be connected to their lives; accordingly, I endeavor to provide learning aids that are of significance to them, such as reading passages that relate to their hobbies and interests.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session would be spent getting to know the student and evaluating their level of knowledge in the subject matter.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The best way to help a student become an independent learner is to target their areas of interest; for example, if a reading student enjoys gaming, I would tailor the readings toward fiction based on games, or articles about those games.