I'm a graduate of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). I earned my Bachelor of Science in Criminology. Since graduation, I've had a passion to travel the world and help students reach their goals. I enjoy the process of watching students develop over time as they discover their potential and achieve whatever they thought wasnt possible.
I have extensive experience working with students of all ages and levels. I have tutored children from the elementary to high school level in both Mathematics and English. Additionally, I have mentored and given advice to students with regards to the importance of academics and life skills. Lastly, during my recent two-year stint teaching English to Chinese high school students at an international boarding school in Beijing (China), I also tutored IELTS and TOEFL speaking preparation to help students pass their exams.
I believe that the purpose of education is to provide learners with an intellectual, moral and social instruction to help them acquire knowledge in various fields of study and facets of life. I believe that the role of an educator is to adequately prepare students for the challenges they will face in society and equip them with the necessary skills to become successful leaders of a constantly changing global world. As contributing citizens of society, the teachers and students alike will be essential assets to the prosperity and longevity of the communities they reside in and represent. I believe that their growth and maturity as individuals in a collective environment will lead to more productive and positive results in the generations to come.
I believe that students, especially young children, learn most effectively through repetition in lesson plans and positive interactions with their teachers and peers. It is the duty of the educator to activate the students learning process by obtaining their interest in various subjects; moreover, it is the job of the student to engage in the learning process. As John Hattie stated in Teachers Make a Difference, 80% of most class time is spent with teachers talking and students listening, whereas expert teachers have students engage in challenging tasks to a greater extent of the time. I agree with his assessment because my teaching style will focus on the 80/20 rule, with learners speaking and challenging each other 80% of the time and the teacher 20% of the time.
I bring a global awareness to my classroom because of a unique educational experience I had in high school. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend Solebury School, a college preparatory and boarding school, where I lived on campus with a variety of English as Second Language (ESL) students from different backgrounds, cultures, and countries for three years. During my senior year, I decided to become a member of the Conversation Partner Program at the school. The program not only gave ESL students the chance to practice English, but more importantly, it helped me foster a life-long relationships with people from a different countries. I am grateful for the experience because it gave me a panoramic view of a changing world and equipped me with priceless communication skills needed to connect with learners across the globe (not just within the borders of a classroom).
Most importantly, since the moment I stepped into my first classroom as a teacher at an international school in Beijing, I was highly motivated to be a role model for my Chinese high school students. Over the past two years, the most significant leadership role I have accomplished as a teacher has been showing (by example) young learners how to be good people and productive citizens of society. I have developed a lifetime bond of mutual respect, admiration and trust that extends far beyond the confines of a classroom. I executed this by exhibiting integrity everyday, and being a good representation of my country and family (including myself). We both have shattered the wall of stereotypes placed upon us and millions of people across the globe, and have shown the type of beautiful connections that can emerge through diversity. So, the most essential thing I have done as a teacher is give kids the inspiration, confidence and tools to make the world a better place in the future.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The College of New Jersey - Bachelor of Science, Criminology
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Basic Computer Literacy
High School Accounting
High School Business
High School English
High School Writing