During the past 8 years, I have been able to develop my teaching abilities that create a productive learning environment. Most recently, I worked as a Learning Facilitator at Darunsikkahalai Innovative School of Learning in Bangkok, Thailand, where I taught 9th and 10th grade students English and Social Studies using the Constructionism theory. In October 2017, I departed for Ziguinchor, Senegal to be an U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant for nine months. I assisted teachers in a secondary school to improve foreign students' English language abilities.
I began my teaching career in 2011 as a chess teacher in Alabama. Since then, I completed English teacher training in Sierra Leone as a Peace Corps Volunteer, worked as a classroom aide in a special needs school, taught English and chess at a Moroccan youth center (using French), and volunteered as a chess coach.
From my experiences, I understand the importance of being prepared but flexible when explaining concepts. I love to engage students by doing hands-on and engaging activities. I believe that encouragement and patience are essential for the student's success, something I strive for. My classroom techniques, which incorporate these skills, were effective enough that I received special recognition after six months of working at St. Coletta, a special needs school. The success of the activity depended on a great deal of preparation, innovation, engagement, enthusiasm, and encouragement. These skills are easily transferable to tutoring sessions to enrich the student's learning experience. I enjoy contributing to a student's learning and growth, and hope to do so as a Varsity tutor.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Alabama - Bachelor in Arts, International Relations
Graduate Degree: American University - Master of Arts, International Relations
Reading, playing piano, and watching documentaries
Elementary School English
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Technology and Coding