I hold a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (opera) from The University of Memphis. Since graduating in 2019, I have hit pause on my opera career in order to pursue other interests.
I believe I have particular gift for working with children with unique learning needs. I actually began my tutoring career as a volunteer at the Refugee Empowerment Program in Memphis, TN, where I helped refugee and immigrant children (K-12) with homework and English literacy for nearly two years. During quarantine, I temporarily moved to California to help tutor my younger cousins (8 and13) who were struggling academically due to the new COVID-19 online schooling restrictions. My cousins also faced several unique learning challenges, including severe dyslexia and ADHD. These experiences have challenged me to be able to create engaging learning experiences tailored to each child's individual needs.
I have struggled with severe anxiety most of my life. In academia, my anxiety manifested itself in that I would overwork myself to the point of complete exhaustion in order to make sure I got a perfect grade. Several life-altering experiences in my early twenties helped me understand that grades are not everything. They are important, yes, but certainly not worth losing sleep or mental wellness over. My goal, as an academic tutor, is to help kids enjoy learning. Learning does not stop after the test is over -- and it should not be a frustrating experience. I aim to not only facilitate the confident comprehension of subject material, but also to spark new ideas, interests, and a genuine enjoyment of learning in all my students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Memphis - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music Performance
ACT Composite: 33
ACT English: 36
ACT Math: 30
ACT Reading: 34
ACT Science: 31
When I'm not working, I love rock climbing, playing with my dog, exploring National Parks, reading, doing the NYT Crossword, and teaching myself to play new instruments.