One of my primary goals in life is to help youth reach their full academic potential, regardless of their current standing, knowledge, background, or privilege. I believe that every student has potential and that every student deserves the right to the same tools and experiences, which were provided to me during my formative years of intellectual growth and exploration. Even today, I seek opportunities to continue my own learning out of self-interest and curiosity as well as motivation to improve the quality of my teaching to others. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of New Mexico through which I plan to study the behavior and physiology of wild East African chimpanzees as they relate to human evolution. I previously received my Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Middlebury College in Vermont where I first began tutoring at schools around the area. During this time, I also worked with youth coaching soccer at domestic camps, teaching English abroad in Italy, and working as a wilderness guide and outdoor educator at a canoe-tripping camp in northern Canada. After graduating from college, I decided to more seriously pursue and combine my interests in science and education. Over the last few years, I taught middle school science at Northfield Mount Hermon School in western Massachusetts as well as high school biology and biochemistry at Noble and Greenough School outside of Boston. Since 2017, I have also worked as an independent contractor privately tutoring middle school and high school students in subjects ranging from biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and even some physics. With my background in STEM, I also tutor middle-schoolers and early high-schoolers in mathematics, and through my doctoral program, I assist in teaching undergraduates in my particular field of study. Despite my experiences and abilities to tutor a range of levels and scientific subjects, I am most passionate about topics in the natural sciences, including ecology and evolution, anatomy and physiology, cell biology and genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry, etc. The three key aspects that I believe in and incorporate into my tutoring sessions are (1) safe and low-stress learning conditions, (2) review and repetition, and (3) big-picture thinking and connection-making. Together, these make for the most effective learning. The student's relationship with the tutor should be just as, if not more, important than their relationship with the broad and interconnected topics of the subject material. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, and skiing, as well as basketball, soccer, golf, traveling, and socializing with friends. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I greatly look forward to the possibility of working together.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Middlebury College - Bachelor in Arts, Neuroscience
Graduate Degree: University of New Mexico-Main Campus - Doctor of Philosophy, Physical Anthropology
SAT Math: 720
Animals, outdoors, hiking, camping, skiing, basketball, soccer, golf, travel, and socializing with friends.