School and learning new things have always been my favorite part of life - which is probably why I stayed in school until I was 30 years old! My Bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University is in Art History with a History minor; my Master's degree from UCLA is in Medieval History with a focus on Latin and French; and I earned the Juris Doctor (law) degree at UC Berkeley. I later returned to school while working as a lawyer so I could learn more new things in my spare time (a few classes in Spanish at Caada College and graduate courses in Theology at Xavier University). And I even brought math workbooks home to have some fun with numbers and problems.
Sharing my enjoyment of learning is my passion! Tutoring students is the best way I have found to share what I love about learning with others who are also learning, to help them be the very best student they can be and reap the personal rewards of their successes. It is my fondest wish for all students to genuinely enjoy their time in school, to find fun in learning new things and feel great about themselves when they put the time and attention in to do their very best.
Over the years, I have tutored middle and high school students in Math, French and Latin. I have also worked with young elementary students as a volunteer at an after-school homework club and a summer reading program. It's tough to pick a favorite subject to tutor but I think it's languages (French or Latin), with math a close second. Learning another language can lead to so many interesting things in life, it is so worth the effort! And math always has that satisfying right answer. :)
What I seem to be best at as a tutor is helping students break down material into bite-sized chunks that they can understand, apply and master. That lays a strong foundation for what comes next which, again, we break down into manageable parts before putting them together to see the whole in good form. The lighting up of my student's face when things that seemed difficult or mysterious, perhaps even overwhelming, come together in a way that makes sense to them puts a gold star on my day every time!
Undergraduate Degree: Santa Clara University - Bachelor in Arts, Art History, Criticism, and Conservation
Graduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Master of Arts, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Aside from school, the greatest love in my life are my animals. Right now, I have three Pomeranian dogs, one tuxedo (black and white) cat and two gorgeous horses. They are a handful but they are my joy! I also love to read mysteries set in medieval or ancient times; watch BBC period pieces and mysteries; and get myself moving with power walks and interval strength training whenever possible. I've had the same best friend since 4th grade and I have a sweet husband who loves lifelong learning as much as I do. :)