I started my career in education working as a private drum teacher for elementary and middle school students. I did this for many years before going back to school to get a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). From 2013-2015 I worked as a volunteer program manager and a full time teacher at various international schools in Uganda. While overseas, I taught music, science, history, nature, english language arts, and english as a second language.
After moving back to the US, I worked as an english teacher for grades 3-6 at a charter school in Brooklyn. I provided small group literacy instruction for those learning english as a new language, and for students who needed a boost in their reading/ writing skills.
I am currently involved as a facilitator for an organization called Know My World where I set up digital cross cultural exchanges between classrooms in different countries. This past semester I managed an exchange between students in Vermont and Taiwan in which they discussed issues of climate change, bullying, racism, among other social issues. Global education is my passion, which is why I will be returning to school in January to get a masters degree in International Education from the SIT institute of Vermont.
I am excited to bring my skill set to the Varsity Tutor platform to help my students grow and succeed. My focus in every lesson is to create a productive learning environment for that is also fun and relaxed. I look forward to working with you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: St. Michael's College - Bachelors, Music / Journalism
Loves playing the drums and piano, skiing, and traveling.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching is a skill that takes a lifetime to develop, but the basics are easy to understand. Students learn best when they make a genuine connection to the teacher and to the content of a lesson. This connection only happens in a positive and supportive environment, where students are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning. In every lesson I provide these opportunities so my students cultivate a curiosity for the content and the tools for critical thought.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, I try to get a feel for the student's pace, interests, and general understanding of the topic. I also realize that my students are people, and I create an atmosphere of respect and trust before diving into the material. First sessions are fun, it is always great to meet new people that are dedicated to learning new things!