I graduated from Calvin College with a Geology/Geography/Urban Studies degree. I went on to graduate from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and ISARA-Lyon with degrees in Agroecology and Organic Agriculture.
I started tutoring in high school and did so in college as well. In graduate school I assisted students with academic papers. Most recently I have been a high school Biology and Environmental Science teacher in an urban public school.
I am comfortable tutoring a variety of subjects. I am most passionate about cultivating a love for the natural world and enjoy teaching the life sciences. I believe that the love for learning is what motivates students to excel and that is what I hope to create.
My experiences with diverse students and education systems adds to my differentiated teaching style. In my spare time, I enjoy writing, cooking, and being connected to nature by gardening or farming.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Calvin College - Bachelors, Interdisciplinary- Geology/ Geography
Graduate Degree: Norwegian University of Life Sciences - Masters, Agroecology
Cooking, Farming/ Gardening, and Writing.
Anatomy & Physiology
CLEP Human Growth and Development
CLEP Natural Sciences
Elementary School Science
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School Geography
Middle School Science
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Urban Design and Development
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I first need to understand what they have learned and then modify my strategy for teaching the concept. Sometimes it is a matter of reviewing the concept, and other times it requires going back to the basics and taking a new approach to the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I have a few different strategies I use with students struggling with reading comprehension. I like to encourage reading with a purpose by presenting students with questions to consider while reading. I also ask students to come up their own questions as they read. Graphic organizers help some students with reading comprehension. I find summarizing to be a good way to check for understanding, and it also help students connect the ideas they have read.