Hi, welcome and nice to meet you. I am a multimedia artist that works with textiles, digital and fine art mediums. I am also an education nerd that loves learning and believes deeply in the power of education. Educationally speaking, I have experience working with both students and adults. I have a background as an after-school tutor for high school and middle school age students. I have also worked with middle school students as a substitute teacher and held a long term substitute position for 7th and 8th grade science and engineering. We learned about bridges, torque and force. For a class project, I worked with the students to build bridges out of popsicle sticks. With adults I have experience as an ESL tutor and anti-bias trainer. Additionally I have worked independently as a tutor in Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, and Excel for business use. Personally I hold an undergraduate degree in Women's Studies (which is a social science) from the University of Arizona, with a minor in Art History. I have completed two years of graduate level course work at Arizona State University, towards a Master of Science degree in social science research and justice. I am an avid reader with a strong background in Harlem Renaissance literature and art and I completed Calculus I in college. I am certified as a substitute teacher in the state of Arizona and I hold a current fingerprint clearance card.
Above all, the learning process should be manageable and not intimidating. For me, the education process begins with understanding your personal learning styles and finding a frame of reference for the subject you are trying to learn about. As an artist I have experienced first hand how traditional education settings can be discouraging and can make the learning process difficult. I carry this into my teaching methods by working with students to identify and address the additional stresses and barriers surrounding any particular subject they are having trouble with. I also truly enjoy learning and I reflect this perspective in my tutoring methods. Additionally I use a hands-on learning process the brings in critical analysis and roots the subject within current contexts. This is because my goal as a tutor is to teach you how to learn, not how to memorize.
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