Wherever I go in the world, I find myself in a teaching role: from English
tutor and proofreader in Bangkok, Thailand to sharing horticultural knowledge in Portugal, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I traveled and worked abroad for four years after graduating from UC Davis, which I attended with a Regents
Scholarship and where I participated in the Integrated Studies Honors Program.
At Davis I completed significant coursework in linguistics before discovering the breadth, depth, and applicability of landscape architecture
. It revived my love of geometry
, opened the door to the world of botany
, and unleashed an artist and designer. I love talking about color and space, thinking about society and circulation, and I can never get enough of the wonders of the natural world and the science
behind their incredible processes.
My linguistics coursework ties strongly with my personal study of languages (Spanish
, Thai, German
, and Hindi
) and helps me teach English. As a speaking/pronunciation coach, reading
tutor, and writing
tutor, I've worked with native English speakers as well as English learners to improve grammar
, style, and communication of ideas. I edited papers for journal submission for a professor at one of the top universities in Bangkok as well as a Masters candidate thesis submission and assisted a Thai PhD student in preparing for the English competency exam.
My other experience reflects my interests: broad and varied. I've supported math
students in their studies from addition/subtraction to algebra
, geometry, and through high school-level calculus
, and science students from elementary through chemistry
, and biology
. I volunteered as a beginning clarinet
teacher at local elementary schools with fledgling after school music
programs, and in my college marching band, I led sectionals as clarinet section leader. I was also a marching teaching assistant. I've sung in choral performances.
Whether I'm explaining the very basics of using a computer
or trading shortcuts and new ways to use tools in design software, using computers and the internet
is a prime example of continuous shared learning and teaching. Study skills
are critical for a consistent path to success, and I enjoy finding or creating a system that works for a student to ensure progress.
I pride myself on being an articulate, patient teacher. I strive to understand a student's way of thinking and to provide fun, accessible instruction. Each challenge is a puzzle, and asking the right questions is our best tool. I prefer to guide a student to an answer, rather than me simply supplying it. For editing
, it is important to me that the student understands the principles behind changes I suggest, and I am not comfortable handing back a document I've been through without discussing my corrections.
Since I have a small travel radius, I am able to be quite flexible with my time, although I do have a 4-hour cancellation policy. Your challenge is our quest! I'm excited to jump in, and I look forward to hearing from you.