Learning something new can feel overwhelming. So much to take in, explore and understand. At the core of a good learning experience is having someone willing to walk alongside you as you step into the experience of understanding. Someone able to know when to inspire, when to push and when to offer kindness.
As a tutor and teacher for many years, I have always appreciated the times I had a good teacher. Someone able to have the time and patience to encourage me and see me through the challenges of a subject. I draw from those experiences every time I teach, using the skills I saw in others as inspiration for meaningful learning experiences.
I feel I have a unique skill at being able to connect with others and support them through times of growth and transition. I have done this in several arenas, from stage performance to health care to working with children. My educational experience makes me well versed in the humanities and the arts, as well as religious and spiritual education. I also draw from an extensive background in counseling, which aids my ability to listen deeply to the needs of the student and how best to support them while they learn.
My approach to tutoring is to initially take time to know who I am working with and what their learning style is like. I strive at all times to be creative with the subject matter so that the learning experience can be a dynamic process, not a simple repeating of facts. Learning supports us in engaging with the world in a new way, so it is important that learning is lively. From there I work to build a strong foundation of basics so that the student can build confidence in what they already know and where they need to grow. Small steps so that greater steps can be taken. From here it is possible to learn more deeply and take on greater challenges.
What you will receive from me as a teacher is someone who is compassionate and inspired by being able to be of service to others. You will find someone willing to walk with you as you learn, rather than being an expert who talks down at you. Education has been in my life since I was a little, so I will work to convey my passion for learning and perhaps in the process inspire you as well.
I have a BA in Speech
, with a focus on theatre
and an MA in Buddhist Studies with a Concentration in Socially Engaged Buddhism. My MA degree trained me in the practice of social action, religious studies, cultural studies as well as world history
I have over 25 years experience in performance and public speaking
, having performed or presented to audiences as large as several thousand. In addition I have taught several subjects (primarily theatre) at the grade school
and high school level, as well as several classes in spirituality and culture at the college level. I am a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and a certified Mindfulness Mediation teacher.
I have written numerous articles, blogs and case studies as part of my work life - so I have a strong understanding of how to tell a story and the use of language
programs such as Microsoft Word
are also part of my skill set, as is a basic understanding of video and sound production.
My areas of focus are: WritingProofreading
Public Speaking / Presentation Creation (PowerPoint and creating compelling presentations)
Spiritual Care and Religion
/ Religious Studies
History and Cultural Studies
Contemplative Practices - meditation