I am passionate about what I do, and always strive to find the best way to resolve a specific situation, because each situation is unique and deserves a unique approach. Although I am young and have two and a half years of experience, I am a quality instructor because I have the drive to succeed in any situation and the patience to find the best solution for any student, and because I have experience in a wide variety of instruction settings and cultures, as well as the skill set to succeed in many different subject areas.
My prior experience with tutoring positions began immediately after I graduated from Stonehill College in May of 2010. I started with just a few students, but as the teachers and guidance counselors saw the success I had, they recommended me for several positions with other students. I finished the semester with a total of eight students, some of whom simply wanted extra help once a week, while others required a more intensive commitment. With these students I worked on classes ranging from basic to advanced, from the sciences to the humanities.
In January of 2011 I went to Guaimaca, Honduras, to teach at an all-girls school, grades 7-11, called El Centro Marie Poussepin (CMP) for two years. Besides teaching, I also I helped the students out with their personal growth, in line with the CMP’s mission statement of an “integral formation” in students’ values along with students’ academics, a mission statement in which I firmly believe.
My experience at the CMP was extremely challenging, but by the end of my two years, I had enacted several important changes. For example, I developed curriculum for all of the courses I taught, but especially the science courses, like an entire book of labs I developed for the High School students. Before they had never had any type of laboratory instruction. This success was not without its challenges; for example, I went to Honduras with a very basic understanding of Spanish, but left two years later fluent, and although faced with a severe lack of materials in the science labs, I developed activities and experiments that took advantage of what we did have.
Between my two years of service at the CMP, I lost no time and immediately began to substitute teach at the Suffield Middle School, and was able to work there several times a week for more than a month, before their winter vacation. Likewise, when I returned from my second year of service this past December, I immediately began to work for the Suffield Public School system in the capacity of Assistant Track Coach.
To date, I have almost three years experience tutoring, substitute teaching, coaching and teaching, in a wide variety of subject material and age groups. This experience, and my drive to accomplish professional goals despite obstacles, sets me apart as a quality tutor.
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