My name is Elizabeth and I am from San Francisco. I work at a think tank and have my Masters degree in international affairs from American University in DC. I am confident that my academic success in college (honor's student) and graduate school (straight A's!), as well as past employment experience as an instructor and childcare provider, makes me well equipped to support students in a variety of subjects. I am energetic, fun and humorous, but I'm also responsible, committed, and strict when needed. I am a world traveler, and I very much enjoy working with people from different cultures. I am creative and rich with initiative, though as a tutor I am most interested in meeting the needs of each individual student, so I plan to be flexible and very open when communicating our mutual expectations of the sessions. I am interested in tutoring: international adults learning English
; children K-12 in any subject; college students in writing
, humanities, geography
, politics, history
(basically anything except college math
); and students of any age with any range of learning, intellectual, developmental, or other disability.
I have a variety of experiences that I believe prepare me to be a good tutor in these areas. In college, I worked as a "conversation leader" at the English Language
Institute at University of California, San Diego. My job was to facilitate small group discussions for adult English language learners. I am familiar with two foreign languages, and have spent a lot of time living outside the US and communicating with people who speak English as a second language
, so I think I would be a good fit to tutor someone looking to improve their English! As a graduate student and prize-winning researcher/writer, I have excellent written and verbal communication skills. I am confident that I can be of useful support for students needing help writing papers for college, book reports, or other things of this sort.
Additionally, I was a nanny for three different families while I was in college and grad school (ages ranging from 6 months-7 years) so I am confident in my ability to work well with children. I was a committed part of the family for over five years, and I valued very much the relationship I had with the parents in regards to communicating their children's needs and achievements. I look forward to establishing a great rapport with another child/parent team as a tutor! Further, as an intern for the United Nations Association of San Diego, I taught a weekly class to fifth grade
students on the origins, goals and accomplishments of the United Nations system.
I have extensive professional experience (about 7 years) working with adults with various intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as mental illness. I have worked with this population in various capacities, most recently in a supervisory role determining and training staff on appropriate instructional strategies for a community employment program. I am happy to discuss my specific experience and qualifications in this area with any interested students or family/advocates of a student with disabilities. I feel that the time I have dedicated to serving this population has given me the skills, knowledge and patience to be a good tutor to someone with any kind of special accommodations required. I can also be counted on to systematically document, evaluate and report student progress, which I know can be very useful for learners with challenges.