My name is Elizabeth, I am from San Francisco and I recently finished my Master's thesis in an international affairs program at American University in DC. I currently work as a nanny for a wonderful family, but their kids are off to school and so I need supplemental work. Although I am new to the tutoring game, I am confident that my academic success in college (honor's student) and graduate school (straight A's!), as well as past employment experience, 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 science); 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.
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