My passion for education began at an early age, when I noticed that student success had more to do with how the student was taught than anything about the particular student's intelligence or ability. In 6th grade
, I started my first literacy education program, in which 5th and 6th graders mentored 1st - 5th graders in literacy through educational games, poetry, crafts, puzzles and more. Enrollment jumped from 10 students to over 100 in less than a year, including two autistic
children. The results were impressive, with students who were initially ashamed to read aloud in class soon becoming the first to volunteer to read the poem they wrote. Since then, I have spent much of my personal and professional life exploring how creative approaches to education can help every student succeed.
This experience has included private tutoring since 2000, curriculum development for arts integration and character/career development
programs, homework assistance as a K-8 after care activity leader, and computer
and research assistance as a library professional assistant. As an undergraduate and graduate student, I often informally peer tutored classmates who needed extra support. I have also been a volunteer Scout leader for over 10 years, planning and leading weekly activities for youth ages 6-18, as well as serving as assistant Camp Director.
With over 10 years of experience in youth development and education, I understand that each person learns differently. I work with the student and his/her support network (family, teachers, etc.) to create a customized learning plan tailored to meet the student's individual needs, goals, and learning style.
I specialize in early literacy, English
(K-12), basic math
, algebra, social studies
(K-5), basic study skills
/ time management
, homework assistance, and computer skills (typing
, MS Word, Excel
and Publisher). I can also be available for additional subjects upon request, including Test Prep. I have had success working with students with ADD/ADHD
, and other learning and behavioral challenges.
I believe one of the keys to quality education is making the content interesting, relevant and accessible. By getting to know the student's existing skills and interests, I am able to capitalize on these strengths to work on areas in need of improvement. This helps to keep students engaged and confident, and increases lasting understanding of the subject. I also challenge the student to explore new areas and to exceed even their own expectations. I set the bar high and then provide individualized support and guidance to meet those goals. Students are often surprised at how much they are able to accomplish once they begin to look at the subject matter in a different way.
My primary goal is to help the student improve in the desired subject. Along the way, I aim to help the student learn more about themselves and the way they learn, so they can succeed in future classes as well. I am committed to educating "the whole child" and, in addition to tutoring for specific course content, I help students develop good study habits, time management, and related life skills to help the student succeed far beyond the classroom.
I look forward to working with you to create the right plan for your success. I offer a free consultation meeting and welcome any questions or feedback during every step of the process.