The road I took to my successful career in K-6 independent school teaching was quite atypical. I graduated college with degrees in psychology (BA), political science (MA) and law (JD). Along the way, I was a Big Brother, a live-in babysitter for several families in the Boston area (room and board in exchange for child care helped put me through grad school), and a youth sports coach (baseball, basketball, soccer). The mother of one of my first Little League players saw the teacher in me before I did. "If your work with Adam this spring is any indication," she told me months before I started law school, "then you ought to become a teacher."
I didn't "get it" at the time and off to law school I went. By the end of the third year of law school, I was already looking for a full-time job as a teacher. In the meantime, I took part-time jobs in summer camps, extended day programs, and as a public school substitute teacher. During the school year in which I was an intern in an independent school, I spent a few months in a 4th grade classroom; I'd found my niche. Ever since, I've been teaching 4th and 5th grades (and tutoring/mentoring/coaching through middle and high school) in Providence, San Francisco, Miami and in an American School in Sao Paulo, Brazil (I speak fluent Portuguese).
I love to teach math, writing, and science. I seem to have a knack not only for helping struggling students push through obstacles and "clear the fog" but for motivating talented students to reach beyond minimal standards and expectations. I like working with students at both ends of the spectrum and all those in between. I look forward to helping your child realize her/his potential, find a passion to pursue, or "get" school in a way that s/he hasn't quite yet. Let me know how I can help.
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