I got my first taste of teaching when I had just finished college and taught some adult ESL
classes in northern Virginia, where I grew up. Later, in the Peace Corps, I taught English
to high school students in Kyrgyzstan. Since I returned to the United States in 2001, I've done some volunteer tutoring, but I've mainly been a paralegal and, for the last few years, a lawyer. I've missed building relationships with students and working with them, though, and I'm very glad that it's now a part of my life again.
As a tutor, I see my job as filling in blank spaces. Teachers with a set curriculum, 30 or more students, and less than an hour per day sometimes aren't able to explain material in depth, and students can leave class not understanding everything necessary to really grasp the material they're supposed to be learning. I believe in spending the time to make sure my students have the whole picture and don't just learn a bunch of words or a process by rote. There's always a reason why things are the way they are, whether it's the grammar
of a language
, a metaphor in a work of literature
, or the order things are done in solving an algebra
problem, and every subject becomes easier once the student understands the reasons behind the material on the page.
I am especially eager to to once again help speakers of other languages master English, and to work with students who want to learn German
, which was my major in college and which I continue to use in both my professional and personal lives. I also love to help people improve their writing
, and, having struggled to learn algebra years ago, I would really like to help students who are frustrated with algebra today learn to become comfortable with it.