I am currently pursuing a PhD in child development and passionate about helping children improve their confidence in all subjects through hands-on learning and individualized instruction. I have a record of success: for the past three years, 95% of my kindergarten
students have made over one year's growth in reading
. My innovative classroom science
, technology, engineering and math
(STEM) centers received national recognition from teachers and STEM professionals, and I speak at conferences to inspire other educators. I am a Golden Apple Award and Presidential Award in Math and Science nominee. I am also an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
I can travel to a location of your choice or host sessions in my home. Many clients drop their children off when they go to workout, shop, or meet a friend for coffee.
I am also available to take your child on excursions to museums and other educational spaces. Philosophy
Relationships are at the heart of all good teaching. I take each child's unique learning style and interests into account to design lessons that offer just the right amount of challenge. I help children build confidence by establishing routines and incrementally increasing the rigor. I teach and assess for true understanding, rather than memorization. Higher-level questioning, hands-on exploration, creativity, discussion, making mistakes, enjoying challenges, and having fun are all a part of the learning process. I also work closely with parents and caregivers to keep them informed and suggest enriching learning activities.
In my current position, I draw on my wealth of education experience to collaborate with principals and teachers in Chicago Public Schools to improve teaching and learning. I previously taught kindergarten at a private school in Chicago (2008-2014). I tutored students in preschool
, kindergarten, first grade
, second grade
, and third grade
in small groups and one-on-one with Superior Chicago Tutoring (2010-2014). I taught summer school for grades Pk-3 (2010-2013). In addition, I independently provide childcare and educational enrichment for over a dozen families and build lasting relationships (since 1998).
I am currently pursing a PhD in Child Development at Erikson Institute, and working with Erikson Institute's New Schools Project. I earned my Master's degree in elementary education
from Northwestern University in 2011. I served as an associate facilitator with Erikson Institute's Early Math Collaborative, deepening my ability to make mathematics
meaningful for young learners while also educating other teachers (2012-2014). I participated in Erikson Institute's "Early Childhood Specialist" community of learners to improve my teaching skills through online modules, in-person training sessions, reflection, action research, and discussion (2013-2014). My reading and writing
instruction has been greatly enhanced over a three year Early Literacy training program during which I successfully implemented Daily 5, CAFE, Words Their Way, Heggerty Phonemic Awareness, and 6+1 Traits of Writing. I have also attended professional development at University of Chicago, Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago Botanical Gardens, The Museum of Science and Industry, and more.
Baby sloths are my favorite animal. I studied abroad in Morocco and England, and traveled extensively throughout Europe. After completing my undergraduate degree at DePaul University, I spent two years living in an old rectory with seven other teachers. During college, I was a nanny for a delightful, dinosaur-obsessed girl; we went on walks looking for bugs to collect and puppies to pet. My favorite books include Pete the Cat, The Paper Bag Princess, The Land of Many Colors, Flower Garden, and Swimmy. My husband is a chemical engineer and we were married at Garfield Park Conservatory. I enjoy Chicago Architecture
Foundation tours and exploring all that this pretty city has to offer.