I love working with students and enjoy tackling unusual and difficult problems. I have a wide range of experience teaching, and I've worked with students of many different, ages, backgrounds, and ability levels. I have a no-drama, tortoise-beats-the-hare approach to teaching, and no matter what your situation, there's a good chance I've dealt with something like it before.
I'm comfortable teaching and tutoring math
through high school trigonometry
. I am certified in Orton-Gillingham reading
instruction and with methods of teaching reading, writing
, and vocabulary
to all ages and ability levels. I have experience working with adults, high school students, middle school students, and students in elementary school, and I have worked with students with a variety of physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.
I've been working as an educator in one capacity or another for most of my life. Prior to becoming a tutor, I worked for five years as a special education teacher in the Chicago public schools. Before I got my teaching certification, I worked at the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University, where I helped teach philosophy
to gifted high school students, and worked as a GED
and Literacy tutor at the Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville, a maximum security prison for young women aged 14-21. While I was at IYC Warrenville a dozen students passed their GED test (it was previously considered unusual for a single student to pass the test in a year). My success at the prison caused me to decide on teaching as a career-- I worked as a paraprofessional (largely with profoundly developmentally disabled students) while working towards my masters, and immediately went to work in the city once I had my degree. I spent my first few years in CPS teaching LD math classes to high school students, and have more recently taught reading to elementary and middle school students. Throughout my career I've heard from coworkers, parents, administrators, and students that I often have success with students that have had difficulty working with other teachers.
There are a couple of non-academic areas I'm also comfortable teaching. I'm an author who has published short stories in a number of professional markets and performs publicly on a regular basis. As a high school teacher I would sometimes have students referred to me informally who were interested in improving their writing or in submitting their work to publication. I've also worked part time as an instructor at a martial arts
studio and taught martial arts as an after school program. I have a black belt in Hapkido and experience with other styles. These are both fields that I enjoy teaching and I'm willing to offer discounts to students interested in lessons in these areas.
I am happy to meet you in your home or in a public setting such as a coffee shop or library. I will provide all necessary materials for each tutoring session, including assessments so that every student and parent can keep track of the progress they are making. Finally, I hold myself to a high standard and do not charge for any session in which a student or parent is unhappy with their experience. Please let me know if you have any questions-- I'm happy to speak with you by phone or in person free of charge if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to hear from you soon!