My teaching career started when I was fourteen at an art studio in upstate New York, where I was hired as an apprentice teacher. I taught a class of middle and high school students about drawing, painting and Adobe Photoshop for four years before leaving my hometown to attend Boston University. During high school I also received my black belt in Soo Bahk Do karate and assisted the instructors in teaching classes every evening. I started learning French in 8th grade and advanced to the AP level as a senior. German I began to learn in 10th grade and further studied it as an exchange student two times in Germany, once in Singen, Germany and once in Freising, Germany. I continued to study French and German throughout college as well. As a high school junior I took the German, French and English State Regents exams in the same day and received 100% on all three.
I was admitted to Boston University's Honors program and received several grants and scholarships. At BU I studied Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, with a focus on German and Japanese literature. I have studied French and German for 7 years and Japanese for 5 years. I studied abroad in Dresden, Germany during my senior year and took all my classes in German at the Technische Universitaet Dresden, including a class on French poetry. During my study abroad semester I also tutored the 5-year old son of a friend in English. After graduating I spent a year in Hiroshima, Japan teaching English to Japanese elementary students in both small private settings and in large classrooms. I also studied Japanese tea ceremony, traditional clothing (kimonos) and Japanese language while I was in Hiroshima.
My teaching philosophy revolves around a complete understanding of basic concepts and the mastery of communication. As both a student, employee and traveler I have been abroad many times and been placed in situations where it was necessary for me to speak a foreign language I was not completely comfortable with, however I was able to be successful because I have taught myself how to communicate with flexibility. I believe in teaching my students a strong vocabulary, good familiarity with grammar and the confidence to use what they know.
My policies include a 3 hour cancellation policy and a 10 mile, MBTA accessible travel radius if the location is not within biking distance. I prefer to tutor at either the Somerville or Cambridge Public Libraries, or Mugar Memorial Library at Boston University, but I will also travel to your home if requested.
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