I found my knack for tutoring when I was in grade school
assisting fellow students with their assignments, as I was always the first one done, and the teacher asked me to use the rest of the time to help my classmates. I was best at math
, and I particularly enjoyed tutoring math. I attended the Mass Academy of Math and Science, a high school for gifted students.
I have been tutoring math, science, and English
since 2008 and my students have all vastly improved their grades and understanding of the material in the subjects I have worked with them on. I vary my teaching style to the student's learning style and help them to grasp a solid foundation in understanding the subject, not just learn to pass a test. I focus on building life learning skills, and good study habits so that the student can carry those values to their other school subjects and activities.
I have subbed in schools - both public and private schools - and my knowledge and experience have given me great insight into the current teaching curricula used today (including understanding Common Core teaching principles). I ask my students leading questions to help them arrive at the answer. I don't just give out the answers, I help guide the student to find it on their own. My philosophy
on teaching is to give the students the tools they need to learn. I would love to see all my students be life-long learners, always seeking to enrich their minds. I am more than just a tutor, I am an Academic Coach to my students and an Education Consultant to the parents. The value I provide as a mentor to my students is far greater than the price of the lesson that parents pay for. Violin
After years of being a star violin student, my violin teacher asked me to be her assistant at the children's group classes. As she grew older and wanted to spend more time with her family, she sent some of her beginner students to me. I managed a very successful violin teaching business
for myself, teaching up to 15 students each week after school during my highschool years. I also taught my own set of group lessons of young students to play for Nursing
Homes. I started a chamber group of my best students for special performances at local town fairs. I was concertmaster of my school orchestra, and a soloist in my college orchestra, and I played with the regional professional orchestra.
Now I teach a number of violin students, helping them reach their goals - whether it be to prepare for Districts or All-State auditions, youth orchestra auditions, help with school orchestra pieces, further their study to improve their technique and sound, or just learn some fun songs to gain a fun skill and have a greater appreciation for music
. I don't stick to one particular method book, but rather, I see how the student learns, where their interests are, and go from there. My students love studying the violin with me because I show them how they can succeed at it in their own way, whether a gifted virtuoso or a tone deaf beginner - I focus on a "constant improvement model" which allows every student to get something out of the experience and feel good about what they have learned and accomplished. My most ambitious violin students place top in their respective districts, pass auditions for various prestigious youth orchestras, and are concertmasters of their school orchestras. My "learn for enjoyment" students love learning how to play songs for their family and friends, and get a kick out of learning all the awesome capabilities of the violin and its diverse sound. I help the student to determine what music means to them, and cater the lesson plan accordingly. Ballroom
In college I took up ballroom dancing
, and quickly rose to the top levels. I was captain of my ballroom dance team and taught my teammates between our coaching lessons. After college I taught a few ballroom classes here and there at different studios, YMCAs/Rec centers, and worked with two other collegiate ballroom dance teams. I have taught social dancers, wedding couples, and competitive dancesport athletes. I am great at choreographing wedding dances to any song of your choice. I have worked with many people as they prepared for their wedding day.
I have taught dance lessons for over 10 years. My ballroom students place high at competitions. My social dance students report greater ease of social lead/follow ability, and my wedding choreography students are immensely happy with their beautiful unforgettable first dance on their special day where they get to dazzle their guests with their super sweet new moves.
I guess you can say, that I just really have a knack for teaching and explaining difficult concepts in an easy to understand way.