In May 2011, I graduated cum laude from Guilford College holding a Dual Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies and Comparative Religious Studies with the equivalent to a minor in Mandarin Chinese
(that which is now presently being taught throughout much of the United States) - though I am a proficient speaker. As a part of my studies, I lived abroad in Yunnan Province, China - studying the language
and conducting research on the various cultures present throughout the 'untamed' Southwestern region of China. Today, I am working toward my Associate's of Applied Science
in Computer Programming
, already having enterprise-level programming experience.
From August of 2011 to June 2013, I taught at a private, secular middle school for boys in Richmond, Va. As a full-time faculty member, I taught Future Problem Solving (an interdisciplinary critical thinking and reasoning course), Community Problem Solving, Philosophy
, and Chinese. In Fall 2013, my hope is to attend - through a distant education program - North Carolina State University's Geospatial Information Sciences program. Today, I work for a Raleigh-based programming company.
As a teacher, I have worked primarily with middle school boys; however, as a former director of and contributor to summer programs, I have experience working with the entire K-12 range. Through WyzAnt, I have worked with a wide range of students, most in high school, entering college, or adult learners.
My focus as a tutor is developing student autonomy - the ability for a student to independently tackle work and assignments - regardless of the subject (as long as the subject falls within my own expertise). In order to achieve this goal, the student and I work together to develop tools which he or she can utilize when encountering an obstacle. The goal of tutoring is to cultivate a student's self confidence and to enable them to 'troubleshoot', so to speak. My strengths as a tutor - and a teacher - lie primarily in reading
comprehension, text analysis, and writing
(all critical skills in subjects such as history
, religion, anthropology
, etc. - or, at the collegiate level what is called the 'Liberal Arts').
Today, I am a programmer and work for a company in the Raleigh Area. I am also very able and willing to work with students on computer-related or programming-related subjects.
My tutoring instills within each student a passion for the subject, accomplished by aiding in the student's discovery of what - in education - we call "relevance" - the ability for a student to make a connection between his or her own experience and the material.