I have a Philosophy and Visual Arts double major from Fordham University, and am currently working as an Americorps volunteer at a school and residential community for children with special needs, Camphill Special School. My experience working with children and adults with special needs is very strong. In addition to growing up with an older brother who has Down Syndrome, I have worked in recreational and therapeutic programs for those with developmental disabilities. At Camphill Special School I live with middle-school aged children who have special needs, most of whom are autistic. I also work as a classroom aid for the 9th grade and 3rd grade classes, alternatively.
I am influenced by the Waldorf philosophy as the school is a Waldorf school, as well as curative education. Finding out how to inspire each child and to help them grow is crucial to the work that I have been doing and I hope to continue to do so through tutoring.
The arts, especially the visual arts, are a passion of mine, and I am able to give lessons about drawing and painting, as well as implement creative projects to assist in various fields. I held a Senior Art Exhibition at Fordham University's Lincoln Center gallery last year. I also wrote my Honors Senior Thesis in Philosophy, entitled "Our Embodied Existence: Contemporary Sculpture and the Lived Perspective."
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