My motto in life is: "Spend less time complaining, more time creating!"
I'm a natural-born teacher, poet, and baker. I am also an Education junkie; possessing a curious mind, I strive to learn as much as I can, every single day. I expand my knowledge base by perpetually reading a wide variety of materials, and by regularly attending lectures, book signings, poetry readings, and other cultural events. I am a firm believer in the principle that everyone has interesting stories to tell, and invaluable information to share. Coffee is my lifeblood. Likes: words, Scrabble, traveling, farmer's markets, pianos, birds, old books, etc... Dislikes: numbers, close-mindedness, cold weather, cow's milk...
EDUCATION & BACKGROUND:
I graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 2010. There, I was a member of the Alpha Mu Gamma foreign language society and I held a position as French Club Secretary. I volunteered as a math & reading tutor at Casa Guadalupe after-school program, working with underprivileged, inner-city students. I brought my love for creative writing to life as the Editor-in-Chief of Kalliope, M'berg's foreign language literary journal, and as a contributor to Muses, their creative arts journal.
I studied abroad in Paris through CIEE’s Critical Studies program in the spring semester of 2009. During this amazing experience, I was fortunate to be able to take a 3rd year comparative literature course at the Sorbonne.
I completed Master's-level course work in psychology, pedagogy, & teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) at Marywood University from 2011-2012.
I have ample experience working with international students. My family has taken in French and Spanish exchange students regularly for ten years now. My parents recently housed a Korean exchange student for the school year, and I was also an active member of Marywood's International Club. I have many French, Middle Eastern, South American, and African friends. I know how to interpret for, communicate with, understand, and make myself understood by internationals, even when I don't speak their native tongue. I am, however, fluent in French, I possess an intermediate knowledge of Spanish, and I speak basic Italian and Arabic.
GENERAL TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
Creativity is the sky in which my spirit circles, the sun for my planet’s orbit. Former students have told me that I inspire a love for learning.
I have had numerous classes in and experiences with differentiating instruction. The more my students employ their own unique learning styles, the better. I equip them with tools and training while guiding them through their individual learning processes, encouraging their own epiphanies, or "ah-ha! moments," along the way. I am a firm believer in Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, and I apply this to all of my work.
As a teacher, I provide a structured environment and thorough lesson planning. In my work as a child therapist, I have found that the younger the age of the child, the more routines and structure are required. However, I don’t get tripped up by changes in the plan; I am able to readily adapt to any situation.
I find 5 areas in which I excel: thorough subject knowledge, adaptability, creativity, patience, and “withitness” to be the strongest indicators of a good teacher.
I believe that all students are intelligent, just in varied ways. Whether a student exhibits linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, natural intelligence, or a combination of several of these, ALL students have the ability to learn. Every instructor should PRESUME intelligence; it is their responsibility to create lessons, activities, materials, and to make any necessary adaptations in order to facilitate the learning process.
I find that, particularly during the first few sessions, delivering a learning styles assessment, researching all available materials and avenues, and checking often for comprehension are essential strategies for tutoring.
I would love to get to know you!
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