EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND:
I graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 2011. At Muhlenberg, I served as French
Club Secretary, volunteered as a math
tutor at Casa Guadalupe after-school program, working with underprivileged, inner-city students, and brought my love for foreign languages and creative writing
to life as the Editor
-in-Chief of Kalliope, M'berg's foreign language
literary journal, and as a contributor to Muses, an 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 am a member of the Alpha Mu Gamma foreign language
honor society through the University of Scranton.
I completed Master's-level course work in pedagogy, psychology
, and 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, Spanish
, and other exchange students regularly for 10+ years now. During my studies there, I was an active member of Marywood's International Club. 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
. I was also fortunate and skilled enough to complete an internship at the United Nations in the summer of 2008.
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 previous work as a counselor to children and adolescents, 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 engaging lessons, activities, and materials, as well as to make any necessary adaptations 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.
Please message me with any questions or requests! I would be happy to meet with you (first meeting's always free!).