"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
~ Albert Einstein
I have had experience in tutoring a number of different ages and subjects over the past ten years. I enjoy working with students and seeing them achieve their goals and reach their potential.
I feel that every student has the ability to succeed. Many students need one-on-one attention to achieve that potential. I will work with each student to achieve his or her goals. However, learning is a collaborative process and the student needs to work hard as well. Learning is made easier when students believe in themselves and their goals, and I wish to convey this to each student. Knowledge is exciting to me and I hope to convey this as well. I believe in the Einstein quote that it is a joy to awaken creative expression and knowledge in a student. I hope to do just that in every student I tutor.
I grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, was in the top five of my graduating class (2001) from Valparaiso High School, and received awards in mathematics. I passed AP Chemistry, English, US Government, and Calculus tests. I attended the University of Pennsylvania for 5 years in which time I completed a BA in Biochemistry and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and an MS in Chemistry. I graduated magna cum laude from Penn with honors in both Biochemistry and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in December 2006. I completed a MSc from the University of Bradford, England in Archaeological Science in 2009. I am completed my PhD in Biology and Astrobiology from Penn State University in 2014. I am currently employed at Penn State in the Biology department.
I have been a tutor in Valparaiso, Philadelphia, Bradford (UK), and State College working with individuals and small groups. I have worked in a wide range of subject areas including elementary and middle school reading, math, and science; high school chemistry, algebra, geometry, and SAT math; undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry; percussion; and presentation skills and visual design for presentations for all levels.
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