Tutoring is something I sort of fell into in high school, and I haven’t stopped since. It started out by me just helping out friends and other classmates. In college, it became my unofficial part-time job--one that paid in non-cafeteria meals, which I considered more valuable than gold. By the time I was in grad school, it evolved into an opportunity to discuss stuff I was passionate about while simultaneously earning some scratch. Prior to moving to Europe, I volunteered at a continuing education center and worked with ESL adults on their reading and writing skills. I ended up liking my volunteer work more than my day job. Overall, I kind of can’t believe that that it’s an actual paying job since it’s served my so well in myriad aspects, but with that said, I’m certainly not going to say no to getting paid for doing something so fun.
Credential-wise, I have a B.A. from Brown University in English and American Literature and a M.A. from New York University in Education. I have worked as a Literary Agent, Ghost Writer, and Contributing Editor to both online and print magazines in my hometown of New York City. I recently moved back from Ireland where I was working as the Creative Director of a website and managing all of the content. My parents and brother live out here, so I decided to give Utah a shot.
Although, I do have a Masters in Education, I realized very early on that I had little interest in being a formal teacher per se. I find working one-on-one with a student to not only be more rewarding, but a more effective application of my pedagogical tool kit. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone has a different learning style and that my job is to figure it out and make learning fun. I know that sounds super cheesy, but it’s the truth.
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