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What is AVID? AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a Fairfax County Public Schools College Success Program designed to assist students who aspire to enroll in and succeed at college. As a ten-year veteran AVID tutor, I provided academic support to students through an elective class during the regular school day. As such, I was in a unique position, working alongside middle and high school teachers to guide students in developing higher level thinking skills, writing competency and organizational strategies. As they approached their senior year, I helped students focus on college and career choices, supporting them through the college selection and application processes, including essay writing.
Why does this matter to you? Being a successful AVID tutor requires patience, flexibility, insight into learning difficulties and cultural sensitivity, I enjoy being an excellent learning facilitator, helping students to comprehend what they are reading, write with precision and clarity, and achieve their academic potential. Earning the status of Nationally Certified AVID Tutor requires optimum dedication and performance.
Who am I? Originally, from Pittsburgh, PA, I am a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, with a Certificate in Latin American Studies. Prior to my involvement with FCPS, my professional life involved various positions in intercultural education and exchange organizations, most under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Program. My own children attended Fairfax County Public Schools where I volunteered in many ways, including working with ESOL students. However, I have also assisted with college level writing.
I am proud to say that a teacher colleague awarded me the “Unflappable Award” after a particularly difficult school year. A sense of humor goes a long way!
As a 10-year AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) tutor, I helped average students achieve academic success through a rigorous program of research-based methodologies that teach and reinforce critical thinking skills,efficient study strategies, effective time management, and good organizational habits. I coached students in the use of organizational tools such as planners, agendas, calendars, and binders which were set up and maintained for success.
I helped students set and meet academic goals through the use of effective note-taking systems, study tutorials, seminars and practice in actively asking questions instead of passively memorizing. I helped students prioritize assignments, prepare for exams, streamline their writing, analyze, evaluate and synthesize what they were reading, and accomplish major projects by setting up less intimidating, intermediate goals and following through to final success.
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