Vanderbilt University (Sociology, Earth Science)
I am a 2014 graduate of Vanderbilt University with teaching credentials. I received my Bachelor of Arts through a double major in Sociology and Earth/Environmental Science. Through my studies, I realized a love for data and research—and, most importantly, developed unwavering beliefs in the importance of education. I believe that through education, students must be able to make well-rounded and purposeful connections with information in order to grow academically and be college and career ready.
After graduating, I was admitted to the selective Nashville Teaching Fellows of The New Teacher Project, which develops highly qualified teachers to work in high-need communities and subjects. I actively learned research-proven best practices of education through intensive classroom practice, expert coaching, and personalized training. It was through this program that I earned my teaching license in Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum.
During the 2014-2015 school year, I worked as a 6th Grade Math and Science teacher in Nashville. My strength was in my one-on-one and small group interactions. These interactions allowed me to observe and assess student progress throughout many parts of a lesson and to focus on the thought process rather than simply the final answer. They also allowed me to develop strong connections with my students and provide individualized guidance.
Additionally, I now have two years of experience with one-on-one tutoring, both in-home and online. I have tutored elementary, middle, and high school students on their respective math courses, up to Algebra 2. I also have thorough experience tutoring all subjects for the ACT, SAT, PSAT, and SSAT/ISEE.
I aim to create a flexible, engaging and collaborative tutoring atmosphere for students to feel comfortable in when approaching difficult material, asking questions, or establishing goals. My main goal with students is that they walk away having taken ownership of the material, as well as their education as a whole.
Originally from the Bay Area (and most recently living in Nashville and Florida), I am currently located in Sacramento. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to the beach, hiking, baking, and watching baseball and hockey. I am a 2014 graduate of Vanderbilt University with teaching credentials. I received my Bachelor of Arts through a double major in Sociology and Earth/Environmental Science. Through my studies, I realized a love for data and research—and, most importantly, developed unwavering beliefs in the importance of education. I believe that through
Sara tutored my daughter on SAT prep both reading and math sections. She is organized in her approach and provides clear, concise explanations as she guided my daughter on the various sections. I would recommended her for anyone looking to improve their SAT score!
Our son had his first Sixth Grade Math Session with Sara. She was friendly and put him at ease. During the process she made sure my son knew the steps. She also came up with some good suggestions for parents.We will ask for her help again. Thanks Sara.
I was able to verbalize/explain problem solving and Sarah walked me through it. I liked her tutoring style and felt comfortable expressing my confusion and asking questions .
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I taught 6th grade math during the 2014-2015 school year, and I continue to tutor in elementary math in middle Tennessee, making me familiar with the content and Common Core practices.
I am certified to teach in the state of Tennessee in grades 4-8. I taught 6th grade science in Nashville during the 2014-2015 school year.