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Stephanie H.

San Francisco, CA

$80/hour

Trilingual diplomat offers quality tutoring and mentoring

50+ Hours
4.9 average from 17 ratings
Sweet, helpful, knowledgeable tutor.
— Will, Lafayette, CA on 1/21/16

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Boston University
Comparative Politics
London School of Economics
Master's

Education

Boston University (Comparative Politics)

London School of Economics (Master's)

About Stephanie

Hi prospective students! My name is Stephanie and I have five years experience teaching - thank you for considering me! Teaching has always come natural to me. I believe success in school comes from a passion you have for the love of learning and understanding its importance. My father through his dedication of architecture and passion for excellence, is what set me out on the right foot. I aced most of my AP tests (French, U.S. History, Biology, etc.). It's about giving it your best shot and not giving up even when you aren't sure how to answer the questions. I received an academic scholarship to a prestigious private university, Boston University. I'd love to show you how fun learning can be and how to adapt it to where you want to go.

I am an avid life-long learner, even as a small child, learning for me is an entry into a world of knowledge, one of which I wanted more and more. My teaching style is the same: filled with excitement and passion. I bring pages to life and help students to experience what the book is saying. I communicate that joy to my students, infusing them with that same love of learning. As a teacher, I have three goals: to help students improve their communication and comprehension skills, to build self-confidence and understanding of the material, and to enjoy learning! I believe learning should be interesting, challenging and fun.

My tutoring style is tailored to students needs. One of my favorite things about tutoring is learning what inspires you about the subject? From there, I can help tailor the learning program and put it into perspective. Having seen so many perspectives around the world, I apply it to my tutoring and offer it as a bridge to the world outside the school curriculum to help you to experience the lesson rather than to just learn something from a book. I am committed to this student-centered tutoring and flexibly adapt lessons to where the student is on that particular day. Specifically, I tune to how you as the student learn through visual, auditory or kinesthetic methods to offer strategies for studying. I view tutoring as the opportunity to empower my students to learn creatively, to be innovative and look at challenges as tests of their characters and giving them the skills to fly over them successfully. Having spent time in the Republic of Georgia where memorization of teachers' lessons was the only way of learning. I prioritize how to get you to internalize the concepts. In case of restlessness, I also can incorporate a bit of gentle yoga or meditation into the tutoring to help you or your child be able to learn more effectively and be more confident.

My academic background is diverse learning both at university and through practice in internships. As a child I never really understood why people would fight so much and with my grandfather fighting in World War I. For those reasons I decided to do my Masters' in Conflict Studies at the London School of Economics. I graduated magna cum laude from Boston University in Comparative Politics and French. I believe strongly in the need to be a renaissance man or woman so my studies also included the arts in great depths: dance, art history, literature, humanities, philosophy and anthropology. I spent time studying at L'Institut des Etudes Politiques (Political Science University) in Paris. I interned with a UN-partnered organization that educates youth about the linkage of drug usage with trafficking and human rights abuses. To broaden my education, I interned with a political party on a winning presidential campaign and to balance the politics, I also studied flamenco.

Teaching and Education has been central to my career; I worked as a professor at the International Black Sea University and the Georgian University of Social Sciences for three years and as a full-time teacher at a Spanish language school for one year where I taught toddlers, children, young adults and students in their prime years. Building confidence and helping youth to speak their minds are essential skills and part of my tutoring practice: I mentored and taught advocacy to young adults and adults on human rights campaigns in Argentina and the Republic of Georgia. On the big picture, I worked on education policy and reform in the former Soviet Union in the Republic of Georgia for two years at the Georgian Ministry of Education.

My professional life also included working for six years as a U.S. diplomat, seeing the inner workings of policy-making and history in the works! I spent time working in post-conflict and conflict zones such as Panama, Colombia, Bosnia, Guatemala and the Republic of Georgia working with refugees, politicians and local community leaders. My specialty was designing and managing projects to improve the quality of life and implement solutions for their empowerment, such as education, social justice, finding decent work and reconciliation. I witnessed the impact the Soviet Union has on blossoming democracies, colonial legacies dragging developing countries to find their way to compete with their previous oppressors. I also offer insights into life around the world, things not communicated by text books in designing projects with youth and working with youth around the world.

With regards to lesson planning and accountability, integrity is very important to me - I do my best to make sure students are satisfied and help them to be comfortable with school and studying. I am always flexible with my time in case a make-up lesson is needed as well. It's not about the money but if the student has learned and found joy in it.

Let's learn together! Feel free to email me to ask questions or to schedule. I'm excited for these new opportunities and getting to know you. Looking forward to it.
Hi prospective students! My name is Stephanie and I have five years experience teaching - thank you for considering me! Teaching has always come natural to me. I believe success in school comes from a passion you have for the love of learning and understanding its importance. My father through his dedication of architecture and passion for Read more

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Special pricing can be arranged for 3+ hour lessons. If you need to reschedule 36 hours are required (50% charged). Less than 24 hours incurs full cost. Travel beyond 20 miles round trip: $5/hr extra

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Travels within 30 miles of San Francisco, CA 94118

"Sweet, helpful, knowledgeable tutor."

- Will, Lafayette, CA on 1/21/16
Stephanie replied on 1/26/2016

Thanks, Will! It's been so great working with you for your essays. International Relations was my favorite courses, and major, at university so have enjoyed reviewing your essays with regards to case studies and international relations theory. I also love helping students with the practical elements of how to find a job and present yourself to future employers! When you have such a huge network of contacts - I like to connect like-minded people so we all can make a difference in this world.

"Very pleasant and flexible"

- Pierre, San Mateo, CA on 6/13/16
Stephanie replied on 7/31/2016

Pierre, Aline is the sweetest young student. Wishing you and your family a lovely quadrilingual future!

"Spanish"

- Carmen, Richmond, CA on 5/19/16
Stephanie replied on 7/31/2016

Carmen, it was such a treat working with your girls to boost their fluency before heading to Spain.

"Excellent Tutor"

- Takashi, Pleasant Hill, CA on 1/25/16
Stephanie replied on 7/31/2016

Takashi, I loved helping you with your essays, building your confidence in writing and speaking your truth for the personal statement. I also enjoyed helping you see the bigger picture about getting career experience even while studying. You'll have a long future in architecture!!!

"Most amazing tutor!!"

- Jeremy, Pleasant Hill, CA on 11/28/15
Stephanie replied on 1/26/2016

Jeremy, thanks so much! I really enjoyed working with you on your essays for U.C. Berkeley. I learn from my students just as much as you learn from me.

Science:
Sociology
Special Needs:
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Study Skills,
Writing
Business:
Career Development,
ESL/ESOL,
Project Management, Public Speaking,
Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking,
Yoga

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

American History

American history is a favorite of mine - to the history of California, that which built the U.S. is fascinating in that it is the history of birth of a country and that of its citizens. I received a 5 on the AP U.S. History test as a Junior. I offer tips for study skills, writing essays based on fact, as well as how to advocate your main points and develop a thesis. I offer complimentary materials for students to understand history. Often times history is just that of the historian - I teach students to read between the lines and determine for themselves what really happened.

Career Development

I worked in a variety of fields in different countries: as a journalist, professor, teacher, tutor, human rights specialist, editor, and an activist. For each job, I had to refine my skills and see about how to apply it to the organization and what their needs might be. Additionally I designed programs in workforce development around the world, primarily in Africa and in the Balkans to optimize the best ways for youth to use their skills. I have contacts in many different fields having worked in U.S. Embassies and can link individuals to mentors or people for specific technical advice about what it is like to work in that field for possible internships even.

College Counseling

I taught at the university for three years at the Master's level in the Republic of Georgia at the Center for Social Studies and the Georgian University for Social Sciences. Additionally, I reviewed and ranked entrance essays and personal statements by measuring potential, passion, and interest by the applicants. My experience also includes mentoring young adults to realize their full potential, to envision their dreams and bring them to fruition. I include career development with advising on internships, language choices and volunteering suggestions to improve their standings for jobs and university entrance. I am also a life coach and help individuals see the paths they need to take to get the end results they wish to achieve.

Cooking

I am a holistic vegan chef. When I turned 18, I decided I couldn't eat meat anymore. Since then I've learned how to nourish carnivores and those aspiring for a plant-based diet while following guidelines for health. I prepare my own yogurt, sauerkraut, vegan sour cream and butter. I've spent the last 18 years refining my skills and have worked as a personal chef.

English

Is reading, literature and grammar challenging? Grammar comes second nature to me - I loved it as a kid - diagramming sentences, the nuances of vocabulary. I have a CELTA certification in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and spent three years around the world and teaching foreign policy and social sciences overseas to non-native speakers. Teaching is my passion, tutoring and mentoring comes along with it. I'm creative and resourceful at getting people interested in topics they do not like and make it fun for all while getting the results you want.

ESL/ESOL

I taught ESL for a year in Spain to children, youth and adults. I developed my own materials to make class interesting for the kids of all levels, no English to advanced. I worked with adult professionals to learn and apply what was most pertinent for their jobs. I am CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certified.

French

French was my entry into the world of foreign languages. I began when I was six with simple songs followed by classes and immersion in France when I was 13. I lived in Nice, Grenoble and Paris where I studied French literature, culture, language and politics. I studied at L'Institut des Etudes Politiques in Paris for my undergraduate degree looking at the role race, nationalism and identity has shaped French and European politics. I also studied French art and business, taking all my coursework in French. I worked for a UN sponsored NGO Environnement Sans Frontieres which teaches youth on human rights and how the use of drugs contribute to wars, instability and violence overseas. My minor at university was in French.

Government & Politics

I spent six years working for the U.S. Government overseas as a U.S. Diplomat. Additionally I taught public administration, including the division of the U.S branches of government. I worked for a political party in Spain on a presidential campaign and have been involved in international advocacy campaigns and lobbying - subtle politics for around five years in total. Most work with the government involves a lot of internal politics, all of which I have witnessed first hand. I over an inside look at the U.S. Government, politics and lobbying.

Political Science

I offer seven years experience working as a U.S. Government diplomat and additional experience for a Spanish political party and the Georgian government. If you or your child are looking to learn about modern political statecraft or understand the inner workings of global affairs, you have met your tutor! I spent time working in post-conflict and war zones such as Panama, Colombia, Bosnia, Guatemala and the Republic of Georgia seeing the inner workings of policy-making and history in the works and working with refugees, politicians and local community leaders. I developed and managed international youth programs designed to empower young adults to discover their voice and find jobs that inspired them. I witnessed modern history in Georgia, a part of the former Soviet Union through discovering how the Soviet system still plays a role in the education system and in the hearts and minds of individuals. I also offer insights into life around the world, things not communicated by text books in designing projects with youth and working with youth around the world in civic engagement (advocacy), economic empowerment (finding a job), peacebuilding, and finding their place in their communities.

My Master's is in Conflict (ethnic and resources) and my undergraduate degree is in Political Science.

Proofreading

Proofreading is second nature to me. It's not what you say most the time, but how you say it and is it the right message for your reader? I worked as a journalist and editor for three years and report writer for newspapers, international governments, as well as the U.S. Government for seven additional years. I have taught English as a Second Language and am a natural grammar master and editor. I'm that person that finds the style and wording error in the middle of a long document. Government documents can be very long and attention spans are short - they say like a goldfish, 13 seconds - so it's critical to intrigue and garner interest from the reader immediately. These are skills I offer and can assist you with.

Public Speaking

I offered a course on professional communications on giving presentations and speeches at the university-level for one year in the Republic of Georgia to mid-level and senior-level professionals. The course included recording one's self giving presentations in one's non-native language successfully, receiving constructive criticism and watching other student's performance for giving feedback. Over the period of the course, all students improved. Additional experience includes mentoring and tutoring youth in giving media statements for advocacy campaigns. The youth demonstrated improved confidence and skills at navigating speaking in potentially nerve-racking situations with grace and charm.

Social Studies

I worked as a U.S. diplomat for the U.S. government for six years - I enacted policies, advocated for them and advised policy change based on needs in communities. I spent three years as a social activist for human rights issues in Nigeria, Uruguay, Argentina and Georgia. I taught youth to be engaged in civil society. At university I studied the humanities and social sciences in depth, including poetry, art history, modern social movements and specialized in societies in transition or war. My experience in teaching is on American foreign policy, social justice and the American governance model (public administration).

Sociology

Since in high school I have been studying sociology: where the dysfunction lies in society and why it has emerged. At university, I looked at the root causes of social discontent in multiple societies: Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, China, as opposed to countries with deep happiness despite high poverty. At graduate school, my studies looked deeper at the role war and chronic violence has in destroying the social fabric in the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and Latin America, focusing specifically on the role of ideology and the persecution of minorities within a country. I have worked the last ten years in designing peace-building and social cohesion projects to reintegrate post-conflict societies to find ways to reweave the social fabric and trust when all was lost. I offer an academic and real world perspective to sociology. I have taught social justice and rebuilding societies for several years at the university level.

Spanish

For those looking to learn Spanish, hola a todos y todas! Spanish is a language very near and dear to my heart. I hold U.S. State Department certified professional fluency. Spanish is my favorite language due to its inherent poetry and the intricacies of each country where it is spoken. I worked and/or studied Spanish with accredited schools for almost five years in Panama, Colombia Argentina and Spain, as well as in Guatemala. Having lived extensively in the Spanish-speaking world, I am very familiar the difficulties an English speaker might have in learning to read, write and speak Spanish. I can help students with pronunciation, grammar and cultural differences. I offer a neutral accent and can teach different accents if necessary. I have given media interviews during my human rights work in Uruguay, Argentina and Guatemala. I’ve successfully learned five languages (French, Spanish, German, Bosnian and Georgian) and can offer studying tips for learning vocabulary, intonation/pronunciation and how to “fake-it, till you make it!” I also offer experience working in human rights and peacebuilding in Latin America and can provide assistance in finding internships or connections in Latin America to broaden a student's exposure with the language.

Study Skills

Study skills are important to learn at all ages. I've been teaching study skills to youth around the world for the past eleven years. In the Former Soviet Union, students simply memorized and did not question nor learn much and were disadvantaged later. In a classroom and one-on-one setting, I taught teenagers and young adults the basics of how to successfully apply knowledge by taking notes and developing one's own opinions based on the teacher's lecture and reading materials.

I focus on getting students to understand the why behind the issue and apply critical thinking, and practice teaching it back to me. I offer students successful strategies to evaluate and prioritize tasks and then gauge the time needed. Once you master this, everything is within your reach! In high school I took advanced classes with a GPA over 4.0 while traveling around the country as a competitive sailor. At university, I sailed daily, as well as studied diverse subjects (art, politics, multiple languages, humanities) and studied overseas. It's allotting a certain amount of time to the subject, seeing what is needed to progress and executing the plan.

World History

Let's walk through history together! If you or your child are looking to learn about modern or ancient history or understand the inner workings of global affairs, you have met your tutor! I received a 5 on my AP U.S. History exam as a junior. History was my favorite topic at school, probably because it looked at how things happened and how it is often not taught correctly, especially in countries with recent conflicts. In Guatemala, youth still do not know the truth behind the armed conflict there, nor in Georgia and in many other countries.

I worked for six years as a U.S. diplomat, seeing the inner workings of policy-making and sometimes history in the works! I spent time working in post-conflict and war zones such as Panama, Colombia, Bosnia, Guatemala and the Republic of Georgia working with refugees, politicians and local community leaders. I developed and managed international youth programs in the developing world, seeing how colonialization still continues to impact countries due to their levels of high poverty and debt.

I witnessed modern history in Georgia, a part of the former Soviet Union through discovering how the Soviet system still plays a role in the education system and in the hearts and minds of individuals. I also offer insights into life around the world, things not communicated by text books in designing projects with youth and working with youth around the world in civic engagement (advocacy), economic empowerment (finding a job), peacebuilding, and finding their place in their communities.

Writing

Writing and how to demonstrate critical thinking in developing essays for school, college entrance exams and beyond are a specialty of mine. I spent two years in the Republic of Georgia at the Center for Social Studies and the Georgian University for Social Sciences teaching young adults critical thinking and expressive communications through practicing presentations and articulate essay writing, something that is critical for both school, as well as in the workplace and for lobbying for a cause that calls your heart. I also ranked students for admissions and reading applications.

I worked as a journalist and editor for three years and report writer for newspapers, international governments, as well as the U.S. Government for seven additional years. I have taught English as a Second Language and am a natural grammar master and editor. I'm that person that finds the style and wording error in the middle of a long document. Government documents can be very long and attention spans are short - they say like a goldfish, 13 seconds - so it's critical to intrigue and garner interest from the reader immediately. These are skills I offer and can assist you with.

Yoga

I offer yoga classes at all levels. I have a 200 hour certification with Yoga Alliance (Yoga Tree SF). I taught youth and adults in high-stress situations in Bosnia for two years. My students were very satisfied with the level of physical, mental and spiritual satisfaction through the journey they experienced during my classes. Additionally, it has been shown that meditation and yoga is helpful to facilitate learning.

I began my path of yoga teaching around the world and it was very inspirational. It was something I felt strongly about after seeing how much trauma still existed in Bosnia, so I decided to teach to help them and myself. I live, breathe and feel yoga in each moment, why the challenges are there and what they have to teach me. I also taught meditation at U.S. Embassies for two years. I have a 200 hour yoga certification from Yoga Tree in San Francisco.

Boston University
Comparative Politics
London School of Economics
Master's

Education

Boston University (Comparative Politics)

London School of Economics (Master's)

Sweet, helpful, knowledgeable tutor.

Stephanie first is a very nice an patient tutor. She helped me in numerous ways. First, she helped me brainstorm for an essay on international relations. I wrote about the Syria Crisis and she helped explain everything and then put ideas on paper. Then, after my essay was written, she proofread and provided feedback. Lastly, as a graduating senior, I needed help looking for jobs. She put me in c

— Will, Lafayette, CA on 1/21/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $80.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Special pricing can be arranged for 3+ hour lessons. If you need to reschedule 36 hours are required (50% charged). Less than 24 hours incurs full cost. Travel beyond 20 miles round trip: $5/hr extra

Travel policy

Stephanie will travel within 30 miles of San Francisco, CA 94118.