SUNY Binghamton (History)
University of Edinburgh (Master's)
When I was in 10th grade I had a European History teacher who helped me realize I wanted to pursue a career in teaching. Her enthusiasm brought history to life for me in a way no other teacher ever had. I realized that a good teacher didn't just teach names and dates but inspired her students to relate to the material in a meaningful way. Inspired by her instruction I went on to graduate from SUNY Binghamton with a triple major in History, Classics and Philosophy and attend the University of Edinburgh to earn an MSc in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. I currently teach American and World History at Polk State College and still remember that lesson before every class I teach.
Long before I began teaching, I started tutoring. Over the years I have tutored Chemistry, Math, History and Writing. In the process I have learning a lot about the different ways students learn and how different learning styles benefit from different study techniques. Often I have found tutoring even more rewarding than teaching because the one on one atmosphere allows me to really tailor my time with a student based on how they learn best. At its very base tutoring is about teaching someone how to learn and since it is more worthwhile to teach someone to do something than it is to do it for them, I spend a lot of my lesson time helping students develop study techniques that work for them. My goal with any student is that what they learn with me will not only help them improve in one subject but will help them excel in all of their subjects.
While in college I spent a year working at the Binghamton University Writing Center and gained experience working with students of all ages, abilities and educational levels. My experience there taught me a lot about helping students develop self editing techniques so that they improve not just a single piece of work but they reading comprehension and writing skills which will make them all-around better students.
Teaching history is and always be my first passion. I am enthusiastic and try to inspire my students. I have found that most students dislike history because they find it difficult to relate to which is why I focus on helping students form connections between historical events and the overarching lessons they can teach us. By connecting history to a student's life and interests, I have had great success engaging students with material they might otherwise have found boring.
If it seems to you we might be a good fit then please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you! When I was in 10th grade I had a European History teacher who helped me realize I wanted to pursue a career in teaching. Her enthusiasm brought history to life for me in a way no other teacher ever had. I realized that a good teacher didn't just teach names and dates but inspired her students to relate to the material in a meaningful way. Inspired