Kalamazoo College (Anthro and Soc)
With a background in experiential and outdoor education, I believe in practically applying academics so that out-of-classroom experiences reinforce intellect. I studied Anthropology, Sociology, History, and Sustainable Development at a liberal arts college that taught me how to critically think and translate observation and analysis into cogent, accessible writing.
As an outdoor education instructor and music tutor in the past, my teaching style focused on making subject matter understandable through ever-changing approaches. I am passionate about observing and understanding my students' learning styles, so that I can incorporate different applications and techniques to increase comprehension. I have experience teaching middle school music, ecology, geology, and language arts all in an experiential setting that allowed me to develop a fun, energetic, thorough, and flexible teaching approach. I want to encourage students to think critically and ask questions so that they are in command of their own education, and can channel their interests into academic success through strong thinking and writing skills.
I am comfortable teaching reading comprehension and writing at the primary and secondary level, elementary and middle school science and history, and music instruction. With a background in experiential and outdoor education, I believe in practically applying academics so that out-of-classroom experiences reinforce intellect. I studied Anthropology, Sociology, … Read more
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I graduated from Kalamazoo College in March 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Anthropology and Sociology. I studied primarily cultural anthropology, including qualitative and quantitative methods, theory, and Praxis.
I played trumpet in multiple band ensembles from elementary school through college. At Kalamazoo College, I took Introduction to Music, and learned the basic of teaching music theory, and also held the lead trumpet chair in the Jazz Band for four years. I took private trumpet instruction, as well as served as a Teacher for "Kids in Tune," a summer school program for elementary school students in Kalamazoo Public Schools.
I graduated from Kalamazoo College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Anthropology and Sociology. I took sociological courses in quantitative and qualitative methods, theories on work, labor, religion, language, and demographics, and presented my senior thesis project under the field of Environmental Sociology at the Midwest Sociological Society conference in March of 2013.
I have played trumpet for 15 years, including participating in music ensembles from elementary school through college continuously. I myself took private trumpet instruction in college, and held the lead trumpet chair in the Jazz Band for 4 years. I played with an honors combo selected to accompany a delegation from Kalamazoo, Michigan to Numazu, Japan, performing with the Numazu Big Band and at other locations around the southeast Japan area. I have also had several private trumpet students, as well as taught trumpet and brass instruction for the Kalamazoo Public Schools summer school session "Kids in Tune" in 2012.