I had always helped friends with their school work, but hadn't considered it as a career option. After graduating Harvard cum laude with a degree in Anthropology, a brief stint on Wall Street helped me find my true career path in teaching. Returning to school to complete my teaching credentials, I tutored and worked for Kaplan to be sure teaching was the right choice - I was left with no doubt. Working with GMAT, LSAT, GRE, and SAT students allowed me to ply my diverse knowledge set and hone my strategies and techniques with diverse student profiles and abilities. By the end of my student teaching experiences I was comfortable working with students from middle school through grad school in a variety of subjects.
In my teaching, I focus on multiple approaches to find an avenue that works for each individual. Having a wide breadth and depth of knowledge allows me to use analogies, real-world examples, and scaffolding to help students relate new knowledge to things they already know and understand. I enjoy sports, the outdoors, the latest scientific breakthroughs, movies and music, amongst other things, and this diversity aids me in finding interests my students hold that I can use as common ground. Students generally find me very relatable. Establishing relationships and a level of comfort with my students helps them feel confident in honestly identifying weaknesses we can work through. A cooperating teacher once told me students have to know you care before they care what you know - that advice has helped guide my development as a person and teacher, and my results have benefitted from it throughout my career.
I have now taught for 12 years, tutoring frequently throughout. I am certified in biology and chemistry, as well as general science. I have taught Life Science, Living Environment, Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science. Next year I am slated to pick up AP Biology as well. I have also tutored in Earth Science, AP Chemistry, and Physics, math through pre-calculus, economics, and history, both at Sylvan and privately. I am a Fellow in the New York State Master Teacher Program for STEM subjects. I served as the Program Director for the World IB Student Conference held last August at the University of Rochester. I coach my school's academic team. While my certifications and immediate teaching experience are in the sciences, I am comfortable with most math and English as well.
I am a qualified and dedicated educator. With more than a decade of experience and hundreds of individual students, I have almost surely worked with someone with strengths, weaknesses, and interests similar to yours. I would love to have the chance to work with you to find the keys to your success. I had always helped friends with their school work, but hadn't considered it as a career option. After graduating Harvard cum laude with a degree in Anthropology, a brief stint on Wall Street helped me find my true career path in teaching. Returning to school to complete my teaching credentials, I tutored and worked for Kaplan to be sure teaching
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I have an undergraduate degree cum laude from Harvard University in (Biological) Anthropology. I teach evolution in my AP Environmental Science class. I keep up on developments in the field through periodicals such as Discover and through media.
I have taught chemistry for nearly 10 years and am a fellow in the New York State Master Teacher Program for STEM subjects.
I am certified in General Science, have taught physical science, currently teach an Earth Science chapter in my AP Environmental Science class, and am a fellow in the New York State Master Teacher Program for STEM subjects. As part of my undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Harvard and for my NYS teaching certificate, I took several courses in geology and related sciences.
I am a New York State Master Teacher for STEM with four years of middle school teaching experience, including Prealgebra.