Teaching has always been my passion. Since starting out in my first year at the University at Albany I took every and any teaching job I could get my hands on (most of them without pay) just to get experience, which led me to teach a year with AmeriCorps and a year with Junior Achievement. I would consistently pick the most difficult schools to teach in because I felt like that was where my talents were most needed. The more challenging the students, the more I wanted to prove that I could...
Teaching has always been my passion. Since starting out in my first year at the University at Albany I took every and any teaching job I could get my hands on (most of them without pay) just to get experience, which led me to teach a year with AmeriCorps and a year with Junior Achievement. I would consistently pick the most difficult schools to teach in because I felt like that was where my talents were most needed. The more challenging the students, the more I wanted to prove that I could help them be a success in the classroom. My favorite teaching moments all include students who didn't believe they could succeed but proved they could once I gave them the right tools.
Later in college I started teaching SAT and ACT test prep to pay for the portions of my college tuition that my academic scholarships didn't cover (and so I didn't have to eat ramen noodles every night). I have taught SAT/ACT prep for over 10 years and was one of the highest rated tutors (based on student satisfaction and test score increases) when I worked for a large company.
I spent four years teaching at an all-boys Title One high school in Albany, NY teaching approximately 130 students each year and had a 100% passing rate on the Biology Regents, more than half of those students scored in the "Mastery Level" with over an 85%. Most of those students were in remedial math and ELA coursework and performing below grade level, this was unprecedented success for the students I was teaching. Working at a charter school often requires you to be a "jack of all trades", along the way I also taught Algebra, Earth Science, and Physics with similar success stories. I was the highest rated teacher at that school.
With my test prep background, I provide students with invaluable skills that they wouldn't typically get from tutoring, these are skills and strategies they can apply. Our educational system largely relies on test scores to provide data of student success, I not only teach students the academic content that they need to be successful, but I a
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Friendly and knowledgeable
Kristen was great with my daughter. She reviewed what my daughter could do then quickly figured out areas that needed work. My daughter felt very comfortable with her.Megan, 2 lessons with Kristen
Very upbeat and relatable!
We are so happy to have found Kristen. She knew immediately what approach to use in presenting some hard material to our daughter. Looking forward to the sessions up ahead.Kristin, 4 lessons with Kristen
Kristen has worked with my daughter for a couple of weeks now on SAT Math. She is an excellent tutor. She is dedicated and patient. She definitely works hard to help ensure that her students excel. Thank you Kristen!Kimberly, 73 lessons with Kristen
Kristen helped our son with the SAT subjects and gave him the confidence and clarity to succeed and taking the SAT. We're so thankful that she was our son's tutor!Jim, 4 lessons with Kristen
Exactly what we were looking for!
Our daughter had an excellent first meeting with Kristen and is well equipped with a plan and a strategy to do well on her SAT in June. She'll be meeting with her weekly until then.Marci, 10 lessons with Kristen
Knowledgeable, patient, goes the extra mile.
My son, who was having a bit of a struggle in Algebra 1, immediately responded to Kristin. He has improved his grades and his confidence. Until this year, math was a subject that came easy, so he was frustrated. Kristin improved his focus and continues to help my son improve.Mary, 32 lessons with Kristen
Kristen liked me as I explained, in her little Spanish that has but I understood it, and also help her to say the words better in Spanish, but every time she surprised me with more words. Thank you, you're a great teacher. I hope to see you soon ... Thank you for everything. gracias eres una gran maestra espero verte pronto...gracias por todo, es dania.Deb, 57 lessons with Kristen