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Heather S.

Arlington, VA

$90/hour

Improve your Science and Communication Skills

5.0 average from 2 ratings
Excellent teacher!
— Jason, Arlington, VA on 4/4/16

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George Washington University
Biology
UMass - Dartmouth
Master's
City University of New York - Graduate Center
PhD

Education

George Washington University (Biology)

UMass - Dartmouth (Master's)

City University of New York - Graduate Center (PhD)

About Heather

Did you know that dolphins sleep with only half their brain? That opera singers get stage fright? I love science and teaching and think the best approach to improving at any skill is to get excited about it. I have a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience and have been teaching middle/ high school and college for over 15 years, so I have both applied and theoretical experience in learning and motivation.

Need to give a powerpoint presentation? Do you want to bore and confuse your audience with slides filled with words that you read, or do you want to be as exciting as a Ted Talk? I take a special pride in saving the world from terrible presentations - let me help you find the best way to clearly present your message to an enthusiastic audience.

Science is a process and anyone can do it with a little guidance. It didn't come naturally to me - I had to struggle through at first, but I learned strategies that make science not just doable, but fun. My specialties in science are biology, psychology, neuroscience, ecology, evolution, marine biology, conservation, sustainability, physics, and acoustics.

I have to present all the time and use my theater and graphic arts experience to keep it engaging and educational. My colleagues come to me to edit their presentations and reports. I have had students in class who, when they saw the syllabus, said, "oh no, I can't give a presentation!" I've worked with them until they were comfortable, and they gave outstanding performances that got great feedback from the class.

Let me know if you'd like to explore working together.
Did you know that dolphins sleep with only half their brain? That opera singers get stage fright? I love science and teaching and think the best approach to improving at any skill is to get excited about it. I have a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience and have been teaching middle/ high school Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Arlington, VA 22202

"Excellent teacher!"

- Jason, Arlington, VA on 4/4/16
Science:
Biology,
Ecology, Physics,
Psychology, Zoology
Music:
Cello,
Voice (Music)
Art:
Theatre
English:
English,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Writing
Computer:
General Computer, MATLAB,
Microsoft PowerPoint

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.

Biology

PhD in Neuroscience, MS in Marine Biology, BS in Biology

Cello

I was a Presidential Arts Scholar recipient for Cello performance at George Washington University, a competitive auditioned program. I have played cello internationally as a soloist and with chamber groups and orchestras. Groups include the Orchestra of Quintana Roo and Roumana (world music band). My cello students, who I have taught in person and online, have gone on to pursue successful cello careers including one who recently got a permanent position with a Mexican symphony orchestra.

English

Native English speaker with doctorate level education. Professional experience as technical editor for publications written by authors with English as a second language (for CACTUS communications).

MATLAB

I have taken graduate level coursework in MatLab. I use MatLab to write programs I need for my scientific research. Areas of MatLab I have experience in are the basics (variables, loops, etc), plots, and acoustic analysis.

Microsoft PowerPoint

As a frequent invited lecturer at international conferences, I use PowerPoint to give engaging, interactive presentations. I have taken graduate level courses in effective use of PowerPoint. I have helped hundreds of students develop slides that clarify and enhance their talk.

Physics

I have conducted Physics education research with a special focus on introductory physics education to non-majors. My current research is in the field of Biophysics.

Public Speaking

My personal experience in public speaking includes frequent conference presentations, including keynote addresses to hundreds of people (e.g. International Association for the Study of Dreams 2015). I also regularly teach classes and workshops. I have specialized PhD level training in giving engaging PowerPoint presentations, and mentor people of all skill levels, from students paralyzed with stage fright and no experience, to colleagues who want me to help them refine their slides and delivery. My experience in theater also gives me some helpful tricks, because public speaking and theater have much in common.

Theatre

My theater experience is diverse and movement focused. I have a special focus in fight choreography and performance, and have performed and choreographed for the Washington National Opera, I also have experience with object manipulation, puppetry and circus arts, and taught these skills at the Providence Circus School and at Zip Zap Circus. I also have a general theater background, and have training and experience for both live and film productions, and even musicals.

Zoology

I have a BS in Biology with an emphasis on Zoology where I conducted research on shrimp, a Masters Degree in Marine Biology where I conducted research on crabs, and a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience where I conducted research on dolphins. I have frequently taught Zoology-related subjects including Animal Behavior at the college level. I have been studying and researching Zoology for over 15 years.

George Washington University
Biology
UMass - Dartmouth
Master's
City University of New York - Graduate Center
PhD

Education

George Washington University (Biology)

UMass - Dartmouth (Master's)

City University of New York - Graduate Center (PhD)

Excellent teacher! — In 60 minutes, she gave me a few tricks to turn an otherwise clunky presentation into something special. Top drawer support and instruction! ...

— Jason, Arlington, VA on 4/4/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $90.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Heather will travel within 15 miles of Arlington, VA 22202.