University of Oregon (Spanish, Sociology)
University of Maryland (Master's)
University of Colorado (Graduate Coursework)
I could never stand stuffy, "traditional," classroom-type learning. I hated it. It took the help and hard work of a few dedicated people to help me really understand the joy of learning. Remember those those incredible teachers that were able to think outside the box and really convey to you their own love of the material? If they were lucky and you paid enough attention, you might just have learned something from them. I was lucky enough to have a few teachers like that when I was growing up and they really changed my life.
I've been tutoring and teaching people of all ages for the past 8 years. When I teach, I work hard to recall and emulate what my favorite and most effective teachers taught me when I was a student. What made me pay attention? What made me take what they said to heart? What motivated me? As a student at the University of Oregon I was fortunate enough to work for two years tutoring student athletes in Sociology, Psychology, English, and Spanish.
From 2011 to 2013, I worked in Spain teaching both public high school English classes and private one-on-on ESOL tutoring sessions for both children and adults. I have also taught guitar and bass for over six years, both in private lessons and at summer camps for youth. In December of 2015 I graduated with an MPS in Clinical Psychological Science from the University of Maryland. I also have a background in clinical work in psychology, specifically working with children and young adults with special needs (especially ADHD, anxiety, and learning disorders).
For me, the learning process has always been about achieving a series of small victories. Instead of trying to do everything at once, it is vital to be able to split it all up into small bits and not get overwhelmed with the challenges you might face on the road to your goals. Most importantly of all, however, is to make the experience fun. We've all had boring teachers and sat in interminable classes. I take pride in the fact that many of the people I have taught have told me that they have never learned as much as with me simply because they did not hate coming to class. Always try to keep it interesting, keep it fun, and learning will just happen on its own.
I could never stand stuffy, "traditional," classroom-type learning. I hated it. It took the help and hard work of a few dedicated people to help me really understand the joy of learning. Remember those those incredible teachers that were able to think outside the box and really convey to you their own love of the material? If they were lucky and