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With me, tutoring is all about the students, engaging the students at their level, making it fun for them, making the lessons entertaining and helping them stay motivated and focused - teaching the study skills that will help them succeed in life. I welcome children who other tutors have not been able to reach, and children of families that may need reduced rates, or may need to skip payments on some months and pay me later. Please know how flexible I am, and that my primary concern, from the moment I meet a child, will always be the child's welfare, learning, health, and safety.
A little about me would go a long way, wouldn't it? I'm a passionate advocate for school equity and closing the achievement gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged communities, with experience working with kids of all stripes and walks of life. I've volunteered teaching literacy with incarcerated kids in Westfield Juvenile Detention Center, and I've worked with young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the program Best Buddies.
I currently work as the permanent building substitute for preschool children in Greenwich Public Schools. We have a high population of special ed and ESOL students.
I volunteered as a study hall aide to more than fifty children with learning differences (learning disabilities) aged six to fifteen at Eagle Hill School. I taught and supported students with differences like dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and autism to make a welcoming and supportive environment. One of the most rewarding moments in this experience was when a girl with selective mutism felt comfortable enough to speak to me.
I also volunteered as a supplement to a classroom teacher in a resource-strapped preschool with Jumpstart. I took the train into Anacostia in the mornings to read books I picked out from the library and lead read alouds, sing-alongs and even wrote and illustrated books for my children to take home.
I'm a graduate student at Rutgers University pursuing a career in school librarianship. I've won several prestigious scholarships, including the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund for an essay I wrote on ending the censorship of teen readers in school libraries. I was the vice president of the Library and Information Science Student Organization, the student chapter of the American Library Association at Rutgers University, and the overarching student association for my graduate school. When I graduate in 2022, I'll have a teaching certificate and state licensure to teach in schools as a school librarian, and am learning all the latest teaching techniques to help students succeed in school.
I hope you'll consider me as your child's tutor - or your own! I have a 4.0 and can easily help you excel in college level courses as well.
Courses Tutored: History, Psychology, English, Sociology, Anthropology, and any general essay-writing and study skill development.
Ages: 3–adult learners
Methods: Televisits via Zoom or Discord or in-person visits in the Greenwich & Stamford CT area, or Port Chester, NY.
I love students who've struggled. I love students who really don't like school. I love students who've have had a genuinely hard time. I love them because those are the students who most need the help and who I know I can reach, and be a support for.
I love students who are losing or who have lost motivation. I love students who need the help. I don't want to go into teaching because I want to take it easy. I want to be there for kids who need it. Let me know if you or your student needs it, and I'll be there in a heartbeat.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
The first session is all about goal-setting. I want to know what the student wants to get out of school - who they want to be, what their desires are in life and how school can relate to that. After that, we start organizing the student's school things on a day with light or no homework - get the whole semester scheduled, get a calendar together that will tell them when major assignments are due and when to start working on them. Then, we work on strategizing and actively doing work together. I want every session to be one where the student learned some new trick or idea for getting themselves motivated, and practiced it.
It takes thirty days to make a new habit, and I'm on for all 30, and all the days in between when the habit didn't quite hit home. I also believe in gamification and something that is big in education right now, called makerspaces. I'll be doing everything I can to make studying and learning hands-on for your student, even when the teacher isn't, so they can actually process and put the material in their grey matter. When tests come around, they'll find they're struggling less and stressing less, too - it just takes that first few set of A's, I've found, for the student to really relax and remember that learning? Yeah, it was supposed to be fun.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I've worked extensively inside schools (including specialized schools for the differently abled) and juvenile detainment centers with students of all kinds who come from all places and have areas of struggle as far apart as motivation and in some cases, at age sixteen or seventeen, not knowing how to read yet. I know how to engage students, how to interact with them positively, and how to draw them out of their shell to make them feel comfortable, which is important for learning.
Beyond that, I'm getting my teacher's certification and pursuing state licensure at Rutgers University at the moment. My concentration is in school librarianship, an aspect of the education system that has an incredible pull on school culture, climate, and student learning and happiness levels, which is why I wanted to go into it. I can bring all the latest techniques and federal standards of care for students to the table, and of course will, since every student deserves no less. I will say, though, that I haven't yet gotten my TESOL certification (it's on my list!) and while I welcome English language learners, I may not know all the best techniques yet to serve you - not yet, at least! Soon!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I charge a flat rate of $30 per hour, and my average session is an hour. If a student has a major essay or project coming up, though, I'm happy to spend more time with them - I'm very flexible right now and will devote the time your student needs.
I offer sliding scale and deferred payment options to families in need, at my discretion! If you are struggling financially and have a youngster in need of help, please knock on my door (proverbially, probably, I'm sure you're just going to email me or call me). I will take on any student anywhere in the world or country who will pay upfront, but in cases of need I will defer payment, adjust my rates as needed, or switch my services to volunteering. Helping students is a passion for me, and I would never let a family's financial situation get in the way.
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching at about eight years old, when I was chosen to watch and lead the kindergartners to the bus. I helped them learn to count as we went. I've always been involved in mentorship roles - pursued my babysitting licensure and first aid training as a teenager, and worked as a mother's helper for a year. In college I immediately started several long-term volunteer opportunities working with children and youth in penetentiaries, schools for the differently abled, and innercity schools with large populations of homeless children.
What types of students have you worked with?
I've worked with incarcerated youth, young adults with intellectual and developmental disablities, children aged six to fifteen with learning differences (colloquially called learning disabilities), and in innercity schools with a majority of their student population below the poverty limit, and a significant portion homeless. I've also worked helping run events for one of the largest library systems in the US.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
When I was last working one-on-one with kids, there was a girl with selective mutism. She had trouble when she felt uncomfortable, and severe anxiety issues. It was terribly special when she opened up enough around me to speak to me in a normal tone of voice, and giggle to me.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
You need someone who will push you, but also understand you and where you're coming from. Cookie cutter techniques that you're taught in education classes will only go so far, because you're not a cookie and there's more dimensions to you than any mould will fill.
The other thing is, find someone who makes even things you don't like learning seem interesting, and whose sessions you look forward to. It's important to engage with the material because of a grade, sure, but it's also important to learn the material because one day, you might want to use it, or even need it - yes, even calculus. People who work in NASA use that every day of their lives. In fact, my mother was applying for jobs at top law firms recently, and there were calculus questions on the applications. It is useful for more than a grade. But don't sell yourself short, or feel discouraged when you think of jobs like NASA and top law firms. You can get there, if that's what you want. It's just a matter of figuring out how to "do school," but also find or retain a passion to learn.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Nothing. If you have needs, you should talk to somebody, be it a tutor, a teacher, a parent or guardian, or another trusted, supportive adult figure in your life. As long as you aren't being disingenuous - i.e., lying about what you need - your needs are something that are perfectly rational and fair to communicate to any teacher. Most teachers are happy to answer emails, spend extra time after school explaining things, or be understanding, if you need that.