I am an experienced tutor with two master's degrees and 10 years of professional experience. I have held multiple fellowships and professional/academic honors. School did not come easy to me at first and I struggled with a learning disability while in college. I taught myself how to overcome that and other challenges through patience and adapatability. I bring that experience and attitutde to my students to help them acheive their own goals.
I am an international scientist and program manager for the CDC, and spend my free time reading and creating art. I love getting to make a positive impact on my world and incorporate all the beautiful things I've learned and continue to learn into my daily life.
Larisa is very patient and great with kids and pre-teens! She helps my elementary/middle school kids with language arts, math, and science. She lives in a beautiful place by the river and I just drop my kids off there and she sits with them at a picnic table while do errands or read nearby. The kids listen better to someone who isn’t me, for a change, and I get piece of mind knowing that they are getting some extra help from a nice, smart girl - the whole thing makes them look at their homework less like a chore and more that an afternoon in the park with a friend.
I ask my student and their parents about their learning goals and style, and help them make a plan to reach those goals in a personalized way.
Tutoring for students with learning disabilities while in college, continued as a Teaching Assistant and private tutor in Graduate School - private tutor and leader for educational clubs while in the Peace Corps
Bachelor's in Biology
Master's in Public Health
Master's in International Policy Management
Ten years experience in the international public health/scientific fields
Peace Corps as a Health Volunteer
Educated and practicing Artist and Reader
Currently: CDC Biologist
$85-125/hour depending on the subject, negotiable for less-resourced students
I began tutoring students with learning disabilities in college as part of a student program, and continued as a Teaching Assistant in the Chemistry Department at The George Washington University while I was a grad student.
When I joined the Peace Corps I began teaching students English one-on-one, and enjoyed it so much that I started a Creative Writing club (one year) and then a "Book Club" (one year), where I led students weekly in reading classics and contemporary fiction for comprehension and analysis. These clubs became funded by the American Embassy in Kyrgyzstan and had a large following.
I've worked with students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse goals, including those with learning disabilities, those who speak English-as-a-Second-Language, and highly-motivated high-acheivers in prestigious and private programs.
I advise students to find a tutor who is not only knowledgeable, but who is also patient, compassionate, interested, and generally is a good personality-fit with the student. Learning should be fun!
1. What is your background on your topic of interest? Are you a novice, or are you an advanced learner looking to get farther ahead?
2. Do you have any particular challeneges?
3. What are your goals?
4. What is your preferred learning style?
5. What are you looking for in a tutor?
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