My passion for English began as a child as I attended various American International schools and studied among kids from all over the world, many of which were attending while learning English as a second language. Later I attended and graduated a Fine & Performing Arts high school in Virginia studying creative writing for 4 years, with an emphasis on poetry. My tutoring began there as I helped peers with reading and writing assigments. I have worked in the editing, revision, and review of two young adult novels as well as a literary and arts magazine. I am a published author, with creative works such as poetry, nonfiction, and photography published in Polychrome Magazine, Eddas literary and arts magazine, The Apprentice Writer, Northern Virginia Writing Project’s Falling for the Story Anthology. I am currently attending Brigham Young University studying Linguistics, planning to graduate in April 2023. I believe in a positive, creative, encouragement-based teaching environment. When creativity meets learned skill, there is no stopping a young mind!
I enjoy seeing the fruits of effort, application, and practice! There are moments of clarity and understanding that occur in the learning and teaching process. I treasure and work toward these moments because they are the reason I enjoy my work.
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I like to begin with getting to know a bit about their personal background. Growing up around international students, I know the importance and effect personal background has on student confidence as well as reading and writing skill. I also like to inquire about methods and environments the student has performed well in. This allows me to know how to best communicate and teach, as well as which resources to use for optimal comprehension. I, in turn, offer some of my personal history, including my interests and hobbies, details about places I have visited and organizations I have been a part of. A positive teaching environment starts with a positive relationship between the teacher and the student. From there, together we will determine appropriate study and practice goals and make plans to achieve them!
I graduated from Woodbridge Senior High School in the Fine & Performing Arts program with a concentration in Creative Writing. My last two years of the program, I studied poetry as a focus genre. As part of the program, I was educated in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and script reading and writing. I also learned technical skills in editing, revising, and publishing. While attending there, I also participated in the Advanced Placement Scholars program. I passed two Pre-AP English courses as well as AP Language & Composition and AP Literature.
After graduating high school, I spent 18 months serving as a missionary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Colorado Springs, CO. During those 18 months, I was trained and trained others on proper communication and teaching skills, as well as effective use of technology in learning.
I am currently attending Brigham Young University studying Linguistics. During my high school and college years, I have studies multiple foreign languages, including French, Mandarin Chinese, and Italian, which formed much of my knowledge and skill in English language structure and grammar.
I charge $25 per hour of tutoring.
I started teaching in the classroom in my first semester attending Brigham Young University. I volunteered to co-teach a Sunday School class on the Old Testament.
Later, I found a real passion for teaching in the community as I was a volunteer missionary for 18 months in Pennsylvania and Colorado. There, I taught with a co-teacher locally in people's homes, assisting with personal learning needs.
In the classroom, I have worked with mainly peers, high school and college-aged kids from many backgrounds and origins.
In the community and one-on-one, I have worked teaching children as young as three years old, men and women as old as 90 years old, and all ages in between. In the community, I have also worked with female peers in training them to be effective teachers.
Both experiences helped me realize the importance of teaching to meet individual needs.
I recently to a tulip farm for the first time! I have always been fascinated by the language, history, and culture of the Netherlands, including their market in tulips. I spent the day with my sister and my dad, photographing and picking the blooms, enjoying the fresh spring air!
Come to the table with an open mind and a patient heart. The field of English requires being out of your comfort zone and patient persistence in the learning and application process.
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