I am a firm believer that lessons are best learned by stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking action. This is maxim I don’t just use with my students, but one that I also apply to my own life. To date, I’ve traveled to more than 25 different countries and 35 American states. This exposure to numerous cultures, belief systems, lifestyles, and personalities has shaped my passion for learning and helping others to succeed. Not only this, but traveling extensively requires a lot of on-your-feet thinking, patience, and the ability to read people quickly—all of which are vital skills of a successful educator.
I did not always know I wanted to be a teacher. I originally enrolled in college to become a Biomedical Engineer. After I earned a B.S. in Biology, a B.A. in Chemistry, and a Minor in Mathematics, I decided to participate in various science-based internships all over the world in order to discovery a career I was passionate about. An internship in Pennsylvania as an Environmental Educator inspired me to go back to college to become a Biology Teacher in California. I loved having my own classroom and seeing my “kids” everyday, inspiring a joy for learning within them while discovering new and creative ways to teach complex subjects.
When I moved to Chicago several years later, I decided to pursue tutoring full-time. Because of my professional and personal experiences, I can quickly assess my students, molding my teaching style to maximize their strengths and reshape their weaknesses into positive traits. Perhaps most importantly, I teach them how to learn, so they are always in the powerful position of being able to help themselves. This custom approach ensures they’re given every tool necessary to be successful, building their confidence and skills enough to ultimately wean them off their tutor in the near future. Now I am sharing my experience and methodology with my highly-qualified tutors, so that we can help even more students to become lifelong learners.
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