Practice + Confidence = SUCCESS
I am passionate about helping students become confident learners. Many times, students have everything they need intellectually but lack the confidence to access their full potential. In addition to extra practice opportunities, tutoring lessons provide a forum for thoughtful, candid feedback. Developing that honest conversation with students allows them to grow into more independent, confident learners who assess their progress honestly and know how to set achievable goals!
I offer private tutoring in all K-8 subjects as well as Algebra I and Geometry. I can host tutoring in various public locations around Chicago or within your home. All active students are given free access to their own IXL subscription for extra practice. Details about hourly rate and fees associated with your unique needs will be discussed during the initial correspondence and introductory consultation. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in setting up a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your students needs and see how I can help!
Private tutor, northern virginia + Chicago, IL
2012 - Present
My work as a tutor began simply as a way to supplement my income. In my early days as a tutor, I learned that I brought connection, insight, support, and knowledge to the lessons in a way that helped students be more receptive to academic growth. My goal - both then and now - is to try to see the world through the student's eyes and use that to shape my lessons. I've worked with students as young as kindergarten to improve math and reading skills all the way up to sophomores in high school that are working toward mastery of Algebra I and Geometry math courses. The two areas I have the most extensive work are foundational K-8 math and K-6 reading skills. Some of my most gratifying work has come from helping struggling readers work up toward grade level standards.
Classroom teacher, middle school math, prince william county, Virginia
2014 - 2018
With two years of tutoring under my belt, I decided I wanted to take my teaching skills to the classroom. I completed an alternative licensure program called EducateVA that allowed me to apply my prior professional experience toward a Virginia teaching certification. My first year of teaching was with a group of 7th grade math students and it was very eye-opening. Teachers are stretched very thin in the classroom. Some students genuinely need one-on-one support. A classroom with 30 students and 60 minutes of instruction does not really allow for that. After my first year, I spent the next three years teaching 6th grade math. I loved helping the 6th grade students adjust to middle school along with building their math skills. As a classroom teacher, I worked hard to respect multiple student perspectives about the same math topic, create lessons that focused on language/vocabulary/verbal expression development, and build a culture of "independent learners working together" in a structured classroom setting.
Rutgers university, new brunswick, NJ
B.A. PSYCHOLOGY, May 2005
educate va, nvcc, woodbridge, VA
VA TEACHING CERTIFICATION, Middle School Math, May 2014
-- Rated 5 stars out of 5 on WyzAnt.com based on 1,052 hours of documented tutoring
-- Participation in grant-funded tutoring resulted in higher student success on end of year tests in 2016, 2017, and 2018