Watsonville, CA, 95076
Joined on February, 2010
Any day at any time
Up to 30 minutes away for no additional charge
Up to 1 hour away for a flat fee
Up to 1 hour away for a flat fee
EducationPacific Collegiate School
UCSC: Degree in Environmental Studies
ExperienceI have had many years of experience as an assistant in academic settings, including three years as a tutor and homework assistant. In my most recent years working as an algebra tutor, I have observed that the students who struggle with a subject are usually very bright, intelligent people who simply have had a bad experience in that subject. It is my goal to offer a good experience instead.
I really appreciate the fine details of math and English, and I enjoy teaching one-on-one. I believe that each person learns in a different way, and I like stretching my creativity to find an approach that really works for them. I prefer to begin by talking to the parent and the student together, to establish goals and agree on possible approaches.
My schedule is quite flexible, and my transportation reliable. I normally charge $25 per hour. If you need my help but can't afford that price, talk to me anyways and maybe we can work something out.
If you would like to consider me as a tutor, please send me an email and I will send you my full resume. Thank you!
Note: If you check out my availability, keep in mind that I currently commute by bus and bicycle, so '20 minutes away' is more like 3 miles.
I designed and taught fun classes including hands-on activities and exploratory math games for a young teenager in home school. Our sessions were supplemental for a pre-algebra class she attended, and we also worked on problems from the class when there was a concept she didn't understand. This half-year of sessions was not always smooth, as I had never taught classes of my own design before, without a teacher to guide us. But the two of us learned a great deal, and each gained confidence in our own skills.
I tutored a girl in pre-algebra and algebra 1, moving at the student's pace through independent study. We worked from a textbook, supplemented by worksheets of my own design and creative, tangible explanations of concepts. I continuously encouraged her to try problems on her own, to guess what the right approach might be, to attempt a problem even if it looked hard. At the end of our three years together, the student felt confident in learning math and no longer needed my help.
Guest Teacher Internship
As part of an environmental education class at UCSC, I interned at Monarch Community School as a guest teacher. I worked with my own professor and the teacher at Monarch to design and teach classes in the school garden. Some of these classes were more successful than others; my most common mistake was time management, because I had never worked with a group of children before. These science-oriented activities included experiments, stories, observations, and garden upkeep—and covered reading, writing, math and logic, as well as science skills. It was a pleasure to work with such curious and excited young people.
I was a homework assistant for a young girl who had trouble with algebra. We worked from her textbook and homework assignments, finding new ways to explain difficult problems. Unfortunately we had to end after only a few months, because our schedules did not line up.
Art Class Volunteer
I was a volunteer in a pottery class in a home school community. In this position I not only helped clean and prepare the classroom, I also encouraged a calm, focused atmosphere and answered questions.
I was a volunteer at the Beach Flats Community Center for a school year, during which I came every week to sit individually with young children after school and read books. This was my first experience in a teacher-like position, and I enjoyed the time spent sharing the magic of reading with young people. The purpose of this program was not to teach reading skills, so much as to encourage interest and enjoyment of books and stories for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Classes: I took one really amazing education class in college which focused on the importance of hands-on learning, different learning styles, and learning through real world connections and real change.
PCS: I attended this college preparatory high school from 8-12th grade. If any PCS student is looking for a tutor, I feel I am uniquely qualified to assist them.
UCSC: I graduated in the class of 2012 with a BA in Environmental Science.
Scores: I received scores of 5 for these AP tests: Biology, English Language & Composition, and Environmental Science.
I received a score of 2000 on the SAT.
HobbiesAt this time I live and work on a small goat dairy farm in Watsonville. I am enjoying learning the skills of country life and small business.
I studied Aikido for ten years. This martial art is unique in its peaceful approach to conflict resolution, and closely mirrors my personal values and beliefs.
I love to travel; so far I have been to Thailand, India, Mexico, Italy, and Germany--and I'm not done exploring!
I've always been an enthusiastic reader; I appreciate good writing and poetry, and there's a special place in my heart for well-written fantasy stories.
I am very interested in living a healthy, more sustainable lifestyle. Some simple ways that I express this are through eating organic and healthy, (as well as some raw) foods and commuting by bicycle. If you like to talk food or books, we could talk all day!
My newest goals in life are to drive a motorcycle (I am now licensed, but still looking for the right bike) and to save enough money to go traveling again.
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