I grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. Growing up in a tight-knit community showed me the importance of trusting relationships, both in and out of educational settings. I received my bachelor’s degree in sport management from Endicott College, where I interned in two separate high school athletic departments. These internships laid some of the foundation for my future in education and tutoring.
Ever since I was a young child, I have always had a fascination with nature and the natural world. I have many fond memories of fishing, hikes in the woods, and countless other outdoor activities. These interests have remained true to this day, leading me to spend five years teaching middle school science. My experiences as a teacher have led me to believe strongly in the importance of balanced skills across multiple subjects. Foundational skills at the middle school level are transferable across many subjects and can be a catalyst to students excelling academically.
My experience in education began on Martha’s Vineyard as a substitute and full-time aid where I worked for three years in a variety of grades and positions. After these formative years, I moved to the Bay Area, joining Summit Denali as a 6th grade science teacher. During my time with Summit, I worked with students in a variety of academic settings. I thoroughly enjoyed the mentoring program at Denali, where teachers built close relationships with students during their time at the school, becoming a support network for academic and social topics, alike. Being able to witness and be a part of a student’s journey continuously brought me joy, and I endeavor to recreate a similar atmosphere in my tutoring sessions.
I believe and pride myself in meeting students where they are academically by establishing an understanding relationship. Equally, I believe in the importance of making connections with students on a variety of topics, such as hobbies and personal interests. These provide an atmosphere of trust at the foundation of a relationship, allowing a tutor to eventually challenge and push students further in their understanding and critical thinking.
In my free time, I enjoy fly fishing and tying flies, playing disc golf, hiking in nature, and going to concerts!