I truly learned to write in sixth grade. When my teacher asked us to write a paragraph for homework and I turned up to class empty-handed, she told me I would complete it by the end of recess. Given fifteen minutes to write a paragraph, I got to work and did. Thanks to this teacher and a slew of other excellent English teachers, writing has not only become my passion but my pursuit.
I graduated from UCSB, where I majored in religious studies, was an undergraduate writing fellow, and completed a 40 page thesis.
Throughout my high school and college careers, I have worked as a tutor for both peers and younger students, from volunteering in a local elementary school to helping college students develop their writing craft. My passion for teaching came when I realized the dialogue isn’t just comprised of questions and answers, but rather is filled with thoughtful reflection and the occasional and apt metaphor. Most importantly, I’ve learned that sometimes, at first, being on the right track looks like going in a circle.
I was lucky enough to learn from great English teachers that fueled my own passion for both writing and teaching. My hope is always to pass along my own experiences to my students by improving their skills, expanding their confidence, and encouraging their own passions.
In my free time I enjoy yoga, hiking, surfing, and reading, as well as spending time with my family and friends