I have always loved working with people and helping them understand. In high school, I was a teacher’s aide. In college, I tutored and worked in the math lab helping students. These experiences confirmed that I should be a teacher. Out of college, I took a job at a high school where I taught for the last ten years. I taught Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and Precalculus -- at many different skill levels. I have worked with younger students as well at Mathnasium and Sylvan Learning Center. I pride myself on being a patient and encouraging teacher.
I believe that all students have a story and that they need to be met where they are. I believe my role is to be a positive, supportive adult in their lives. When students are shown respect and kindness, they are able to open up to learning.
My hand was always raised. I was always asking (and answering) questions. I wanted to understand everything, especially in math. I didn’t want to accept a formula until I understood why. I also liked to help the teacher if the teacher was struggling to understand what a student wanted or struggling to explain a concept in a different way. I only got in trouble for talking too much and being late -- both of which happened daily.
I like getting to know my students, having fun with them, and helping them connect the pieces of math together for those “aha!” moments. The one-on-one environment is conducive to all three of those things.
I would bring my students to Rio de Janeiro, where I am currently living. (My husband is Brazilian.) I am enjoying the weather, the food, and the beaches so much, and I want to share it with others.
My favorite teacher in high school was my English/Speech teacher because he made literature interesting (even though I didn’t love it), used creative activities and projects, and pushed me to be a better student. He believed in me and inspired me to be a teacher -- although he wanted me to teach English.