University of Pittsburgh (math, cognitive psychology, pre-law, political science)
Why Do I Teach?
Informally, I have been teaching or tutoring most of my life. Some of my earliest memories involve assisting my childhood friend overcome his learning disabilities; he is now a scientist. I was given the opportunity to teach my high school Algebra II class for a week when the regular instructor had to take emergency leave. I didn't think I'd make a profession out of teaching; however, after several years in the business world, I started volunteering as a GED instructor and found the passion to teach again. I then became determined to make sure students are given the proper supports in high school and began tutoring; presenting SAT outreach services; and running after-school programs in Pittsburgh area high schools. After a short stint back in the corporate world, I moved to Washington, DC, in order to get back in education.
My Expectations of Students
I expect my students to feel comfortable making mistakes and to push themselves: no matter how long it takes, the only way you won't realize your goal is if you give up.
My Favorite Quote
I don't care what your answer is, I care how you got it.