Q. How do you like to spend your free time? Or what do you wish you had more time to do?
A. I spend my free time bowling, playing softball, and hanging out with my three kids!
Q. Briefly describe your education and years of experience that qualify you to tutor your subject.
A. I studied Mathematics and Psychology as an undergraduate at Iowa State University, where I tutored and facilitated supplemental instruction for various Calculus courses. After graduation, I spent three years teaching high school mathematics in Richmond, VA. Since that time, I have earned a PhD in Education from the University of Virginia, specializing in Educational Psychology.
Q. Why do you want to be a tutor/what do you enjoy most about working with students?
A. I find it exciting to get to know how individual students “tick” and find new ways to help them connect with and understand challenging material. Sometimes it’s just a matter of using different language, or shoring up a gap in background knowledge, but I love finding ways to make math “click”!
Q. Who was your favorite teacher and why?
A. My favorite teacher was my high school choir director. She found ways to inspire and support our fun, while maintaining high expectations for her students and herself alike!
Q. What is the next Professional Development training/course you would like to do/take?
A. Unsure on this one — perhaps the GRE test prep tutoring course, if that exists?
Q. What is on your career “bucket list?”
Assisting local community and educational organizations in using their data to learn about themselves and the people they serve.
Q. What truly inspires you?
I am inspired by seeing people deeply connect with who they were meant to be. Those moments when someone has found a way to express their passion and be recognized for it.
Q. What’s one unusual thing about you that not many people know?
A. I was once on HGTV as a “House Hunter”!