I was raised in a community that valued education, but it was not until I moved from New York to New Orleans, at age 18, that I realized just how fortunate I had been. I volunteered in several schools, one of which was put into lockdown because someone called and threatened to shoot a student and anyone in his way. That same afternoon, a 4th grader was shot while getting off the school bus. 'How,' I wondered, 'can children learn and thrive when their most basic needs are going unmet?!' From that point on, I was committed to serving the community by empowering youth with education. In 2012, I graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in International Development, Spanish, & Psychology. Two years later, I graduated from Arizona State University with a Master of Education and teaching certification in the areas of K-12 Cross-Categorical Special Education and 1-8 Elementary Education.
Since 2014, I have been teaching K-8 special education in the valley, primarily as a learning resource provider. I joined Peak in early 2016 and have enjoyed working with many wonderful families and talented students!
Trust and buy-in are key elements to the efficacy of tutoring. For that reason, I always tap into a student’s interests, headspace, and learning styles. Doing so communicates empathy, which builds trust, and set students up for success, which builds buy-in and motivation.
Like many an Arizonan, I love to be outdoors! Hiking, practicing yoga, taking photographs, and exercising with the dog are right in my wheelhouse! A little-known fact about me is that I once worked for the prime minister of Spain, serving as the private instructor of his two children!
I am happy to offer services in organizational coaching, time management support, student advocacy, study strategies, remedial academic support, ADD/ADHD coaching, executive functioning support, Spanish, and all elementary academics.