My teaching approach is based on forming an individualized relationship with each student and creating lessons which suit their particular needs and learning style, including incorporating their areas of interest and enthusiasm. I practice a relational and empathetic approach to education.
I am a trained social worker with a degree in English literature who has worked with students of all ages, including children with special needs, as well as students speaking English as a second language. I have 15 years of experience.
Rates may vary based on student's level of ability and distance traveled to the lesson. Please give 24 hours notice for cancellation of lessons.
Independent tutor and instructor
Work with multiple families and children with various academic needs to either assist with home schooling or enriching their academic experience. Specializing in children with special needs and gifted children. (2017-present)
Facilitated literacy classes, including exercises and read-alongs in underserved Chicago Public schools. (2017-2018)
Independent Behavioral Aide and Case Worker
Work with multiple clients of varying ages to develop coping strategies and behavior management. Develop treatment plans for clients and conduct research interviews relating to various diagnoses. (2014-present)
Residential Counselor, The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago (2008-2013)
Created and implemented therapeutic programming, one-to-one behavioral assistance and group therapy for emotionally disturbed teenagers ranging in age from 13-18 in the residential treatment program. Utilized training in the TCI model of crisis intervention to help maintain a safe and stable environment for students. Prepared and presented quarterly clinical reports on student progress, as well as documenting daily observations and maintaining clinical notes for group therapy.
Manuscript Editor, `Irfán Colloquia
Copyedited, proofed, and edited for content two book-length academic journals in Religious Studies. Also communicated with authors and oversaw development of manuscripts. (2006-Present)
Academic Counselor and ESL Tutor, Wang Zhao & Yang Ling
Worked closely with a high school age transfer student from China to develop English language skills and adapt to American academic environment. Worked daily with the student to prepare for class assignments as well as standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT and TOEFL. (2007-2010)
Freelance Editor, Time Out Chicago Magazine Chicago, IL
Created headlines and article titles, proofed and fact-checked articles, reviews and listings. (2005–2006)
Freelance Writing Tutor and Editor
Working with University of Chicago students, for most of whom English is a second language, to improve their writing ability and edit their academic papers and research. (2004-Present )
Registrar and Administrative Assistant, Wilmette Institute
Organized office, including scheduling events, tracking, filing and organizing payments and communications, creating and moderating on-line message boards for classes, as well as general secretarial responsibilities. (2004-2006)
Editor and Voice Talent, Education Department of Guangdong Province, China
Worked with a development team of Chinese and American scholars to edit, polish and record the English script of a bilingual (Mandarin and English) multi-media course in World History for middle school students in China. (2004)
Editing Assistant, That’s Guangzhou! Magazine China Intercontinental Press, Guangzhou, China
Copyedited and proofed articles, reviews and listings. (2003–2004)
Teacher (English as Second Language), Zhongkai Agrotechnical Institute
Taught three 40-50 student classes three times a week. Created and implemented an original curriculum to provide students with individualized attention and encourage communication and teamwork. (2003–2004)
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