I tailor my teaching to what is most useful to the student. A successful tutor will match the students learning style with what the student needs to learn, streamlining useful information. It is imperative that a tutor understand why the student is interested in the subject, and what a student wants to get out of their time with said tutor.
I am a linguist born and raised in Hawaii but trained in Pennsylvania (Bryn Mawr College). Linguistics is my passion: I love languages and am excited to share this love with you, and to also share the fruits of severla years of systematic study. Not only have I tutored ESL at a variety of levels (beginner to advanced), but I have also studied several foreign languages (French, Japanese, Hawaiian, Ancient Greek, Aramaic) and do understand the struggle of learning new languages or improving languages you already know.
Bryn Mawr College
Magna Cum Laude
AB Linguistics & AB Classical Cultures and Societies Bryn Mawr, PA
Minor in Neuroscience
Graduated with Departmental Honors in both Classics and Linguistics Fall 2014-Spring 2018
L'Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
Study Abroad Student in Linguistics and Greek Paris, France
Le Jardin Academy
International Baccalaureate Diploma Kailua, HI
Extended Essay in the relationship between Greek Language and the spread of Christianity in Rome Fall 2008-Spring 2014
Le Jardin Academy
Teaching Assistant Kailua, HI
Teaching Assistant in Musical Theatre grades 1-8. Assistant teaching elementary English, Math, Computer Coding, and Kindergarten. Summer 2015 & 2018
Private English and Math Tutor
Freelance teaching ESL for French and Japanese students and precalculus and Algebra II for high school students Kailua, HI
Nu'uanu Congregational Church & UCC Judd Street Honolulu, HI
Pastoral Intern Summer 2017 &2018
Designing and teaching a class of adults on early church history (AD 34-AD407). Leading discussions on discernment for college students. Creating and implementing curriculum for Vacation Bible School for students K-8. Running preschool chapel service, and planning and executing intergenerational activities for the congregations. Writing articles for congregation newsletters.
This is Language.Com
English as a Second Language (ESL) Content Producer Summer 2018
Writing video comprehension-based ESL content for ESL learners.
Bryn Mawr College Libraries
Circulation Assistant and Interlibrary Loan Assistant Bryn Mawr, PA
Maintaining the library and assisting patrons at Bryn Mawr College. Paging, organizing, cataloging, and shipping books for the Bryn Mawr College ILL department. Fall 2015-Spring 2018
Sound Engineer and Stage Hand Bryn Mawr, PA
Building, operating and designing sound systems. Basic carpentry, upholstery, set construction, and electrics. Guiding and instructing new workers. Spring 2015-Spring 2018
Rocket Readers at the Kailua Public Library
Founder and Coordinator Kailua, HI
Designing and implementing a reading program for struggling readers grades K-3. Training high-school volunteers from Le Jardin implement my Rocket Readers curriculum. Project advised by Denise Hayashi. 2013-2014
Girl Scout Camp Paumalu
Counselor and Program Coordinator Haleiwa, HI
Functioning as a counselor for camps based on survival, STEM, and art.
Designing two educational camps for children ages five to twelve; focus on experimental learning (on the themes of “Ancient Greece Alive” and “Asia beyond Japan, China, and Korea”).
Training and guiding new counselors to lead groups of girl scouts. 2010-2015
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
President and Small Group Leader Bryn Mawr, PA
Guiding (through discernment) the formation of Christian leaders for a fellowship of 40. Casting vision, and building relationships. Leading small group bible studies. 2015-2018
Anchor Church (previously Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay)
Sound Tech and Mixer Kaneohe, HI
Doing live sound reinforcement as well as mixing for video broadcast 2011-2014
Girl Scouts: Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards Gold in 2014
Bryn Mawr College: The Katherine Stains Prize in Greek for Excellence in Greek Literature 2018
Bryn Mawr College: The Katherine Fullerton Gerould Award for Creative Writing (Honorable Mention) 2018
Le Jardin Academy: Citizenship Award 2014
Scholastic: Scholastic Art and Writing Award (Silver Key) 2014
Works and Presentations:
Finding Borders in Genesis: Defining Jewish and Christian Community through Late Antique Biblical Exegesis Bryn Mawr, PA
Thesis for the Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies
The Shape of Eta: Evolutionary Phonology and the Development of Attic Greek [ε:] Bryn Mawr, PA
Thesis for the Department of Linguistics 2018
Researching the Neurobiology of Language: How Far have we Come, and Where are we Going? Bryn Mawr, PA
Thesis in Neuroscience for the Department of Psychology
“Don’t Stir the Rice” Honolulu, HI
Sermon at UCC Judd Street 2018
“Being Authentically Broken: Honest Community” Bryn Mawr, PA
Sermon at Bryn Mawr Intervarsity 2017
Medea Writes Sins Not Tragedies (writer and director) Bryn Mawr, PA
A modern musical comedy version of Euripides Medea performed at Bryn Mawr College’s May Day 2018
The Children (writer and director) Honolulu, HI
Short play performed at The Actor’s Group in Dole Cannery 2017
Dawn of a New Paradigm (writer and director) Honolulu, HI
Short play performed at The Actor’s Group in Dole Cannery 2016
Panel on the Importance of Inter-Church Collaboration Honolulu, HI
With Reverend Mary Herbig and Pastor Dorothy Lester at the The 196th 'Aha Pae'aina (the annual statewide meeting of the UCC) 2018
ESL in Japan with Hope Chapel Youth Mission October 2012& 2013
Joseph in Egypt (VBS at Lanai Union) with Nu’uanu Congregational Church July 2017
Daniel in Babylon (VBS at Lanai Union) with Nu’uanu Congregational Church July 2018
English: Native Speaker
French (Parisian): Highly Proficient: speaking, reading, writing, and translating Eight Years
Ancient Greek (Attic, Koine, Byzantine/Patristic, Homeric): Advanced Reading, translation, beginning Attic Prose Composition Three Years
Syriac (Classical): Beginning Reading One Year
Examples of Coursework:
History of Christian Power in the Roman Empire ⸫ Remembering the Saints (Hagiography) ⸫ Byzantine Greek ⸫ Plato’s Symposium ⸫ Introduction to Syriac ⸫ Persia and the Greeks ⸫ Magic in the Greco-Roman World ⸫ Food and Drink in the Greco-Roman World ⸫ Fundamentals of Theatre Tech ⸫ Daily Life in Greece and Rome ⸫ Psychopharmacology ⸫ The Neurobiology of Language
Writing: Academic and creative writing for adolescents and adults
Education: Designing and implementing programming for children and adults (especially in language and history)
Library: Proficient in Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress systems; shelving and paging; creating library programing for elementary students; proficient in both Millennium and ILLiad. AV and projection work.
Theatre: Directing, Writing, and Technical Theatre for all ages
Adobe: Photoshop and Premiere Elements, some experience in Illustrator and After Effects
Planning: Event and program organization, planning, and execution
Camping: Planning and participating in camping and hiking trips
Perfect! Briana is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and organized. She has extensive knowledge of languages and linguistics as well as theology, church history, and pedagogy.
I just wanted to encourage you - you're doing a great job, and you're fun to work with. Keep up the good work!
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