Hello! I’m excited to be tutoring for the Academy! I have been tutoring since 2003. I started homeschooling my own children, and then I started teaching other students the foundational skills of reading and writing. I also spent a five-year period teaching creative movement and drama skills to children, teens, and adults in various multicultural and socio-economic settings part-time.
While homeschooling, I’ve used The Well-Trained Mind book as an overall guide. The idea that one could methodically learn a set of academic skills and then use those skills to learn content subjects just blew me away! I finally understood the concrete meaning of the phrase, “learning how to learn.” In my kids’ early schooling years, I used TWTM ideas with blind faith simply because the book made practical sense to me. In their recent high school years, I have seen the fruit of all that skills-teaching in their lives. All of this inspired me to expand my tutoring reach.
I discovered the beauty of mathematics when I was about ten years old and read about such wonderful topics as prime numbers, the golden ratio, and Archimedes’ approximation to pi. During my high school years, I taught myself to program in C# and a few other languages. This was valuable experience for my three years of summer research on Hopf algebras during my bachelor’s degree. I earned my B.Sc. in mathematics from Saint Mary’s University of Halifax in 2020 and will continue in the master’s program at the University of Waterloo in 2021.
Greetings from northeastern Wisconsin! I am so thrilled to be joining the Well-Trained Mind Academy staff this year. Growing up, my mother homeschooled my siblings and I using The Well-Trained Mind book as a guide, so I have been immersed in its wisdom from a very early age. I earned my B.A. from Christendom College, with a well-rounded Liberal Arts curriculum and a focus on theology and mathematics. While there, I discovered my passion for one-on-one tutoring as I worked in the peer-tutor Writing Center. Upon graduating I taught for several years at a budding classical school, primarily at the preschool/kindergarten level but also helping at the other grade levels in various capacities such as curriculum building and substitute teaching.