I’ve known I wanted to teach since I was a little kid. My dolls were lined up for lessons; my poor brother and cousins got roped into “playing school” with me. All through college and grad school, I would watch my professors, making notes of things I would and wouldn’t do when I was a teacher.
In undergrad, I started meeting with classmates to do our homework together. Then I offered to help students in classes I’d already taken. My tutoring business began!
I have always liked working with students and helping facilitate the learning process. In particular, I enjoy getting to know the people I work with, and using analogies and storytelling to make concepts more relevant. A star basketball player struggling to understand the physiological impacts of increasing global temperatures understands when I ask what would happen if the temperature of the basketball court went up. A budding seamstress baffled by cell biology can more readily conceptualize protein manufacturing when it is put in terms of cloth manufacturing. Students perplexed by the relationships between pressure, volume, and temperature often get a good laugh when I phrase the idea as cold children sitting quietly huddled together versus warm kids running around taking up lots of space.
For the past 3 ½ years, I have been working with gifted and 2e kids, teaching classes through (and eventually becoming director of) GHF Online. Simultaneously, I have continued working as a tutor, independently and through agencies. Now, I am combining my online teaching experience, my tutoring work, and my expertise in gifted, 2e, and homeschooling families to launch Exceeds Expectations Learning, which provides interdisciplinary and individualized tutoring and mentoring services for students around the world!
While you don’t have to be gifted, 2e, or homeschooling to benefit from my assistance – I have lots of experience with neurotypical public and private school students, too! – those are the populations I specialize in. I offer tutoring in a diverse range of subjects, and mentoring for students pursuing their passions or on the early college track. The best part? You also don’t have to live near me! Using Skype and Zoom, we can work together whether we’re across the street or across the planet from each other.
P.S. My political beliefs are my own and are not in any way reflected in my professional life. If you have questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.