I have been an educator for my entire career, and I am committed to the success and well-being of my students. When students are preparing for the ISEE or SSAT, they are in a time of transition in their lives. Whether the entire family is moving, or the student is staying in the same city but changing schools, it is a time of change. The results of the exam hold significant value in what happens next for the student and the family. My approach is that I am preparing an adolescent first, a test-taker second. Throughout the course of the program, I am assessing not just progress, but also the morale, confidence, and level of motivation of the student.
Relevant skills and experience:
- 12 years classroom teaching experience in American grades 5-9.
- Experience teaching in high-performing charter, independent, and international schools
- Significant experience working with learning different students, in classroom settings and 1:1
- 8+ years specialising in the ISEE and SSAT
My teaching philosophy has its roots in my charter school teaching experience in New Haven, CT. In its early days as a high-performing model charter school, Amistad Academy was where I developed my practice, my beliefs, and my passion for education. Following that experience, I taught middle school at the Punahou School in Honolulu, HI, and the American School in London. Since 2011, I have been working with students internationally to prepare for the ISEE and SSAT.
I am fully dedicated to my profession as an educator and test prep expert. When I’m not working with students who are preparing for their ISEE and SSAT, I am liaising with other professional educators and test prep experts, and other leaders in my industry. I edit test prep materials, I stay current with trends and research on independent schools, neurodiversity, neuropsychology, educational technology, and I am committed to continually deepening my effectiveness by reading books and articles that challenge and improve my teaching.