I am a graduate of Swarthmore College, where I received Highest Honors in History and the Milton Troy Music Prize for my original thesis on French modernist composer Germaine Tailleferre. I have over six years of experience as a tutor, beginning at Swarthmore where I spent three years as a Writing Associate, providing individual writing assistance to students working on academic papers and graduate school personal statements. Since graduation, I have gone on to work with an elite Washington, DC tutoring company as a tutor and college essay specialist, and at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as a Writing Associate.
Also a graduate of the National Cathedral School, I won school prizes in Modern European History, English, Instrumental (cello), and Vocal Music and was the recipient of a Koch Fellowship for summer study in Oxford, based on an essay competition. A Cathedral Chorister for eight years, I now sing professionally at the National Cathedral in Washington and St. Bartholomewâ€™s in New York. I am pursuing voice studies at Westminster Choir College, where I recently performed at Carnegie Hall with the Vienna Philharmonic.
History and Music have been my passions for as long as I can remember, and I have always loved to write. While working with a range of students at Swarthmore â€”from engineering and physics majors to history and English majorsâ€” I took great pleasure in helping even those who donâ€™t love to write (or think they canâ€™t) refine arguments and work on expressing themselves more eloquently. As a tutor, I work to systematically target and improve clientsâ€™ test taking and writing abilities, giving them the skills they need to succeed in standardized testing and writing. Discovering how to best make the material sing for each student is sometimes challenging but is always ultimately a rewarding experience; it is what fuels my passion for teaching.