I grew up in the north-west Chicago suburb of Lake Zurich. After high school, I couldn't resist moving to and going to school in the city. I am a recent graduate of Roosevelt University with a bachelor's of the arts in English and a license to teach secondary education. I finished school with a 3.12 GPA and was on the Dean's List all of last year. I loved to read so much that it became a passion of mine to share that love with others. In the future, I plan to teach English at the high school level. I have had a lot of experience working with students of varying ages. I spent one semester volunteering with WITS (Working in the Schools) to tutor a 5th grade boy in reading and comprehension skills. In addition, I have spent a substantial amount of time working in both middle schools and high schools in order to receive my license to teach. My focus has been reading and writing. I have worked with students one on one as well as in groups or entire classrooms. While student teaching (15 weeks), I was responsible for planning, creating, and administering lessons to four classes of high school students. This included frequent one on one instruction. Throughout my time working in schools I've developed a multitude of skills that I can use to help students learn to read and write. The first step to being a good tutor is to become familiar with the student. Showing an interest in their lives will begin to create a trust that is essential to helping a student learn. Throughout this process, because everyone learns differently, it is important to understand how the student learns. Without this understanding, there will be no way to move forward. Once this is clear, it is imperative that you help the student understand how they learn. This will help them develop the skills to learn both in and out of the classroom. With all of this information, it will be easier to plan lessons that cater to the student's individual needs and interests. Ideally, with my help, the students will develop a life long love of reading and learning. Fun Facts: My three favorite pastimes are reading, playing my drum set, and enjoying time with my friends and family. Little sounds better than relaxing with a cup of coffee and a good book. If I'm not reading, I'm likely playing my drums. I play in an established band in Chicago. There's nothing like playing our music and having fun with a large audience!