Any approach to learning must ask itself, what is the goal of education? My aim is to teach students in the ways they best learn how to succeed in harmony with their immediate environment.
"Holistic education is based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to spiritual values such as compassion and peace. Holistic education aims to call forth from young people an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning."
-Ron Miller, "Holistic Education: a Brief Introduction"
About Holistic Education
Did you know about 1.2 million students drop out of school every year? And that about 20% of the American public has some kind of neurological difference that can make reading, writing, and studying difficult?
Each student is unique with his/her/their own gifts, dreams, frustrations, and learning styles. Most schools are not set up to help every student succeed at the level they're truly capable of.
I am a person-first tutor. I work with an awareness of the magnificent human being in each student. I partner with students to work on their goals, whether it be to make reading easier or to write the college admissions essay that stands out.
Throughout college I worked in writing centers as a tutor, and I also taught privately one-on-one. My favorite student was the one who was stuck somewhere in the writing process, or who was overwhelmed by the pace and frenzy of their classes.
I delight in thinking about the different strengths, learning styles, and gifts that each person brings to the table. For example, while tutoring fellow community college students, I designed an alternate sentence diagram in the form of foam balls and velcro tabs as a way of working with kinesthetic learners.
As friends in Seattle started homeschooling, I created curriculum to teach world geography, HTML, creative writing, world history, and reading to students from 6-16.
Now I am eager to help your student find the best approach to succeed in school.