Using afterschool time can be an effective way for children to boost academic skills and build a foundation for success. For many children, learning to read and write well can be quite challenging. Our high quality afterschool and holiday programs focus on teaching literacy skills and providing guided practice of the skills. Children learn from excellent instruction tailored to their needs and from ongoing assessment to determine where improvement is needed.
I was born and raised in the United States, and have a bachelor’s degree in French, a credential to teach English as a foreign language from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. I am passionate about encouraging and supporting children reach their full potential. After finishing my studies, I worked as a behavioral health consultant to primary schools in San Francisco for over 10 years, and wrote articles for the local newspaper about children's social-emotional and academic development. In 2012 I started teaching literacy in international primary schools and volunteering for Room to Read to promote worldwide literacy.
I love teaching reading, writing, grammar and phonics/spelling skills at the primary level. As a result, I have delved into the research about best practices of literacy instruction. In 2018 I started Whiz Kids International to give my students the most powerful instruction in order for them to be engaged, purposeful, and strategic readers and writers. I facilitate interactive, small group and individual workshops online for students around the world.