Academic Empowerment Academy
During my 10+ years as an educator, I recognized that many students are not learning the academic fundamentals needed to succeed.
My focus as an educator is to empower students to succeed in the long run. I accomplish this through teaching organization, study skills, goal-setting, and other academic fundamentals.
Additionally, while they are improving these academic fundamentals, I also help students with their subject-specific needs.
Last but not least, I approach each student as an individual. I am focused on meeting the student at their current ability level and tailoring our sessions to fit their specific needs.
Educating the youth is my way of improving the future.
I specialize in working with middle and high school-aged students. More specifically, I have had a great deal of success supporting underperforming students struggling to reach their potential.
By empowering young people to reach their potential, I believe that I am positively impacting the world. Thus, I find a tremendous amount of purpose and joy in this work.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
When I first meet my students, I ask them to self-assess what they think they need to do to improve, and what they're hoping to get out of these sessions.
We then dive into their current assignments/tasks, and I evaluate the solutions they gave me. At the end of the session, I provide them with feedback and some suggestions about what I think would be helpful to them and any tasks they need to complete before our next session.
During subsequent sessions, I follow up with their homework and their goals. I provide the support relevant to the child's needs and shore up any specific weaknesses that I see come up.
In addition to the weekly sessions, I provide support throughout the week via email. This includes but is not limited to replying to questions, addressing concerns, annotating papers, and responding to parent requests.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I graduated from Duke University in 2015 and received my teaching license from the Duke Secondary Teacher Preparation Program in 2016.
I was a classroom teacher for three years in Fairfax County, Virginia. As a classroom teacher, I taught a wide range of students; I worked with special education, English as a second language, general education, and advanced academic students.
Outside of the classroom, I have over ten years of experience as a private tutor and academic coach.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Given my extensive experience and my focus on long-term success versus short-term solutions, I consider my tutoring and coaching to be premium services.
I charge $100 an hour for single sessions. I decrease the cost to $80 an hour for repeat customers.
How did you get started teaching?
I first entered the world of teaching in 6th grade. Admittedly, I just wanted a summer job.
Since my dad was already a professor, I decided to try following in his footsteps. Thus, my dad and I started a summer math camp for elementary school students.
We ran that summer camp every summer until I graduated high school, and I grew to love it more and more each year.
When I was in college, I felt interested in other professional areas and explored outside of education briefly. But I never shook the satisfaction and happiness of being an educator.
What types of students have you worked with?
I've worked with a wide age range of students, from elementary to college. I've also worked with a broad ability level, from special education to advanced placement.
I feel most comfortable working with middle and high school-aged students who have great potential but struggle to reach it.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
My fondest recent memories include starting my own academic coaching business, becoming self-employed, and getting married to my wife!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
I would advise all students to find a teacher who listens to their specific needs and seems genuinely excited and interested in working with them.
Additionally, I would ask them to take a moment to consider what they want to accomplish and what they are willing to do to reach their goals.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
I would encourage students to think through the following questions:
What are my strengths as a student?
What are my areas of growth?
What do I think I need to do to improve as a student?
What does success look like to me?