About Merritt

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About Merritt

Hi! Thank you for visiting my page and taking a moment to learn a little about me.

I teach English as a Second Language and literacy to young children and teens after school and on weekends. As a writer and language learner for many years, I am passionate about the power of words and expression and how it influences the way we communicate, grow and interact with each other in our daily lives.

As our world becomes more technologically advanced, I am dedicated to working with my students to develop their intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. It imperative for the coming generation of 21st-century learners, leaders, thinkers, and doers to be able to face the very human challenges of life.

My passion and journey

My journey in education began in 2013 when I moved to China to work as an educator for two years for the NGO Teach for China.  I taught ESL to over 200 students, most of who had never previously learned English before.

Beyond the classroom, I found myself drawn to opportunities to expand students’ expression in after-school art, music, and dance clubs. I had the chance to visit students in their homes, where I learned about their daily joys and struggles.

Since returning to the U.S., I have worked with students of many walks of life and cultural backgrounds. It has been an honor to open the hearts and minds of these students as I learn from them as well.

What do you do in your work?

Working in the home is a more intimate space than a classroom, and I work in a way that heartful, authentic, self-reflective and relational when communicating with the child and parent.
My aim is to help students perform according to certain standards that are required of them for passing class and achieving academic success, but ultimately I am concerned with taking coursework deeper into the artful education of the child and his or her development of a full sense of self.

Why did you move to Washington D.C.?

I moved to Washington, D.C. in 2015 to begin work as a teacher in DC public schools. While this opportunity allowed me to grow and develop as an educator, I noticed the many ways that things were not “working” for the highest good of all children and staff.

Sadly, this”let down” in the promise of public and charter schools is a story reiterated by many of the teachers, parents, and children with whom I have worked. As a tutor, I hope to bridge that gap between “what is” and “what is possible” for children and teens to fulfilling their goals and aspirations and learning to their fullest extent

Is this what you do full-time?

I mainly work as an independent tutor as well as several other positions in education and childcare as an independent contractor that you can see in my experience listed below. In my free time, I play and perform music (saxophone) and poetry.

Education

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

University of Belgrano (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Experience

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Teach for China (Yunnan, China)                                                                                               
July 2013 – May 2015
Elementary School Teaching Fellow

 

Powell Bilingual Elementary School (Washington, D.C.)
August 2015 – June 2017
Lead Teacher, Pre-K through Grade 3

 

Youth for Understanding (Washington, D.C.)
January 2018 – February 2018
ESOL Teacher

 

ACEE Group (Pittsburgh, PA)
December 2017 – February 2018
ESOL Phonics Curriculum Development Coordinator and Video Instructor

 

Mad Science (Washington, D.C.)
September 2017 – Present
After-school Science Club Teacher and Show Performer

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