Catalyzing Inspiration - communication and writing
Catalyzing Inspiration - communication and writing

Catalyzing Inspiration - communication and writing

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Introduction: Youth Catalyst | Adjunct Professor | Environmentalist | Writer Are you ready to make a difference in the world? Let’s work to bring your vision to life: dream college, inspiring job, creating new habits for success in school and beyond, rocking the school system and understanding deeper context in what you are learning. For over 12 years, I have globally mentored students aged 9 – 65. I am a lifelong learner, looking to understand deeper, gain more perspective and create bridges between differing opinions. I graduated magna cum laude from the honors college at Boston University (full academic scholarship). My specialties: + Bringing joy & purpose back into education, + Removing learning blockages, + Helping students to understand the big picture and finding their place in it. + Empowering students to recover passion in the learning process while improving their grades! My approach: I offer tools & frameworks to empower you to see a different future and take initiative to challenge a broken world. Without joy in learning, education is just checking boxes. Catalyzing inspiration, I mentor intellectually curious students of all ages and those who are challenged within standard education. My experience ranges working in peacebuilding as a US diplomat, journalism & public relations (former Soviet Union) and studying with indigenous Andean elders. I’ve lived/worked in 28 countries in Africa, Europe, Latin America. Having seen so many perspectives, sessions serve as a bridge to the world outside the curriculum to help you to experience rather than to just learn something from a book. Youth struggle because the school system lacks context affecting motivation. Whether we work together on history, political science, environment, writing, languages or college counseling, students will learn better when they understand why this matters, which leads to improved grades. I’m excited to work with you! Please reach out with any questions or to schedule. You can learn more about me at catalyzinginspiration. com

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Annie C.
Jul 4, 2022
Stephanie’s approach of interweaving life and career coaching has been fundamental to me expanding my worldview and changing how I view my interactions and relationship with others. Over the months that I’ve worked with Stephanie, she has encouraged me to continue working through my challenges and to seek reasons why a particular situation bothered me, instead of simply quitting. What makes Stephanie unique is her understanding of trauma and how it affects communities. Thanks, Stephanie!
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Sanna j.
Jul 2, 2022
The inspiration bootcamp was an amazing experience! The classes are very relaxing and calming and teach how to stay peaceful. Very helpful and informative with a lovely teacher. Stephanie is an inspiration! Looking forward to another session soon!
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Isabel C.
Aug 6, 2019
Stephanie is an impressive and kind teacher. She is understanding, adaptive, and tailors her lesson plan for her student's needs. Taking into consideration my goals, interests, and schedule, Stephanie met with multiple times a week and provided me with relevant vocabulary/exercises. Over the course of a month, I was able to hold an entertaining and fluid conversation in Spanish. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to learn a language in an engaging environment and efficient capacity.
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Irene S.
Dec 13, 2018
Stephanie is a fabulous Spanish tutor! I used her to help my son with his Spanish 4 honors test. He is in over his head in this class and Stephanie tutored my son for several hours to reinforce as well as relearn conjugation and grammar. Not only is she very knowledgeable regarding the Spanish language she was also able to offer suggestions to alleviate stress and offered tips on communication with his professor. My son is yet to receive his test scores but Stephanie reached out to see how my son felt after completing his test. It is very apparent that Stephanie genuinely cares about the students she tutors and mentors.
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Kusum W.
Oct 12, 2018
Stephanie excels at making classes relevant and fun while inspiring students to learn faster. She is extremely proficient at teaching Spanish, regardless of age or level of competency. Very quickly she helped me build a foundation in preparation for our upcoming trip to Argentina. She also tutors history and writing, assisting with all kinds of assignments.
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Generally the tutoring runs between $60-$90/hour depending on the time, location and length of commitment. Sessions at these rates have a 1.5 hour minimum. Shorter session are billed at a higher rate.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    For college entrance essays - some students have writing block. I interview the students, and empower them to see what their unique qualities are. I take notes from which the student can develop their ideas into an essay that I can assist with for final polishing. For academic tutoring, I see what challenges or goals the student may have and give them a broad view to help see how this class fits into the big picture. For career consulting, I work with the customer to see what their objectives are and mutually develop a plan to get them there.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Teaching and Education has been central to my career; I worked as a professor at the International Black Sea University and the Georgian University of Social Sciences for three years and as a full-time teacher at a Spanish language school for one year. Building confidence and helping youth to speak their minds are essential skills and part of my tutoring practice: I mentored and taught advocacy to young adults and adults on human rights campaigns in Argentina and the Republic of Georgia. On the big picture, I worked on education policy and reform in the former Soviet Union in the Republic of Georgia for two years at the Georgian Ministry of Education. My academic background is diverse learning both at university and through practice in internships. As a child I never really understood why people would fight so much and with my grandfather fighting in World War I. For those reasons I decided to do my Masters' in Conflict Studies at the London School of Economics. I graduated magna cum laude from Boston University in Comparative Politics and French. I believe strongly in the need to be a renaissance man or woman so my studies also included the arts in great depths: dance, art history, literature, humanities, philosophy and anthropology. I spent time studying at L'Institut des Etudes Politiques (Political Science University) in Paris. I interned with a UN-partnered organization that educates youth about the linkage of drug usage with trafficking and human rights abuses. To broaden my education, I interned with a political party on a winning presidential campaign and to balance the politics, I also studied flamenco.

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