Jordan has been working with elementary, middle and high school students for eight years. He led team-building conferences across the state with the California Association of Student Councils, and applied those same leadership curricula and techniques to a number of student programs in Vietnam. During his time as an undergraduate at Harvard, he helped fellow students and remote peers across Asia master their analytic and creative writing potential. He hates mechanical, dry, and formulaic methods of writing instruction and aims to help students learn to write about and for their own enjoyment. Admissions essays are his specialty - editing is a guilty pleasure, and he enjoys nothing more than talking to kids about the life-altering ideas and experiences that good personal statements are made of.
In addition to guiding students in all aspects of written expression, Jordan enjoys the nuances of words and teaches vocabulary building for testing application (SSAT, ISEE, HSPT). He tutors all areas of the high school admission process, including essays and the verbal, reading, and math portions of tests. Jordan also loves working with kids on math and science, both of which were his favorite subjects in school. He enjoys creating task-based exploration in both subjects, and he revels in the “aha” moments they inspire.
Jordan graduated with a degree in social studies (read: philosophy, sociology, and history - not the fifth grade kind) and a minor in English. He’s been writing fiction and poetry for three years and hopes to finish a novel in the near future. He’s been practicing mindfulness for several years, and meditation is his favorite part of the day. He enjoys teaching the sorts of focused breathing and observation techniques that help to decrease anxiety and foster a greater enjoyment of work and life.
Jordan loves being a mentor to kids and young adults of all ages, and is dedicated to helping your child move through each new phase of growth.
"Jordan is a great writing coach. He is kind and relaxed, yet knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We also just enjoyed his company!" - Parent, Marin Country Day School
"Jordan helped my son with interview prep. Jordan was great to work with. He had a lot of energy and it was useful to work with a third party on interview skills." - Parent, Stuart Hall
"We were all thrilled with Jordan's work. [My son] took an immediate liking to him and he helped [him] produce several good essays which really captured his interests and his voice. Jordan was always on time and when he had a conflict with our regular schedule, he was proactive about scheduling another time. He was also flexible when we had a conflict, which happened more than once. I think [my son] also learned about how to construct a good short essay and the weekly sessions improved his overall writing." - Parent, Marin Country Day School
"Just wanted to let you know how great Jordan has been with [my son]. He has been flexible and when things have been challenging he has handled the situation with great maturity and good humor." - Parent