Pam comes from a family of educators and has been teaching and tutoring elementary students up through college in Math, Science, Writing, and Test Prep (SSAT, HSPT, SAT, ACT, GRE) for more than 15 years. Her love of teaching stems from her love of learning. She has formally studied Physics, Creative Writing, and the Classics and has informally studied Cheese, Photography, the Arthurian Legends, Dreams, the French Revolution, and countless other topics. One of her favorite pastimes is inspiring students to love subjects they thought they hated. Another is watching them gain mastery over a topic they thought was too hard for them.
Pam has a great deal of compassion and understanding for all students. She has worked with students who have ADHD, Dyslexia, and Asperger’s Syndrome as well as students who are Blind, Deaf, English Language Learners, and struggling with PTSD and other emotional issues. She believes all students have their own unique learning styles, regardless of formal diagnoses, and her first job as a teacher is to develop a real relationship with her students so that she can tailor her approach accordingly.
She earned her BA in Physics from Wellesley College, an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an MA in the Liberal Arts from St. John’s College. She has taught at four private schools, including The Hamlin School in San Francisco, and three academic summer camps in New England and the Southwest. She began the Christian meditative practice of Centering Prayer a year and a half ago, and it has had a transformational effect on her life.
"Pam is an incredible SSAT tutor! With Pam's teaching, my daughter was able to almost double her SSAT score. Pam knows how to expertly teach both the math and verbal sections of the test and definitely gets great results." -Parent, The Hamlin School
"Working with Pam has been one of the best experiences we have had. We adore her, and she has helped [my child] in a multitude of ways." -Parent, Marin Country Day School
"Pam was an incredible support to our son as he prepared for the SSAT. He loved working with her because she was engaging, fun and kept him on task. Under her guidance, his scores improved dramatically. She was also great about communicating with us on how we could support their efforts. Megan was terrific about checking in and monitoring their progress. Overall, it was a fantastic experience and we recommend Pam and Mindful Tutor without reservation." -Parent, SF Friends School
"Pam is a supportive and incredibly bright tutor who keeps lessons fun and engaging. She was a great match for our daughter. Sharing a similar appreciation for good literature - and humor - made the tutoring time well worth the time. I highly recommend Pam." -Parent, San Domenico
"Pam tutored [my daughter] through a stressful period of SSAT testing for independent high school admissions. Often I would hear Pam laughing loudly at [her] jokes from upstairs. It was a reassuring sound that her humor was being appreciated. I also heard Pam complement [my daughter] on her strengths as testing did not come easily to her." - Parent, Mark Day School