Washington University in St. Louis: B.S., 2014, Chemistry Major with Dance Minor; Scholarship Recipient - Joffrey Ballet School; Scholarship Recipient - Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory; Best Dance Film - Triskelion Arts Dance Film Festival; Principal Soloist - The Rogue Dancers.
Originally from Kansas City, Lydia always had a strong interest in both science and the arts. This interest was further developed at Pembroke Hill, one of the top schools in Kansas City. During her time there, Lydia enjoyed taking several college level courses, including biology and chemistry. She also competed with Pembroke’s nationally ranked Science Olympiad team. In 2010 Lydia began attending Washington University in St. Louis. She explored a variety of courses in subjects ranging from Chinese literature to economics, before deciding to pursue a degree in chemistry with a minor in modern dance. She took extensive advanced courses in both Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry at the doctoral level. While at university, Lydia began tutoring in an afterschool program as a volunteer. She loved helping children develop their skills in English, math and science.
In 2015, Lydia moved to New York City to pursue further dance training at Joffrey Ballet School. She also learned how to produce short dance films, several of which have been featured in film festivals around the US. While dancing, she continued to work as a tutor, both independently and with a national tutoring company. Through her experience, Lydia customized instruction for each individual student. This helps ensure a student's success, not only for their class but for the future as well. She enjoys seeing students master a concept previously thought impossible and build a love for learning.
Lydia now has years of specialized experience in semi-private and small group tutoring with over 1,000 students in high school level math, biology, chemistry and writing in New York City under her belt. She’s also worked with dozens of middle school age students, and with Lydia’s help, her students have been admitted to Bronx High School of Sciences and Hunter College High School. Lydia quickly identifies and strengthens the fundamental skills students may be lacking. She continues to ensure students receive as much personal attention as needed within the group while building up their independence and self confidence with the material. As a dancer, Lydia enjoys adding a bit of creative fun to her sessions, which helps keep younger students engaged in the material and can provide new perspectives to older students. If one explanation does not work she utilizes her creativity to find one that her students can understand better.
Currently, Lydia is in a post baccalaureate program preparing for a graduate program in Physical Therapy. When she is not tutoring or dancing, Lydia enjoys drinking tea, taking photos, and trying to fit as many plants as possible in her apartment.