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Kourtney

From the very beginning my parents made sure to emphasize how important education is. My love and passion for literature began at home, and I have carried this into my classroom. I have taught Language Arts, Literature, and Science for 6 years in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and now in Houston, Texas. I attended Our Lady of Mercy for my middle and high school years and Fordham University for my Undergrad degree. In 2008, I earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education, and I am currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration and Curriculum Studies.

The world is changing; students are changing, and my interests’ lie heavily with the Millennial Generation and the special skills and struggles they are working through. In my classroom, I pride myself on excellent rapport and relationships of trust with my students. Student behavior is rarely an issue because I show students the same respect I desire to be shown. I take the time to know my students, their strengths and weaknesses, and most importantly their interests to make sure that they remain engaged and eager to learn and work with me.

My experience with tutoring and teaching began in high school when I would tutor neighbors, continued in college at Fordham University when I worked with the mentoring program and on campus as a student teacher for a freshman literature course, and into my adult professional life as a full time educator.

I desire to tutor English, Literature, Essay Writing (preparation and perfection), and Speech necessities, anything in the ELA and Grammar realm because that is where my experience lies. I am certified in all subjects for grades K-8, and in Language Arts and Reading for the high school level. I will aide and assist with whatever subjects students need because I don’t consider myself a teacher, I’m an educator, and whatever educational deficit a student, may possess I do my best to provide fill that void.

All great teachers have an educational philosophy and mine is “Like a tree, every child can grow, when given the right nutrients and attention.” My teaching style is fun while sneaking the learning in. I love what I do and my students know that. My personality is present in my classroom; my love for music, current pop culture, books, dancing, cooking, and my best friends have all been topics of lessons because it keeps the interest of my students and allows them to see me as more than ‘just’ a teacher.

I understand first hand not everyone is great at everything. I build up my student’s confidence as well as support them with their insecurities in education to make them comfortable and reach the goals they set. I use positive reinforcement and encouragement because a little feedback goes a long way.

I look forward to working with my new students as a Varsity Tutor and promise to continue to grow each child as though they’re in my academic classroom!

Undergraduate Degree:

 Fordham University - BA, Media Communications

Graduate Degree:

 The College of New Jersey - MAT, Elementary Education

Cooking, Reading, Dancing, Art

College English

Comparative Literature

High School English

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that every child can learn, they just need to be reached where they're at and grown from that point. I'm the tree... they're the leaves; they just need the right approach.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

First and foremost, I would speak to my student to see why do they think I'm there, what do they need from me, and what do they want to be better at. Then I'll typically assess reading levels: strengths and weaknesses. Depending on the desired output of our session, a pre-assessment might be administered.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I help my students become independent learners by focusing on their strengths and showing them how to take ownership of their actions and tasks to have success. This comes through relationship building and setting manageable tasks that increase with difficulty as success is exhibited.