One of my most exciting teaching adventures was teaching conversational English in Japan. It was an amazing experience! I have been a Texas certified teacher for 11 years. I have taught mostly special education, but I have taught high school English, and I am currently teaching art at the middle school level. I have taught special education resource classes at all levels. My focus is to help students achieve and be successful in whatever they do.
Principia College - BA, Mass Communications
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
AP Studio Art: Drawing
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students can learn and are active seekers of new knowledge. I help students create links between what they already know to what they are learning, to increase comprehension and retention. I also appeal to their style of learning by providing learning strategies to accommodate the three different types of learners: auditory, visual, and kinetic.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will talk with the client to find out what they would like or need to work on. Then, I would assess where they are with a subject by working on assignments with them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
You have to encourage and support a student through their learning. As they become more comfortable with the content and with a variety of learning strategies, their confidence builds and they are more willing and able to become independent learners.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would start where they feel comfortable and gradually build upon that knowledge at their pace. This helps increase confidence in their ability to learn, which helps increase self motivation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would continue to work different strategies based on the type of learner (auditory, visual, or kinetic). Sometimes, one must take a step backward in order to move two steps forward. In other words, I may have to make the content simpler and work up to the more difficult concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
It would depend upon the situation. In some circumstances, a student needs to improve reading fluency (how fast they read). If they are spending too much time trying to figure out how to pronounce (or decode) words, then comprehension is lost. Comprehension can also be lost if the vocabulary being used is not known. So, I will work with the student to increase vocabulary to improve fluency. It also could be that a student has a learning disability and needs other learning strategies taught to them.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I can't say which strategies I have found most successful when starting to work with a student because all students are different. Strategies I use are based on the content being covered and what I learn about the student as we are covering a topic.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to apply what they are interested in to the subject. As they gain interest, then I would work on building their confidence with the material.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would find out what type of learner they are and apply techniques that incorporate their learning style. I would also use a variety of assignments and assessments to make sure they are retaining what they have learned.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
You build a student's confidence by starting with what the student knows and is comfortable doing. Then, build upon that knowledge step by step. There needs to be some struggle in learning, but not so much as to discourage the learner.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I will first ask what the needs are of the student or their parent/guardian. I will also informally assess the needs of the student as we work to complete assignments.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
As I informally assess a student working on an assignment, I will change my style of teaching or techniques I apply in order to reach the student successfully.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I will use whatever materials the student has on hand at first. I will also suggest materials for the student to obtain. I like working with homework assignments, creating assignments as we work, or using technology if it is available.