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Trina

I am a graduate of California State University Dominguez Hills. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a focus in Public Relations and Advertising. I also have an Associates of Arts in Journalism. I will begin working on a Master’s in Education degree in the Fall of 2015. Until then, I work as a Coordinator for a Character Building Mentorship Program at a local charter school in Los Angeles, CA. I have worked in Education for over 20 years in several capacities. I worked as an Administrator for a medical university and as a School Administrator for a Bible College and private Christian High School and Middle School. At the private school I taught Performing Arts, 8th grade Religion, and substituted 11th and 12th grade Language Arts. In addition, I ran the afterschool tutoring and mentoring programs. After 7 years working as a teacher, tutor, mentor, coordinator and administrator, I was elected to the local Board of Education where I served for 6 years. I believe that every child can learn with the right encouragement, determination to succeed, and a strong support network. Finding hidden gifts and talents in children; helping them realize their full potential and identify their special qualities is what I’m most passionate about. I use a lot of positive reinforcement when working with my students. When I have down time, I enjoy watching love story movies with a happy ending; Zumba dancing; yoga exercising and shopping.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Cal State Dominguez Hills - BS, Public Relations

Certification:
 State Certified Teacher
Community Organization

College English

College Level American History

High School English

High School Level American History

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that every child is born with natural gifts and talents. I believe it is my duty, with pleasure, to help children discover what/where their talents and gifts lie.

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

Build a trusting relationship with my student. He/she can trust me to give my all to their success. Me, believe that my student can and will succeed.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Every student is an independent learner. My job is to help them realize that.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By staying motivated myself.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I teach not only the textbook, but also relatable words and some action words, making it easy for you to remember and quickly improve.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I provide the right program to improve students' reading comprehension.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Strong listening.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Bring the subject to life by opening the student's imagination about the subject.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Reinforcement practices. Creating project based materials for students to use independently.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

By ensuring the student that he/she is the master of his/her level of achievement.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Pre-assessment projects.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

By adapting to the student's learning modalities and level.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Online programs, workbooks, arts materials, and other visuals.