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Okha

I have recently been accepted to teach secondary Special Education for Teach For America. My unwavering dedication in helping people is evident in my incredible work ethic, integrity, and dependability. As a thriving Special Education and English Teacher, my highest altitude and ambition is to practice compassion in solid relationships with students, families, and other co-workers, anchored in trust, self-esteem, and knowledge.

I graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Unlike, other traditional majors, I was able to create and enhance my own interdisciplinary major. My in-depth focus is International Development, Social Injustice, and Film. I am now leveraging my undergraduate learning experience with higher education over at University of Nevada, in Las Vegas, with a Masters in Education.

I have developed excellent teamwork skills in order to accomplish club goals and have often taken on the challenging task of leadership in many positions I've held at Alabama and the current school that I work at. I was active with many organizations and I served as President for two. I have received many honors under my name. I am interested in helping students achieve the knowledge of mastery in their English and Mathematical computations skills.

I believe that my passion for learning and helping, combined with my motivation and enthusiasm, has brought me to this point in life.

Undergraduate Degree:

 The University of Alabama - BA, Interdisciplinary Studies

Graduate Degree:

 UNLV - MS, Masters in Special Education

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1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Writing

College English

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

High School Chemistry

High School English

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

What is your teaching philosophy?

Creating instruction isn't productive, but creating explicit, innovative instruction with rigorous content is what every student deserves.

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

Typically we would have a 2 minute icebreaker game. Afterwards, we waste no time and dive into a warm-up question. Then, I allow the student to tell me his or her challenges with that particular subject. This allows the student to take ownership. We would then create a goal, and master that goal by the end of the session. However, if the focus is homework or school work, then I would teach that same content by scaffolding step-by-step using visual aids.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I do. We do. You do. I would show the student how to complete the problem using explicit directions, visual aids, metacognitive strategies, and possibly even videos. We would do multiple problems together. Then, the student would work independently as I observed. While observing, I'd take notes on if the student has mastered that skill or not. If not, we would re-visit "We do."

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

Building confidence in a subject occurs when students are receiving affirmation, or pro-con-pro strategies are being implemented.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I provide positive reinforcement and regular positive praise to students to stay motivated and engaged.