In 2008 I stepped out of the shoes of a college student and into the shoes of a high school teacher at Public Charter School based on the Montessori Philosophy. As of now, I have been teaching there for 8 years. I graduated from Hanover College with a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts and an Indiana teaching license in Visual Arts Education. In 2012 I received my license in English and started my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Technology integration through Ball State University seeking additional licensure in technology education, which I completed in May 2014. Lifelong learning is my passion and that is something I hope to model and instill in the kids and teens I work with from a daily basis. Really, I am just obsessed with attending school. I like to think I learn just as much from my students as they learn from me! I can tutor in the areas of English and Math from middle school math through Geometry. I have been working in these areas for the duration of my teaching career and have great success in these areas. I enjoy helping kids work through difficult material until the find the point where it clicks. I am also ready to help with homework, prioritizing work, and other types of academic advising. Recently, I discovered my love for world travel, which I hope to continue sharing with teens. I went to Rome in fall of 2013, Paris and London in the summer of 2014, then back to London in the summer of 2015. This summer I plan to visit Florence, Venice, and Rome. When I am not teaching I can be found reading a good book, working on my art, tinkering on the computer, exploring Louisville, or drinking and learning about coffee at Quills. I am also an avid Doctor Who and Sherlock fan.
Hanover College - Bachelors, Visual Arts and Education
Ball State University - Masters, Curriculum and Educational Technology
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that I am more of a facilitator than a teacher. My goal is to help my students learn how to learn by walking with them on that path rather than me teaching at them. I have quite a bit of experience with the Montessori Philosophy, so that often comes out in my teaching practices. Straight to the point: follow the child.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I think it is really important to build some kind of relationship with the students I work with. This way, I am not just the person trying to teach them a subject they are struggling in. I would spend some time finding out their interests and what they enjoy learning about. I would also spend some time finding out what they would like to gain from me as a tutor. That way, when we get to the tough stuff, we can also have a bit of fun.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
First, it is all about finding and building confidence. From there it will be important for me to help them build the ability to learn rather than just soak in information I am telling them. This means it will be my job to help them come to the answer on their own with guidance, rather than me showing them every step.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Sometimes motivation gets trampled by an overwhelming task. So, first I would help my students break down that task into small chunks that can turn into small successes. The more successes, the more motivation!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I would talk to them about that concept. I would find out what they already know, what they 'sort of' know, and what they don't have a clue about. This will help us build a foundation and conquer difficult concepts little by little.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Sometimes, the key to working on reading comprehension is finding something you actually want to read. So, that would be step one. From there, I would help to make sure the student is reading material that is appropriate for their reading level and filled with themes that are appropriate for their age.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The first thing to do is get to the know the student and build a relationship with them. From there, we can make anything happen.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would have them try to think back to a time they had a small success in that subject area. Then, I would build from there. If they struggle to think of a success, I would help them relate the subject they are struggling with to a subject they really enjoy.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask the questions that help to review the content as we go, or relate back to content we previously covered. I would also spend some time observing how they work and make sure they know what observations I am making.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would start simple, and build until the student felt really comfortable. I find that comfort and confidence often go hand in hand.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I like to start with asking a variety of questions ranging from interests to where they feel their goal areas are. As I learn more, I am able to narrow those questions down and figure out exactly where they need help. I would also hope to communicate with their parents to see where they feel their student's needs are.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt by getting to know how my student best works. Once I know that, I can figure out how to best communicate with them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I find that using a variety of different materials helps students stay interested throughout the lesson. Plus, it helps me to see what type of material they learn from best. I like to use videos, websites, materials from books, current event articles, or sometimes even works of art.