I graduated from Muskingum University in 2009 with a bachelors degree in mathematics and started working teaching in Cincinnati. I Taught Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and business math. During the Race to the Top grant I took over the management of the grant and help make improvements to the school. In 2012 I moved to Dayton where I started teaching transition to college math and calculus. I also began working with ACT and spent several years as a test proctor before taking over as test site coordinator.
In my spare time I enjoy camping and fishing as well as working with the Boy Scouts of America as the shooting sports director for Muskingum Valley Council.
What is your teaching philosophy?
All students deserve the opportunity to succeed in a meaningful way. My job is to provide assistance to those who are struggling.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Generally I like to get to know the student's strengthens and weaknesses in order to prepare material for them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can teach strategies that will help students support themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I can provide small incentives to help students stay focused.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to come up with as many different ways to show that skill or concept to help the student find a method that works for them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would provide extra reinforcement and assistance to improve skills.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best strategy I have found to help students is to be open with them, so they can build confidence and become more independent.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to find a connect between the material and something the student has an interest in.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to give students challenging problems to test their knowledge.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would give them increasingly difficult problems to build mastery and show them what they are capable of.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I use several surveys that help to evaluate students' strengths and weaknesses.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I change my techniques to fit the student's interests and needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depending on the location where tutoring is being held, I will use computers and applications, as well as traditional pencil and paper activities.