I am a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. At Wittenberg, I earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in early childhood education and special education. I currently hold a license to teach Early Childhood Education (P-3) and Special Education: Mild to Moderate (Intervention Specialist, K-12). I currently work in the high school setting teaching inclusion geometry and algebra.
My first tutoring experience began as a teenager and continued throughout college and into my professional career. I have tutored students as young as kindergarten all the way up to seniors in high school. My favorite subject to tutor is math. For me math problem solving and reasoning is fun and challenging. I like working with numbers and trying to find different ways to solve the same problem. I enjoy the process.
As a teacher, I believe that every child has the ability to learn. For some it may be more difficult, but it is about finding what is right and what works for each individual student. Watching students who are struggling with a content suddenly understand what they are doing is awesome. When tutoring, I will use many different strategies. Sometimes students succeed when listening to the material, sometimes when they see the material, and other times when they can be hands on. It's all about finding what is right and what works for each individual.
Outside of teaching, I very much enjoy sports. I am a varsity baseball coach in the spring and an avid overall sports fan all year around. I also love spending time with my family. If I'm not at work, I'm with my family and when I'm not doing either of those two things, you can bet I am doing something sports related.
Wittenberg University - Bachelors, Early Childhood Education/ Special Education
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy on teaching/education is that each student has the ability to learn. It is our job as educators to find what strategies and activities help each student learn the material and reach their highest academic potential.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I will definitely try to get to know the student. I will try to find activities and interests they have along with trying to find out ways they learn the best. All students are different, so knowing what works best for each individual student will help me in helping them succeed.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help the students by teaching and having them try different strategies. These different strategies will be beneficial to them because they will and can act as a toolbox for them. The toolbox can be used and they can pick and choose what strategies work best for them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by bringing an interest in education to them. It is important to relate the content to them in their current lives. Allowing them to see the importance the material has on them will help them keep going and striving for the best.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try different strategies to teach that skill. There is not a right or wrong way to find a solution to a problem, as long as at the end you are getting it correct.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Use repeated readings and highlight important detail before reading. Have the student begin to read questions and answers choices before reading. Work on context clues and learning grade leveled vocabulary.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Not one in particular because all student are different. We have to find a starting point and work on finding out what works best for them. When we do figure it out, it may look different than the previous student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Try and tie it to their interests. If they can see it's incorporated in things they like, they are more opportune to be engaged with it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use repeated practices. I would break content material down. I'd use checklists or steps to have students follow.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Start easier, and let them see that they can be successful before moving on to more difficult content/problems. Being right from the beginning is very important.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Based on what they tell me, and based on what I see from their work. I evaluate their needs by the issues they are having with specific content/curriculum.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Know the student's interests. Know how the student learns best. Know what motivates/engages each individual student. Not all students are the same, so these things will all be different.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Visuals, hands on manipulatives, and extra practice/problems.