Hello, my name is Gaylin Everson. I am currently a second grade teacher with the Dallas ISD. I teach English Language Arts and math to second graders. I love what I do. I love to develop hands on lessons with effective strategies to help my students grow and become independent learners. I have been a tutor for kindergarten through fourth grade. I like to help my students develop ways to become independent thinkers.
I am originally from Michigan, lived in Las Vegas for a few years and now call Dallas home. I still feel like a tourist here, so finding all the museums and landmarks that I have always heard about is awesome. I am a part of lovely organization that does community service. I am a novice do it yourself person. At this time, I am trying to become a "grill master," let's just say I have some homework in this area.
Thank you for taking the time to read my information and hopefully I can help your child reach new heights.
Michigan State University - Bachelors, Child Development
University of Nevada-Las Vegas - Masters, Early Childhood Education
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would keep a child motivated by focusing on their strengths and path for success. I like to help children feel intrinsic rewards.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I believe in incorporating academic skills and real-world practice in my tutoring sessions. I want children to understand how their academic success relates to the real world. I also incorporate games and challenges such as "Beat the Tutor" to help children feel excited.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I review lessons to make sure there is mastery. At times I revisit a previous skill, to make sure. I enjoy doing task card type activities that involve higher order thinking.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I acknowledge their abilities and help the child see their own strengths. When a child feels good, they do better. My first few visits are a way for me to get to know the student. Then I try to use materials and strategies that focus in on the student's strengths.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I tend to communicate with the parents and teachers of my students. I also try to stay abreast of what the students are working on at school. Because I work in a school, I am able to understand or consult with a colleague to make sure I am assessing a child's needs appropriately. I look at the pace of a child improving. I pay attention to their interests, visible excitement, and provide choices.