Hello! I am an elementary school teacher in Worcester, MA, where I teach English as a second language. I also have experience teaching French in middle school and high school. I enjoy working with students of all ages and levels! I firmly believe that all students have the ability to learn and I am dedicated to helping them succeed and develop new skills. I realize that all students are unique, and I have developed many strategies throughout my teaching experience to help a variety of learners. You'll find that tutoring sessions with me will be highly interactive. I love learning and teaching new languages and strive to make the experience just as fun for my students!
SUNY College at Oswego - Bachelors, French, Adolescent Education
SUNY College at Cortland - Masters, TESOL
What is your teaching philosophy?
My number one teaching philosophy is that learning should be a positive experience, however challenging it may be! Ultimately, I hope that the students I work with will walk away with a sense of pride in how much they've grown and accomplished.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session will be all about getting to know the student and his or her skill level. We will start with some activities that will help me evaluate the student's strengths and areas to focus on in future sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching isn't just about helping students understand content, but about helping them develop strategies and skills that they can use to think critically and learn independently. These strategies will be a major part of the work I do with my students. I expect that they will not just be memorizing information for a test, but will learn skills that will help them succeed in the long term.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
We all have different things that motivate us to do well. I will start by getting to know my students and their interests, so that I can connect new concepts to their background. I will also make sure that our lessons are interactive and that my students are actively participating in each session.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The first step is to figure out what is making the concept difficult for them! I would give my students the support they need to accomplish difficult tasks, gradually building their independence in the skill until they can do it on their own.