Teaching has been a long time passion of mine. I have been working with students for over ten years. I find enjoyment out of sparking a love of learning in students, especially reluctant learners. I began working with students when I was 15 years old. I worked as a camp counselor developing lessons for students in an enrichment program. That was when I truly realized my love of teaching. The enjoyment student’s got out of lessons that I developed to meet all of their individual needs made the experience extremely worthwhile. From then on, I began working with students at a variety of levels. I began my college career as an elementary/special education major. I quickly added a minor in instructional technology to further deepen my understanding of how to meet the needs of students from a technology level. While working on obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I became a substitute teacher for students in grades k-8. After completing my undergraduate work at St. John Fisher in Rochester, NY; I immediately went to graduate school at the Sage College in Troy, NY. I was working towards a Master’s in literacy (b-6). While I was going to college full time, I began working as a teacher’s assistant in a local charter school. While at the charter school, I worked with students in 2nd grade. The following year, I accepted my first full time teaching position as a second grade teacher right across the hall! In 2014, I accepted a position teaching 5th grade at an inner city school. While working at the charter school, I was private tutoring students in grades 1-6 with a concentration in literacy and mathematics. I am currently working at a rural district in NY teaching 6th grade special education.
I currently hold degrees in elementary education (b-6), special education (b-6), and literacy (b-6). I have experience tutoring students in grades k-8. I primarily tutor elementary and middle school students in core subject areas. I specialize in ELA and mathematics. I also have experience with social studies and science curriculums. I have extensive experience working with the Common Core Learning Standards. My favorite subjects to teach are ELA and mathematics. I have a lot of experience in both and truly enjoy creating exciting lessons in both subjects.
I would describe my teaching philosophy as one that is based on the relationship between the teacher and student. I have experience working with a variety of students, and I find that the most successful students come from those who have a support system behind them. This support system is comprised of the teacher, student, and parent. I find that students are most successful when they feel they have a strong support system in their education. I believe in teaching all students based on their interest and learning style. I work hard to differentiate my instruction to meet the needs of each of the students. I believe that when a student is engaged in their learning they are more engaged in becoming successful learners.
Outside of teaching, I love spending time with my family and friends. I love to spend time outside. I particularly like to hike and paddleboard. I enjoy a good book as well as a good television show. I have also spent a lot of my free time over the years as a food manager at a local amusement park. It has been a wonderful experience that has taught me so much over the past ten years.
St. John Fisher College - Bachelors, Elementary/Special Education
Sage College - Masters, Literacy
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization