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
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe all students should be given the same opportunities to learn. All students learn differently and have different experiences that shape them. I believe that teachers need to embrace those differences and teach each student to the best of their ability while differentiating instruction to meet those needs.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My typical first question begins with informal interviews and assessments for the tutor and student to better get to know each other.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
All students are capable of becoming independent learners. It is the tutor's job to foster the student's independence and teach them the skills to be successful in doing so.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To keep a student motivated I would use materials that students are interested in. For example, if a student is highly interested in baseball, we can practice reading skills by using articles and stories about baseball.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having difficulties in a skill or concept I would find another way to introduce the skill or concept to the student. We would practice with many different styles until we find the appropriate one.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To help students struggling with reading comprehension, I will teach them strategies to become successful. I would teach highlighting and notating throughout the document. I would also teach them skills such as pre-reading and skimming.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found the most successful strategies when working with students are teaching them based on their interests. I feel that forming a relationship of mutual respect between the student and tutor helps each student become successful.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help students get engaged by working with learning styles they enjoy. For example, if a student is very interested in technology, I would find programs and activities to complete on a computer with the student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use informal assessments to monitor student understanding. I would also have students use self-assessments to guide their instruction.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To build a student's confidence, I would praise them for the skills they have and explain what we need to work on. It is important to stress that students understand they are capable of anything with the skills they already have.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring by learning as much as I can about the student. It is important to understand their learning style to best adapt instruction to meet their needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session, I typically use a combination of materials. I use a wide variety of technology but also like to include written pieces. I also work with videos and games to teach students.