Why Am I Here? I am here because there was a time when I was where you are: in an academic course wanting to be successful but struggling; reading yet not fully comprehending; frustrated and feeling overwhelmed! I remember taking an advanced accounting course in my undergrad program and feeling all of those things I previously mentioned. However, I had a professor that gave us the "struggle" time, but didn't let us fail. What do you mean? He would say, your homework was "X"...and the text states "Y"...now here's what it means!! It immediately became clear. This inspired a love of coaching and facilitating. It also became my basis for working with students. Teaching or tutoring is about the learner and how they learn and what support they need to be successful. Sometimes teaching and tutoring is about providing strategies on how to be a student or how to approach learning a topic. As a 16+ year educator, I have worked with students from Kindergarten to Adulthood. Formally, I taught practical arts courses (Accounting I and II, Business Law, Intro to Business, Computer Applications) when in the classroom. I then moved into school leadership where I served at both the secondary and elementary levels. There I supervised and coached educator's in the areas of teaching, learning and assessment. My goal is to partner with you to help you not only become successful in your current course but also become a better learner!
Park University - Bachelors, Business Management/Marketing
Avila University - Masters, Education
Basic Computer Literacy
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Accounting
High School Business
High School English
High School Writing
ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning
ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Lower Level Writing
ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Writing
ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Upper Level Quantitative Reasoning
ISEE-Upper Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Upper Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Upper Level Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that learning should be student-centered. It should be about how the student learns and what support they need to be successful. You instill love of learning by helping people become successful in their struggle. The question isn't necessarily what you know, although that is important, but how many phoenixes rise from the ashes as a result of being under your tutelage!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session will be a fact-finding mission and an opportunity to get to know the student as an individual and a learner. I'd ask the student about their successes and challenges. Find out what they know or believe they know about the topic, and develop a plan of action.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can assist a student in becoming an independent learner by understanding how they learn best, and providing them with strategies to implement that will help them along their academic journey.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If a student was having trouble, you start by finding out what the student knows and move from there. Maybe it's a slight misconception, or maybe we have to start from ground zero.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading and reading comprehension challenges can be complex. To assist a struggling reader, I first need to listen to them read, as there may be decoding deficiencies. If decoding skills prove solid, meaning there is no deficiency, you then move to monitoring and fact finding during the student's reading. The strategies implemented are based upon what was discovered during the monitoring process.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The first strategy is to learn who they are. The second strategy is to identify the difficulty. The method used is contingent upon the subject, and instruction is differentiated accordingly.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I have found that the best way to get student buy-in is to make the topic applicable to their world. Show the student how it will or could possibly impact them.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use the following formative assessment to check for understanding: 1.) observe how the student interacts with the material, and adjust instruction accordingly 2.) ask open-ended questions during instruction, allowing the student to explain their thinking 3.) allow the student to teach me the concept 3.) assign work that provides an opportunity to show their thinking 4.) quizzes. Afterwards, we would debrief over those activities, focusing on what they missed more so than what they got correct. As you move forward, you would spiral back to include previously covered concepts to keep the knowledge at the forefront and deepen understanding. Ideally, you want students to be able to explain the concept or topic to you. If they can explain or teach, then they know it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
You build student confidence by providing numerous opportunities to be successful.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
You evaluate a student's needs by giving an assessment to establish baseline data and talking with them about successes and failure. You continue to evaluate and monitor the need through formative assessments.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my teaching based upon the data and how the student learns best. It won't always be a bull's eye as you incorporate strategies based upon the identified deficiencies. The key is to differentiate.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I will utilize the student's materials as well as supplemental resources in my tool kit, such as teacher created or purchased materials, videos or websites.