I have been a classroom teacher for over 10 years, mainly in secondary classrooms. However, I have experience teaching and tutoring students from ages pre-school to adult. I love seeing the "light bulb" go on for a student when they discover a new concept or read a new piece of literature.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Louisville - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: Bellarmine University - Masters, Master of Arts in Teaching
Reading, Going to the movies, Animals
What is your teaching philosophy?
My personal teaching philosophy is that all students can learn at high levels.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I think it is important for the student and tutor to get to know each other. A personal connection goes a long way in promoting academic success.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I strongly believe in differentiated instruction, and meeting the student where they are. Therefore, I like to find out how the student learns best, and then create activities that promote that learning style.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When a student is struggling with reading comprehension, it is important to work backwards and find out where the misconception is--is it in vocabulary, fluency, phonemic awareness? Once the misconception is found, then we can begin building the bridge to comprehension.