After 3.5 years, I graduated Western New England University with a degree in Secondary Education Biology and a Massachusetts teaching certification. If I had to pick a subject to tutor all day, it would be Science. There are a lot of hands on activities and visuals that are helpful when it comes to learning the material, but my favorite part is that it allows students to be curious and ask questions more than other classes do. I love curiosity, it tells me that I have my students thinking about what they are learning. After spending the summer of 2013 working as a teaching assistant and the fall of 2013 student teaching, I have developed a lot of memory tricks and examples to help bring the material down to a student's level of understanding. In addition to being a teaching assistant and a student teacher, I am also an MCAS tutor for high school Physics and Biology.
Curiosity and comprehension are my goals. Do students understand the material? Can they work with it? Can they use the material and connect it to something else? My goal is not to see how much my students can recite back to me, my goal is to give them information that they can use for application.
What do I do when I am not working as an educator? Probably running or swimming; I am an incredibly active person. Having been on a sports team for most of my life, I can sympathize with individuals who feel as though they are under time constraints and I can help them create a time management system that will work for them.
Also, since I genuinely enjoy reading, I work hard to incorporate relative current event articles into my work. It really helps students connect what they are learning to real world examples, and it strengthens their reading comprehension.
Western New England University - BA, Biology, Secondary ED