I am a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso. I received a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Spanish and a minor in Education. Since I graduated, I started a coaching program at a middle school and I have eleven years of teaching experience with students from all ages. I have traveled abroad and I have worked with a very diverse group of students from Mexico, Ukraine, and within the U.S. As a teacher, I received a National Award for Teachers awarded to teachers selected by their students from all over the nation. It was my passion to learn and coach that taught me that education was what I wanted to pursue in my life. I feel that a great teacher not only helps students love the subjects, but strives to guide students to nourish values to be able to complement their education and make it meaningful for life. In my spare time I enjoy painting, reading, dancing, writing, and all outdoor activities.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Texas at El Paso - Bachelors, Spanish
State Certified Teacher
painting, reading, dancing, writing, outdoor activities
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Writing
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
If there is something that I think can actually make change, it is education. This is the reason I teach. I have been a teacher since the year 2006. I have over eight years of classroom teaching experience from being a coach, teaching overseas, and teaching in elementary, middle school, and high school environments. I have been able to grasp the changes that teachers make in a child's life. It is inspiring and honorable, and the reason I continue to teach passionately to this day. For myself, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students as I share my own passion for learning with them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children. In our competitive society, it is important for students to not only receive a solid education but also to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs. I will always strive to be the best educator that I can be.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help a student stay motivated by communicating constantly. We all get discouraged from time to time and feel unsuccessful when we don't see the progress that we hope to. In many cases (and especially with a new language), it takes time to see progress. Patience plays a big role in learning. With much excitement and constant communication, my students will achieve motivation to continue learning strong!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If my students have difficulty learning a skill or concept, I first talk about the importance of not giving up. Then, we talk about the same skill or concept from a different point of view or perspective. More often than not, it just takes a different angle and perspective for the student to understand a difficult concept.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I will allow a few minutes for my student and myself to introduce ourselves and to get to know each other. The first session is crucial to the start of our sessions because we make a first approach to the way we will work and identifying the learning style unique to each student.