Academic Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania; Master of Arts in Elementary Education, North Carolina A&T State University
Educational Philosophy: My philosophy of education is that teachers should make learning interesting and fun. Teachers should know their students and their capabilities. We should keep up on what is current and what interest our students. When doing so, the students feel important. Teaching is a work in progress which is why we need to continue learning. Teachers need to keep up with the new-age learning and teaching styles and techniques. All students are individuals and should be taught according to their individual needs.
I believe that students should not be put down or criticized for being "different." Students should not feel they are less important than any other student for any reason. All students are unique in their own way and should be treated as such.
Children should learn at their own pace. You cannot rush students' learning because they will never actually understand the concept being taught. Like I mentioned before, all students are not alike and they learn in different ways. Therefore, multiple teaching styles should be used in the classroom to accommodate the students as much as possible.
Learning should be fun. A subject should be taught in a way that the students will get it, understand it, and remember it. Not only will they get it, understand it and remember it, but they will enjoy the process as well.
Experience: I have been tutoring on and off for the past 10 years at the elementary level and have been teaching for 12 years. I have taught/tutored in a few different states including: several areas here in Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Public, South Hills, Ambridge and Baden), North Carolina, and Atlanta Georgia. I have taught in public, private, charter, and magnet schools. Although I am a teacher, it is very refreshing tutoring children one on one or in a small group. It sometimes makes a world of a difference in their progress and achieving goals.
I teach all subject areas, Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. However, I would have to say Language Arts (Reading) is my favorite because it sets the tone for all academic areas. When the "light bulb" comes on and children have finally "got it," it us the best feeling in the world for both student and teacher.
Just Me: I am married with 2 children, ages 4 and 10. I really enjoy being with my family, watching movies, exercising, going to games, watching football and college basketball.
Undergraduate Degree: Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania - Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: North Carolina A & T State University - Master of Science, Elementary Education
Exercising, spending time with family, and watching movies.