I am currently a doctoral student pursuing a PhD in educational leadership and recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Science in Education. I am a first grade educator in the city of Baltimore. I find educating to be the most enjoyable work there is. I am a fun-loving, free spirited individual. I think learning should be a fun experience and I work hard to ensure all of my students enjoy the time we spend filling their brain with knowledge. I educate through song, dance, art, and any other medium necessary. I take the time to build relationships with my students to ensure I know what way is best for them to learn, receive, and retain all material to be the best student they can be. I believe in rigorous work and pushing education to its limits. Knowledge is endless and knows no bounds. Education is absolutely necessary to be the greatest you that you can be.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Hampton University - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology
Graduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - Master of Science, Education
My hobbies and interests include clothing design and construction, listening to music, playing the piano, dancing, reading, and traveling.
Q & A
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
If a student is struggling with reading comprehension, the best tool to begin teaching them is to ask themselves questions as they read. Fluent readers innately do this; creating deeper connection to the text.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best beginning strategies are ones that include getting to know my students. It lays the framework for the rest of the relationship in learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I believe that students need to take the reins on their love of learning by allowing them to bring forth who they are. Allowing them to pick their text, creating games or incorporating the arts encourages students to become more excited about new ways to learn age old material.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I often check for understanding by asking the same questions stated in a more rigorous way requiring the student to think deeper into the concept. Also, via role reversal and have the student teach me or someone else the concept.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence is built over time by meeting the student where they are and building them from there. As the student progresses, shining on them for their progress and hard work with specific example feedback.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I take into account how the student feels he or she is in a particular area. I find the student's place of comfort and meet them where they are. From there, all work and expectations are slightly higher than their displayed comfort level.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I believe tutoring shouldn't feel like school. I try my best to incorporate technology, kinesthetics, the arts, and mostly student selected materials from a pool I have created.