I have always had a passion for education, especially tutoring. I tutored various subjects at Dalton State College, where I received my bachelor's degree in English and an associate degree in sociology. Then, I moved to Colorado where I became a Denver Math Fellow. My job was to help small groups and individual students catch up in math. I built strong relationships with my students, and they all achieved growth on PARCC. Last year, I entered the Denver Teacher Residency and taught seventh grade math in Denver Public Schools. I recently graduated with my master's degree in curriculum, instruction, and assessment with endorsements in special education and culturally, linguistically diverse learners, and I will be working as a middle school math interventionist next year. Although most people think you can't be a "math person" and an "English person" at the same time, I defy the stereotype because I believe that all knowledge is connected. I aim to help students realize the relevance of the content to their lives and to break things down into manageable steps. I celebrate mistakes as learning opportunities, and I emphasize the importance of perseverance. My goal is to inspire students to think critically and to help them develop the academic skills they need to succeed. I work with students of all ages, and I often find that I learn just as much from them as they learn from me!
Undergraduate Degree: Dalton State College - Bachelor in Arts, English
I enjoy hiking, exploring Denver, reading, and hanging out with my cat.
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
Each student is different, and as a teacher, I try to find out which learning style works best for each student. Once we find out what works, learning becomes more fun and motivating, and the student can start to build his or her confidence. I believe that every student has the ability to succeed--all it takes is perseverance and hard work. I try to encourage my student by not only focusing on remembering facts or understanding them, but also on how they are relevant to the student's life.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Typically I will ask students about their subject--for example, how they feel about the class, what assignments have they been doing, and what the teacher expects. I will then ask them what they want our sessions to look like and what their expectations are. Then, I will start helping them with their work. Usually I tutor students who want me to help with homework, but if a student wants specific lesson plans, then my first session will be spent gauging their proficiency, which will then help me to plan lessons for them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By asking them to explain the work and requiring them to think and discuss, instead of just giving them the answers.