I attended the University of Minnesota where I majored in French. I have always had a passion for the French language. While working towards my Bachelor of Arts degree I discovered a new passion for the art, culture and history of France. I have lived three different times throughout France. Most recently while living in Paris, I had the opportunity to earn a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu. Taking classes six days a week and nine hours a day really reinforced my love for everything French.
I currently teach a culinary class to inner city,under-fed students. I firmly believe that education in any form is essential. Keeping the brain focused and active is the key to success.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota - Bachelor in Arts, French
While not reading French language books, I spend much of my spare time volunteering with at-risk families, cooking, exercising and enjoying friends and family.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Knowledge is invaluable. Obtaining it should not only be interesting but fun!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I want sessions to be beneficial. I try to establish a friendly relationship with my students so that they are comfortable with me.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Everyone learns differently. It is necessary to establish their weaknesses and then establish study techniques that work best for them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive reinforcement is so important.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
We work on different methods of memorization. Once a difficult concept has been memorized, it is easier to break down the who's, what's and why's.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is about focus. Recapping in sections is very beneficial.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like them to know that I am there to help. I am there to support, not judge.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I like to relate the subject to something that does interest the student. Seeing it from another angle often helps.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like good old fashioned flashcards.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
After spending a session with the student, it is easy to determine their studying style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
For older students, I find it necessary to stick to their current curriculum. For my younger students, we read books, play games, etc....
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
It is ok not to get it right the first time. Learning is a process. I help them to discover different tools for taking in the information.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Once they grasp the basic concepts, I like to run with it.