I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice at Delaware State University. I earned a Master's of Public Administration at Widener University. I culminated my educational attainment by earning my Doctorate in Management in Organizational Leadership at the University of Phoenix. While working towards each of these degrees respectively, I worked at an Elementary School tutoring both emotionally disturbed and traditional students. I also tutored students at the undergraduate and graduate levels of college, while a student. I tutor a multitude of subjects. Of those subjects, I am most passionate about English, Easy Writing & Editing, and Grammar & Mechanics. With the amount of writing I have done over my educational career, painting a picture through words, for others to understand, always intrigued me.
As I personally improved in this area over time, I found myself helping friends and family to identify areas of improvement in their work. My teaching and tutoring style is simple; there is no one size fits all approach. I believe each student has unique needs and there are a myriad of strategies that can be employed to ensure a student’s needs are being met. Learning styles range as well as cultural differences. These factors among others reinforce the importance to approach every teaching or tutoring situation with an open mind. There is truly more than one way to educate. In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, cooking, trying different restaurants, partaking in religious studies and activities, volunteering, traveling and laughing.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Delaware State University - Bachelor in Arts, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Graduate Degree: University of Phoenix-Online Campus - Unknown, Management in Org Leadership
Exercising, religious activities, volunteering, serving less fortunate, eating, cooking, shopping, laughing, joking, and traveling.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is simple; I believe each student has unique needs and there are a myriad of strategies that can be employed to ensure a student's needs are being met. There is no one size fits all approach to learning. These factors, among others, reinforce the importance of approaching every teaching situation with an open mind. Learning styles are as varied as cultural differences, and there is truly more than one way to educate as a student in today's educational environment. I love teaching when the learning in my classroom is palpable: When I can sense it in the quickening pace of a roundtable discussion or a student's visible delight in using newly learned jargon; when I can hear the excitement in students' testimonials about mastering skills that "made a difference" or theories that transformed practices and perspectives. I count these as teaching successes and make it a habit to reflect on their origins so that I can recreate the conditions for their occurrence again and again. My philosophy of teaching is informed by the material I teach, relevant scholarship, and applying the lessons I have learned from personal experiences, teaching successes and failures. I believe that the learner-oriented teaching practitioner model promotes learning that is both purposeful and enduring. As a teacher, it is my responsibility to know who my learners are, what kinds of knowledge and experience they bring to the group, and what they want to achieve so that I can tailor a curriculum that fits their needs and yet leaves enough room to accommodate topics that emerge from group discovery. By assessing where my learners are with respect to our mutual learning goals, I can provide the scaffolding they need to build connections between what they already know and the new understandings they seek to create. I embrace case-based teaching and other active learning activities because they stimulate intellectual camaraderie, argumentation, and cooperative problem solving and lay the groundwork for lifelong collaborative practice. I believe that teachers who demonstrate curiosity and passion about a subject area motivate students to learn and so choose to co-teach with colleagues whose scholarship and expertise are complementary to mine. Collaborating with faculty who are enthusiastic about using instructional methods rooted in social constructivist principles models how scholarship, teaching, and learning are enhanced by diversity and teamwork. It is also great fun. My goal as a teacher, student, and practitioner is to ignite in my learners a passion to create an institutional teaching and learning environment that fosters a conflagration of educational experiences.