I am a graduate of Talladega College, where I received my Bachelor's of Art in Biology. After receiving, my B.A. I went on to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Howard University in Biology with a emphasis in Microbiology and Nanotechnology. While at Howard, I taught courses in General Microbiology, Pathogenic Bacteriology and Food Microbiology. In addition, to teaching I also lead study groups in Microbiology and instructed students in independent research projects. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I conduct research in food safety and Microbiology. In this position, I am the lead Microbiologist in a USDA-funded project which examines the safety of pre-harvest produce in organic agricultural environments. In the position, I also train and mentor numerous undergraduate students in Microbiology, lab protocol and food safety. I will tutor in Biology, Life Science and Science, however I am very passionate about Microbiology. In my experience, each student is unique and no one person has the same learning style, so it is important to first find out how a student thinks before you teach them. Science has been my favorite subject for as long as I remember and I hope to convey that appreciation to each student I tutor. When I'm not in the lab, in my spare time, my hobbies are playing volleyball, kickball, cooking, playing games, shopping, and watching Netflix.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Talladega College - Bachelor in Arts, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Howard University - PHD, Microbiology
Volleyball, kickball, cooking, playing games, shopping, and watching Netflix.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Hands-on learning, flashcards, and making learning fun through games and the reward system.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first ask them their learning style and assess their strengths and weaknesses.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By first assisting them in figuring out what their learning style may be.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would use the reward system and positive affirmations.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would use real life examples and visuals to help them gain a greater understanding.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Have them read the material slowly and answer questions at the end to make sure they retain the information.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Visuals/PowerPoints and hands-on activities work very well.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Show them how fun it can be by visual aids and games.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use flashcards, quizzing and visuals.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Telling them to stay positive and saying positive affirmations.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking them questions and maybe looking at their old exams/quizzes.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would focus in on their learning style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Visual aids, flashcards and students’ textbooks.