I grew up in a small town in South Georgia known as Thomasville. I initially was a Math major, climbing all the way to Calculus II with B. However, quickly learned that being in the classroom would not be my career of choice. I changed my major and once I completed my Bachelor's degree in Management at Valdosta State University, I migrated to Jacksonville, Florida to get my career started. Over the course of working different corporate jobs, out of sheer boredom did I decide to pursue my Master's degree in business. Yet and still there was a void. I have always loved Math and the Algebra concepts that haunt so many students are what became engraved in my brain over the years somehow. My business card reads, "Do you hate Algebra? Well, I love it!" And it's not just my ability to teach the subject matter. I have a lovable personality that many seem to gravitate to! I explain problems in their simplest form making grasping the concepts super easy. Outside of tutoring, I am a married mom of 3 who loves writing poetry, reading books and photography.
I look forward to getting to know all about you and how I can help you fall in love with Algebra too :)
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that people are unique individuals who need a patient and attentive educator to increase their level of understanding of the subject matter at hand. It is my desire as an educator to assist students in meeting their full potential by acting as a subject matter expert who can explain the content in a manner that can be easily understood.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first responsibility is to the student, so in a typical first session with a student, I will take the time to build rapport. I want the student to be comfortable with me. I want to discover common ground. Moving into the conversation about subject matter, I will want to hear the student out. I want to listen for terminology they are using and try to discover the general challenges they are encountering overall.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will help a student become an independent learner by working through concepts. We will discuss context and methodology. It is not my goal nor desire to solve problems for students. I am someone who helps them help themselves solve problems. This is the best way I see fit to not only understand a problem to completion, but also to retain the information as well.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I have a few simple ideas to help a student stay motivated. I want to give the student a sense of confident control. We may work on a concept together, and I will then ask the student to perform a similar concept by saying, "Okay, you work the next five. You've got it. You know what to do. I'll be right back." And I may step away for 1 or 2 minutes so the added pressure of someone standing over you working isn't there. This also gives the student a feeling that I trust they can do the work, which in turns builds the confidence in themselves. I like to give positive verbal reinforcement such high fives and "keep up the good work!" I get excited for my students when they grasp a concept. You can feel the tension decrease when they feel that math is not so complicated at all.