I have always had a passion for learning and love to share that passion with others. This inspired me to begin a career in education. After studying at Emory University for several years, I transferred to Kennesaw State University to complete a degree in Middle Grades Education. While my academic focus has been on social studies and language arts for middle school students, I also enjoy teaching science and art. While tutoring, I maintain a positive, authoritative demeanor and engage students using research-proven motivation techniques. I have worked as a substitute teacher and tutor for several years and have led an after-school homework help program. My interests include fitness, drawing, eating spicy food, and exploring cities.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Kennesaw State University - Bachelor of Science, Middle Grades Education SS & LA
Healthy lifestyle & fitness, music, reading (a wide variety of genres and subjects), art making, art history, ancient civilizations, human development, sociology.
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
AP Studio Art: Drawing
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I firmly believe education is "the great equalizer." With the proper mental tools, anyone can be successful in whatever endeavors they choose. My goal as a teacher is to instill the skills and provide the information necessary for students to have success in any avenue.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I ask students about their interests, how they perceive their own learning, and what they would like to accomplish in tutoring. I then establish both short- and long-term goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learning begins with interest and motivation. I first help students determine a purpose or goal for learning. The, I select interesting materials. Finally, I provide a framework for building confidence and increasing the level of challenge (frequently called scaffolding).
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By establishing attainable, short-term goals and small rewards for meeting them and by providing frequent feedback, I help students stay motivated to learn.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student finds a particular concept or skill especially difficult, I use assessments to help pinpoint the challenging area. Often, teaching the concept in a different way and/or breaking it down into smaller segments aids learning.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension challenges are often the result of difficulty with vocabulary or syntax. Providing pre-reading assistance in these areas often helps increase reading comprehension.