I am a graduate of Kansas State University. I majored in Education with a minor in Leadership Studies. This is my 5th year teaching. I taught special education for two years. One year was at the middle school level, and now my second year at the high school level. I am teaching science. I worked at a summer camp one summer with students of all ages. I travel whenever I get a chance and have traveled in Europe and all over the United States. I love science and teaching test prep. I am very passionate about students not only understanding the material but knowing how they can use the material in real life situations. I believe that it helps students remember the material when they know how to apply it.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Kansas State University - Bachelor of Science, Agriculture Education
Graduate Degree: Walden University - Master of Science, Curriculum and Instruction
I am a runner and love to be outdoors during every season. I like to camp, hike and ski whenever possible.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is inquiry-based. I like for the students to find and understand the answer themselves rather than me giving the answer.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like to get to know the student. I would want to understand where the student is struggling and how they like to learn best.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe that if students can understand how to use the material they are learning then they will remember the material better.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By helping the student see how they can use the material in real life. That the material they are learning can help them in the future.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to teach the material in a different way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would teach the students different skills such as underlining or summarizing each of the paragraphs.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know the student and forming a relationship helps me understand what the student will need.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help the student see how what they are learning will relate to what they like/their interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask the students different questions to make sure they understand the content that was just taught and are not just memorizing.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Having small steps that the student can master will help them see that they are good at the subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I like to have the students show me their current skills by having them work through a problem to see where they struggle.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I like to teach the students to be advocates for their education so that they will speak up when they do not understand. I would teach them this on the first day so that they could tell me when they are struggling.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Paper and pencil would be a must. If there were any hands-on materials that they could use, I would utilize them.