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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.

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Samantha’s Qualifications

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.

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