I'm a graduate of Elon University in North Carolina. I studied international relations with an emphasis in Latin American studies. While in college, I was lucky enough to travel to 7 countries, and I have a huge appreciation for culture, travel and taking photographs along the way. After graduation, I taught ESL to high school students, helped start an education non-profit, and coordinated tutoring efforts for Title I low income schools for the Tucson region.
When I returned to Texas, I worked with a local community college in the college access field to prepare students for college. I was a substitute for a bit, but now I am currently a certified 6th grade bilingual teacher in North Texas. I have taught in public schools for going on three years, teaching English/Spanish language arts, and now I'll be moving onto teaching math. I have been a tutor since I was a teen volunteer and have tutored Math, Spanish, and test prep.
My teaching style is very easy-going! I want to make a personal connection with my students to understand what they like and how they think. I try to tie these all together with content to teach concepts and connect them to the real world, which is the point of education. In my opinion, education is needed to understand and make sense of our surroundings. I think my job as a teacher is to make education fun and relevant-not just something you have to memorize for a test and never remember again. Education is meant to impact lives and change them for the better!
My family is from Puerto Rico, and I have been speaking Spanish my entire life. I have a dog and his name is Mo and he is the love of my life :-). I love to travel, be with my close friends and family and DANCE. I love working with students and have taught and tutored from 4th grade through college. I look forward to working with you and helping you be successful in school.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Elon University - Bachelor in Arts, International Relations
Family/friends, DANCE, photography, travel, cultural events around town, eating INDIAN FOOD!
3rd Grade Math
9th Grade Reading
CLEP Social Sciences and History
College World History
Elementary School Math
High School World History
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I get to know them as a person: what are their likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses in and out of the classroom? If I can help find the skills they are great at, I can incorporate that into our tutoring. I usually play a game with them in the subject they are struggling with to get an idea of where they are when we begin. We take it from there; whatever direction is best for the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping them be comfortable with their subject. I usually do this by really helping them solve problems logically and step by step. If they can explain the steps back to me, I know they understand it. I constantly praise them for their effort and great work. I think that sets a sense of pride for the student and makes them confident enough to try things on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
There are a variety of ways to motivate students. Praise is the most important avenue to make that happen. Being excited oneself about the subject matter and working to connect the content to the students' lives is essential. Expecting excellence from the beginning helps the students know their expectations and set challenging but attainable goals and assignments. Giving a sense of ownership to the students, getting to know their interests, and incorporating them into tasks and assignments gives them a bit of control in their learning. Encouraging student choice in how to achieve a particular assignment or learning outcome also serves to motivate students. I believe that some control by the students helps make them interested in their learning because it allows it to be personal.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching style is very easy going. I want to make a personal connection with my students and understand what they like and how they think. I try to teach concepts and connect them to the real world, which is the point of education, in my opinion--to understand and make sense of our surroundings. I think my job as a teacher is to make education fun and relevant instead of just something you have to memorize for a test and never remember again. Education is meant to impact lives and change them for the better, to turn them around and improve our communities and the world.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Explain it in another manner. If the way I'm explaining it is not getting through, I use excellent resources such as learning tool websites. I think it's excellent to have multiple explanations available to find the one that works best. I'm also huge into videos. I love finding great videos and digital activities for my students to do. We are all very digital these days. I think it helps capture the attention more and creates a more interactive experience.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Find an interesting read on something they are really interested in or a topic that you know is incredibly funny, dramatic, or just quirky. Passages that really capture students' interests make learning critical reading skills much easier and much more fun!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Get to know them as a person first. It might seem odd because we have actual content to cover, but if there is no connection between tutor and student, it makes it difficult to be successful during our time together.