Allow me to give you some background about me: I am both a teacher and youth mentor, and I enjoy working with young people both inside and outside the classroom. I have 9 years of experience, and have worked with all age groups from Pre-K to young adults. The subjects I've taught include: creative writing and performance, general science, basic math, personal finance, learning strategies, and employability skills.
I also enjoy career coaching and consulting with teachers. My aim is to provide professional development from a modern perspective. It doesn't have to be boring!
I'm very excited about the opportunity to assist you. I truly enjoy helping others overcome obstacle and reach their goals!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Alcorn State University - Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: Mississippi College - Master of Science, Communications (Drama)
Traveling, creative writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students who have a desire to learn can learn. When we change the way we think about things and approach them from a positive view, we open ourselves up for success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would begin to build rapport by asking questions to get to know the students. Next, I would access the students' needs and discuss a plan of action to best service them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I assist students in becoming independent learners by building confidence and teaching students how to properly research and utilize resources available to them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
As a teacher it is important to not always point out a student's flaws and shortcomings. I love to keep my students motivated by celebrating their accomplishments and reviewing their progress with them periodically.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
In order to assist a student who is struggling with a particular subject, it is important to understand the reason for the deficiency. Some students merely lack confidence, while others may have learning difficulties. Once I understand the backstory, I can create a plan of action tailored around the student's specific needs and learning style.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Graphic organizers are a great tool to assist students with reading comprehension. Teaching students how to properly use them can really help.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I've found that it is important to build rapport and state my expectations upfront. It is important to lay a foundation of mutual respect.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Breaking down concepts can help a student get excited about a subject. As they begin to understand, I gradually build on their knowledge and build confidence.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I ask a lot of questions to ensure that a student understands. Also, I often have the student tell me what they know so that I can assess whether they need more clarification.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Introducing basic level concepts builds confidence. I introduce higher level skills gradually so as not to overwhelm the student.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Dependent on the subject, I use rubrics and assessment tests to evaluate a student's needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Getting to know the students helps me adapt my tutoring to their needs. Each student is different. I ask a lot of questions to ensure that I'm helping the student as best I can.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The materials I use during a session depend on the subject and grade level of the student. I have used textbooks, worksheets, and manipulatives (i.e. counters, chalk, blocks, money, rulers, measuring tape, etc.).