I am a teacher, facilitator, and learner. I do not mean that I perform those actions as jobs; that is who I am, what I am, and why I am. I have used my innate talent, skills, and drive to earn my own degrees, gain extensive job experience, and build a career spanning two decades and the spectrum of the education profession. I have been the teacher at the front of the room, the coach at the back table, the one-on-one tutor, the materials design writer, the test creator, the exam administrator, and the assessment rater. While students ultimately own their learning, I am a rich resource they can mine and leverage in that development.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Alabama in Huntsville - Bachelor in Arts, History
Graduate Degree: University of Alabama in Huntsville - Master of Arts, history, education, English
What is your teaching philosophy?
There is a lot to accomplish in first sessions, which are critically important! The nature of the learning process means that learners are vulnerable and emotional, especially if they experience struggles. So, I start getting to know students, building trust, and making them (and parents) feel comfortable with me. I also identify what it is that students want to accomplish and set some goals. I make baseline assessments, identifying what it is that students can do, what they cannot, and what obstacles or complicating factors affect the situation. Together, we come up with a preliminary plan for how to reach the goals that are set. Detailed targets and lesson ideas could be filled in later, but we would at least put together an overview and outline of the accomplishments the work would produce. Finally, I would establish what the next steps would be -- discussing arrangement terms, scheduling a follow-up meeting, and assigning any practice activities I wanted the student to do.