I have worked with youth for the past six years, and one thing I have found to be consistently true is that no two kids are the same. As a tutor it is really important to not think that just because one method works for one kid that it will automatically work with another. It is my job to make whatever the student is struggling with personal or stated in a way that makes it click. I went to the University of Central Florida and majored in Sociology focusing on youth. I started out volunteering with an organization called Youth for Christ and discovered that working with youth is what brings me the most joy. When an opportunity to volunteer teaching students who had been in trouble with the law came up I jumped on it. These kids required me to not only help the students understand a specific concept but to help them to see the value in understanding the concepts at all. I fell in love with tutoring through that organization because when students struggle with school they will often unknowingly feel a sense of shame that goes pretty deep, when they are able to finally understand what they are struggling with it helps to build their grades as well as their confidence. I love getting to be the person who helps them feel that sense of accomplishment.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Bachelor of Science, Sociology
I love the beach, I'm very involved in my church and cooking.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that the best way to help a student understand any subject they are struggling with is to make sure they believe they are capable of it first.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During my first session, I like to take a little bit of time to get to know what the student's interests are so that I can better help them understand their work by applying it to what they are interested in.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I always joke that my job is to work myself out of a job. It is important to me for a student to struggle through their work sometimes; then I step alongside them and show them what questions they should be asking so eventually they won't need me showing them how to do things because they'll know what they need to be looking for.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Perspective. Students need to understand that they are eventually going to understand what they are struggling on. They should not get focused on the fact that they don't understand it but should focus on the fact that they are going to get it.