Lifelong educator and TED speaker, Rita Pierson, once heard her colleague say "They don't pay me to like the kids...", to which she responded, "Kids don't learn from people they don't like". Kids like me. We generally have a mutual affinity for one another. My years of tutoring and working at schools has taught me that people don't give kids the credit they deserve. They are incredibly perceptive, and have an immense capacity to adapt and self-learn. There is a growing disparity between students who "achieve" and those who "fail" in today's educational model. This is unfortunate because kids are being told at a young age that they aren't good enough, and that simply isn't the case. I strongly believe every student is capable of learning and succeeding in their education.
When I take on a student, I make it a priority to build a relationship with them, learning their interests, learning style, strengths, and weaknesses. By catering my teaching style to meet their needs, I've seen drastic improvements in students' understanding of material, test scores, and self-confidence. Angela Lee Duckworth, a former math teacher turned psychologist and TED speaker (can you tell I watch a lot of TED talks?), set out to discover what separated successful students from struggling students. To her surprise, IQ was not always the determining factor. The defining characteristic for those who succeeded was "grit". She describes grit as the combination of passion and perseverance. From Angela's findings, I think a huge part of educating is not encouraging the abstract idea of good grades or this thing called "success", but by instilling aspiration in our students--encouraging them to discover their strengths and passions and dream big. When the motivation and stamina to achieve understanding is coming from the student, huge strides can be made in their learning now, and their development as a lifelong learner.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The Master's College and Seminary - Bachelor in Arts, Liberal Studies
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching is all about making material interesting and relatable to the student based on their passions and individual learning needs.