I currently work as the Learning & Evaluation Director for a local nonprofit organization, which puts young adults in high-need schools to tutor and mentor students to be in-school and on-track for graduation.
My undergraduate degree is in Journalism, and I am certified to teach English/Language Arts Reading 7-12.
For the past five years, I have worked in San Antonio schools in conjunction with my employer, City Year, which is an education focused non-profit organization. In this time, four of my five years were spent serving SAISD and one of those years was spent working with the Southwest ISD, at Christa McAuliffe Middle School.
Throughout my tenure at City Year, I gained extensive experience working in the classroom to provide one-on-one and small-group academic and socio-emotional support to at-risk youth. By using student-level data and collaborating with school administration and teachers, I help identify which students are off-track, or are in danger of not getting promoted to the next grade level, which increases their chances of dropping out of high school. Our model encourages school collaboration to not only identify these students, but to provide targeted interventions in attendance and behavior coaching, as well as Math and English core classes to get students back on track.
I also have frontline experience with City Year serving as a corps member, team leader and impact manager. During this time, I was a collaborative partner at a Diplomas Now school, helped build a sustainable, strong first-year partnership at a high school that is part of the federal initiative Promise Neighborhood, and successfully coached teams of young adults to support high-need students. I honed my skills in organization, relationship development and executing to results, all of which serve as transferrable skills into the teaching profession. My sharp attention to detail, ability to adapt to be an effective leader for diverse audiences, and passion for providing quality work also serve as a strong foundation on my path towards becoming a successful teacher.
My passion for education extends beyond my work at City Year though. During my time at the University of Florida, I tutored fourth-grade students at a high-need elementary school and helped start a library and after-school program in a subsidized housing apartment complex. It was through such volunteer work that I found the most joy as I experienced firsthand the impact teaching can make. On a personal level, I also understand the importance of a good education and the impact that teachers can have on young minds. I was fortunate enough to receive a good education as a child, and I am the first in my family to graduate from college. Writing has always been a passion and positive outlet for me, ever since a teacher of mine first sparked that interest in middle school. I attribute much of my success to that positive experience. Through tutoring, I hope to light that same fire within my students so that they too can reach their full potential.
As a journalism major, I gained experience writing for different audiences. I had an internship with a parenting magazine, which required a more mature, clean style of writing. In contrast, my work as the entertainment editor for a local newspaper, allowed for more creativity in voice and style. These experiences taught me that writing is not a rigid art form, which is something I would like to convey to my students. I want to show them that reading and writing can be fun, and that through reading and writing, the boundaries for creativity and self discovery are endless.
In closing, I am confident that my journalism background, coupled with my collaborative efforts and educational experiences, all highly qualify me to excel as a tutor.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Florida - Bachelor of Science, Journalism
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Basic Computer Literacy
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Coding
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To increase reading comprehension, we would chunk the passage into more digestible parts, and annotate and summarize as we went throughout the passage. Before reading, we would make predictions. During reading, we would identify key information and check predictions. After reading, we would summarize and check for understanding.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Identify student interests, work styles and learning preferences.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Celebrate the little wins, track progress to date and set realistic goals.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Ask them and then do frequent checks for understanding throughout the tutoring session. At the beginning of every new session, we would review a key component from the previous session.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would collaborate with the student to see how they like to learn. Depending on if they are a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner, I would find ways to incorporate different activities into the session.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During tutoring sessions I like to utilize visuals and manipulatives like dry-erase boards, counters, highlighters, flashcards, etc.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every experience is a learning experience.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would conduct a conversation to introduce myself and get to know the student. I would ask what the student is interested in, how they best like to learn, how they least like to learn, and what goals they have for their academic career.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Gradual Release of Responsibility; one strategy I use to build independence is I Do, We Do, You Do.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Celebrate the little wins and track progress to date.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try another method and ask the student what is most confusing.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would facilitate frequent checks for understanding to assess the student's comprehension of the material. If the student was not at a sufficient level, I would go back and review the areas that need improvement.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would find ways to relate it to something they are interested in, or discuss the subject's real-world application.