I am a graduate of Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (B.A. Spanish) and Wayne State University (M.A. Teaching Foreign Language). I have been with Detroit Public School since 1992. In high school, I struggled with Spanish all four years and when I applied to college I challenged myself to give Spanish just one shot. Spanish finally clicked for me and I have never looked back. That experience allows my students and tutoring clients to relate to me.
My career as a Spanish teacher began in 1994 at a local area high school and I have demonstrated my teaching ability to many students and adults including preschoolers within my church to police officers in my community.
My interest beyond the classroom setting include traveling abroad, collecting Barbie dolls and cooking and entertaining guests. I also am an avid world news watcher.
My tutoring strategies are to establish a great rapport with the student, assess his/her learning style, give students opportunity to ask as many questions he or she needs, build their confidence as a language student and be an overall support system for the student.
My teaching philosophy toward language is that language is a unique and important part of our culture and each child has a unique approach to language acquisition.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Southern University and A & M College - Bachelor in Arts, Spanish
Graduate Degree: Wayne State University - Master of Arts, Teaching Foreign Language
Traveling, keeping up with world news
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student possesses the capacity to learn, and they are the purpose of our work as teachers. I am committed to fulfilling each students' needs.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Access their learning patterns via learning survey.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teach them learning strategies that they can access online.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Offer a variety of strategies that have been implemented in my own classroom.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Begin with cognate drills in Spanish.