My philosophy to child rearing is based on the assumption that children know everything from the time of birth. I believe that children possess an innate ability to assimilate knowledge and adapt to almost any environment. Children learn by observation and mimic those behaviors immediate to their environment, therefore we as parents and caregivers must be cognizant of every observable action, for we are our child’s primary teacher.
We must grant our children the opportunity to successfully evolve at critical stages of development, i.e., crawling, walking, falling, climbing; and offer our children the necessary tools to creatively and independently face and overcome challenges. In doing so, we will nurture an autonomous, independent, happy, content, and self-actualized generation of future thinkers, healers, scientists, teachers and artists. As parents and caregivers, all we can do is facilitate the growth of our children, the rest they will handle on their own.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Clark Atlanta University - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: St. George's University School of Medicine - Master of Science, Public Health
Paddle boarding, running, CrossFit, Muay Thai, Yoga, writing, music.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Children are born with infinite knowledge. Our role as teacher is to facilitate learning by assisting students in accessing the knowledge that lies within.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Children are born to be independent. Our role as teachers is to raise the student's level of confidence in order for them to feel confidence in addressing any challenge.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation must come from within. An easy way to stay motivated is by asking ourselves "What inspires me? What am I good at?"
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
People learn through various methods and techniques. If one method does not resonate with the student, then more creative approaches can be implemented.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading is a matter of understanding the words that are being conveyed on a page. By decomposing a sentence, a student's reading comprehension will naturally increase.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When first beginning work with a new student, it is helpful to get a sense of the student's strengths and weaknesses, as well as their likes and dislikes.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Any area of struggle is an opportunity for growth. A subject that a student struggles with may very well be their favorite subject after a study session with me.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Asking a question 3 different ways is a technique to ensure that the student understands the new material being presented.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence is achieved with success. The key is to guide the student to success with every interaction.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Student needs are evaluated during the first session. With confidence comes motivation. The key is to stay motivated through the constant building of confidence.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Flashcards, workbooks, and mental math are all techniques and materials used to boost a student's confidence.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A typical first session with a new student involves gaining a sense of their likes and dislikes, as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Student needs are evaluated through conversation and practice tests.