Since I was a small child, I knew that I wanted to help people. When I am old and fragile, I want to be able to look back on my life and smile about what I have accomplished. Joining the PhD program for Kinesiology at Wayne State University greatly supports me in this mission. As part of my education, I have had the privilege of being immersed in disability culture; this prepared me to pursue my Doctoral Degree in Kinesiology in Education.
My interest in becoming an educator dates back to my early elementary years. As with most students, I had experiences with instructors that varied between the good, the bad and the ugly. When my experiences were good, I excelled, took risks, learn, and I would push myself to master a skill. With the bad instances, I would shy away and try not to be noticed by the teacher. I quietly attempted to look busy. The ugly experiences were where I would become embarrassed and completely disengage with a lesson and from an instructor. Even at a young age, I saw which one of these people I would want to model. So the seed was planted in my head to become not just an educator, but a person to inspire others to reach for the stars and strive to achieve their full potential. In my free time I enjoy basketball and teaching.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wayne State University - Bachelor of Science, Special Education
Graduate Degree: Wayne State University - Master of Science, Kinesiology in Education
Basketball and teaching
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
High School Geography
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
That all learners are able to progress and be the best they can be!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them. Get to know their interests and goals. I would then try to do a few simple problems with them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By guiding them to answers. I believe that students should be able to learn through practice and application, and not by me giving them the answer.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It would be unique to the student's needs. It could be a letter home, or it could be through a discussion about something of interest to them.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break down the task or present it differently to them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Break down the text and use a graphic organizer.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know them.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Find the part about that subject that interests them. Break it down so that it was not to intimidating to them.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Formative and summative assessments. Questions and work samples.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Praise and making sure the curriculum was not too advanced for them.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Observation and assessment, and getting to know them better.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By addressing their strengths and weaknesses. You can make whatever content more involved for them if needed.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Hands on materials and many visuals.