I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself and express my excitement about working with your child this year. I love teaching because I care deeply about each of my students. I believe students can grow and develop in any subject by exploring different elements. The main goal is to teach your child to be self-confident and to review what they know which will build their knowledge of a subject. My method involves asking questions regarding the subject matter to encourage participation and social interaction in learning. Once they get comfortable with speaking and being an active participant in their learning, I welcome them to ask me questions. I take into consideration that each student has a unique style of learning and will effectively use that style to help them succeed.
My experience includes 16+ years as an elementary school tutor and 20+ years as a teacher. I’ve tutored kindergarten through sixth grade in the subjects of Math, Reading, Literacy Comprehension and Reading as a Second Language. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Lehman College for Psychology and Education, I also attended University of Bridgeport where I received my Master's in Elementary Education. With just a few classes away, I’m excited to be currently earning a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Walden University. My musical interests led me to attend Five Town College for Music and Dance Theater.
The greatest reward of tutoring is when a student or a parent personally requests me to continue assisting in their child’s educational development. When I get that stamp of acceptance from both the student and their parent, I find it to be a real joy and blessing. My personal hobbies are gardening where I enjoy growing my own vegetables, watching sports, playing and listening to music (I play the guitar and the piano) and arts and crafts.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Lehman College - Bachelor of Science, Education
Graduate Degree: University of Bridgeport - Master of Science, Education
My personal hobbies are gardening where I enjoy growing my own vegetables, watching sports, playing and listening to music (I play the guitar and the piano) and arts and crafts
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
That all children can learn. As teachers, we must be willing to take into consideration that each student has a unique style of learning and effectively use that style to help them succeed.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will do an exercise getting to know you. Then, I'll do brief assessments on what the student knows and go over a few to get an overall picture of the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The main goal is to teach your child to be self-confident and to review what they know, which will build their knowledge of a subject. My method involves asking questions regarding the subject matter to encourage participation and social interaction in learning once they get comfortable with speaking and being an active participant in their learning,
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Once a student is comfortable doing reading and math independently, learning becomes fun.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try to find something similar to a concept they already know to make the connection.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Have the student read the selection slowly and go over every other sentence for meaning, and have them retell the story in their own words.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
To see what type of learner the student is.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
To do a hands-on activity so the student will be engaged in the learning.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Have the student do an activity independently so you can see if they have mastered what was taught.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Take what they know about the subject and start to build on that to give them confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
When I see a student who is unable to give simple answers to questions, they have no prior knowledge to build on.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
It depends on the student's needs. I will bring in materials that match the student's needs such as reading books on the student's level (not necessarily grade level).
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use worksheets and hands-on materials depending on what is being taught.