I am a professional educator with several years of experience. I have recently retired and hope to continue my teaching career by tutoring. I have taught all elementary and middle school grades with an emphasis on English, Mathematics, and Technology. My educational philosophy is one that is committed to excellence. My strong administrative and communication skills in educational technology have enabled me to be a pioneer in instructional technology.
Our children are our future and they deserve the best we can offer in education. I have been involved in elementary education for many years in many different capacities. This experience has given me broad exposure to education and its goals. In administrative roles, I was Principal of an Elementary School in Las Vegas, NV, and the Director of Technology in a Catholic Elementary School in New York.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Molloy College - Bachelors, Socioloy/Education N-6
Graduate Degree: Institute of Religious Studies - Masters, Religious Studies
Music, traveling, playing with my grandchildren and reading inspirational books.
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Math
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Math
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Math
6th Grade Math
6th Grade Reading
7th Grade Math
8th Grade Reading
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
Middle School Reading
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that each child deserves kindness and respect at all times. It is my responsibility to instill a love for learning and help each child that I teach strive for excellence.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session with a student would be to get to know a little about the student, their likes, favorite subjects and what they hope to get out of the tutoring. I would also give a short assessment of the subject area to help me guide my lessons
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would help the student become independent in learning by assigning tasks to be completed on his/her own, in a certain reasonable time frame. Also, I would encourage questions on the material and have the student explain how this is important in his/her life.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would help a student with difficulty in a concept by changing up the instruction using varied techniques, reviewing lower concept skills.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by varying my teaching styles and making the student an active participant in their own learning
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading skills are very important in reading comprehension. It is necessary to teach the skills of main idea, sequence, following direction, using the content, etc., in order to build good comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When I begin to work with a student, I try to find out about his/her likes and dislikes relating to school. I build a sense of trust between us and try to make the student comfortable. It helps to start with a subject matter familiar to the student to build self confidence.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Students struggle when they don't know the material. I begin with review and positive comments and make them aware of what they do know and not what they don't know.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I use a variety of techniques. I use texts, worksheets, Internet games, and videos (depending on the subject).
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build confidence by starting with things a student is familiar with relating to the subject and build from there.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate by oral and written assessments, assigned work, participation, and cooperation.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every child is different. Some are more visual. Some are auditory learners, and some are sensory learners. I try to make learning fun and meaningful.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use whiteboards, workbooks, videos, and games (especially for math and geography).