A firm belief I have is that anyone can be noticeably successful with any skill or subject they want; if they are willing to put in the time and effort. To add to this, that process, the process of self improvement and learning should be a personally enjoyable and rewarding one. That doesn't mean it won't be difficult, it means that after putting in the hard work we should all feel good about ourselves at the end of the day.
I like to keep in mind this idea of always pushing ourselves, never settling. Stay curious, read, explore and find out what you are passionate about; then get after it. Knowing all along that roadblocks will pop up and that you can jump them, crush them, or deal with them when they do.
But, don't work too hard. Leave time in everyday to enjoy natural beauty, do something kind for a family member, friend, or stranger, and take time to do something else you really truly love. Oh yeah, sleep too. No body gets enough sleep these days!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Linfield College-McMinnville Campus - Bachelors, Mathematics and Physics (Double Major)
Graduate Degree: Eastern Oregon University - Masters, Masters of Arts in Teaching; Secondary Mathematics
sustainibilty, design, reading, distance running, cooking, fly-fishing, backpacking, cooking, travel, pod-casts, drawing, photography, and art
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning should be fun and interesting. If it isn't, we are doing something wrong.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know one another and make sure to focus on something, no matter how large or small, that the student will feel good about when we are finished.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teach them tricks, both academically, mentally, and organizationally to make the process of learning less stressful and more rewarding.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Learn about their interests, and discuss how achieving their current goal can give them more time and freedom in the near future. Motivation is all about personal freedom.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Repeat, redo, rework, re-explain. Try to do everything in a different way, and then try it again. Then use another problem to be sure they are really comfortable with the skill.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Make sure they find pleasure in reading; have a book, comic, or graphic novel they truly ENJOY. Also make sure they never feel bad about re-reading, or using strategies like note-taking.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Making a personal connection. People do not learn well from people they don't like.