Over 20 years as an education & life coach who practices mindful teaching. I've worked with world renown learning centers such as Lindamood Bell Learning Processes. Hard-working, responsible, friendly person with a strong passion to elevate a child of any age to his/her highest potential. I believe that to become an excellent teacher you must have a desire to assist children in the learning process and this is one quality which I feel I definitely possess utilizing learning styles with a mindful approach.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Florida International University - Bachelors, English
Mindful Practice, Reading, Writing, Blogger, Online, Yoga, Motivational Coach, Publisher, Filmmaker
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
1st Grade Math
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Science
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Science
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Writing
6th Grade Reading
6th Grade Science
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Science
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
Ancient and Medieval Heritage
Basic Computer Literacy
College Level American Literature
College World History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Business
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning
ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Lower Level Writing
ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is a myriad of best practices supported by human learning theories of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism. Study skills including organization, time management and learning styles are consistently utilized with students. Moreover, I use positive reinforcement to enhance learning. Bloom's taxonomy for higher order thinking skills questioning is a constant as I teach for higher order thinking and problem solving. Every student can learn to his/her full potential, regardless of age or 'disability.'
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First sessions usually consist of assessments for learning styles, organizational skills, subject assessments, etc. I also like to speak with the student and discuss their needs, fears, hobbies, etc.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Boost autonomy through confidence building.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
A prize marble jar as the student works. Once the marble jar is filled, they earn a prize!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Be patient and try all methodologies for learning.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Assess what the basic issue is (symbol imagery, phonics, vocabulary, etc.) then start from the basic weakness to build strength toward whole language comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Utilizing learning styles.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Positive energy, model excitement, and build confidence within the student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Have the student verbalize and 'teach' the concept to the teacher. If a student can visualize and verbalize any concept, they have mastered it!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement, prizes, build confidence via language.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Either through assessments and/or at each session write notes and notice any unstable concepts/subjects/problems.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Markers, worksheets, pens/pencils, dry erase markers, whiteboard, prize jar, physical marbles (behavior reinforcement), note cards, flashcards, etc.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
A student's needs are first and foremost.