I graduated with a Bachelors and a Masters in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from Purdue University. I was able to study for two semesters in Europe, and often I was the only native English speaker in the class and in my group of friends. While in college, I worked for a time as a tutor and a para professional in an elementary school. I have over 10 years of experience working in parks and other natural resource-related agencies. I currently teach park visitors and students of all levels about wildlife, plants, geology, and water pollution. I enjoy sharing the natural world with students of all ages, and helping students understand how it is relevant to their lives.
I learn best by working with my hands, watching videos and animations, and reading. I try to include multiple learning styles in my lessons.
In my free time, I enjoy camping, hiking, traveling, fixing things, history, reading, and learning.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Purdue University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Graduate Degree: Purdue University-Main Campus - Masters, Agronomy
Camping, hiking, fixing things, traveling, history, reading, and learning
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first tutoring session, I ask about hobbies, interests, and learning preferences. I then try to incorporate these into my lessons.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student is having a hard time understanding something, I try to explain it in another way. I also look for videos, animations, diagrams, and other resources to share with the student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I make the subject relevant to the student - why the subject matters in their life.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use textbooks and online resources such as videos, animations, and pictures. Whenever possible, I like to do hands-on activities such as experiments and interactive notebooks.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I try to find the student's preferred learning style(s).
What is your teaching philosophy?
I want to inspire students to be lifelong learners. I strive to help students understand how their subjects are relevant to life outside of the classroom.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To help students stay motivated, I help them break down large tasks into smaller, more manageable pieces. I also use different activities and exercises to keep the material interesting.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When a student is struggling with reading comprehension, I have the student summarize after each paragraph or page. We go over the section until they understand the concepts, and then continue reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I try to find the students' preferred learning style(s), and then incorporate that into lessons and exercises. I compare difficult concepts to concepts that students are already familiar with.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build students' confidence in a subject by encouraging students when they are on the right track. If a student doesn't understand a topic, we back up to where they did understand and then build from there.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask students what they need help in. I also evaluate a student's needs by discussing the topic with the student and asking questions.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If one of my tutoring methods isn't working, I try something different. If a student isn't grasping a concept by reading about it, I will find diagrams, animations, and/or videos on the concept to see if that is easier for the student to understand.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I encourage students to look at multiple sources to understand concepts. I am always available to help when a student is stuck after they've tried to understand on their own.