I love words. I can help you fall in love with the English language!
My favorite thing is to help my student take ownership of his/her education.
My favorite subject is Shakespeare, and while many people would say that Shakespeare is beyond the reach of modern English speakers, I would say: I can show you 2nd graders who can do Shakespeare. I have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from University of Dallas, which focuses on the Great Books-- literature that has stood the test of time and delighted people for hundreds or thousands of years.
English is difficult, but worth it. (If your native language is Spanish, Italian, or French, I have some training in each of these languages.)
I have taught and tutored students from 2nd grade to graduate school. I have edited essays, op-eds, fiction, non-fiction books, encyclopedias, and scientific papers for medical doctors. I have written editorial, marketing, SEO, and feature copy. I love animals. I would love to have a dog (but my landlord won’t allow it).
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Dallas - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: University of Dallas - Masters, English
Cherie likes going to the theater, drama, acting, animal lover, shared religous, and traveling
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning is fun. Let's discover that together!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I want first of all for us to get to know one another! We should also establish expectations and goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
All real learning is independent! I guide students with questions, and then ask them to come up with their own questions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Lots of praise and encouragement! Success is motivating, so give plenty of opportunities for little successes.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Rather than allowing frustration or discouragement to set in, work on a different skill, and come back to this one at another time with another approach.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
We talk about the words on the page, making sure each word is understood, and then putting together the ideas step by step.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Each student is unique, but finding something that student is excited about is always key.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I find out what they do get excited about and relate it to that.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask specific questions about the material and general questions about the reason for the assignment. I would ask the student to explain it to me in their own words.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I try to make sure there are lots of little successes in every session.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By speaking with the student and the parent, and by going over teacher's comments.