I have been a math teacher in the public school system for twenty (20) years. Throughout the years, I have seen growth in my students' academics as it relates to math. As a result of this growth, I have received a level 5 status, (which is the highest score), on my TVAAS scores the last four years. I attribute those results to my teaching strategies, classroom management skills, and close relationship with my students. I was nominated for "Teacher of the Year" for the 2014-2015 school year. I believe all students have the ability to learn regardless of their gender, economic status, or learning disabilities. My job as a tutor is to implement methods that will reach every student to become confident in solving problems and to use their critical thinking skills.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Belhaven University - Bachelors, Elementary Education
watching football, going to a Memphis Grizzles game, attending church, traveling, taking care of my family
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe all students are capable of learning regardless of their economic status, gender, or past experience in education.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself. Have the student introduce themselves and tell me what they are interested in doing. Give a short assessment to determine their strengths and weaknesses.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By asking high level question and engaging the student in the learning process.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By encouraging them with praise when they answer a problem correctly.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try to relate that skill with a real-world situation.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Encourage the student to write as they read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Student engagement by asking high-level questions.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Start with something easy so the student can feel successful in that subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask questions and allow students to ask questions.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By encouraging them to relax, ask questions, and to let them know that they can achieve what they put their minds to.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Asking questions, as well as needs assessments.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By seeing what learning method they are comfortable with.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Whiteboard, worksheets, and the Internet.