Learning is a life-long adventure and should be approached as such, with excitement and curiosity. Teaching helps me see others attain this goal, by encouraging and guiding, by correcting misunderstandings and lack of comprehension, and by providing skills to tackle difficult subjects. This is and has been my goal for all my teaching years. I have been teaching for about 22 years, from 1st grade to graduate students both in the US and overseas (China, South Korea and Turkey). I have taught various subjects, although only English at the college level. I love teaching all ages of students and enjoy several subject areas, as well as figuring out how to reach and challenge students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: CSUS - Bachelors, Liberal Studies
Graduate Degree: CSUS - Masters, English
Reading, writing, drama, travel.
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning is a lifelong exercise that can be encouraged by a teacher but requires personal interest and motivation. My goal is to help you understand you can learn and help you to want to.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out where they are academically and interest-wise in order to build on their strengths and detect weaknesses to work on.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Help them succeed, and use their interests if appropriate.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
RE-teach using a different method.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Find out what the issues are, such as vocabulary, grammar or concepts, then go back to where they do understand and build from there.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Build rapport and show interest in them and their needs or concerns.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Try to find a point of contact, again, using their interests if possible. Otherwise, demonstrate a real reason to learn the subject matter.