As a teacher, I find fulfillment in helping students achieve. That "light bulb moment," when a student understands a concept, is so satisfying. Although I help students every day in the classroom, I know that some need that extra help or motivation outside of class to be successful and I am happy to provide that.
I am a certified teacher and former journalist. I currently teach dual credit U.S. History and AP World History as well as writing skills. For the past several years, 100% of my students have passed the US History STAAR test. Last year, 73% passed at mastery level.
I also have taught World Geography and World Cultures. My journalism background has provided me with strong writing and editing skills that I share with students to increase their abilities. It also has enabled me to help students make connections with historical themes through current events.
Undergraduate Degree: Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi - Bachelors, History
Graduate Degree: American Public University System - Masters, History
In my free time I enjoy reading, photography, watching baseball, and hiking.
AP US History
College Level American History
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student can learn and achieve. Every student learn differently. I try to differentiate how I present lessons so that various learning styles are incorporated.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would try to get to know the student a little bit and find out his/her strengths, weaknesses, and possible learning styles. I would then try to formulate, with the student, a "game plan" to achieve his/her goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would model the work first, and also help the student make as many real-world connections as possible. Once a student sees real-world applications, learning becomes a natural process.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive reinforcement is always good. Hearing that you are doing a good job makes a difference to many students. I also would find out their likes/dislikes, and try to provide them with incentives.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would ask them specifically what they didn't understand and break down the concept from there. I also would teach it again in a different way than I taught it the first time. Students have different learning styles.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would work with them on vocabulary, and using context clues while reading.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to get them to make some connections with it to their own lives. I also would incorporate technology into how I taught it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would evaluate the student's comprehension through oral and written assessments. It also could include quick multiple-choice or T/F questions.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement that they are putting in the effort, and that it is starting to pay off, is probably the best way to boost confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would look at class assignments/tests to see how they answered questions. I also would speak with them and probably orally quiz them on their subject to determine strengths and weaknesses.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would probably have the student do a learning style profile to see what kind of learner they are. I would then try to tailor my approach to that so learning in optimized.