I'm a graduate from the University of Oklahoma where I received my bachelor's degree in journalism. After graduation I received my certification to teach technology education (audio/video specialties), journalism, and English Language Arts (which includes reading, writing, literature, and speech).
I'm currently practicing my fifth year of teaching in the public school sector. In my experience, I've tutored a variety of students which include, but not limited to AP students, gifted and talented, on level, special education, students with learning disabilities, and ESL students. I focus specifically on English Language Arts and literature which includes reading comprehension, reading fluency, writing (all styles) techniques, analysis, verbal skills, etc.
My favorite subject to tutor is English, because I believe that if a student does not have a strong reading and writing foundation, they are more likely to struggle in other academic areas. Being sufficient in ELA creates success in math, science, and social studies. Being a strong reader and writer provokes confidence, because you're able to comprehend and verbalize on a higher level.
My teaching philosophy is centered on the notion that learning needs to be student centered. The student takes a great role in their own learning process. My job as the instructor is to ensure the student has the proper tools and resources to be successful, but the student must take it upon themselves to partner with me to effectively and successfully use these tools to learn. My role is to be a facilitator. I provoke critical thinking, evaluation, and analysis. I set high expectations, because I believe that a goal oriented student is a successful student. I keep lessons interactive, and although I provide a sensible level of rigor, I'm always there to support the student and to encourage them to get the most out of their learning.
Outside of academia, I enjoy being active, baking/eating, participating in church activities, and spending time with my family. I especially enjoy anything that allows me to combine all of these elements together (for example festivals, fairs, concerts, etc.).
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Oklahoma Norman Campus - Bachelors, Journalism
Exercising, baking, shopping, reading