Even after 25 years of working with students in a wide variety of settings, the experience of seeing students have that “ah-ha!” moment excites me every time. Some of my favorite moments are:
Helping young children who have struggled to read finally breaking the code.
Working with older children for whom reading has been a major roadblock breaking through to find fluency.
Seeing students understand the writing process for what it truly is - being able to get your unique and meaningful thoughts and feelings on a piece of paper - and doing it in a way that empowers them to be successful.
Spending time with any student working through executive functioning challenges to become more efficient in their studies.
Working with students in any subject area to help them see learning in new and meaningful ways.
I love helping students reach their potential and learn to enjoy school!
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor - Bachelors, Elem Ed/Special Ed
Covenant College - Masters, Leadership
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student can find success! Skills and concepts can be taught, but we can't assume that because the teacher says something that the students learned it.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Establishing a relationship is key to finding success, but hard work is also important right from the start. I typically use the work to get to know a student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can give students the tools they need to think and work on their own. Providing structure and support in the beginning empowers students to then work from that structure as they learn and develop skills.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Success breeds success. As students find that they can, in fact, do the things that are asked of them, motivation comes from that success.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Reteach. Present it in a different way. Be patient. Keep trying approaches until we find what helps.