I am a Georgia native, who enjoys helping and teaching others, especially youth and seniors. I am a pescaterian who loves healthy living, nature, sports, and new challenges. My favorite team is the Atlanta Falcons. I love watching sports on television and visiting different sporting arenas. I enjoy playing basketball and tennis. I have over 10 years of professional experience in education and consulting. I taught mathematics for over 10 years in DeKalb County and Atlanta Public Schools. As a consultant, I have worked on multiple projects for professional athletes, entertainers, school districts, education programs, and youth sport programs. My education, all which were obtained from Georgia State University, consist of: Nonprofit Management Certification (2014), Master of Science degree in Sports Management (2012), Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration (2008), Master of Science degree in Educational Administration (2006), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Science Education (1999). My greatest reward is seeing the smiles on my students' face after realizing that they have learned something new, passed a test, or received an acceptance letter to college.
Georgia State University - Bachelors, Middle School Math and Science
Georgia State University - Masters, Educational Leadership
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a typical first session with a student, I would introduce myself and share my interest in being his or her tutor. I would also get to know my student through his or her hobbies, likes and dislikes, and favorites.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will help a student become an independent learner by teaching in a manner that's engaging, and that allows the student to be an independent thinker. I will help the student discover what is already embedded within.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by frequently showing his or her progress, encouraging that progress, and providing learning incentives.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I will first try to reteach the information in a different manner, probe the students for prior knowledge, or revisit the content during the next session.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To help students who are struggling with reading comprehension, I would encourage read alouds to see how the student is reading and interpreting the information.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Strategies that have worked when first starting with a student are building a strong student-tutor relationship, trust, and a strong line of communication.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I will help students get excited by connecting the subject matter to something that they enjoy or like. I would use age appropriate real world scenarios to help them make the connection.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To ensure that the student understands the material, I would use daily openers and closers to check for mastery. I would also use moment of reflections or journal entries.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence in the subject by breaking through his or her fears surrounding the subject. I connect terms and ideas of the subject with prior knowledge or shared interests.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs through observation, parental recommendations, assessments, daily reflections, and previous assignments.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to the student's need through observation. I pay very close attention to my student's expressions and level of interest.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session, I would use the material that the student has provided, or research material according to the student's need. In addition, I would incorporate manipulative or real-world examples and content.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is "All students can learn given the adequate amount of love, time, and resources."