I am a results-oriented professional engineer, educator, contractor and project manager; I have a broad range of technical and instructional design experience with consultants, government agencies, local schools and universities. I have worked and volunteered as an instructor, tutor and learning designer for over 10 years. I currently tutor students and provide instructional assistance in Math at Grand Canyon University and instruct students (K-6) in Science for a Valley area after-school program. I enjoy seeing students learn and overcome challenging subjects; especially in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and students learning English as second language. I am a proponent of educational development, mentoring and community outreach; lending my skills and expertise while volunteering and working for various professional associations, technical groups and after-school programs such as Future City Engineering, Mad Science and Women's Step-Up Network.
My experience working in a diverse environments has led me to understand the need for differentiated instructional strategies to address the vary backgrounds and learning capabilities of each student. I am aware of social, ethical and human issues while teaching and the cultural differences that exist in this global world and aim to meet the needs of a diverse population. My instructional strategies and philosophy is grounded in my understanding of the issues of equity and fairness with the belief that all students are appreciated, shown respect and expected to treat each other with the same dignity. I also believe that effective communication is essential for a productive learning environment. Instructions are to be communicated both written and orally; with routine feedback helping to build and encourage students throughout the learning process. Furthermore, I believe that learning should be fun! Therefore, I aim to use tools and techniques that will increase and maintain a student's interest and focus in a subject area.
Bachelors of Science Civil Engineering
Master's in Business Administration Management of Information Systems
Masters of Education Curriculum and Instructions
Licensed Professional Engineer
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)/Math Grade Level 11; K-12 Math
Certifications - 2015
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Bradley University - Bachelors, Civil Engineering
Graduate Degree: Saint Xavier University - Masters, Curriculum & Instruction
Interests/Hobbies: Running/Walking/Hiking, Rock N Roll Marathon Series, Architecture, History, Reading, Arts & Crafts, Traveling Travel: Austria, Bahamas, Canada, Czech Republic, Brazil, Germany, Haiti, Mexico, Puerto Rico
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My experience working in a diverse environment has led me to understand the need for differentiated instructional strategies to address the varied backgrounds and learning capabilities of each student. I am aware of social, ethical and human issues while teaching, and the cultural differences that exist in this global world, and aim to meet the needs of a diverse population. My instructional strategies and philosophy are grounded in my understanding of the issues of equity and fairness, with the belief that all students are appreciated, shown respect and expected to treat each other with the same dignity. Furthermore, effective communication is essential for a productive learning environment. Instructions are to be communicated both written and orally. Routine feedback helps to build and encourage students throughout the learning process.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introductions Quick Assessment Identify Areas of Needs Feedback
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Build their confidence through activities and encourage them to take risks.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Provide real-world examples and applications; use various teaching tools.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Break down the subject objectives into smaller, manageable modules for learning.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Active listening skills activities. Use graphic organizers. Metacognitive strategies. Summarizing. Answering questions about a story or passage.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Building an environment of trust and confidence through clear and concise communication. Having patience, listening, and assessing key areas of struggle. Taking the students through short activities. Developing a step-by-step process in solving problems or comprehension.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I always use real-world examples and experiences to help students understand why the subject is important to learn.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I have the students do similar activities or problems on their own to be sure that they understand the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Use a subject that they are strong in and provide a correlation with the subject where they need more confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Pre-assessment tasks - quizzes, questionnaires, etc.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
My instructional tutoring sessions are modified to accommodate students of varying needs and abilities. Depending on the area of need, I use several tools and materials for visual, listening and writing skills to assist the student. For example, the use of flashcards, videos, etc., to help those who have difficulty learning by listening.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use various materials to provide an enriched learning experience: worksheets, sample exercises and tests, graphs, charts, maps, journals, and videos are examples of some materials that I use during tutoring sessions.