I am a veteran of the United States Air Force and a graduate of both the Community College of the Air Force and The University of Phoenix.
I received my Associates of Science in Avionics Systems Technology and my Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology with a focus on mathematics, design and presentation. I have traveled extensively and educated both children and adults in Western Europe, Southern Africa and throughout the United States. My professional background is in science and mathematics, but I have a real passion for history and languages. I achieve professional and personal satisfaction (and have the most fun!) helping students of all ages find the learning style that works best for them, understand and apply new strategies to the learning process and overcome obstacles that may have hindered them in the past. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and snorkeling, as well as relaxing with a good science fiction or espionage novel. I firmly believe that education and learning are life-long endeavors and that they are essential to enjoying this life to the fullest!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Phoenix-San Diego Campus - Bachelors, Information Technology
Backpacking and hiking, skiing in the winter, and reading.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teach your student how to learn, and learn from your student how to teach.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to learn about the fields of study a student is most (and least) passionate about and why. Then I strive to understand which learning styles work best for them in different situations.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching and encouraging critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By weighing failure properly- as a necessary step to real learning, and by building on every success- no matter the size.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I like to explore different learning styles for difficult skills or concepts. I often find that examining a different, but similar, problem from a new perspective can lead to success with the original.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
While vocabulary is important, comprehending contextual clues from known words or experiences often leads to stronger comprehension, and is a skill that can be practiced and learned.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Learning to apply a student's existing strengths and passions for strong subject areas to those that may be difficult or unengaging for them.