I have been an educator since 1992 beginning my career as substitute teacher, and ultimately obtaining my Master's Degree in Education Administration. I have taught all grade levels from 1st grade through 12th grade in English Language Arts. I have also been a high school Dean of Discipline and an Elementary school principal.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Bachelors, Journalism/ Mass Media & English Literature
Graduate Degree: Seton Hall University - Masters, Education Administration
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Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would show them what independent learning looks like, making sure they understand the concept.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is to make sure every child has the opportunity to see the gifts they have inside, and work to their fullest potential in order to use those gifts to succeed in their educational career.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session I would work very hard to make sure the student knows about me, and I learn about them, so we can be comfortable working with each other.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Students love when they can relate their school work to real life situations, social media, and the game world. I would utilize all of these mediums in order to keep my students interested and excited.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would use various strategies like worksheets, visual aids, games, word-play, etc., in order to help the student understand the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The best way to help a student with reading comprehension is to have them read, underline important things in the text, take notes in the margin, and have them discuss after every paragraph what occurred in that paragraph.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful strategy is making a personal connection with the student, and letting them know you are there to help them with whatever struggles they are having.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By being excited about the subject matter and not making it boring for them to learn.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use the "I do, We do, You do" strategy, which has helped 99% of my student to be successful.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would build confidence by showing the student some of their milestones and accomplishments.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would use a variety of assessments depending on the information I am trying to attain.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
It is very easy to adapt to a student's needs by feeling the energy that they have for the particular subject matter. By doing this I can ascertain their needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I utilize worksheets, handouts, hands-on materials, and the internet. I will use whatever is needed to reach the student.