I look forward to helping your child have fun while achieving his/her greatest potential with individualized, personal, and one-on-one constructive teaching. Learning should be fun, practical and effective. My experience, along with my calm, caring nature, has proven very successful at every age level. My devotion to teaching is only outweighed by my love for children. My goal is to help your K-12 child build his/her confidence while mastering basic skills in new and exciting ways! I utilize a multi-sensory approach to engage your child based on personal interests and learning styles.
I graduated with a Bachelors in Education from Missouri State University and a Masters in School Counseling from Lincoln University. I am a retired, Missouri certified school-teacher with over 20 years of classroom experience and over 7 years of tutoring online. I am also a freelance writer. I look forward to serving your children!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Missouri State University-Springfield - Bachelors, Education - Elementary and Special Ed.
Graduate Degree: Lincoln University - Masters, School Counseling
writing stories, cooking, reading
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
3rd Grade Reading
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
Middle School Reading Comprehension
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that everyone can learn something. Each person is unique and should be allowed to achieve at his/her own pace in his/her own way.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I would get to know the student - likes, dislike, favorites - anything that will help me teach the student in a more effective way to help him/her succeed.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student can become an independent learner by learning by doing, asking questions and trying things on his/her own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by making learning interesting and geared toward his/her learning style, giving breaks when necessary and allowing the student to take an active role in his/her own learning.
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 would approach teaching it in a different way for better understanding. I might also have the student teach it to me to see if learning by doing helped him/her grasp the concept better.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To help students struggling with reading comprehension, I present the reading in chunks, and ask guided questions as we continue the learning process. Reading aloud or reading to the student is always an effective option, too.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found the most successful thing when starting work with a student is to build a bond of trust and have fun while learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
For a student struggling in a subject, I would explain ways to tie the subject matter to their current life skills, and let them explore ways the subject material can be relevant to them now.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Often, questions can help a teacher know if a student understands the material. I also like for students to pretend to be the teacher and explain something they have learned to me.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To build confidence in a subject, the student needs constant praise for the things he/she is doing correctly and gentle guidance in learning from mistakes.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by getting to know them better. I also look at any previous assessments and notes from other learning experiences.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to the student's needs by getting to know the student and his learning style better .
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a typical tutoring lesson, I use any materials made a available to me to help the student gain a better understanding of the subject.