I have always wanted to be a teacher and work with children. It has always been a passion of mine. Shortly after high school I attended Metropolitan State College of Denver studying music education. After seven years I took some time off to raise my daughter. When I chose to return to school I went to the University of Phoenix in Lone tree to complete my bachelors degree in Elementary Education. While I was in school I was working at a middle school as a special education paraprofessional. I fell in love with the work I was doing so a few months after I completed my bachelors I went back to school to complete my masters degree in Special Education. I completed this degree using an online platform through Western Governors University. I graduated in the spring of 2014 and started in the fall as a center program teacher. I worked with students who had significant needs in literacy and language development. That program ended at the end of the school year. This year I am working as a learning specialist for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. I love what I do and have a strong belief that all children can learn when given the right opportunity and tools. I would love to help you to reach your goals and find the academic success you are looking for.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Phoenix-Colorado Campus - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: Western Governors University - Masters, Special Education
I love to read, spend time with family and friends, and I enjoy the outdoors.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all children can learn when provided the right opportunities and tools. Students should be involved and engaged in the learning process, and I am there to be their guide.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would take time to get to know a student. I would also allow the student to get to know me and ask me questions. Building that trust and relationship is key to the success of our time together. Then we would begin working on the area of need.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will provide the student with tools and strategies that they can use to work through a problem or situation. As they learn these tools and strategies, they will be able to use them independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would make sure to provide activities or tasks that they could find success with so that they are able to see that they can do it. I may also provide some form of extrinsic motivator until the intrinsic motivation kicks in.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would find another way to approach the skill or concept so that the student can learn the way he or she learns best. I will also continue to come back to this skill or concept until the student has learned it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
We will work on comprehension strategies and tools that the student can use when reading to help them increase their understanding.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would provide them with tasks that they will have success with prior to getting into the more difficult aspects of that subject. I would also make sure to make that subject or task relevant to them, so that they can see the importance and usefulness of that skill or concept.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Many times I will use questioning as a way to check in and see if the student truly understands. I also use the student's work to determine if they are getting it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence comes with success; therefore, I make sure that students have successes along the way, and I praise those successes.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
This can come from getting to know the student. I also use their work as a way to evaluate their needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every child learns differently, and therefore their needs are different. As I get to know them and what works best for them, I adapt my tutoring to meet them where they are and to match their learning style. This may include adding more visuals, or maybe they need more kinesthetic activities. It could also be that they are a musical learner, and then I would incorporate music into the lessons.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I have a variety of materials from print, online games, videos or activities, or hands-on materials such as math manipulatives. I try to plan according to the child and their needs and learning style.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Making sure that the student has a role and a say in his or her learning. I am open to hearing what the student and family would like to see and experience during our time together. I want to establish that tutoring is a team activity, not just a time when I say what and how we are doing things.