I've been teaching elementary school for thirteen years, all in the KCK public school system. Currently, I teach 2nd grade; I've also taught kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, & K/1 multiage. I grew up in Sioux Falls, SD. I earned my bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2003, and my master's of elementary education from University of St. Mary in Overland Park, KS. I tutor reading, writing, math, homework support, & organizational skills. I've had extensive training in elementary literacy such as word decoding, comprehension strategies, fluency, & writing instruction. My favorite subject to tutor is math because I really enjoy problem solving. Outside of education, I enjoy spending time with my wife & two dogs, Bailey & Maddy, traveling, working out, & watching movies.
I am the right tutor for your child because I believe that all children can reach their fullest potential with the right guidance. This guidance can come from a great teacher, parent, or other source of inspiration. I will work with your child to help them reach that potential in a safe, and relaxed atmosphere.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Minnesota State University-Mankato - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: University of Saint Mary - Masters, Education
Spending time with my wife & dogs, working out, travel, going to KC Royals games, & watching movies.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
As educators, our primary job is to put our students in the best possible position to succeed and to create the best environment for optimal learning in the 21st century. There are many things that will be out of our control such as how late the student stayed up the night before, whether or not they had a fight with mom or dad, and the stress from an ill family member. When students enter our classrooms, there are many factors that are in our control that we must optimize to ensure student success. All students will require special nuances to help them reach their full potential. Teachers will need to learn about their students in order to make the learning environment as comfortable and stress-free as possible. According to Willis (2006), "When teachers use strategies to reduce stress and build a positive emotional environment, students gain emotional resilience and learn more efficiently and at higher levels of cognition."
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would spend some time getting to know the student, their interests, what they like at school, and what they struggle with.