I am an English Language Arts tutor for K-12. I have a BA in English from UCLA, and have completed one year of coursework toward my MAT. I live in Roswell, GA, where I have worked as a substitute teacher and private tutor. I've also worked as a freelance writer, researcher and editor for several online websites and as a researcher/editor for a New York Times best-selling biography. I have a 14-year-old son and two stepdaughters, 17 and 15.
I enjoy working with all ages and all types of personalities. I especially enjoy helping kids who otherwise feel bored or frustrated with their classroom experience. I like to make my sessions as fun and "pain-free" as possible in the hope that the time passes quickly for the student, while still achieving maximum results. Because I believe wholeheartedly in the theory of differentiation, I customize my lessons to accommodate each individual student's learning style and interests. I also believe reading and writing are the two most important educational skills your child needs for future success. Whether they are headed to middle school, high school, college or right out into the workforce, an investment in these skills will always be money and time well spent.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelors, English
Reading, writing, furniture refinishing.
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Writing
6th Grade Reading
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
CLEP College Composition
CLEP English Literature
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
DAT Reading Comprehension
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in differentiating lessons to accommodate for each individual's learning styles and interests.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first thing I do is spend a few moments getting to know the student, their interests, and a little bit about their background. Then, I conduct a learning style assessment, which is basically just a questionnaire that helps me determine that student's individual learning style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
When a child feels confident in their own research abilities and comprehension, and experiences learning in a way that is geared toward their own interests, preferences, and abilities, they are naturally motivated to keep exploring the world around them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Again, by differentiating lessons based on their interests and learning styles. Also, I like to work with parents to incentivize kids using practical rewards.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I would determine if the student was missing some prior skill or concept that the current one was based on. Once that was addressed, I would break it down in the simplest terms and use examples that the student might have an easier time relating to.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Good question! Many kids think they hate reading simply because they are lacking comprehension skills. There are many ways to improve comprehension and increase reading enjoyment--vocabulary work, making connections to similar experiences/thoughts/circumstances as your child, drawing pictures/storyboards, practicing making inferences or predictions--the list goes on.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most important strategy for me is to listen carefully to what the student's goals are for tutoring (as well as the parents), set realistic expectations, complete a learning style and skills assessment, and make sure they feel comfortable that I value their input in the process.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
The best way is to literally make a game of it. I love using customized games or exercises to keep a student interested and make the experience fun.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would have the student explain the process back to me by pretending to be the teacher themselves, or produce a piece of work that illustrates the concept in some way.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By slowly breaking each subject down into manageable parts and mastering each one in a way that accounts for the student's own learning style and interests, and then giving them differentiated ways to demonstrate their knowledge, the student's confidence is naturally built.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
First, listen. Second, assess. Easy.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Again, I take the time to listen and get to know a student, and begin with an assessment of learning styles and interests, as well as abilities if needed, and design the lessons around that information.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Books, games, videos, etc.