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I'm currently a first grade teacher at KIPP Academy Charter school. I graduated from Mercy College in 2006 with a degree in Psychology, and am currently in graduate school pursuing a masters in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching for over five years. I have a passion for teaching. I love to see students accomplish their academic goals to become successful in life. I'm also bilingual speaking Spanish/English. My teaching philosophy is every child has a strengths, every child can reach their potential and every child can learn.

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Ashanti’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Mercy College - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Concordia University-Portland - Current Grad Student, Early Childhood Education


swimming, reading. movies, traveling,going to museums

Tutoring Subjects

1st Grade Reading

2nd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Reading

4th Grade Reading

5th Grade Reading

6th Grade Reading

7th Grade Reading

8th Grade Reading

College English

Elementary School Reading



Essay Writing

High School English

Middle School Reading



Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy of teaching is that all students are should receive equal education and become successful, productive citizens in society.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

It will be called meet and greet. Get the students interested first and then find out what they are struggling in academically.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by showing praise when they are working alone. Building self-esteem and showing them different strategies to get them on their way to becoming independent.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Lots of positive praise!!!! You can do it.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I will model the learning skill first, then break down each component in bite size pieces.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

When students are struggling with reading comprehension, we pick out the tricky words and sound it out. I also have students read line by line until they master the skill of comprehension.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Working in group intervention has been successful for my students. Students get the individualized attention they need.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Positive praise!!! Lots of singing, having zest, letting the student know they are going to do well.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would give an exit ticket after the lesson to check for understanding.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Positive praise. Students love when teachers praise them during academic challenges.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would evaluate students’ needs by observation and assessments.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I would have differentiated lesson to meets every child's needs.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

The materials I would typically use are chart paper, markers, and resources depending on the age and grade of the child.

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