It is amazing to me that my passion for teaching has not changed in 33 years. My education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and a Masters Degree in Reading/Language Arts. My passion for teaching reading and writing has given me numerous ideas, approaches and blueprints to ensure success for grades 3-8. When I can pass on the joy and ability to communicate through writing, it gives my students great power and confidence they can carry with them throughout their lives. I truly believe that I can make a difference in a child's life. By listening, sharing interests and experiences, and using my abundance of strategies and techniques, I will help each child succeed and develop tools they can use as they continue their education.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University - Bachelors, Elementary Education & Special Education
Graduate Degree: Oakland University - Masters, Reading
I love nature and spending time outdoors hiking, swimming, and kayaking. I also love sports. I watch pro and college football and basketball and love to talk about the games and standings.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all children want to feel lovable and capable. It is my job to find their strengths and acknowledge them, while teaching new skills and strategies for success.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try many different modalities, such as visual cues, auditory games and graphic organizers.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like to develop a rapport based on humor, common interests, and sincere praise.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use technology, graphic organizers, pictures, auditory materials, and real life experiences.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I find parts or pieces of knowledge and skill they already possess and build on those.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I use my background in special education to assess the needs, and then I work with that profile. If a student is very active we can take walking breaks or learn standing up.