I have a very diverse background grounded in education, research, and higher education administration. I earned a PhD in Higher Administration, and 2, Master’s degrees; one in Organizational Communications and the other in Public Health.
I completed a 3 year, post-doctoral fellowship on Women’s Health Disparities. The scope of the fellowship was to study the complex relationship of obesity and metabolic syndrome and its effect on breast cancer mortality in rural African-American women.
I have experience teaching all types of learners, whether it is face to face or online. I believe that everyone can learn given the right set of circumstances and training.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Western Michigan University - Bachelors, Broadcast Communications
Graduate Degree: Western Michigan University - PHD, Education Leadership
Yoga, reading, and walking dogs
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
1st Grade Reading
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Writing
5th Grade Math
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
CLEP American Government
CLEP American Literature
CLEP Introductory Sociology
CLEP Natural Sciences
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
That everyone can learn given the right set of circumstances.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
First we discuss what is required of the student, explore where they are with the information and map out a strategy for success
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help the student develop goals and a time frame to achieve the goals.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First we find out what the difficulty is, and I help the student locate sources to help them achieve the concept.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I will have a student read or write material and tell me in their words what they have read.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
We talk about what is required of a student, and I will ask the student to read out loud or submit a sample of their writing.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
On the first session I will ask that the student show me what materials they have to complete. I will also ask them to give me an idea of what they need from me to be successful, and we set out to map out a strategy.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Not to assume anything, but learn from the student where they are and where they need to be.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would tell them that everyone has challenges; we just have to learn where they are and where they need to be.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Tell them that they can achieve results if they keep on working on it.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to the student's level of need.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It will depend on what a student needs. I will start with reading requirements for their work and locate appropriate resources.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will tell them that repetition, practice and writing what they have read will be helpful.