Education is a gift that all children deserve, as it provides each child with boundless opportunities. Each child has different abilities and qualities to contribute to our world. I have been lucky to work with children for the past 15 years and have witnessed the power of learning on children and the people in their lives. I truly believe that teaching children is a learning experience for myself and the student. It's taught me more about myself and has allowed me to share my experiences with others.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Bachelors, B.S. In Biology
Graduate Degree: University of Wisconsin, La Crosse - Masters, M.S. In Occupational Therapy
My hobbies include anything outside. I enjoy running, hiking, surfing, yoga, playing soccer, and gymnastics. I enjoy hanging out with friends and spending time with family.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The foundation of effective teaching is listening, finding motivation, and providing a fun environment to build on strengths! Forming a trusting, authentic, and compassionate relationship is a recipe for success!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student and find out what is important to the student/family. Creating a strong foundation with trust and clear communication can help put a child/family at ease and facilitate a positive learning environment.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is crucial for students to learn how to self- advocate and ask for help. I teach students self-help skills and how to utilize resources to independently route their own educational experiences.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Communication is the best tool for motivation. Listening to the student, validating what the student is saying, and collaborating is an effective way to achieve the goals at hand.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Provide alternative ways to learn the skill or concept while providing a fun learning environment. It is vital to get a student's insight about what kind of learning is most effective for him or her. This should be taken into consideration throughout all sessions.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Ask the students additional questions about the content to train their brains to process the information. Depending on the student, it may be beneficial to cut the content down to shorter segments to decrease the amount of content to comprehend.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Form a trusting and fun relationship with the student is most important to build a strong foundation for success. Role-modeling effective listening skills, respect, consistency, and validation for the student thoughts and feelings can help facilitate an effective learning environment.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Identify what is fun and important to the client and incorporate that into the session. Depending on the student/family, it may be beneficial to set up a reward system for academic improvements and efforts.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would present the material in different ways and ask probing questions. In addition, I would ask the student to teach the material back to me.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would provide specific positive reinforcement for the student's efforts and encouragement to keep trying. I would reassure the client that everyone has strengths and challenges and pushing through the challenges can be very rewarding.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would collaborate with the student, the family, and possibly the teacher to determine what the client needs. This process has to happen throughout the sessions as needs may change. I would be continually observing the student, communicating with the family, and tweaking the session to meet the student's needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I look at the student's motivation, the demands of the activity at hand, the environmental supports, current capabilities of the student, and shape the session accordingly to provide a student-centered session. This also includes listening to the student and validating his/her thoughts and feelings.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I think that it is important to utilize materials that are motivating to the student. This could be using toys for arithmetic, reading stories of interest to the student for comprehension, or simply using colored pencils for writing. In addition, I use typical school supplies.