I am a certified teacher and literacy specialist. I am a former teacher and current after school program coordinator. I have experience working with students in all both elementary and high school. The majority of my experience is with high school students where I spent my 3 years as an AIS teacher. During my time teaching I provided targeted reading and writing interventions to struggling students in grades 9-11. I also provided push-in services to provide literacy support to those students in their English and Social Studies classes. I am extremely passionate about helping students succeed and truly believe in the potential of every student. I am an avid reader and love to help students discover the same love for reading that I have. I look forward to speaking with you soon!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: SUNY College at Buffalo - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: SUNY College at Buffalo - Masters, Literacy
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I truly believe in the ability of each and every student to succeed. I know that all students have potential and believe that is my job to help them realize that potential. I am consistently willing to do whatever it takes to help all of my students achieve and will never give up on a student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Relationships are the most important part of teaching and students do not learn from people they don't trust. Therefore, I would use my first session to get to know my student and help them get to know me, so that we can have success working together in the future.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students become independent learners when they have confidence in their ability to complete a task combined with motivation to learn. To help a student gain confidence I would provide scaffolding to help them complete tasks and slowly take those away until they can complete the task on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by planning lessons that are relevant to their lives and using things that are interesting to them. I also believe that choice is vital to motivation and giving students choice in any way that I can.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The first thing I would do is figure out what exactly they are having trouble with. Then, I would try to teach that aspect of the skill/concept in isolation. I would also provide modeling for the student and differentiate the way I go about teaching until they could become successful.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension can be hindered by many different things depending on the student. I would assess the student to see why they were struggling and design my instruction accordingly. I could help students improve comprehension by using graphic organizers, reading to them or helping them with fluency and decoding.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Building a relationship is the easiest and quickest way to be successful with a student who is struggling. I often use icebreakers to get to know students and help them get to know me.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would find out what interests/hobbies they get excited about on a daily basis and try to find a way to incorporate those in the lesson. I would also find ways to make them successful in that subject to build their confidence.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
There are many ways to check for understanding. I do this by asking students questions, having them complete a writing assignment or producing work that proves understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence comes from success, so to build confidence I would plan tasks that I know the student will be successful in. As their confidence builds, their tasks can become more challenging.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I use a variety of formative assessments to evaluate students' needs depending on the subject, age of student and skills to be learned.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Once again, I believe that building relationships and truly knowing your students is the best way to meet their needs. This allows me to understand what they are struggling with and know how to best help them.