I am a recent graduate of Howard Payne University who loves the Spanish language! While in college, I received a BA in Spanish and minored in Political Science. I also worked as a conversation partner and tutor for other Spanish students at my university to help them improve their speaking, writing, and comprehension of the language. I spent a semester observing a Spanish teacher at the high school near my university, and worked with her to learn different language-teaching tactics. I grew up in an area where Spanish was just as commonly heard as English, and I am really excited to start helping students grasp and learn the language. In college, I traveled to Italy, Colombia, and Costa Rica, and yes even in Italy, my Spanish proved to be a valuable skill. I believe that students should be motivated to learn a subject, and I feel that it is my job to help them find motivation. Students who work with me will use critical thinking to solve problems. Outside of tutoring, I enjoy traveling, boxing, hiking, rock climbing, and am a huge dog-lover! I look forward to tutoring you, and am very excited to share my knowledge and love of the language with students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Howard Payne University - Bachelors, Spanish
Traveling, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Boxing, Crocheting, Sewing, Playing with my dog, Writing, Doodling, and being outdoors!
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe the most important aspects in teaching are passion and motivation. As a tutor, it is my responsibility to show students enthusiasm about what they are learning, and to give them a reason to learn it!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will introduce myself, and ask the student to briefly introduce themselves. I will also explain to the student more in depth my tutoring style, and ask if they have a certain preference in how I present the information to them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I typically will not answer a student's question right off the bat. I will ask the student questions based on what they already know, and encourage critical thinking to help them solve the problem on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Everyone has something that motivates them! It is a teacher's (and tutor's) job to give the student real-world circumstances to which the topic would apply. Students cannot learn if they are not motivated, and I intend to motivate my students by staying enthusiastic and incorporating their personalities into our lessons.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would use another strategy to help explain the concept to the student. It is important that a tutor have more than one way of explaining things.